College Football Coaching Carousel: Butch Jones Is 'Strong Candidate' for Colorado State Job

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Now that the College Football Playoff rankings are out and bowl games have been announced, the coaching carousel has been put into motion. 

Larger hirings have already taken place, including Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss and Mike Norvell to Florida State, but much is left to be sorted out. 

Here are the latest college football coaching carousel rumors:

  • Clemson offensive coordinator Jeff Scott has reached a deal to become the head coach at USF. (Zach Lentz, Clemson Maven)
  • Alabama staffer and former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is emerging as a "strong candidate" for the head coaching vacancy at Colorado State. (Bruce Feldman, The Athletic)
  • Georgia associate and offensive line coach Sam Pittman is considered the top candidate for Arkansas's head coaching job. The deal is "90% done," per Stadium's Brett McMurphy. Pittman spent time with Arkansas in 2013-15 as an assistant coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. (Pete Thamel, Yahoo Sports; Chris Low, ESPN)
  • Appalachian State's Eli Drinkwitz has emerged as a strong candidate for Missouri's coaching vacancy. (Bruce Feldman, FOX Sports)
  • Barry Odom has emerged as the top candidate to replace Mike Norvell in Memphis. (Sean Labar, Virginia Tech Maven)