Update on SEC coaching changes and searches

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2013’s offseason coaching carousel will be quieter than last year, when the SEC had four head coaching jobs open entering December. As things stand right now, it looks like all SEC head coaches will return in 2014, assuming none leave for other jobs. But like always, assistants will move on to other programs or get fired.

Here’s an early December update of coaching news and rumors:

Alabama

  • Nick Saban’s name is still being thrown around at Texas. Multiple reports have surfaced that Saban is Texas’ man in 2014, but I don’t buy it. Texas president said they haven’t even spoken to Nick Saban.
  • OC Doug Nussmeier is the apparent front-runner to get the Washington job. Steve Sarkisian left Washington for USC, and Nussmeier is one of the top choices to replace him. Updated: Boise’s Chris Peterson took the Washington job; Nussmeier will remain at Alabama…for now.

Auburn

Florida

  • Will Muschamp will be retained as the head coach at Florida for 2014, and he’ll enter next season as the coach on the hottest seat.
  • Florida fired OC Brent Pease and OL coach Tim Davis Sunday following the regular season.
  • The Gators are said to be opening up the offense to an up-tempo, spread attack, and Muschamp is targeting several coaches for the coordinator vacancy. Here are the main targets: Mike Norvell (OC Arizona State), Blake Anderson (OC UNC), Tim Beck (OC Nebraska) and Clay Helton (Interim HC/OC at USC).
  • Several have indicated that Florida will not hire an OC and OL coach for a few weeks.

Georgia

Missouri

  • Since Sarkisian left Washington for USC, Gary Pinkel’s name has been thrown around to replace him, where he coached from 1979-90. However, he told Mike and Mike on ESPN radio this morning that he’s staying at Missouri.

Texas A&M

  • Prior to their kickoff against Missouri, the Aggies announced they had reached an agreement to keep Kevin Sumlin. USC was said to throw everything at Sumlin, including a couple kitchen sinks. The details to the new 6-year deal have not been made public yet.

Vanderbilt

  • Once USC missed on Kevin Sumlin, James Franklin was thought to be in the running for the job. However, with the Sarkisian hiring, Franklin is staying put…for now. And he won’t take just any job; it’ll have to be a national championship-caliber job for him to leave Vandy.

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