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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Where are they headed?

Les Miles' coaching staff appears to be headed for some transition.

Wide receivers coach Todd Monken has interviewed for the Louisiana Tech head coaching position. I for one would not be shocked to see Monken, a former Tech assistant, get the job.

In today's San Francisco Chronicle, LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini is mentioned as a candidate at Stanford. Pelini was an assistant at Iowa back in the day. That's the former school of Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby.

Then there's Jimbo Fisher, who now has been linked to the Louisiana Tech job, the UAB job, the N.C. State job and the Florida State offensive coordinator's job. It's beginning to look like Fisher will be anywhere but Baton Rouge next season.

Assuming Fisher leaves -- only N.C. State has hired a coach and he has withdrawn from UAB -- the Tigers could be interested in Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora. In fact, The Sporting News lists LSU and Florida State as potential "suitors'' for Fedora, if Fisher leaves in LSU's case.

If any or all of these coaches move on, then the pressure will be on Miles to make good hires.
Bad hires as assistants - something Gerry DiNardo can attest to - can take down a coach and his program.


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