Monday, December 14, 2009
Coordinators coming and going in the SEC
By Chris Low
Coordinators are coming, going and being wooed in the SEC at a dizzying rate.
At this point, it’s difficult to find a team in the league that hasn’t been affected.
The latest one on the move is Mississippi State defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, who’s going to Kansas to be Turner Gill’s defensive coordinator. Torbush was at Mississippi State for one season under Dan Mullen. This will be Torbush’s six different job as a defensive coordinator in college football. He’s also been a head coach at both North Carolina and Louisiana Tech.
Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has talked with San Jose State about its head coaching opening, and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is one of the hottest coaching commodities in the league.
Georgia coach Mark Richt fired defensive coordinator Willie Martinez earlier this month, and the Bulldogs had Smart at the top of their list. But it looks like Smart, the Broyles Award winner, is staying put for the time being.
The reality is that Smart is going to be in line for a bunch of head coaching opportunities in the next year or two.
Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix met with Florida coach Urban Meyer last week and was offered the Gators’ defensive coordinator’s job after Charlie Strong left to take the Louisville head job. But Nix decided to stay at Ole Miss, where he will receive a raise.
Nix’s name had also come up in the Georgia defensive coordinator talk. Two others to watch there are longtime Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Kansas State defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, who was previously at Clemson under Tommy Bowden.
Arkansas offensive coordinator and receivers coach Paul Petrino will be introduced as Illinois’ new offensive coordinator later Monday. Petrino, who received a raise and multiyear deal, will call plays at Illinois, whereas his brother, Bobby, called the Hogs’ plays.
South Carolina running game coordinator and offensive line coach Eric Wolford is leaving the Gamecocks after just one season to take the Youngstown State head coaching job.