The Star reported Saturday the university would use CarrSports Consulting LLC of Gainesville, Fla., to help identify potential successors to former head coach Jack Crowe, fired after 13 years and 10 straight winning seasons Nov. 30. The Star obtained a copy of the agreement — dated Dec. 5 — Monday through an Alabama Open Records request.
In his confirmation letter to JSU athletics director Warren Koegel, CarrSports president Bill Carr said he would help develop the profile of the ideal candidate, identify prospective candidates and advise JSU on their “backgrounds, contractual issues and availability” all within “the parameters you establish for the search.”
The letter did not specify those parameters, although Koegel told The Star on Saturday the school was interested in hiring a coach with high character and a strong football background who cares about student-athletes.
Although local fans suggested several highly successful prep coaches for the job, The Star reported via social media last week a high school coach would not be considered for the position. Koegel strongly denied the report, saying “I’m talking to everybody.”
An athletics department spokesman said Koegel was out of the office Monday and couldn’t be reached for comment.
Carr said Monday it would be “inappropriate” for him to discuss specifics of JSU’s search and deferred all questions to university officials. His firm has helped conduct coaching searches for some of the elite athletics programs in the country. Within the state he has provided services for Troy, South Alabama and Alabama State.
“We’re honored to be assisting the university, but other than that … we just don’t make gratuitous comments on any aspect of a search,” Carr said. “Our role is behind the scenes.
“We do acknowledge we’re assisting them and being in that role. Things are moving ahead. We’ve been doing this for a long time and you’ll just see we don’t comment about what’s happening.”
South Alabama defensive coordinator Bill Clark, an Anniston native and JSU graduate, confirmed his interest in the job to The Star last week. The internet site CoachingSearch.com speculated Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and Syracuse offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins would talk with JSU about the job.
Nix is an Attalla native. Adkins has coached at Tennessee, Georgia and Troy.
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