Calhoun Up Next?

If he hasn't already, another coaching candidate plans to speak with Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips this week regarding the head coaching position in Tigertown.

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun will likely be interviewed this week, if he hasn't been interviewed already, multiple sources tell

Sources have also said the interview with Calhoun was planned well in advance, dating back almost four weeks. reported Tuesday Terry Don Phillips has interviewed Texas Christian head coach Gary Patterson as well.

Six candidates have now been interviewed for the position, which became available on Oct. 13 when former head coach Tommy Bowden resigned.

Clemson has also interviewed Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster, former Oakland Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin and Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Calhoun replaced the legendary Fisher DeBerry, who retired after 23 years as head coach in 2007. Calhoun, a 1989 Academy graduate, is the sixth head coach in school history and is actually the first graduate to hold the position.

Air Force, coming off three straight losing seasons, finished the 2007 season 9-4 overall and placed second in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-2 mark in Calhoun's first year.

The Falcons also earned their first bowl bid in five seasons, advancing to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2007 Falcons are the only team in Air Force history to win road games at Notre Dame, Utah and Colorado State in the same season.

The five-game turnaround from 2006, in which Air Force was 4-8, was the largest in the nation by a first-year head coach and tied as the third-largest overall in the nation. The five-game turnaround is the best in school history since the 1958 team had a school-record turnaround of six games. Top Stories