I've given the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise a hard time in the past, but he is absolutely killing the reporting on the Pitt coaching situation right now. This morning, he has some good news and bad news as it pertains to Penn State.
On the "good" front, it looks like Steve Pederson might be chasing Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen.
He told several people he is staying in Dallas overnight but here is where things get interesting - he may have actually left Dallas for a few hours to come here on a private jet and then returned to Dallas as it would have been very easy to pull off - and airport hotel interviews are SOP in these instances. And it could be just a coincidence but a private jet took off from Dallas Love Field Airport and came to Pittsburgh. It left at about 3 p.m. Central time arrived here just before 6 p.m. and then took off again from Pittsburgh International just before 10 p.m. and was due back in Dallas at about 11:20 local time. And he would have had plenty of time to get to a private jet from Love Field airport from Ford Stadium as they are less than five minutes apart.
Man oh man, that's some reporting right there. Anyway, Holgorsen's name has been tossed around for a few days now, so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. And if you're saying "Who?" right now, kind of like I am, it should be obvious why this would be a desirable resolution to the Pitt coaching search from the Penn State perspective. Not only is Holgorsen's name not Tom Bradley, it's not really anything anyone in these parts is familiar with. That's not to say he couldn't be a good hire but...I'll take my chances in WPAIL recruiting wars of Paterno/Bradley against Holgosen.
Now for the perhaps unsettling news.
The other known candidate, Al Golden, was at a team banquet in Philadelphia. He was asked by a reporter about the Miami job - which he is a candidate for -- and he blew it off and then a member of the Temple sports information office informed all reporters that Golden wouldn't be speaking to them the rest of the day. We'll keep checking into it and keep trying to nail this one down as well.
Of course, this really doesn't mean much of anything, but it's worth noting that at least two schools are seriously considering a man many Penn Staters hope might take over when Joe Paterno retires. While I'm not sure taking either the Miami or Pitt jobs would preclude Golden from heading to Penn State if his name was called, at the very least, I'm sure many people would prefer that he hang around Temple a little longer.
And finally this Sunday morning, some schadenfreude, as Will Muschamp is leaving Texas for Florida.
Muschamp, who has spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator at Texas and was tabbed the Longhorns’ coach-in-waiting in 2008, has been hired to replace Urban Meyer as the 23rd head coach in Florida football history.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley finalized the deal with the 39-year-old Muschamp on Saturday afternoon. Muschamp will be the second-youngest coach in the SEC behind Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, 38.
"This is a dream come true to be the head coach of the Florida Gators," said Muschamp, who lived in Gainesville for 10 years growing up. "I grew up watching the Gators and whatever other SEC team was on television.
It wasn't too long ago that Texas was playing for a championship and serving as the kingpin in conference realignment. Now, it's out of a bowl game and shedding assistants left and right. If Texas isn't the poster child of why stability is underrated, I don't know who is.