In the hours after news broke that Texas Tech had suspended Mike Leach, it was assumed and seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would be fired as the Red Raiders’ head coach at some point in time.
Now that the school has released the rope on the guillotine, where does athletic director Gerald Myers turn to replace arguably the most popular and winningest coach in Tech’s history?
At least two names come to mind right off the bat: Arizona offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes and Baylor head coach Art Briles. Dykes is the son of Spike Dykes, the former Tech head coach who led the Red Raiders from 1987 through 1999.
Spike Dykes was replaced as Tech’s by, oddly enough, Mike Leach in 2000.
Briles was on Leach’s staff at Tech earlier this decade.
Another name to keep an eye on? Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin. The outstanding young coach’s prolific spread offense, which he inherited from Briles when he left for Baylor, would help make the transition to a new coach relatively seamless, at least on that side of the ball.
It’s been previously reported that Sumlin and the Cougars were closing in on a contract extension, but it’s been all quiet on the extension front the last week or two. Look for those talks to heat up as Sumlin’s name becomes attached to this new vacancy.
Nick Saban‘s latest reshaping of his coaching will reportedly come at the expense of a Big Ten school.
Earlier Thursday, a report surfaced that Mike Locksley was being promoted by Saban to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. As Locksley served as Alabama’s wide receivers coach this past season, it left Saban in search of a new coach for that positional group.
According to FootballScoop.com, that search has ended as Penn State’s Josh Gattis is expected to take the job. Gattis will also serve as the Tide’s co-offensive coordinator.
A couple of other outlets confirmed the initial report.
Gattis had spent the past six seasons on James Franklin-led coaching staff, the first two at Vanderbilt and the last four at Penn State. In addition to receivers coach, Gattis held the title of passing-game coordinator and assistant special teams coordinator with the Nittany Lions.
Frank Wilson is adding a very experienced voice to his offensive staff at UT-San Antonio.
UT confirmed in a press release Friday morning that Al Borges has been hired as the Roadrunners’ new offensive coordinator. The 36-year coaching veteran will also serve as the team’s quarterback coach.
Borges had spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst at Auburn.
“I am thrilled to be able to announce the hiring of Al Borges as our new offensive coordinator,” Wilson said in a statement. “Al Borges has a masterful offensive mind and a coaching style that takes advantage of the talent and skillset of the players on the roster. His unique ability to develop quarterbacks is second to none. Our coaching staff got better today.”
Prior to the one-year stint at Auburn, Borges had been an offensive coordinator at the FBS level for most of the previous 24 years. Those stints included time at San Jose State (2015-16), Michigan (2011-13), San Diego State (2009-10), Auburn (2004-07), Indiana (2002-03), Cal (2001), UCLA (1996-2000), Oregon (1995) and Boise State (1993-94).
Twice, Borges has been named as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
This is certainly an abrupt and unexpected development.
In a rather brief and terse press release, Purdue announced that Tony Levine is no longer a member of Jeff Brohm‘s (pictured) Boilermakers coaching staff. Per the school, Levine will be pursuing unspecified opportunities outside of the coaching profession.
Below is the text of the release, in its entirety:
Purdue head football coach Jeff Brohm announced today that assistant coach Tony Levine has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of coaching.
The loss of Levine leaves a rather sizable hole for Brohm to fill. Not only was the 45-year-old assistant the team’s co-offensive coordinator, but he served as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach as well. Levine had just completed his first season with the Boilermakers.
Levine was the head coach at Houston from 2011-14 and the special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at Western Kentucky prior to coming to West Lafayette.
Nick Saban has found his fourth offensive coordinator in 14 months, and he didn’t have to go very far do so.
With rumors swirling around a certain disgraced former SEC head coach, signs had seemingly been pointing to Saban possibly, or even likely staying in-house for his next Alabama coordinator on the offensive side of the ball. According to Chris Low of ESPN.com, the head coach plans to do just that as Mike Locksley is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator. It’s expected Locksley will assume responsibilities as the Tide’s quarterbacks coach as well.
Locksley would replace Brian Daboll, who left after one season in Tuscaloosa for the same job with the Buffalo Bills earlier this month.
Locksley has spent the past two seasons with the Crimson Tide, the first as an offensive analyst and last year as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
The former New Mexico head coach last served as a coordinator at Maryland from 2012-15. He also spent three seasons (2006-08) in the same job at Illinois.