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Oliver Luck reiterates no interest in Big 12 commish job

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On more than one occasion, Oliver Luck‘s name has been mentioned as a potential permanent successor to Dan Beebe as the Big 12’s commissioner.

On more than one occasion, Luck has shot down such speculation.  Recently, Luck did some additional shooting as his name continues to be part of the commissioner conversation.

During the course of an interview with Hoppy Kercheval — yes, Ben’s dad — of West Virginia MetroNews late last week, Luck, father of No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Andrew Luck, once again reiterated that he’s very happy with his current job as West Virginia’s athletic director and is not interested in heading the conference.

“No,” Luck said when asked if he has any interest in the commissioner’s job.  “I can’t say it more simply than that. …

“I’ve had folks call me, search companies call me, etc. and I’ve said politely “no thank you, I’m not interested.’  I thoroughly enjoy what I’m doing in Morgantown, love living in Morgantown, got a son who’s starting high school in Morgantown and it is home.”

The 52-year-old Luck has been WVU’s AD since June of 2008 and will be shepherding his school’s athletic department into its first season of competition in the Big 12 this year.

It’s been reported that the Big 12 hopes to have a new commissioner named by its spring meetings May 30-June 1 in Kansas City, Mo.  The contract of Chuck Neinas, the conference’s interim commissioner, expires at the end of June.

The Dallas Morning News wrote last week that “[i]n an ideal timetable, the new hire could meet with the Big 12’s board of directors and then have a transition period with acting commissioner Chuck Neinas before Neinas’ contract expires June 30.”

As for just who that new hire might be, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman wrote in his weekly “Nine things and one crazy prediction” column Sunday night that, despite speculation to the contrary, “Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione and ESPN’s Burke Magnus don’t appear to be serious candidates for Big 12 commissioner at this point.”  Interestingly, Bohls notes that, per a pair of sources, the conference has settled on a pair of unnamed finalists.

One of those might be Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby, who Bohls explains “is receiving support for the position from a number of Big 12 school officials.”

P.J. Fleck officially turns to familiar face to be his Minnesota OC

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Not surprisingly, P.J. Fleck will have a familiar offensive face on which to lean as his oars hit the Power Five waters for the first time.

Coming off a couple of weeks worth of reports, Minnesota officially confirmed Monday that Fleck has named Kirk Ciarrocca as his new offensive coordinator.  Ciarrocca had spent the past four seasons in the same position at Western Michigan, coinciding with Fleck’s tenure at the MAC school.

The school’s release stated that Ciarrocca “was instrumental in the development of Super Bowl winning quarterback Joe Flacco during his six seasons (2002-07) at the University of Delaware,” which presumably gave him a front-row seat in the “is he or isn’t he elite” argument.

With Fleck and the Gophers, and like his boss, Ciarrocca will be embarking on his first job with a Power Five program.

A&M transfer WR Frank Iheanacho moves on to FCS level

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After leaving a Power Five program, Frank Iheanacho has decided that a lower rung on the college football ladder is more his speed at this point in time.

Stephen F. Austin announced Monday that Iheanacho has been added to the football program’s roster and will continue his playing career with the Lumberjacks.  Iheanacho had opted to transfer from Texas A&M shortly after the end of the 2016 season.

As SFA plays at the FCS level, the wide receiver will be eligible to play immediately in 2017.

“We’re excited to be able to add Frank to the Lumberjack family and get him going with our football program,” Lumberjacks head coach Clint Conque said in a statement. “Frank obviously brings some big game experience, playing in an SEC program and competing against some of the nation’s best teams. He brings height and speed and will add some key depth at the wide receiver position.”

Iheanacho was a four-star 2014 signee, rated as the No. 13 receiver in the country and the No. 13 player at any position in the state of Texas. Only four players in the Aggies’ class that year, including potential No. 1 NFL overall draft pick Myles Garrett, Speedy Noil and Kyle Allen, were rated higher than Iheanacho.

In 18 games the past two seasons, Iheanacho caught eight passes for 71 yards.

Wyoming loses assistant to FCS head-coaching job

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Craig Bohl has an opening on his Wyoming coaching staff, although the reason for the attrition is certainly understandable.

Monday, Indiana State officially announced that Curt Mallory has been hired as the Sycamores head football coach. As ISU plays at the FCS level, Mallory will be eligible to coach immediately in 2017.

“We want to congratulate Curt and his wife Lori as they open a new chapter in their lives and in Curt’s coaching career as he becomes the head coach at Indiana State,” said the Cowboys head coach in a statement. “Curt’s efforts in his two years at Wyoming were greatly appreciated and had a significant impact on our program as we benefitted both from his coaching and his recruiting abilities.

“Curt is a well-experienced coach, who has a great understanding of players from the Midwest. He’ll be a great fit at Indiana State, and he will make them competitive in the Missouri Valley Conference.”

Mallory, the son of former Indiana head coach Bill Mallory, spent the past two seasons as the Cowboys’ defensive pass-game coordinator and secondary coach. A former Michigan linebacker, Mallory came to Laramie after spending four seasons in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines’ secondary coach.

Geoff Collins (again) completes first Temple coaching staff

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Nearly six weeks after landing his first head-coaching gig, Geoff Collins has put the finishing touches on his first coaching staff. Again.

Temple announced Monday that Collins has hired Keith Gaither to be the Owls’ wide receivers coach. With Gaither’s hiring, Collins’ nine-man staff is now complete for a second time.

Gaither will actually replace Frisman Jackson, who Collins had originally retained from Matt Rhule‘s staff. However, Jackson recently accepted a job with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, triggering Collins’ need to find a replacement.

The past two seasons, Gaither had served as the receivers coach at Army. That was his second job at the FBS level in a coaching career that began in 1997, with the first coming at Ball State from 2010-14.