University at Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill, who was interviewed on Monday for the Nebraska job, has in the mean time been named MAC coach of the year for guiding the historically hapless Bulls to their best Division I-A season ever, with a record of 5-7. Which, incidentally, is identical to Nebraska’s record this season. Raise your hand if you saw that coming before the season started.
UPDATE: In a development that should surprise no one, ESPN is reporting that "Nebraska has narrowed its search to two candidates: Turner Gill, head
coach at Buffalo, and Bo Pelini, the defensive coordinator at LSU." Those two have been considered the front-runners all along.
Pelini! Pick Pelini!
UPDATE 2: Mum’s the word:
As the University at Buffalo football team was being honored at
halftime of ThursdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball game against Tulane, the BullsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
student section made their feelings clear about Turner Gill.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Turner stay, Turner stay!Ã¢â‚¬Â they chanted. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Turner stay!Ã¢â‚¬Â
the only thing Gill wanted to discuss was UB football, not the
possibility of becoming the next coach at Nebraska. Gill, a
front-runner for the job almost from the time Tom Osborne became the
interim athletics director at the school, declined comment on anything
Cornhuskers related Thursday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Unable to comment,Ã¢â‚¬Â Gill said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all I can say.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Also Thursday, Osborne declared himself the interim coach until he
hires a successor to Bill Callahan, allowing NebraskaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s beloved former
coach to visit prospective recruits and try to prevent the program from
slipping during the recruiting contact period. Osborne said he hoped to
have a new coach by next week.
Gill, who according to sources
met with Nebraska officials Monday, was also asked if he had been
contacted by other schools, and also declined comment. GillÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name has
surfaced for openings at Washington State as well as Duke. He said he
remains committed to coaching at UB.
The basketball team beat Tulane, by the way.