College football’s version of the Hot Stove is heating up, big time.
Rumors of coaches going here or there are everywhere.
We’ve added some polls of possible candidates, but feel free to add some write-in candidates below.
Pete Carroll to Seahawks?
RENTON, Wash.(AP) — The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora after just one season, leaving the former NFC West champs without a coach, general manager and president less than four years after they appeared in the Super Bowl.
Speculation on Mora’s replacement immediately centered on Southern California coach Pete Carroll.
The Los Angeles Times reported
Friday that Seahawks chief executive officer Tod Leiweke flew to California this week to interview Carroll for the job. ESPN.com, citing unidentified league sources, said an announcement of Carroll joining the Seahawks could come early next week.
“Pete’s name comes out at this time every year. In the past, he hasn’t commented on such reports,” USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. “He was not expected in (Friday). … At this point, we have nothing to report.”
A Seahawks spokesman inside the team’s headquarters Friday refused to comment on Carroll and Carroll did not return a phone call left for him by The AP.
Nick Saban advises Kirby Smart
From UGA beat writer Tim Tucker’s blog
“I’m always happy and interested for our coaches to be able to advance professionally, especially if it is a professional advancement in terms of a guy being a coordinator who can go be a head coach in a situation where he has a chance to be successful.
“I’m not pleased when guys make lateral moves because it’s a little bit human nature to think, like my dad used to say, the grass is always greener on top of the septic tank. You always think it’s better someplace else. You kind of let your ego get involved, and you make moves that you shouldn’t make and really aren’t in your best interests for a career standpoint. So I’m not happy when guys do that. But anybody on our staff who can move up, we would like to help them do that.”
– Nick Saban in Friday press conference.
Al Groh next DC at Georgia Tech?
Georgia Tech announced on Friday that defensive coordinato Dave Wommack will not return for the 2010 season. Coach Paul Johnson says he and Wommack “both agreed” a change was needed after Georgia Tech ranked 54th in the nation in total defense and 56th in scoring defense.
The AJC’s Jeff Schultz brought up former Virginia head coach Al Groh as a possible candidate.