Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades has a football coach to hire, and reports suggest he is quite busy in pursuit of one.
Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reported Tuesday that Rhoades is conducting several interviews while in Colorado. Among the group Forde says Rhoades is there to speak with includes Colorado State coach (and former UGA assistant) Mike Bobo, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, California coach Sonny Dykes and Utah State coach Matt Wells.
KOMU sports director Chris Gervino reported that Dykes was interviewing with Rhoades on Tuesday.
Bobo, 41, is in his first season with Colorado State after replacing Jim McElwain, who left for Florida. Bobo went 7-5 with the Rams in his first year as a head coach after spending more than two decades at UGA as a player and coach, with a one-year hiatus at Jacksonville State mixed in.
Calhoun, 49, is 67-48 in nine years at Air Force. The Falcons have gone 18-7 over the past two years and will play San Diego State in the Mountain West Championship game this weekend. While Calhoun’s team at Air Force has run the triple-option offense, he spent four years in the NFL as an assistant coach and is not considered strictly an “option coach” like Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech.
Dykes, 46, is 13-23 in three years at Cal after three years at Louisiana Tech. His father, Spike, was a longtime coach at Texas Tech, where Sonny played, and he mentored in the Air Raid family with Hal Mumme and Mike Leach.
Rhoades also has a history with Dykes, dating back to his days at Houston.
Wells, 42, is 25-15 in three years at Utah State after serving as offensive coordinator and playing quarterback there. He won 10 games last season despite using four quarterbacks because of injuries.
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