East Carolina's Skip Holtz will be the new coach of the Orange, according to a report on the NFL Network. An announcement is expected Monday.
There is no secondary source on the story, reported by Michael Bradley of the NFL Network, but a site was started last week by Syracuse fans pushing for Holtz to be the new coach. They might be getting their wish.
Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross and Holtz are expected to be in New York Monday and Tuesday for the College Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Holtz's father, Lou Holtz, is being inducted as is former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson.
Other coaching news:
Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo News reports that Auburn has asked for and was granted permission to speak with Buffalo's Turner Gill.
Georgia Tech, in what appears to be a proactive move, is planning to beef up the contract of Paul Johnson, whose name has come up as a possible candidate at Auburn.
Texas Tech has offered Mike Leach a reworked five-year, $12.1 million contract. Leach is currently under contract through the 2010 season and is scheduled to be paid $2.65 million in 2009 and $2.35 million in 2010.
Under the proposal, Leach would be paid an additional $7 million over the last three years of the new deal, an average of $2.33 a year. If you add in the first two years of Leach's current deal, his average salary in the "reworked" five-year contract would be $2.42 million. His buyout would remain a manageable $500,000.
With Leach coming off an 11-1 regular season and given the skyrocketing salaries of college coaches, it's difficult to imagine Leach agreeing to such terms. His salary would be less in 2013 ($2.33 million) than 2009 ($2.65 million). But the modest buyout of $500,000 gives Leach the flexibility to accept another job without incurring financial hardship.