Thursday, December 11, 2008

On The Hunt: Head Coaching Edition ep. 2

We're now officially more than a week into the coaching search and Auburn is seemingly no closer to hiring a coach today than it was at this time last week.
That, The Birmingham News' Ray Melick says, could be disastrous.
Two of the coaching candidates, Tulsa's Todd Graham and Ball State's Brady Hoke, were asked about their contact with Auburn when the two coaches were in Mobile for a GMAC press conference.
Hoke came out and said he's interested. Graham didn't say as much. While he said he was flattered, The Tulsa World reported he apparently wasn't pleased to field the questions.
One of my colleagues, The Florence TimesDaily's Ryan Sonner, stumped for Buffalo coach Turner Gill to receive the Auburn job. Apparently, Skip Holtz will get the Syracuse offer, meaning Gill is still on the market. Buffalo AD Warde Manuel told the AP that Syracuse and Auburn are the only two schools with permission to speak with Gill.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs is no longer conducting business in New York, instead taking the interview carousel on the road. Where that road leads is currently unknown.
Don't be surprised if Jimbo Fisher re-enters the picture in a big way over the weekend.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also warns: Don't be surprised to hear a few big names soon.

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