There is still some football left to play in the 2016 season, but some coaches are already finding themselves without a job. In the Pac-12, that was the case for (former) Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich last night.
Mark Helfrich is 1st Oregon head football coach fired since 1976. He had 3 years left on contract & is owed $11 million buyout— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 30, 2016
That one wasn't much of a surprise. I think most of us saw the news coming, and the loss to Oregon State in the Civil War only accelerated it. But now that it's official, it's time for the rumor mill to start whirling... Fast.
Mullens announces Oregon will go with an outside hire for the first time in decades.— Kenny Jacoby (@kennyjacoby) November 30, 2016
Two coaches sources tell us Oregon reps have already reached out to gauge interest… Lincoln Riley & PJ Fleck https://t.co/J6sn2SJWNS— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 30, 2016
So Bryan Harsin has now been listed by USA Today, FOX Sports, CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated as a possible candidate at Oregon. Wow.— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) November 30, 2016
Coaching rumors: 'Whispers' that Florida's Jim McElwain could leave for Oregon https://t.co/b8fJbQM4Wh— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) November 29, 2016
And then another from Feldman... Hold onto your hats for this one...
So who will be the next head coach in Eugene? Your guess is as good as mine... But, but if you're really interested, I would avoid Twitter for the next couple of days.
But outside of Oregon, there is plenty more of coaching chaos going on around the NCAA. Oregon might be the only opening in the Pac-12, but there are a couple of rumors about coaches from the conference that might be willing to go somewhere else.
Here's a quick round up:
Let's start with WSU running back coach Jim Mastro?
Mastro is who most coaches I speak with think could win there. Resources are tight. Takes a guy w local knowledge https://t.co/g3F79E96FT— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) November 27, 2016
Not so fast...
Jim Mastro will not be heading to Nevada. Per Jim Mastro, https://t.co/HydgiSHA9n— Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpeSR) November 29, 2016
Sources: Baylor coaching search targets Dykes https://t.co/u16y12AKMs— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) November 30, 2016
78-year-old Spike Dykes coming out of retirement as Houston football coaching candidate? Call up, Bill Yeoman. pic.twitter.com/KeASkRx28M— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) November 28, 2016
Eh, close enough...
Jim Mastro ends Nevada speculation | The Spokesman-Review
Jim Mastro was a key player during the Nevada football team’s heyday and has the endorsement of the patriarch of Wolf Pack football, so his name is at the top of speculative lists whenever UNR needs a new football coach.
Pac-12 Week 13 bowl projections: Washington Huskies to playoff? - Pac-12 Blog- ESPN
The latest College Football Playoff rankings seem to have Washington in the playoff with a win, but how will the rest of the Pac-12 settle into bowls?
Utah Valley Wolverine Athletics - UVU travels to take on Washington State on Wednesday night
Utah Valley and Washington State meet on the basketball hardwood for just the second time on Wednesday night.
Marquette Wire : Volleyball must deal with Washington State’s size in tournament game
Washington State was third in the nation with 3.30 blocks per set, which is partially due to middle blocker Taylor Mims, whose 1.52 blocks per set led the Pac-12. Furthermore, Washington State held opponents to a .163 hitting percentage, which was the best in the Pac-12.