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    Interesting bit of info for our Omaha fans that frequent this site. THis was posted over on D2 football.

    SHSU releases list of football coach candidates
    By Brian Lacy/

    And then there were 28. From the group of more than 60 people who sent resumés, the Sam Houston State University athletic department released the names Tuesday of 28 applicants who are being considered for the vacant head football coach position.

    The Huntsville Item submitted an open records request to the athletic department on Friday, seeking permission to view the names of people who have applied for the job. The Item was invited to view the documents Tuesday morning at the Bowers Stadium field house.

    Of the 28 candidates, 10 have a connection to SHSU either as a coach or player, including current offensive coordinator James Ferguson and former defensive coordinator Mike Lucas.

    Eight Division II head coaches are hoping to step up to Division I-AA, including four from the Lone Star Conference, which consists of Texas and Oklahoma schools. Tarleton State coach Todd Whitten, who was offensive coordinator at SHSU in 1999, is included with that group.

    Three high school coaches from Texas have applied, including two with SHSU ties. Doug Fertsch at Round Rock Westwood High School coached at SHSU in the early 1990s, while Klein Oak head coach Dave Smith played for the Bearkats in the mid-1970s. Pasadena Dobie High School coach Tommy Kaiser is the other current high school coach on the list.

    Notable names on the list include former Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville, former Nebraska quarterback and longtime Cornhusker assistant coach Turner Gill, and former Illinois coach Lou Tepper, who now coaches at a Division II school in Pennsylvania.

    The football coach search committee met Monday to look over the candidates and select four finalists to be interviewed in Huntsville next week. Once the four finalists have been contacted and interview times set, the names of the finalists will be released later this week.

    The following names of head coach candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The information provided includes their current job, other notable job experience and their connection, if any, with SHSU.

    Blake Anderson

    Anderson worked this past season as the co-offensive coordinator/wide receiver coach at Middle Tennessee State University where he has been for three years. He worked at SHSU in 1994 as the linebackers coach. After transferring from Baylor, he played for the Bearkats from 1989-91, and graduated from SHSU in 1992.

    Corey Batoon

    Batoon has worked since 1998 as the defensive coordinator at Northern Arizona University. The Lumberjacks and Kats have played three times during his tenure, with SHSU winning a 2001 I-AA playoff game and NAU winning regular-season games in 2002 and 2003.

    Pat Behrns

    Behrns just completed his 11th season as head coach at Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha. His overall record is 79-46. The Mavericks have won four conference championships and finished as high as No. 4 in the Division II national rankings.