Coaching List 12-17-13

Now we settle into the grind for at least a bit longer. We know some names we can take off the list and a few additions. Right now the prediction posted elsewhere that AState has a coach today or tomorrow seems in danger.

Rhett Lashlee. Has he or hasn't he? The name Rhett Lashlee best sums up the public side of the search. You poke around ask the usual suspects what is going on and get a split. He's been offered. No he hasn't. With Auburn headed the the national title game, I think the odds are Lashlee isn't interested in moving this year.

Blake Anderson. QB coach and offensive coordinator at North Carolina. Right now the vibe for lack of anything more substantive is that he may be in the lead slot. A Texas native who has been at nearly every level of college football mostly in and around Texas. The Tar Heel offense has been prolific. He went out of coaching for a time after his stint at MTSU but has since been to UL Lafayette and Southern Miss before moving to UNC.

Kurt Roper. Offensive coordinator at Duke. He has followed Cutcliffe from Tennessee to Ole Miss, to Tennessee and now Duke. Amazingly well balanced offense 63rd in the nation in passing and 60th in rushing. Watching them against Florida State they were woefully out-gunned physically, yet half their wins came against teams .500 or better.

Dan Werner, Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ole Miss. Has served as a quarterback coach at several schools including Miami. At age 52 or so he would not fit the model of young rising coach despite an excellent pedigree of developing quality quarterbacks.

Neal Brown. QB coach and offensive coordinator at Kentucky. At Texas Tech 2010-12 and Troy 2008-09 in the same roles. Played at Kentucky. With past Sun Belt success his name is going to pop up. Troy has faded since he left but that has more to do with the collapse of the Troy defense.

Mike Yurcich. Offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. One of the weirdest stories out there. When the Oklahoma State OC position came open again Gundy searched the NCAA website and found the most prolific offense belonged to Division II Shippensburg and hired him. His only prior FBS or FCS experience was as a GA at Indiana.

Josh Heupel. Offensive coordinator at Oklahoma. Heupel was the quarterback for the pounding AState took from OU in 2000. The Sooners have been quite successful in his time but if you read some of interviews it may give you some pause to see comments that he shifts philosophy from game to game or even down to down. An open mind is good but when you want to make a splash by winning games that are upsets, not having an engrained mindset in the players seems counter-productive. Like Morris and Frost, rarely has to coach against equal or better talent.

John Thompson. Defensive coordinator for the Red Wolves. Served as interim for AState's GoDaddy Bowl win and filling that role again this year. Considering the criteria Terry Mohajir laid out last year, it seems unlikely that we will change course and go with a defensive hire.

Eddie Gran. Offensive coordinator at Cincinnati. The Bearcats were effective under his guidance this year, his first as an OC.

Butch Davis. The Oklahoma native was fired to "clear the air" at North Carolina but the NCAA never implicated him and his firing came just as the NCAA was turning its attention to the academic side at Chapel Hill. His severance package at UNC prevented him from immediately taking a job as a coach. UNC did not fire with cause but he would forfeit all money due if he took a coaching position even if it paid less. He works as a consultant with Tampa Bay of the NFL. Well connected on the other side of the state. He does not fit the model of an offensive minded coach.