Del Rio the betting favorite to replace Kiffin

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If one gambling website is accurate, USC’s next head coach will be one that would come to Troy with no coaching experience whatsoever at the collegiate level.

Bovada.lv has set former USC linebacker and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as a 3/1 favorite to replace Lane Kiffin as the Trojans head coach.  While we still find it highly doubtful that Del Rio is the choice, there’s a buzz nationally — especially among those on the NFL beat — that Del Rio is at or near the top of athletic director Pat Haden‘s coaching to-do list.

A pair of current FBS head coaches, Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, are next at 5/1.  At least as far as Petersen is concerned and given his past propensity for eschewing big-time jobs to stay in Boise, those odds seem too high, although there’s a growing buzz that he might be as open as he’s ever been to taking a step “up” the coaching ladder.

Former Stanford assistant and current San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who some view as the realistic favorite if a current head coach cannot be wooed, is at 6/1.

Ed Orgeron, who was named interim head coach by Haden yesterday, has 20/1 odds to have the interim tag stripped and remain on as Kiffin’s permanent successor.  Orgeron, though, is not even the favorite on the current staff to land the job; that honor falls to defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whose odds are surprisingly high at 7/1 and ahead of the likes of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian (both at 8/1), Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris (9/1) and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin (12/1).

And, before you ask, yes, Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards are listed.  The former is at 8/1 and the latter at 15/1.

One name mentioned even before Kiffin’s firing who’s not included in Bovada‘s odds?  Former Trojan and current St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.

 

Seth Collins leaving Oregon State a second time

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Seth Collins‘ winding journey in Corvallis has taken yet another twist.

After asking for it, Collins has been granted a release from his Oregon State scholarship, the school has confirmed. The junior wide receiver has already parted ways with the team, and no specific reason for the departure has been given.

This marks the second time that Collins has left the Beavers football program.  In January of 2016, Collins, amidst speculation that he would be moved from quarterback to wide receiver, made the decision to transfer; three months later, he returned to OSU — as a receiver.

Last season, Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418).  After three games this season, Collins was ruled out indefinitely because of what was described by the team as a health-related issue; he didn’t play again for the Beavers in 2017.  In the three games in which he played this season, he caught 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown.

That illness was unrelated to the unspecified health event last season that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice this year as well.

If Collins moves on to another FBS school, it’s believed he’ll have to sit out the 2018 season.  That would leave him with one season of eligibility that he can use in 2019.

It was thought that, when Collins left the first time, he was headed to Northern Illinois, so that’s certainly something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Minnesota assistant Ed Warinner tweets he’s ‘never been contacted’ about Kent State job

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You just have to love the vagaries of the annual coaching rumor mill.

The offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota, Ed Warinner has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Paul Haynes as the head coach at Kent State.  In fact, just yesterday, the former Ohio State and Notre Dame assistant had been labeled as a “strong candidate” for the opening.

Thursday night, however, FootballScoop.com tweeted that Warinner is no longer a candidate.

Less than 20 minutes after that tweet, Warinner took to his personal Twitter to confirm he is not only not a candidate for the job but claimed that he has “never been contacted by anyone involved with the school.” Left unsaid is whether those representing or associated with him had been in contact with the university.

Kansas defensive coordinator Clint Bowen (HERE) and Syracuse offensive coordinator Sean Lewis (HERE) are the latest names du jour connected to the opening at the MAC school.

Kent State’s one of two jobs at the FBS level that remain open, although the other, Louisiana, could be closed in short order.

Report: Louisiana offers head coach job to Arizona State OC Billy Napier

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So much for that plan.

The odd marriage of Arizona State and long-time but not-in-a-long-time NFL coach Herm Edwards was made even odder by the fact that Edwards was retaining Todd Graham‘s entire offensive coaching staff.  Less than two weeks into his tenure, however, there could be a glitch in the plans to help ease Edwards’s return to coaching as 247Sports.com is reporting that Louisiana (the school formerly known as Louisiana-Lafayette) has offered its head-coaching job to Billy Napier.

The 38-year-old Napier had just completed his first season as ASU’s offensive coordinator.  He was also given the title of associate head coach upon Edwards’ hiring.

Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry was also one of the potential candidates for the Louisiana job who interviewed for the opening.

Whoever gets the job with the Ragin’ Cajuns will be replacing Mark Hudspeth, fired earlier this month after seven years with the program.

Arkansas assistant Vernon Hargreaves added to Mizzou’s staff

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Vernon Hargreaves wasn’t retained by the new coaching staff in Fayetteville, but he’ll end up remaining in the SEC anyway.

Missouri confirmed Thursday that Hargreaves has been hired by Barry Odom and added to the second-year head coach’s staff.  The veteran assistant will serve as Odom’s inside linebackers coach.

“I’ve known Vernon for a number of years and have always respected the way his position plays the game,” said Odom in a statement distributed by the school. “He will be a great teacher and mentor for our student-athletes. His experience will be so valuable for our program; I’m excited about Vernon and his family joining our Mizzou family.”

Hargreaves spent the past three seasons as the linebackers coach at Arkansas.  Most notably, he served in the same capacity at Miami from 1998-2005.

Hargreaves also spent time on staffs at Houston (2013-14), South Florida (2010-12), East Carolina (2007-09), Florida International (2006) and UConn (1985-97).  He was also the special teams coordinator at USF and ECU in addition to being a position coach.