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Faculty soccer teaching search candidates: What we’re listening to at Auburn, Nebraska, Arizona State and past

Sunday has all of the indications of being a training free for all. There are at present eight openings now that the primary has been full of Charlotte hiring Michigan assistant Biff Poggi, however extra modifications are forward.

Although pink slips have been restricted over the previous couple of weeks, groups seeking to make modifications are possible ready till the common season concludes. Meaning a handful firings are possible forward this Sunday — and there could even be some packages able to make hires now that their prime candidates have moved on to postseason play.

Our last Scorching Seat Rankings replace earlier this month lined lots of the jobs that might nonetheless come open this cycle. As such, it is time to take one final take a look at a few of these packages earlier than asking who would possibly fill the positions already vacant.

Potential future openings

  • West Virginia: In 12 months 4, Neal Brown is headed for his worst season with the Mountaineers — 4-8 in the event that they lose to Oklahoma State. Does the administration even wait to rent a brand new athletic director?
  • Navy: It should appear to be Ken Niumatalolo’s name after 16 seasons. The Midshipmen have not had a profitable marketing campaign since 2019.
  • New Mexico: Danny Gonzales is in the course of his worst season with the Lobos (2-9, 7-23 general).
  • Texas State: Jake Spavital, Johnny Manziel’s former offensive coordinator, is 13-34 in 12 months 4.
  • Texas A&M: No, not Jimbo Fisher. However he’ll almost definitely be satisfied to rent a play-calling offensive coordinator.

Final 12 months, there was file 31 job modifications. It will not be anyplace close to that this carousel. Possibly ADs have gotten extra affected person. Possibly there aren’t that many roles to fill. Going into this season, there had been 72 job modifications throughout the final three years.

What we’re listening to


Lane Kiffin goes to receives a commission both by Auburn as its No. 1 goal or by Ole Miss in a retention play. Kiffin has gained 18 video games and counting in two seasons, two shy of the varsity file (20). Given his agent (Jimmy Sexton) and the present market, Kiffin would possibly as nicely search for a complete package deal within the excessive eight figures over 10 seasons. He is already the Eleventh-highest paid coach at $7.25 million per 12 months. Sexton will leverage Ole Miss and Auburn towards each other to make sure Kiffin will get paid, and reviews that Kiffin has shot down already are solely serving to to that finish.

That is much like 2017 when Gus Malzahn bought the very same provide from each Auburn and Arkansas (six years, $42 million). He factor Auburn and lasted 4 extra seasons. If Kiffin does transfer to the Tigers, he ought to make it a situation of his employment that the meddlers do not meddle. Why is it a greater job than Ole Miss? It doesn’t matter what, Auburn appears to compete for a nationwide championship each 5 years or so. That is perhaps the deciding issue. As at all times, Kiffin is extremely self-aware. “Possibly in the event that they watched the primary [half of a 15-point loss to Arkansas]I would not be No. 1 anymore,” he instructed reporters Saturday night time.

If Kiffin stays, Liberty’s Hugh Freeze will get a protracted look.


Did Matt Rhule flip down the Cornhuskers this weekend? That was the phrase from a number of sources. Rhule had been the No. 1 candidate to exchange Scott Frost. If Rhule has certainly taken his identify out of consideration, that is not essentially a press release in regards to the high quality of the job. It is nonetheless a heavy elevate for whoever takes Nebraska, however for Rhule, it might be an extra indicator that he intends to take a seat out 2023 to relaxation and retrench. Rhule is at some extent in his profession the place he can have his decide of jobs and never need to settle. His first two school jobs had been bottom-of-the-barrel, last-place sorts (Temple, Baylor), however he made his popularity with worst-to-first success tales.

If Rhule is not obtainable, does Nebraska flip its consideration to Kansas’ Lance Leipold? The 58-year-old coach has deep roots within the state of Nebraska as a former analyst at Nebraska-Omaha and assistant below Frank Solich with the Huskers. Has the shine worn off, although? The Jayhawks began 5-0 and had been ranked however will end 6-6 in the event that they lose to Kansas State this week. One other identify to observe at Nebraska: Washington first-year coach Kalen DeBoer.


A Saturday night time report stated interim coach Jim Leonhard is in line to get the everlasting gig. Leonhard had been the Badgers defensive coordinator since 2017 earlier than entering into the large chair. He’s extraordinarily in style with the Wisconsin devoted and has lengthy been anticipated to be an eventual head teaching candidate for the Badgers. Wisconsin is 4-2 since he changed Paul Chryst on Oct. 2.


Look ahead to Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham to get a superb look. ASU could fall into among the finest hires of the cycle. The proficient Dillingham appears to be the chief within the clubhouse, however you by no means know with an administration that removed Herm Edwards then retained the AD who employed him (Ray Anderson). Dillingham, 32, is a confirmed commodity regardless of his relative youth. His quarterback, Bo Nix, could get a Heisman Trophy invite. Dillingham could be given every kind of assets to show across the Solar Devils. Within the new Pac-12 (with out USC and UCLA), why cannot ASU compete for a playoff spot yearly?

Los Angeles Rams operating backs coach Thomas Brown is alleged to have an interest. Jackson State’s Deion Sanders has already taken his identify out of the operating saying he’d by no means go “West.”

Georgia Tech

Interim coach Brent Key could have taken an enormous step after upsetting North Carolina. GT could even get to a bowl sport. That may imply beating Georgia this week. If not, look ahead to Bulldogs operating backs coach Del McGee, Tulane coach Willie Fritz and former Houston/Texas A&M/Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin. Sanders additionally have to be thought-about given the Atlanta connection.


Northwestern defensive coordinator Ryan Walters is essentially thought-about the favourite. Walters performed security for the Buffaloes from 2004-08. If he one way or the other would not get the job, there’s a lengthy line of worthy contenders. Departed Auburn coach Bryan Harsin is , as is former Texas coach Tom Herman, former Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall and Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor. Texas analyst and former TCU coach Gary Patterson can be desirous about getting again in someplace.

South Florida

AD Mike Kelly is alleged to be maintaining an open thoughts on any variety of completely different instructions he may head after the Jeff Scott catastrophe. Do not be stunned if the identify of at the very least one NFL assistant surfaces. This is a suggestion: Three years leaving after Missouri, Arkansas defensive coordinator Barry Odom is able to be a head coach once more. Sanders is one other identify who could possibly be fascinating right here as Kelly is casting a large internet.


Former coach Invoice Clark has healed properly from the again that induced him to resign earlier than the season. Nonetheless, do not search for him to return to this system he constructed from scratch. We’re listening to former Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente or veterans like Sumlin, Brown (if West Virginia makes a transfer), Skip Holtz and Larry Fedora.

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