The coaching carousel has begun. It is officially rumor mill season in college football.
UNLV: Idaho coach Robb Akey and former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter are among the names that are being thrown around at UNLV, which fired Mike Sanford. Fresno State coach Pat Hill also makes the list. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Dan Hawkins’ name pop up if he is let go at Colorado.
Why would Hill's name come up? Consider he has lost at least two WAC games in every year since becoming the Bulldogs' head coach in 1997. Outside of its first season in the WAC, when Boise State went 6-2 under Hawkins, the Broncos have never lost two league games in a single season.
Notre Dame: Charlie Weis has not been fired yet, but already there is speculation about the next coach in South Bend. Boise State coach Chris Petersen’s name will come up for this job, though I don’t think he is in the top tier of candidates for the position.
Portland State: Jerry Glanville has resigned as the head coach at Portland State. The Oregonian has the story and lists a number of potential candidates, a group that doesn’t include any Boise State assistants.
• The L.A. Times’ national college football writer Chris Dufrense argues that Boise State and TCU have already cracked the BCS and are being treated like major conference teams. We’ll see.
• ESPN.com still thinks the Broncos are going to the Fiesta Bowl. We’ll see. I have no doubt they deserve it over a team like Oklahoma State, but don’t underestimate the power of the connections between bowls and BCS conferences.
• Last word on the Boise State-Idaho game and rivalry. Thought John Blanchette of the Spokesman Review got it got it exactly right.
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Brian Murphy is co-author of "Blue Magic: Boise State's Unlikely Journey to a Fiesta Bowl Win." You can click here to purchase the book.