Well guys, it looks like our coaching search is drawing to a close as numerous reports are starting to surface that Temple Owls head coach Geoff Collins is the main focus and is moving towards an agreement to be the next head coach.
Source: Temple's Geoff Collins has emerged as the leading candidate at Georgia Tech. No offer has been made yet. But he was in Atlanta on Thursday, met with Tech officials and they've indicated he's the favorite. A deal could happen as soon as tonight.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 6, 2018
Big sigh of relief here. From everything I’ve heard this week, Geoff Collins is next man up for Georgia Tech. https://t.co/NunCNrEzry— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 6, 2018
SOURCE: #GaTech is targeting #Temple’s Geoff Collins for its head coaching vacancy as GT’s search has narrowed.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 6, 2018
It’s close. https://t.co/OfG9a2g3Mx— Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) December 7, 2018
These reports all started to heat up after ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (the believed frontrunner to this point) had withdrawn his name from the search.
Los Angeles OC Ken Whisenhunt has removed his name from consideration for the Georgia Tech HC job, per source, and will remain with the Chargers.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2018
Though a lot of these reports make it seem like Collins to Georgia Tech is nearly a done deal, The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz cautions that there might be some time before it’s announced.
Re: Geoff Collins-to-Georgia Tech rumors. He very well may be lead candidate but FWIW there's nothing yet to indicate a deal/coach announcement is imminent (as in tonight).— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) December 7, 2018
In other news, we also heard some other names that were connected to the opening from USA Today’s Dan Wolken.
Though Temple’s Geoff Collins has emerged as the frontrunner at Georgia Tech, it’s not done. There is also interest in Memphis’ Mike Norvell and North Texas’ Seth Littrell, who spoke with AD Todd Stansbury earlier this week, per source.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 7, 2018
Mike Norvell and Seth Littrell are both very interesting names. Both are considered up-and-coming head coaches and could be moving up the coaching rankings very soon, even if it isn’t with Georgia Tech. Most reports I’ve seen, though, have been connecting Littrell to the opening at Kansas State, and there’s also one report out there that says Littrell may opt to stay at North Texas.
Oh yeah, guess who else was in Atlanta yesterday!
I did https://t.co/RkaTqEb05R— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) December 7, 2018
Please don’t read anything into this. Lane Kiffin is not a candidate for the Georgia Tech head coaching job. Kiffin is currently in the midst of a 10-year deal with Florida Atlantic and was probably just in Atlanta recruiting.
Update | 12/7, 8:30 a.m.
Geoff Collins is going to be named the Georgia Tech coach today, a source tells me. @TheAthleticATL— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) December 7, 2018
Well, it’s starting to look like Georgia Tech will have a new head coach just in time for this weekend’s official visits. Schultz, who tweeted last night that there was nothing to indicate that a deal is imminent, is now saying that Collins will be named the head coach later today.