Day 3: Kelly a Hot Commodity


It is no secret that Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly is at or near the top of many lists when it comes to filling vacancies. In today’s Cincinnati Enquirer, we learn that his attorney has been contacted by Washington, which is trying to replace Ty Willingham. Kelly said other schools have “shown an interest” in him, but he did not offer specifics.

To review, Kelly has led the Bearcats to a 10-2 record, the Big East championship and the school’s first BCS bowl berth.

From this end of things, in today’s Daily Journal I have a story that starts out talking about Sylvester Croom‘s farewell to his former players but that also touches on the coaching search.

And so begins Day 3 of the MSU coaching search. More to come.


36 Responses to “Day 3: Kelly a Hot Commodity”

  1. shmuley Says:


    I give you a hard time sometimes about being 2 hours behind your competition, but it’s just fun and games. We really appreciate your effort to keep us informed.

    As for the rumor mill, I really hope Byrne is jumping over every obstacle to get to Brian Kelly. And with the Auburn slot fixing to open, we’ve got to get serious with one of these top tier guys immediately.

  2. Brad Locke Says:

    Thanks, shmuley.

    The sooner the better for all involved, I think (me included).

  3. maroon1white Says:

    Kelly is definitely a winner. According to his wik page that’s all he’s done and not with teams that were already rich with tradition & talent. I can see why he’s high on the list.

  4. dawgface52 Says:

    He would be great. I would take Gary Patterson too. I’m not hard to please as long as he’s a proven winner. 🙂

  5. kstorey395 Says:

    I like the names of Patteson and Kell. My only question is can they handle the pressure of winning in the SEC? The Moutain West and the Big East are a far cry from the SEC.

  6. maroon1white Says:

    I seriously doubt we get Patterson. He was offered over $2M a year by Minnesota last January and he turned it down.

    Does anybody know if Kelly’s teams are respectable on the D side?

  7. maroon1white Says:

    I’m not too worried about what conference the new coach comes from if he’s good he’ll succeed. Look at Meyer he was at Bowling Green State then Utah I’d say he’s done well in the SEC don’t you?

  8. goldendawg Says:

    It’s much easier to win at UF.. Look at Spurrier. South Carolina has been mediocre at best..

  9. kstorey395 Says:

    Yea Meyer did do well…at Florida! It’s a national program that can get any recruit they want. We’re not Florida, but we can be competitive with the right coach. The problem is, you don’t find too many Urban Meyer’s sitting around itching to come to Starkville.

    Starkville is what it is…a tough sell…for coaches as well as recruits. I hate to say it…well really I don’t because I think its true, but we need a coach that will bring in a gimmick offense. If not, we will continue to score no more than 17 points per game.

  10. kstorey395 Says:

    Thank you goldendawg….

  11. bigdraws Says:

    Spurrier also won at Duke.

  12. kstorey395 Says:

    Spurrier hasn’t had a quarterback either…

  13. desertdog2005 Says:

    The selling point is being a head coach of the premier league in college football. If you truly want to be the best you have to beat the best. Not just being a part of a tradition but becoming the tradition that MSU wants so much. Or for Alabama’s sake you just have to hire the sneakiest snake and bend the rules-I didn’t know you couldn’t go to a high school ball game (in Hoover).

  14. s084swd Says:

    If we can get Tommy Tuberville, I think we should. He’s one of the best recruiters around and knows all about competing in the SEC. Currently, his recruiting class at Auburn is ranked in the top ten. If not Tuberville, what about Rodney Garner? He’s assistant head coach to Mark Richt, recruiting coordinator, and coaches the defensive line. He’s in his early forties and would bring much energy to the program. The only thing it looks like he lacks is experience in being a head coach. Just a thought. I hope we get what we need. You’d think we could for over a million bucks a year. Good luck to MSU and Greg Byrne.

  15. boonhoggenbeck Says:

    TT is burned out with too much “Mississippi” baggage, and we need a proven head coach. A good coach who is good at that and a good recruiter at any level would be what we need. I prefer not to hire a retread or a coordinator.

  16. boonhoggenbeck Says:

    While not lobbying for him, I think someone “like” Derek Dooley is the kind of coach we should be considering. ..we need someone with “that lean and hungry” look, if you know what I mean.

  17. Brad Locke Says:

    Well, Brian Kelly said today he’s staying at Cincinnati, and at the same time announced that Nippert Stadium will undergo a “massive renovation.”

  18. msualum01 Says:

    Fully agree on the ‘lean and hungry’ thing. While we’re at it, no more ‘hobo hats’ either.

  19. oldsmobill2 Says:

    I’m afraid were heading for a Coach O situation here. You remember when the Rebels fired Cutt and then couldn’t get anyone they wanted to take the job. I think Byrne planned on having the spot filled by now.

  20. joekstewart Says:

    I think it is:

    Dooley- Head Coach
    Coach O- Defense/recruit coordinator
    ?- OC and Special Teams are the must to fill with quality.

  21. charleston11 Says:

    Charlie Strong would take the job for half the money Croom made!

  22. bigdraws Says:

    I wonder how many jobs he’s been turned down for because his wife is white.

  23. goldendawg Says:

    Coach O is going to Tennessee

  24. msudawginbama Says:

    O is @ Tennessee saying the “orange flood” is coming…

  25. carwwest Says:

    yall dont think mullen or kevin wilson would want to come here??

  26. claytaylor32 Says:

    Just heard on ESPN that Kelly is staying at Cincy. But, you gotta remember how many times did Nick Saban say he was staying at Miami. And what about Petrino? Ha. I still want Chris Peterson. I hope this isn’t a Coach O situation….I just get this sick feeling in my stomach thinking we are going to find some way to screw this opportunity up and let everyone down. Lets hope not.

  27. kstorey395 Says:

    bigdraws…Over the weekend, a good friend of mine raised that same question about Strong. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s on their minds here in the South, but other places, I don’t think it’s much of a factor.

    I don’t think we need a defense guy…we need an offensive guy.

  28. huddogg16 Says:

    What we all have to remember is some of the good assistant coaches won’t talk to anyone about a head coaching position until after their bowl games. Hopefully before then we will have a new coach, and get started with our future. I’m with everyone else the suspense is killing me.

  29. bhamdawg Says:

    I think we should take a long hard look at Turner Gill. He went from a 2-10 2006 season at Buffalo to a 7-5 going bowling and playing for the MAC title this year. He was also the 2007 MAC Coach of the Year. He was a strong candidate last year for the Nebraska gig. He is an offensive minded guy, which everyone is saying we need to steer toward. He is also the offensive coordinator at Buffalo along with being the head coach. He was also the quarterbacks coach at Nebraska during the early to late 90’s and I would say there were some pretty darn good qb’s come out of that era.

    Just my opinion

  30. darkcooger Says:

    I’m anxious to see who the new coach will be, too, but I don’t understand the urgency. Is there something inherently wrong with having to wait until after bowl season to pick someone up? I mean, the season isn’t completely over yet – there may still be some surprises coming available.

    I’m afraid MSU is in a bad position, though – we may be forced to take a good coach the first chance we get, whereas a bigger-name school could keep a good coach dangling for a short time while they waited to see if anyone better would come along. Still, how much competition do we have right now? Can we wait long enough that the bowls will have played out?

  31. buzzardroostus Says:

    The biggest problem with taking our time finding a coach is keeping our current recruits. But I’d rather lose a couple of good recruits and get the right coach. There’s a lot of overlooked talent, especially in Mississippi. Like the Davis boy who QBs for USM. He’s a true freshman and we or Ole Miss didn’t even give him a look.

  32. mtowndawg Says:

    Has anyone thought of Larry Blakeney at Troy University? He is a winner and from Gordo, Alabama; which isn’t that far from Starkville.

  33. boonhoggenbeck Says:

    We need a clean break from the past five years. We don’t need any more publicity about the first or second AA coach in the SEC. We don’t need another experiment with any of that kind of controversy. We need a proven head coach that is about as close to 180 degrees from all that crap that we can get. We did our job on that…somebody else’s turn.

  34. RoastBeef1 Says:

    buzzard, Davis is actually a RS Freshman. He started for Mississippi in the MS/AL all star game but I think he was planning on playing both baseball and football and that turned schools away (not for sure though). I also don’t think he’s an SEC qb. The guy has no arm strength. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lee or Carroll put up the same or bigger numbers than him in that system.

  35. RoastBeef1 Says:

    well I meant to say Lee or Carroll could put up the same or bigger numbers playing for Southern Miss, not necessarily the system.

  36. gogawgs09 Says:

    davis didn’t look great against aub but neither did lee

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