Central Michigan's Brian Kelly completed his turnaround of the Chippewas, leading them to a dominating 31-7 win over crosstown rival Western Michigan to capture the MAC West crown. During the game, a report apparently originating with Comcast Sports said that Kelly had accepted the Michigan State job. In fact, Kelly has had nothing but informal conversations with MSU and angrily denounced the rumor in his post-game press conference.
"It was reported in the newspaper today that I interviewed at Michigan State, and I want to say categorically that is not true," said Kelly.
"I would not put myself ahead of our football team under those circumstances, and even if I was contacted – which I have not been – it would have to come through the proper channels, which would include my athletics director. I am under contract to CMU. Did I make that clear enough? Thank you," he concluded.
Meanwhile, over in East Lansing, newly elected trustee George Perles wasted no time making the rounds, including appearing on TV station WILX to stump for his former center and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach, Pat Shurmur.
Staudt has even gone so far as to say that Shurmur is the favorite to be named head coach. Some are troubled by Shurmur's lack of administrative experience, having never even served at the coordinator level.
However, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb says he believe Shurmur would do an excellent job. "He's worked extremely hard at preparing us, and he does a great job of making sure we're ready to go. He loves his school. He's definitely one that always seems to bring up Michigan State. I know he wants a crack at that job and he would be great."
Shurmur also received the endorsement of head coach Andy Reid.
Meanwhile talk at Iowa State is centering around Bo Pelini, the LSU defensive coordinator who also is a candidate for the MSU job. It appears Pelini is focusing more on Iowa State, believing his experience as Nebraska's interim coach gives him more recognition in the Plains States area.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Todd Grantham is still a strong candidate at MSU and has already rounded up some Browns assistants to join him in East Lansing. However, Grantham would have to try to recruit while still heading up the Browns defense well into December, a difficult job at which few have had success.