Willie Taggart and company always seem to have news while I’m driving to or from a basketball game.
In any event, I spent most of today driving back from Mobile, Ala. – here are a few things that happened during that time.
Western Kentucky may be closing in on a defensive coordinator, but it’s not a done deal just yet.
A report Thursday night via Twitter from The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, La. said that former Miami-Ohio interim coach Lance Guidry had been hired as WKU’s new defensive coordinator.
The report appears to be premature, however, as a source close to the situation told the Daily News on Friday that no hire has been made for the Hilltoppers’ vacant defensive coordinator position.
The source did say that Guidry interviewed with WKU coach Willie Taggart last Friday, and is still very much in the mix for the job, but the interview process has not yet concluded and may not for a handful of weeks.
The position in question became available after former defensive coordinator Clint Bowen offered his resignation in December after just one season with the program. Bowen then moved on to North Texas, where he will serve as defensive coordinator for the Mean Green during the upcoming season.
Guidry, who also served as Miami’s defensive backs coach, took over as the team’s interim head coach after former boss Mike Haywood left the program in December for Pittsburgh.
Guidry guided the Red Hawks to a GoDaddy.com Bowl win over Middle Tennessee earlier this month, but the university opted to hire former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell as its next head coach on Dec. 31.
Jason Stamm over at InsideHilltopperSports.com reported Friday that WKU landed a verbal commitment from Champagnat Catholic (Fla.) High School offensive lineman Curtis Williams.
A 6-4, 310-pound tackle, Williams also had interest from Middle Tennessee and Kansas State, according to ESPN.com.
With Williams’ commitment, WKU now is up to 12 public verbals for the 2011 season.
The list includes Rivals.com three star players Mitchell Henry (TE/Elizabethtown); Champ Lewis (DB, For Meyers, Fla); Quartterrio Morgan (RB/Jonesboro, Ga.); Terran Williams (LB/Bradenton, Fla.); and two-star players Cliff Burns (OL/Roswell, N.M.); Tyler Higbee (TE/Clearwater, Fla.); Dimitri Johnson (DE/Dolton, Ill.); James Mauro (QB/Hurst, Texas); Dyron Speight (QB/Bradenton, Fla.) and Devin Scott (TE/Indianapolis).
National Signing Day is Feb. 2.
EDIT: IHS.com also reported Friday night that WKU’s 13th verbal comes by way of Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast wideout Boe Brand, a three-star Rivals prospect.
So, yes, another player from Manatee County will be headed to Bowling Green.