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Beware what you hear regarding the coaching vacancies at Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Everybody from Jon Gruden to up-and-coming assistants and little-known FCS coaches will be mentioned for those high-profile openings, three of which are among the most coveted jobs in the country.
Rumors have been flying for weeks, so lets take a look at each job.
Whos out: John L. Smith
Record: 4-8 (2-6 SEC)
Mitigating circumstances: Smith was put in a tough situation, taking over on an interim basis when Bobby Petrino was fired in April. Arkansas was ranked 10th in the APs preseason poll, but never recovered from a loss to Louisiana-Monroe, finished 12th in the SEC in scoring defense and lost four of its final five games.
Pros: The university has made a commitment to winning, is financially stable and Petrino showed that sustained success can be had with the right coach.
Cons: The state doesnt produce a large amount of talent, meaning the new coach must be able to recruit the Southeast and Texas.
Rumor mill: Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech, formerly of Auburn), Gary Patterson (TCU), Gus Malzahn (Arkansas State) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) are among the most frequently heard names. Chris Petersen (Boise State) always comes up, but he reiterated Monday: Thats all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year. Its just rumors.
Whos out: Gene Chizik
Record: 33-19 (15-17 SEC) in four years
Mitigating circumstances: Chizik is now being called the worst coach to win a BCS championship after losing his job less than two years after Auburn went 14-0 to win the 2010 title behind Cam Newton.
Pros: Theres a strong tradition with two undefeated seasons in the past 10 years. Auburn also has an outstanding recruiting base because of its proximity to Georgia and Florida.
Cons: It might take a couple of seasons to rebuild the program after the Tigers finished winless in the SEC for the first time since 1980. All three of the QBs struggled and the defense is a mess.
Rumor mill: The list is long and includes Malzahn (a former Auburn offensive coordinator), Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), James Franklin (Vanderbilt), Kirby Smart (Alabama defensive coordinator), Charlie Strong (Louisville), Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech) and even Bobby Petrino, who flirted with Auburn when he was at Louisville.
Whos out: Joker Phillips
Record: 13-24 (4-20 SEC) in three years
Mitigating circumstances: Kentucky went to four straight bowls under former coach Rich Brooks and one in Phillips first year, but he was 7-17 the past two seasons, including 0-8 in the SEC this year. Phillips was fired on Nov. 4.
Pros: Brooks showed that a coach can be mildly successful at Kentucky. He retired, but a younger coach could use the job as a steppingstone to bigger and better things.
Cons: Football will never be No. 1 at Kentucky, and the new coach would have to realize that. Recruiting often means signing and making the best with players other schools dont want, which was something Brooks did well.
Rumor mill: Willie Taggart, who led Western Kentucky to a 7-5 record this season and a victory over Kentucky on Sept. 15, Butch Jones (Cincinnati), former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, Gary Andersen (Utah State), who has never coached east of Utah, and Petrino.
Whos out: Derek Dooley
Record: 15-21 (4-19 SEC) in three years
Mitigating circumstances: Dooley was fired with one game remaining this season, and his replacement will be Tennessees fourth coach in six years. Dooley was charged with righting the program after the Lane Kiffin disaster, but the Volunteers havent been to a bowl since 2010 and were 1-7 in the SEC this year, beating only Kentucky.
Pros: This might be the best position available in the country right now and has plenty of cash to pay a big-name coach. There is an established tradition, great recruiting territory, a huge stadium and a devoted but impatient fan base.
Cons: The program has been on a steady downward slide with only one winning season in five years. Dont worry. Orange pants arent a mandatory part the wardrobe.
Rumor mill: Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), Art Briles (Baylor), Larry Fedora (North Carolina), Fisher, Gruden and Petrino are the biggest names linked with this job. Vols fans would have welcomed back former offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, but he agreed to an extension that keeps him at Duke through 2019.
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