It did not take long for people to start talking about who the next head coach at Ole Miss will be following the Thursday night resignation of Hugh Freeze. And somehow, one of the betting favorites has quickly become former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.
As noted by Rocky Top Talk, the Tennessee blog on SB Nation, the former Vols coach and current assistant with the Dallas Cowboys is listed as the second most-favored coach to take over at Ole Miss, listed at +500 according to BetOnline. SMU head coach Chad Morris is the current betting favorite on the betting website, with Morris listed at +300 to be the next coach of the Rebels.
Other names on the board include former LSU head coach Les Miles (+800), and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly (+1400). FAU head coach Lane Kiffin has been having fun trolling about the Ole Miss fallout on Twitter, yet he is also on the board at +1600.
For what it is worth, interim head coach Matt Luke has also been given odds to keep the job, and he is listed at +1200.
Here are the latest odds as listed by BetOnline;
- Chad Morris +300
- Derek Dooley +500
- Blake Anderson +700
- Les Miles +800
- Mike Norvell +1000
- Brent Venables +1200
- Scott Frost +1400
- Chip Kelly +1400
- Neal Brown +1600
- Lane Kiffin +1600
- Mike MacIntyre +1600
- Charlie Strong +1600
- Willie Fritz +2000
- Bryan Harsin +2000
- Bobby Petrino +2500
So place your bets wisely. But if you choose to place your money on Dooley, you might as well just send me your money instead.
After multiple stops between short-time professional football jobs in the NFL, UFL, Arena Football League, and the CFL, former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne is heading back to school for his next gig. He’ll be working for a familiar face as well.
Kinne is joining the coaching staff at SMU, headed by Chad Morris. Kinne played quarterback for Tulsa during the 2010 season, at which time Morris was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator and quarterback coach under head coach Todd Graham. Though their time together was brief with just the one season in 2010, Morris and Kinne developed a solid relationship and Morris continues to praise Kinne as one of the best quarterbacks he has worked with.
Kinne finished his college career at Tulsa having thrown for 9,472 yards and 81 touchdowns after starting his collegiate career at Texas. He transferred to Tulsa in 2008 and took over the starting job in 2009 and kept it for the final three years of his eligibility. Morris moved to Clemson after the 2010 season to take on the offensive coordinator role for the Tigers.
This will be Kinne’s first coaching job.
With rumors swirling around about possible interest from Baylor, SMU has gone all in on keeping Chad Morris happy where he currently resides. SMU announced on Wednesday that Morris has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the program through 2023.
The news is even more significant given the current climate of the coaching carousel that has seen one of SMU’s rivals (Houston) lose one of the top coaching targets in the coaching carousel (Tom Herman) to a power conference program in the same state (Texas). SMU handed Houston one of their three losses this season, and now managed to keep their head coach from leaving for another potential job opportunity. For a program looking to rebuild and become a contender in the AAC, SMU has plenty of reasons to be smiling right now.
Morris has been the head coach at SMU for two seasons now, and while the results have not necessarily paid off in the win column just yet with a bowl trip or a conference title push, the groundwork is being laid for future long-term success with Morris serving as the foreman. SMU has focused on recruiting well within the state of Texas.
While Morris may be signed to a long-term deal at SMU, if he continues to show progress with the program there is a very good chance his name will continue to pop up in the rumor mill in the future. Such is the life of a successful coach from the Group of Five.
The rebuilding of SMU is a project that is no easy task. As Chad Morris gets ready for his second season on the job, he continues to do what he can to build a foundation based on Texas recruits. For the second straight season, SMU assembled a recruiting class consisting of only Texas recruits.
“I’m extremely proud of that,” Morris said last week, per The Dallas Morning News. “You’ll hear a lot of talk about us being Texas tough.
“The toughest thing was trying to create the momentum that we had a year ago, especially coming off a season that wasn’t up to our standards. The majority of our kids were committed to us before the season ever started.
SMU is the only FBS program to land a recruiting class consisting of just players from the state of Texas over the past two recruiting classes. The state of Texas has always been a large and competitive recruiting state, and SMU is certainly facing some stiff competition left and right between traditional heavyweights like Texas and Texas A&M, emerging powers in Baylor and TCU and rising conference rival Houston in addition to other programs from the Big 12 and SEC and beyond making visits into the Lone Star state.
If restoring pride in the SMU program is going to succeed, installing a strong Texas connection is a smart way to go for Morris and the Mustangs.
“It was important for us to do that, to build that continuity, build that relationship with these guys,” Morris said. “The majority of them had big-time offers, so we were battling all the way up to the final hour.”
If you are a college football coach, you must know how to break out some smooth dance moves in order to show just how much you can relate to college football players of today. Few coaches shined in that department over the course of the past year as well as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and to an appearance in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Along the way, Swinney would entertain the masses and his players by showing off his dance skills in postgame celebrations.
It would seem Swinney has had quite the impression on a former assistant, Chad Morris. The former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Clemson became the head coach of the SMU Mustangs last year, but not before taking a few dance lessons from his former boss on the way out.
In all honesty, those may be some of the best moves we have seen from a college football coach since the dawn of the age of dancing coaches. Although, we should remember that Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy has shown some smooth agility as well…