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Chad Morris, Derek Dooley among betting favorites to be next Ole Miss head coach

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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.

Colorado extends Mike MacIntyre’s contract through 2021

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After coaching Colorado to a remarkable season to clinch the Pac-12 South Division championship, Colorado is provide a little extra job security to head coach Mike MacIntyre. Colorado announced it has offered a contract extension of three years through 2021. The contract extension must be approved by the board of regents, but that is merely a formality.

“I am ecstatic that we will be at University of Colorado for the foreseeable future, there’s no place my family and I would rather be,” MacIntyre said in a released statement. “We absolutely love it here, the people have been great and I truly believe this is just the beginning.”

MacIntyre is coming off his fourth season in Boulder. After working through three losing seasons with a cumulative record of 10-27, MacIntyre coached Colorado to a 10-4 season in 2016 highlighted by a division championship. It was Colorado’s first division crown since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. At Colorado, MacIntyre is just 20-31 but appears to have something positive working at the program that has waited a long time to enjoy success on the field on a regular basis.

Before arriving at Colorado, MacIntyre coached three seasons at San Jose State, showing improvement from year-to-year and culminating in a 10-win season and a top 25 finish in the AP poll with the Spartans in 2012.

It must be coaching contract extension day in the state of Colorado, because Air Force also gave a contract extension through 2021 to head coach Troy Calhoun today.

Saban, Harbaugh, Meyer among Maxwell Football Club coach of the year semifinalists

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer are among 16 remaining candidates for the George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club.

Saban is the only coach from the SEC listed as a semifinalist, and he has never won the award that was first presented in 1989 to Michigan’s Bo Schembechler. Gene Stallings is the only Alabama coach to win the award, doing so in 1992. Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen was the first SEC coach since 1998 (Tennessee’s Philip Fulmer) to win the award, in 2014.

Meyer and Mike Leach are the only semifinalists to previously win the award. Meyer won the award in 2004 at Utah and Leach took the award in 2008 with Texas Tech. Penn State’s James Franklin could become the third Penn State coach to win the award, joining Joe Paterno (1990, 2005) and Bill O’Brien (2012).

The remaining semifinalists for the award are Mike MacIntyre (Colorado), Bobby Petrino (Louisville), Neal Brown (Troy), Ken Niumatalolo (Navy), Scott Frost (UCF), Kyle Whittingham (Utah), Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech), Chris Petersen (Washington), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), P.J. Fleck (Western Michigan) and Paul Chryst (Wisconsin).

Finalists for the award will be announced on December 12 and a winner will be named on December 29. The winner will be presented with the award on March 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the annual Maxwell Football Club Awards Banquet.

Mike MacIntyre not fretting over possible loss of Davis Webb

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Colorado was looking forward to the addition of graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb from Texas Tech, but the former Red Raiders quarterback has been checking out other potential options lately despite previously committing to the Buffs. While Webb pays visits to Cal and Auburn, Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre is not spending time worrying about losing Webb to another program.

The Auburn report, I think, is erroneous,” MacIntyre said in a report from BuffZone.com, referring to reports on Monday linking Webb to a potential visit to Auburn. It is true, however, that MacIntyre visited another Pac-12 school, Cal. Despite his recent visit to Cal and reports of a future visit to Auburn, MacIntyre insists he trusts Webb will still end up at Colorado.

“He’s told me he’s coming time after time, so I just trust what he says,” MacIntyre said.

It is still entirely possible Webb will end up heading to Boulder, where he would immediately step into the quarterback competition with a good chance to start this spring. He has signed a financial aid agreement with the program, but that does not lock him out from evaluating other potential options. Other schools may continue to recruit him as well, and it is clear both Cal and Auburn have some holes to plug at quarterback. Cal is losing Jared Goff to the NFL while Auburn just has an unsettled quarterback situation even with players returning this year.

Colorado promotes Darian Hagan to RB coach, shuffles offensive coaching duties

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One of key members of Colorado’s 1990 national championship team is moving up on the coaching staff in Boulder. Darian Hagan, who played quarterback for the Buffs in 1990 and won three Big Eight titles when conferences actually had numbers reflective of the number of teams in their conference, has been promoted to the role of running backs coach. The school announced Hagan’s promotion among a couple of accompanying coaching staff changes on Saturday. Hagan had been serving as a director of player development.

For Hagan, this will be the second time he has held a role as an assistant coach on the Colorado sideline. He was an offensive assistant in 2005 under Gary Barnett and he was a holdover when Dan Hawkins was named head coach in 2006. Hagan moved to the role of director of player development in 2011 under Jon Embree and he continued in that role under  head coach Mike MacIntyre.

“Darian brings a lot of pride and passion to our football program with his history here, and also brings expertise to our running backs,” MacIntyre said. “In shifting our offensive staff assignments a little bit, he will give us another dimension in our running game and working with our running backs.

As Hagan gets moved into the coaching staff, MacIntyre adjusting the coaching responsibilities on the offensive side of the staff to make room. Klayton Adams, who was coaching the running backs and tight ends, will now coach the offensive line. Gary Bernardi will take on the coaching duties with the tight ends and fullbacks after coaching the offensive line last season.