Is biggest coaching news looming?


It's almost too quiet for this time of year in college football.

This is when agents make their money, when speculation and misinformation run rampant and when coaches try to discern whether the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence.

Although there hasn't been a great deal of movement, it certainly will be worth watching what happens at Texas, which obviously could trigger a serious domino effect. If Mack Brown retires, don't be surprised if Florida State's Jimbo Fisher is a name that surfaces in the Longhorns' search.

Getting Fisher out of Tallahassee could be a chore. If the Seminoles, as expected, play in the Vizio BCS National Championship, that adds another month to the timetable before Fisher would be available. He's also sitting on a gold mine in terms of talent and has an easier pathway every year to the national title game with the Seminoles playing in the ACC.

Of course, what typically drives the perennial coaching carousel is the green. That's green as in cold, hard cash.

We've already seen USC act quickly by hiring away Steve Sarkisian from Washington. The Trojans had initially targeted Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin, who parlayed the Trojans' interest into becoming a member of the $5 million club.

We're rapidly approaching the day when a coach in the SEC making $3 million per year will fall somewhere in the bottom of the pack in terms of salary.

It's called market value, and that's what the going rate is right now to hire (and keep) good coaches.

Auburn's Gus Malzahn will be the next to cash in after the job he has done in leading the Tigers to the SEC championship game in his first season.

But the number of coaches packing up their offices this week has paled in comparison with most years. There just aren't that many jobs open right now.

Just look at the SEC. This might actually be a year when there aren't any changes at the top.

There were four a year ago, and the last time there weren't any head-coaching changes in the SEC after a season was 2005.

Yes, we've just jinxed it.

Perhaps the biggest news is that someone has finally lured Chris Petersen away from Boise State. Petersen, who has been mentioned for just about every marquee opening out there over the years, is expected to be named the head coach at Washington today. He has been one of the hottest names for several years now and has turned down numerous opportunities.

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier also interviewed for the Huskies' opening. Nussmeier, who was Washington's offensive coordinator for three seasons before coming to Alabama in 2012, will continue to be on athletic directors' short list.

Washington was interested in Missouri's Gary Pinkel, whose mentor was former Huskies coach Don James, but Pinkel said this week that he was staying at Mizzou. Earlier, Jim Mora Jr. told Washington no thanks and elected to stay put at UCLA after the Bruins came through with a contract extension, not to mention more money for Mora's assistants and a pledge to upgrade facilities.

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