College football’s coaching carousel starts early and always with a bang. Apparently, a prominent NFL assistant could get thrown into the merry-go-round.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, at least one, maybe two, colleges are considering Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner for a head coaching job.
Colleges seem to always be looking for innovative offensive minds to lead their programs. But hiring the 64-year-old Turner would be an interesting move for both sides. Turner is one of the best offensive coordinators in the NFL, but that success hasn’t translated toward head coaching success. Turner is 114-122-1 during his 15 years as a head coach.
Shifting to college would be an odd career move for Turner as well. Leaving the NFL to run a college program could be viewed as a downgrade. Plus, it’s tough to say whether Turner would be interested in leading a program and hitting the road for recruiting in his 60s.
The most prominent job opening available at the moment is LSU, which fired coach Les Miles weeks ago. Purdue also has a vacancy after firing Darrell Hazell last week. LSU is clamoring for an offensive mindset after parting ways with Miles and his old fashioned philosophies. Purdue is a Big Ten school, but probably not an alluring draw.
The Vikings definitely don’t want to lose Turner, as he’s helped Minnesota’s offense stay afloat without Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil.