Coaching search (Updated)

BREAKING: Times Herald-Record columnist Kevin Gleason confirms Tampa Bay Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview for Army head coaching position Friday.

Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica will also be interviewed this weekend.

Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Monken and Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner were the early frontrunners for the Army opening.

Army was granted permission by Georgia Southern Wednesday to speak with Monken.

Monken, 46, who coached under Paul Johnson at Navy and Georgia Tech, is a triple-option expert. He was interviewed for the Army opening in 2008 when Rich Ellerson was hired. Monken and Georgia Southern closed out an 7-4 season with a 26-20 win at Florida last month.

Georgia Southern, which will move to the Sun Belt Conference and Division I-A football in 2014, lost four games in the Southern Conference to Appalachian State, Furman, Samford and Wofford this season.

Warinner, 52, who was an Army assistant from 1987-99, is also expected to interview for the opening. He was a top candidate for the Bowling Green job. But, Bowling Green hired Dino Babers, head coach at Eastern Illinois, Wednesday. Warinner, West Point ‘s offensive coordinator in 1998-99, is said to have wanted the Army job more than Bowling Green.

Athletic director Boo Corrigan and Superintendent Robert Caslen are conducting interviews. A selection committee, which was used in 2008, is not in place this time around.

Now hearing a decision could be announced as early as Monday.

“I cannot imagine a stronger United State Military Academy leadership team than LTG Caslen and athletic director Boo Corrigan, backed strongly by General (Ray) Odierno (Chief of Staff of the Army), to select an outstanding coach to lead our team forward,” said Rollie Stichweh, a captain of the 1965 Army team and member of the academy’s sports Hall of Fame. “I am very optimistic that we will have a successful outcome for the search underway, and a very bright future for our football program.”

 

 

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