The Coaching Carousel is about to crank up
We already know of one job opening in the State, UTEP, but a few others are coming down the pipe We'd expect openings at any or all of following, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Rice. Once those dominoes start falling, expect possible opportunities at SMU, North Texas, or even TCU.
Kliff Kingsbury probably can't save his skin, especially after the Kansas State collapse. ESPN is now saying that Chad Morris and Seth Littrell, among others, could merit interest from Tech. Littrell has connections with the Red Raider program, having coached there with Mike Leach in the mid-2000's. The Red Raiders might turn to one of their own, Sonny Dykes, the son of former Tech coach Spike Dykes.
Morris will be named in connection with any number of openings, from Tech to A&M to Florida to Tennessee. He'll be a hot commodity with some Power 5 school willing to triple his salary. Morris is an A&M, and the word is, should A&M oust Kevin Sumlin, Morris would take the job in College Station.
The potential opening at Rice is the most interesting. There's no guarantee that the Owls will part ways with David Bailiff, but a 1-7 start can't help. If Rice does get rid of Bailiff, the job search could get interesting. One name we'd like to see considered is former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich. We have no connection to the search or the candidates, but Helfrich checks a lot of boxes: he's offensive minded, he's not considered a hot name for any current Power 5 openings, and based on everything we're reading, he should fit right into Rice's academic culture.
Speaking of Openings
Chad Morris' name continues to be white hot in the coaching search realm. Along with Scott Frost, Willie Taggart, Matt Campbell, and just about every other up and coming coaching name, Morris is considered a contender for the Gators' opening.
Frost is considered the front-runner for the Florida job.
Two Indoor Facilities Open
Texas Tech and Houston both opened indoor facilities in the past two weeks. Tech's new Sports Performance Center opened October 20th, and Houston facility opened up this week.
Tech's indoor facility replaces the infamous practice bubble which was known to collapse on occasion. The Sports Performance Center cost $48 million and houses an 80-yard practice field.
In Houston, the Cougars $20 million indoor practice space is a football-only building. The Cougars' are moving into the space this week. The Houston building includes 120 yards of synthetic practice area.
This week Everett Withers' son committed to his old man's school. Would've been awkward otherwise. We thought we'd take a look at a few other sons of coaches who played for their old man.
Danny Akers played for his old man Fred at the University of Texas. Danny was an undersized quarterback out of McCallum, Akers played in eleven games for the Longhorns from 1982 to 1985. Akers was considered a great competitor who never used his status as the coach's son to garner any favor. Akers passed away from cancer last January.
R.C. Slocum's son Shawn played linebacker and special teams for the Aggies as a walk-on. Slocum earned one letter at A&M and went on to coach with his dad at A&M and later with the Green Bay Packers. He's currently on the staff with Todd Graham at Arizona State.
Houston's Kim Helton brought his son in after taking the head coaching job in 3rd Ward. Clay Helton played for his dad for two seasons after transferring from Auburn. He served primarily as a backup for the Cougars, throwing for 420 yards in two years.