Lafayette, LA (The Advertiser) - UL's search for a new head football coach might just be entering the home stretch. One can at least hope, right?
First, earlier today a source close to Mississippi State wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Mark Hudspeth told me that he had already interviewed for the job while visiting campus earlier this week. That source said he was here last weekend; at least two others said that happened Wednesday. Doesn't really matter when because he was here.
That first source said that Hudspeth had yet to be offered the job - either officially or tentatively - but that an offer might be on the way Friday.
Hudspeth then went on the record with The Clarion-Ledger to say that he had interviewed here - after telling the newspaper last week that he had no interest in the opening.
While Georgia Tech co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak continues to remain quiet about his status with the UL job - he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday no comment when asked if he was a candidate- I'm hearing that the other top name might take his name out of the running.
Oklahoma State associate head coach/special teams coordinator/safeties coach Joe DeForest has interviewed according to the Oklahoman. My sources have confirmed that but added that he interviewed with athletic director David Walker and senior associate athletic director Scott Farmer earlier in the week. As of Thursday night, he was still waiting to meet with university president Dr. E. Joseph Savoie but it hadn't happened yet.
DeForest, who letter in football and baseball for the Cajuns in the mid-1980s, had been rumored to stop in Lafayette for another interview at the end of this week but that hadn't happened as of Thursday night and wasn't expected Friday. He has a daughter that is still in high school, and that coupled with no second interview might be enough for him to stay in Stillwater for at least another year.
Multiple other sources told me that McNeese State head coach Matt Viator did interview this week, and that he felt it went well. He is considered to be behind Hudspeth and Sewak in the pecking order.
In other news Auburn assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor had been rumored to have interviewed with the Cajuns, but he told me, "no, I did not," via text message Thursday night. Then he apologized for taking so long to reply - it took 33 hours to get a response - but I understand he has bigger priorities coaching the top-ranked Tigers.