Big Ten: Brad Bates
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Two Big Ten assistant coaches are reportedly among the finalists for the head-coaching vacancy at Miami (Ohio).
Illinois co-defensive coordinator Curt Mallory and Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell both are in the mix along with New Orleans Saints running backs coach Aaron Kromer. A source told me Kromer interviewed last week in Oxford, Ohio.
Miami athletic director Brad Bates told the Cincinnati Enquirer that on-campus interviews were still ongoing and that the finalists included a coordinator from a BCS conference and an NFL assistant coach. Mallory declined to comment about the search.
Bates told the Dayton Daily News last week that the pool was down to four or five candidates.
All three reported finalists have ties to Miami.
Mallory's father, Bill, served as Miami's head coach from 1969-73 (Curt was born in 1969). Treadwell was a four-year starter at wide receiver for Miami (1978-81) and served as an assistant coach at the school from 1992-93. Kromer played tackle at Miami (Ohio) and served as a RedHawks assistant coach under Randy Walker from 1990-98.
Should Mallory depart Illinois, head coach Ron Zook could give co-defensive coordinator Dan Disch the sole title. Treadwell has served as offensive coordinator at four schools (Michigan State, Cincinnati, Ball State and Boston College) and seems ready to jump to a top job, though his son, Blake, an offensive lineman, is part of Michigan State's 2009 recruiting class.