Doeren not a candidate at Wisconsin; Larry Fedora a candidate at Tennessee?

Link to Dave Doeren central!

I’m up in New York for meetings (and the Wolfpack) and therefore haven’t had the time to sit around and stay on top of all of the breaking news. There appeared to be some concern yesterday that the newly created Wisconsin opening could mean trouble for NC State as Dave Doeren, formerly on staff in Madison, could be a prime candidate for the Badgers opening.

I didn’t understand the concern as I couldn’t imagine that scenario playing out. (And, if that scenario did play out NC State would’ve been well compensated in a buyout of $3 million to $4 million).

So, it is nice to be able to put this concern to bed in a more formal manner with this declaration.

Former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren isn’t a candidate to return as the Badgers’ next head coach, a source close to Doeren told on Wednesday morning.

NC State hired Doeren as its head coach Saturday, the day after he led Northern Illinois to its second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship. Doeren went 23-4 in two seasons at NIU after serving as a Badgers assistant from 2006-2010, the last three seasons as defensive coordinator.

Doeren is on the road recruiting for NC State, and has no intentions of leaving the job.

The interesting question here is whether Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez should have reached out to Doeren before Doeren accepted the NC State job. Alvarez reportedly knew about Bret Bielema’s potential departure for several weeks, although he said in a statement Tuesday night that he was “very surprised” when Bielema took the Arkansas job.

With Doeren out of the mix and Pitt coach Paul Chryst, the former Wisconsin offensive coordinator, affirming his commitment to the Panthers, it will be interesting to see where Wisconsin’s search turns next.

Elsewhere on the college football carousel it sounds as though Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy will not leave the friendship of Boone Pickens for Knoxville. That turns most of the coaching buzz around Tennessee towards Louisville’s Charlie Strong, with UNC-CHeats Larry Fedora being speculated as a back-up plan.

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18 Responses to Doeren not a candidate at Wisconsin; Larry Fedora a candidate at Tennessee?

  1. eas 12/05/2012 at 11:38 AM #

    Hey Tennessee you should really pick up Fedora…..that would be great.

  2. Hungwolf 12/05/2012 at 11:48 AM #

    With the ship still sinking in Chapel Hill as more and more cheating facts come to light, Fedora may do well to get out while he can.

  3. JKL 12/05/2012 at 12:19 PM #
  4. packalum44 12/05/2012 at 12:28 PM #

    Would really behoove NC State for Strong to stay in Louisville (future ACC school) and build up a respectable top 20 program, Fedora to take Tennessee job thus weakening the holes and subsequently strengthening us as DD poaches some of their recruits.

  5. Bowlpack 12/05/2012 at 12:53 PM #

    Charlie Strong has to be considering the notion that with Louisville’s recent admission to the ACC that (if the conference still exists in 2 years) that Louisville will be an immediate contender for conference champ as well as NC playoff contention. He will have a Heisman contender as his QB and a pretty loaded offense. His road to glory will not be as smoothly paved at UT.

    Fedora has an entirely different situation with uncertainty regarding UNC and the NCAA, academic violations, more scrutiny on an already tarnished program, etc. Would he jump ship if given the chance or is he going to leverage this into getting a raise?

  6. JohnGalt78 12/05/2012 at 1:23 PM #

    Smurf bloggers already making excuses…..trying to avoid more humilitation. This is such a wonderful Christmas gift….more UNCheat dispair!

  7. wolfpackdawg 12/05/2012 at 1:51 PM #

    Nobody wanted the UT job last time. That’s why they ended up with Dooley…looks like it hasn’t changed.

  8. JohnGalt78 12/05/2012 at 2:20 PM #

    Bubba: “Speculation about the future employment status of a head coach can be detrimental to an athletic program”….especially ours.

    The foundation of The Carolina Way was, is and forever will be pure unadulterated cheating. This is a FACT set into which there is no place for speculation. I guess The Hat didn’t know this when he signed on. Is there a fraud clause in his contract…one that is not unilaterally in favor of the dung pile? Should he suffer financial hardship if he departs early claiming misrepresentation? Would not a law suit be a wonderful thing to behold? Come to think of it, a law suit might give him some leverage. I don’t blame the guy for wanting out. Perhaps he only has himself to blame. You lie down with dogs….

    Who would want to replace him??? I’m thinking Lane Kiffin or the like.

  9. 61Packer 12/05/2012 at 2:42 PM #

    UT would be smart to take Fedora over Strong if they’re comparing the two.

    If I were a Carolina fan, I’d absolutely want to see Fedora go, NOW.

    Give a clapp for the UNC football program, the gift that keeps on giving!

  10. ADVENTUROO 12/05/2012 at 2:52 PM #


    Here is the OFFICIAL Statement from UNC AD Bubba (WJC is my hero) Cummingham…..

    “This time each year there are a number of coaching vacancies in college football and yesterday several rumors included speculation about our own football coach Larry Fedora. Neither Coach Fedora nor I are going to address rumors about individual jobs that are bound to happen each year.

    It’s been my policy since I have been a director of athletics not to comment or engage in discussions regarding a coach’s job until such time that there is a change in a coach’s employment status. Speculation about the future employment status of a head coach can be detrimental to an athletic program.

    I frequently communicate with our head coaches about what they need to be successful at North Carolina. Whether a coach is highly successful or under inordinate pressure it has been my policy to keep those conversations confidential and I will continue my policy to not engage in any public discussion or speculation regarding employment. We work together to provide the best opportunities for our coaches and student-athletes.”

    OK….this is driving the IC bottom feeders bonkers. The bet is that the Ram’s Clubs will include a FREE translation if you re-up your 2013 dues TODAY.

    The “Premium” boys (just because they squander their hard earned WM wages there does NOT mean that they are smarter) can NOT figure it out either….

    One side of me says that Bubba put this out to also tell Fedora that “You ain’t gonna pull the Butch Trick…..I ain’t no tassel wearing Dickie doo boy……”

    The ONLY story that is out there that MIGHT have legs is what David Glenn is peddling that Fedora did “University – NOT Football” smoozing last night with a BIG $$ UNC Alum (multimillion dollar donation) last night. He did NOT say if then Larry went to bed or met the rascals from UT at a topless joint to “discuss” business. Having spent a great deal of time at the UT campus taking some graduate courses while employed, the Topless Places were a frequent haunt of the both the instructors and the students…..

    You gotta love this stuff…..FSU has lost the WR coach….followed Stoops to KY.

  11. tractor57 12/05/2012 at 3:11 PM #

    Today I was out and about and within radio reception range so I could hear DG. I guess that title of the show was “he ain’t going”. Ok the first couple times I heard the rant about irresponsible journalism over reporting the speculation. After about 20 times it did get old.

    I think it is quite reasonable that Tenn explored the Fedora situation and I have no idea if he showed any interest or not. In some ways like the Coach D speculation with Wisc.

    He did say some good things about thePack BB win last night.

  12. tractor57 12/05/2012 at 3:12 PM #

    duplicate post

  13. sfgopack 12/05/2012 at 7:57 PM #

    What was being said about the Wisconsin job was that if it became clearly open before the NC State job Dorean would have considered it. He had to choose between the options on the table at the time or be left out of the race.

  14. fullmoon1 12/05/2012 at 9:50 PM #

    Even the holes couldn’t get so lucky. He’s(fedora) coasting with butch’s recruits. They are in decline and everyone knows it.

  15. fullmoon1 12/05/2012 at 9:51 PM #

    Never trust anyone named buba.

  16. packalum44 12/06/2012 at 9:00 AM #

    “He’s(fedora) coasting with butch’s recruits.”

    Dude has a better recruiting class than us next year, with 4 4-star guys compared to ZERO for TOB.

    If The Hat got a 3 million dollar offer he’d bolt in a second. Not sure he’s worth it I wasn’t impressed with UNC this year. Take out Gernard and they are a 6 win team in an awful conference with a team loaded with upperclassmen who were part of a couple top 20 classes.

  17. 61Packer 12/06/2012 at 9:08 AM #

    This UT coaching search looks exactly like our coaching search for a HWSNBN replacement.

    I think they need a new AD more than they need a new football coach.

  18. Deacon Blues 12/06/2012 at 9:15 AM #

    ^ This and a lot of that talent is on the defensive side of the ball. Something the holes struggled with this year and will only get worse with the “gradutaion” of these players.

    For that reason he is not an SEC fit. Not to say Tenn does not take him as it appears open to anyone willing to take on the task. Where is my resume again?

    Run Larry Run, while the getting is good. I hear Temple has an opening.

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