Brief Credit: Deseret News
USU offensive coordinator Bob Cole, who followed Mick Dennehy from the University Montana to Logan three years, is interested in returning to the Big Sky school as head coach.
"I'm definitely interested in the job," Cole told the Missoulian newspaper. "I talked to Wayne (Hogan, UM athletic director) this morning. I've talked to a couple of people. I know there are a lot of qualified guys for the job. I think I can do a good job."
The newspaper reported that Cole is the first potential candidate to pubicly express interest in the vacancy created when Joe Glenn accepted the Wyoming job earlier this week.
Cole, who was Montana's offensive coordinator in 1999 when former BYU quarterback Drew Miller led a powerful attack that set several school records, has reportedly begun calling potential assistant coaches—even though he has yet to be formally invited for an interview.
"There comes a certain point in time where you want to see what you can do as your own guy," Cole told the newspaper.
Cole was considered a candidate for the job when Dennehy left, but opted to join the staff at USU instead.
"At that time, I didn't (want to be a head coach)," Cole explained. "I had only been in town for a few months. I loved Missoula and I loved the kids. Mick had just hired me. I didn't feel like it was the right thing."
Kentucky offensive coordinator Brent Pease, Washington State assistant Robin Pflugrad, Washington assistant Bob Hauck and Brian Kelly, head coach at Division II national champion Grand Valley State, are among other candidates, the newspaper said.