|Michigan vacancy creates buzz at college football banquet|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 04 December 2007 19:26|
Athletic directors and college football coaches from around the country were busy networking and sharing information about job openings, like the one created by the retirement of the Wolverines' Lloyd Carr.
Michigan athletic director Bill Martin has said he has 20 candidates in mind, but he declined comment Tuesday night when asked if he was at the New York event to interview candidates.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said he'd be happy to help Martin with his search.
``It's one of the great institutions and programs in the country, and it's an important hire for the school, department and our conference,'' Delany said in an elevator. ``I am always available to our schools as a resource, if asked in these situations.''
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez was enjoying the talk about what coaches might end up filling open spots.
``It is pretty interesting, isn't it?'' asked Alvarez, a former Badgers football coach who picked his own successor entering the 2005 season. ``I had a unique situation where I was the coach and the athletic director, but it's not like that at many places.''
Carr announced Nov. 19 that he was retiring after 13 seasons. His final game comes New Year's Day, when Michigan (8-4) faces No. 9 Florida (9-3) in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Carr is 121-40 for a .752 winning percentage, seventh among active coaches.
Martin had been given permission by LSU officials to talk to coach Les Miles - but not until after last Saturday's SEC Championship game.
Following No. 5 LSU's 21-14 victory over No. 14 Tennessee, Miles said that he planned to remain coach of the Tigers, who will play Ohio State in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Others coaches whose names have been mentioned for the Michigan job include Wake Forest's Jim Grobe, California's Jeff Tedford, Missouri's Gary Pinkel and N.C. State's Tom O'Brien.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, widely rumored to be on Martin's list, said he is not talking to anyone about job openings.