College football coaching rumors: Miami announces Mark Richt hire
There are currently nine coaching jobs open across the FBS, at schools like South Carolina and Missouri. As athletic directors begin to narrow down their lists of candidates, some favorites are beginning to emerge.
Keep track of all the latest coaching rumors across the country below.
• On Friday, Miami (FL) announced the hiring of former Georgia head coach Mark Richt as its new head coach. Miami is Richt’s alma mater.
• Current Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will stay on with the team through its postseason run, reports Sirius XM’s Phil Savage. Kirby will soon be named Georgia’s head coach.
• Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt won’t be retained on Kirby Smart’s staff, reports NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread.
• Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash has pulled out of contention for the head coach position at Syracuse, reports USA Today’s Dan Wolken. The news reportedly clears the way for Bowling Green’s Dino Barbers to take the job.
• Missouri is interviewing possible candidates this week, including California coach Sonny Dykes, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun and Colorado State coach Mike Bobo, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde. SI’s Pete Thamel reports Utah State’s Matt Wells is not among the list of candidates.
• The South Carolina Gamecocks are reportedly interested in Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to fill their head coach position, according to ESPN. Riley, who is also the team’s quarterbacks coach, is in his first season with the Sooners. Riley previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at East Carolina for five seasons.
• Sources have said that Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is unlike to return to coaching the Tigers next season, reports Kevin Scarbinsky of AL.com. Reports have said that Muschamp could end up at the next head coach for South Carolina or defensive coordinator at Georgia or Alabama.