This morning, the Trib's Dave Matter reported that one former Mizzou offensive coordinator (David Yost) and one potential Mizzou offensive coordinator (Josh Henson) have been offered the same position at other schools.
Missouri co-offensive line coach Josh Henson has been offered the offensive coordinator position at Southern Miss, a source confirmed. Newly hired Southern Miss coach Todd Monken and Henson coached together under Les Miles for three years at Oklahoma State and two years at LSU. […]
It's unclear how interested Henson would be in leaving MU for Southern Miss. He's been considered one of two internal candidates for Missouri's coordinator position, along with receivers coach Andy Hill.
Speaking of Oklahoma State, Cowboys Coach Mike Gundy has offered the coordinator position to former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost, a source confirmed. Oklahoma State's had one of the country's most potent offenses for several years, and Gundy's last two play-callers both parlayed their time in Stillwater to head-coaching jobs: Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia and now Monken at Southern Miss.
(First of all, that is about as big an endorsement of David Yost's abilities as I can imagine. Gundy has made some absolutely fantastic hires through the years, and if he wants Yost, that probably means that Yost is a damn good O.C., no matter what Mizzou fans might like to think.)
The Henson development, meanwhile, could give us a pretty clear hint of Gary Pinkel's intentions, even if university procedures dictate that he not officially make a hire for another few days. If he is either told he won't get Missouri's offensive coordinator position, or if he simply thinks he won't, then he would probably accept the Southern Miss offer; he is young and upwardly mobile, and it is believed that if he is passed over for a promotion this time around, he won't still be at Mizzou the next time the position comes open. Southern Miss was awful this year, but the Golden Eagles are just one year removed from a Conference USA title and a long, long streak of winning seasons.
(FootballScoop.com, by the way, says that Henson is gone. So that could become official pretty quickly.)
So basically, if Gary Pinkel is leaning toward either promoting receivers coach Andy Hill or bringing in former Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, that could mean that he would also have to fill another spot on his offensive staff. For Chaney, that might not be a problem. Rumors have suggested a couple of different former Tennessee assistants might be interested in joining him. But if HIll is Pinkel's first choice, that could mean he will have to hire both another receivers coach and another assistant in the near future. Stay tuned, huh?
UPDATE, 10:58 a.m. So ... yeah.
Source confirms to me #Mizzou OL coach Josh Henson will join Southern Miss staff.Don't know if as OC or another role at this point.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 12, 2012
More to come on developing story, but #Mizzou assistant Josh Henson HAS NOT accepted coordinator position at Southern Miss.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 12, 2012
UPDATE, 11:03 a.m. NOTHING TO SEE HERE.
Now getting conflicting info. Josh Henson has NOT yet accepted position at Southern Miss, only has been offered. My mistake.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 12, 2012