Turner Gill, thought to be Iowa State's No. 1 candidate for its coaching opening, has told the Cyclones he's not interested in the position.
Steve Mooney, Gill's agent, was interviewed Tuesday on the Marty and Miller Show on Des Moines station KXNO. Mooney said his client was not going to be Iowa State's coach and would remain at Buffalo. You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
Gill was a finalist at Auburn but the Tigers decided to hire Gene Chizik, which created the opening at Iowa State. The hiring of Chizik, who left Iowa State with a 10-game losing streak, has been universally criticized by Auburn fans.
ESPN's Mark Schlabach said two other Southeastern Conference coaches told him that Gill would never get the Auburn job because he's married to a white woman. Charles Barkley eariler ripped Auburn's hiring of Chizik over Gill.
One has to wonder how long it will be before the power brokers at Auburn go behind Gene Chizik's back and how long it will take for Iowa State to hire Turner Gill.
First Auburn, which got itself into a pickle by losing Tommy Tuberville.
This mess started a couple of weeks back when Auburn officials contacted Arkansas' Bobby Petrino and Texas Tech's Mike Leach to gauge their interest in the job if the school decided to fire Tuberville. This was the second time Auburn had pulled such shenanigans on Tuberville, who likely never forgot that incident in 2003 when Auburn officials flew to Louisville to talk with Petrino.
Three years ago, Buffalo was the worst program in Division I-A, a team that had won 12 games in seven seasons, stuck in the hinterlands of the Mid-American Conference.
On Friday night, Turner Gill did the impossible. The Bulls upset No. 12 Ball State, 42-24, and won the MAC championship to complete a stunning turnaround engineered by Gill.
Gill should be on the radar for every opening in the country, but he's not. It's a disgrace that college football on the I-A level has only three African American head coaches (Gill, Kevin Sumlin at Houston and Randy Shannon at Miami), one Latino (Mario Cristobal of Florida International) and one of Polynesian descent (Ken Niumatalolo of Navy).