Will The Coaching Carousel Hit OSU?

This is the first stage of the college football coaching carousel with the second stage coming after bowl games are played, and the third stage following signing day the first week of February. As reported last week, Oklahoma State associate head coach Joe DeForest is a candidate, and some believe the primary candidate, for the head coaching position at Louisiana-Lafayette.

DeForest, a former football (linebacker and deep snapper) and baseball player at ULL (pitcher), has kept in touch with former teammates and important individuals involved in the ULL program and has been prominent in conversations about the situation before and after the recent dismissal of head coach Ricky Bustle.

DeForest did interview with officials from the school Saturday and is expected to undergo a more lengthy interview as early as Monday.

Athletic director David Walker and senior associate athletic director Scott Farmer appear to be running the search much like they did the search for basketball coach Bob Marlin. Walker is retiring at the end of the year, which leads you to believe that Farmer is heavily involved in this search.

We know last week that Walker and Farmer left campus and interviewed Mississippi State receivers coach and passing game coordinator Mark Hudspeth, Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns, and Georgia Tech co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak. The school did secure the services of Carr and Associates, founded by former University of Houston athletic director Bill Carr, as a search firm or head hunter for candidates.

We will update you as we continue to learn more but we know that ULL would like to get a coach in place soon to launch recruiting efforts and allow the current players and local interests to get to know the new coach some before the holiday break. We expect this search to move fast.

Now as far as current Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, we know that his name has been a lightning rod in the coaching circles over the past week. However, there seemed to be more smoke than fire with the situation at Texas with current and longtime Mack Brown offensive coordinator Greg Davis as it appears there is more talk than actual action. The situation with offensive changes at Florida for head coach Urban Meyer is also somewhat on slow play.

What has not been on slow play have been discussions between Holgorsen and Oklahoma State, as head coach Mike Gundy and athletic director Mike Holder have been in discussion with Holgorsen over a new arrangment that would keep him in Stillwater barring the opportunity to become an head coach.

Our sources tell us that those talks, while maybe not finalized, have gone well and it looks good for Holgorsen to stay with the Cowboys, directing the offense unless a head-coaching position becomes available.

A recommended watch would be University of Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin as he appears to be a candidate for the head coaching jobs at Miami (Fla.) and Minnesota. If Sumlin were to leave Houston, Holgorsen would be a strong candidate to replace him as head coach of the Cougars.

We will keep an eye on both situations.

It has also been mentioned in the coaching carousel that Cowboys wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer's name has come up for several positions, including Ball State, Louisiana-Lafayette, and offensive coordinator at Ole Miss. It would appear that Brewer is on some lists as well.

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