UPDATE: The Grand Forks Herald late last week updated the list of applicants for the University of North Dakota football coach job. I've added those names at the end of the original list I published last week. Here is the original post, with the new names at the end.
As I and the Herald have pointed out, there is no need for UND fans to be worried about the apparent lack of big names or recognizable names on the list. Since North Dakota is an open-records state, coaches who are likely to have a realistic shot at the job will apply just prior to the Dec. 10 deadline.
It's very likely, too, that UND administrators have been talking with preferred candidates already.
A handful of coaches have applied for the opening at the University of North Dakota, although fan and media favorites Brooks Bollinger and Tim Tibesar are not among them.
Eighteen applicants are seeking to replace Chris Mussman, who was fired after a 3-8 season. The job was posted Nov. 19 and will remain open until Dec. 10.
Bollinger is a Grand Forks Central graduate who played college ball at Wisconsin and is currently a quarterbacks coach with the University of Pittsburgh. His father was an assistant coach at UND. Tibesar is a former UND linebacker who is currently the linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears.
Most notable among the applicants seem to be Jamie Marshall, the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at fellow Big Sky Conference school Montana State, and Dale Carlson, the recently fired head coach of Valparaiso, whose team was defeated 69-10 by UND this season.
Also, I received a tip that Southern Miss defensive backs coach Maurice Drayton has applied (even though his name didn't show up on the list). Drayton was assistant head coach at FCS Coastal Carolina before joining the Golden Eagles this season.
Jamie Marshall (photo courtesy Montana State)
Here is the full list of applicants in alphabetical order:
--Dale Carlson, (most recent job) head coach at Valparaiso.
--Jovan Dewitt, (current job) defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Florida Atlantic.
--Nick Garrett, (current job) passing game coordinator/QBs at Western New Mexico University.
--Ryan Held, (current job) head coach at Highland Community College, Kansas.
--Robert Ianello, (current job) wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator at University of Kanasas.
--Robert Lancaster, (most recent job) defensive coordinator at Catawba College, N.C.
--Jamie Marshall, (current job) assistant head coach/defensive coordinator at Montana State.
--Alex Pateras, (current job) secondary coach at Ventura High School, Calif.
--Marcus Patton, (current job) defensive coordinator at Fairmont State University, W.Va.
--Lane Powell, (current job) assistant coach at Alcorn State University, Miss.
--Camm Richmond, (most recent job) teacher at Mechanicsburg High School, Pa.
--Robin Ross, (current job) special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at University of Wyoming.
--Nicholas Siciliano, (most recent job) offensive assistant coach with Cincinnati Bengals (also was quarterbacks coach at Ohio State from 2005-2012).
--Steven Smith, (current job) offensive coordinator at Albany State University, Ga.
--David Taynor, (current job) head coach at Urbana University, Ohio.
--Seth Wallace, (current job) defensive coordinator at Valdosta State, Ga.
--Larry Willis, (current job) radio analyst for South Carolina Sports Radio Network.
--Eric Young, (current job) head coach at New Mexico Highlands University, N.M.
-- Douglas Madoski, (current job) head coach Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College
-- Daren Wilkinson, (current job) offensive coordinator, Colorado State-Pueblo, a Division II program.
-- Charles Coe, (current job) offensive coordinator, Missouri Baptist, an NAIA school.
-- Michael Kelly, (recent job) former head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.
-- Damian Mincey, (recent job) former assistant coach at Massachusetts, a Division I FBS program
-- Mario Felix, (current job) running backs coach at NAIA Mid-America Nazarene.
(Mike McFeely is a talk-show host on KFGO-AM in Fargo, N.D. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFeelyKFGO.)