Here's what has gone down over the past 10 hours or so:
--Vance Bedford interviewed for the job today. Bedford has widely been reported to be one of the assistant coaches who's going to Texas with Charlie Strong, and Jody Demling says that's true...unless he gets the head coaching job at U of L. He continues to receive a heavy amount of support from the Cardinal players on Twitter.
--Multiple networks, including Sports Illustrated, are reporting that Jurich also spoke with Shawn Watson about the position today. As is often the case, Jurich is beginning his search with any viable in-house candidates. Both Watson and Beford fit that mold.
--I said this morning that any reports of Rich Rodriguez being a "front-runner" or the guy at the top of Tom Jurich's list were bogus, and now it's looking more and more like he might not be a candidate at all anymore.
With rumors already swirling in Tucson, Arizona AD Greg Byrne took to Twitter to express his confidence about Rodriguez being the Wildcats' long term coach. That was followed by a 247Sports reporter in Arizona citing sources to say he was "95% sure" that RichRod isn't going anywhere.
As an aside, I've seen a lot of "so and so is ___ percent leaving/staying/interviewing/talking" reports in recent days. How is that calculated? Are people somehow obtaining secret pros and cons lists that just happen to contain 95 pros and 5 cons? Never change, coaching searches. I'm just interested.
--Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says Jurich's current plan is to interview five more candidates and then make a decision "by the weekend." Or it could be made before we go to sleep tomorrow night. Who knows?
--Operations director Clifford Snow, who made news in June of 2011 by leaving Kentucky for Louisville, is now expected to be among those headed to Texas with Charlie Strong. There has still been no official announcement on which U of L coaches are going to Austin with Strong, although Snow, Pat Moorer, Brian Jean-Mary and Bedford (again, if he doesn't get the job here) have been reported by multiple networks.
--Strong's introductory press conference at Texas this afternoon included him saying, "if something is soft, you can always get it hard." That is all that needs to be said about the press conference.
--One final note, we're pushing our planned radio show back a day with the hopes that there will be more to talk about tomorrow night from 6-8.