It appears OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables isn't one of Miami's top candidates to replace Randy Shannon. According to the Miami Herald, former NFL coach Jon Gruden was scheduled to meet with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Wednesday.
If Gruden turns down the job, the Miami Herald said other candidates include Mississippi State's Dan Mullen, Stanford's Jim Harbaugh, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Utah's Kyle Whittingham, Arizona's Mike Stoops.
Venables was linked to the vacancy because of his ties to Hocutt. The two were linebackers at Kansas State in 1991 and 1992. When Venables was on Bill Snyder's staff at Kansas State, Hocutt was in the Wildcats' administration. Hocutt also was OU's associate AD before leaving in 2005.
"I'm not interested in any job," Venables said. "I'm not looking at any job. I have no intentions to visit with anybody. I've got a great job. And we've got a big-time job this week. So there's nothing to really talk about."
JEFFERSON SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
What was Venables' reaction to nickelback Tony Jefferson being named co-Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year by coaches?
"Overrated. I told him that somebody got robbed," Venables said, laughing. "He's not anywhere close to the player he's going to be. Explosive, got a great feel for the game, gives you great range outside. He's just learning to play. He's just scratching the surface of what he's capable of being."
BEAL RETURNS TO D-END
Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal, named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the media on Wednesday, returns to defensive end after playing one game at linebacker in a "50 Defense" installed specifically for Oklahoma State.
"I played linebacker in high school so it wasn't that big of a change," Beal said. "I enjoyed it... A couple of times I felt like a cornerback when I lined up really wide on a receiver."