Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades has been in Denver this week conducting interviews for the school’s vacant football coaching job, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Among the candidates in the region Rhoades is believed to have interviewed: Air Force coach Troy Calhoun; Utah State coach Matt Wells; and Colorado State coach Mike Bobo. But a fourth candidate from outside the Rocky Mountain area is meeting with Rhoades in Denver on Tuesday, according to sources: California coach Sonny Dykes.
Dykes, in his third year at Cal after replacing Jeff Tedford, has a contract extension on the table from the school but has not agreed to it. His Golden Bears finished the regular season 7-5, returning to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2011. Dykes could be in play at other schools with openings as well.
Calhoun is in his ninth year at Air Force, with a 67-48 record. The Falcons will play at San Diego State on Saturday for the Mountain West title. Wells is in his third season at Utah State, with a 25-15 record. Bobo, the former offensive coordinator to Mark Richt at Georgia, is in his first season as a head coach. Colorado State is 7-5 and awaiting a bowl destination.
A fifth candidate already is on staff at Missouri, defensive coordinator and Mizzou alum Barry Odom. He’s also the widely perceived favorite at Memphis, where he served as an assistant under Justin Fuente from 2012-14, if he does not get the job at his alma mater.
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