Want to know what 32 year old college dropouts do in their free time? Well, according to a Deadspin report on Thursday, some like to prank call professional coaches and pretend to be affiliated with coaching searches.
Ken Tarr, an unemployed Los Angeles resident, recently claimed responsibility for the string of faulty head coaching contacts at USC as well as a number of other fake "job-opening" phone calls. His efforts lead to a USC press conference where Athletic Director Pat Haden publicly condemned Tarr's actions and warned other potential candidates about his habits. It appears that Tarr has moved away from the Trojan coaching search and provided Deadspin with intel on his next victim: The University of Texas.
Whisenhunt: And what kind of position are you talking about?
Tarr: Well, it's been talked about quite a bit about Mack Brown, and unfortunately, Mr. Dodds is going to be resigning. The potential is maybe, you know, for you to lead the program. I wanted to first, like, reach out. Eventually, of course, Mr. Dodds will be calling himself. I'm actually in Los Angeles, and I was going to maybe see about arranging to go down to San Diego in the next couple days. Like I said, I don't want to create a stir or anything. I'm just basically trying to gauge whether or not you've got a passion for Longhorn football at all.
Wisenhunt, who spent four years developing a dominant Steelers offense before
winning playing in a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, did not shy away from expressing interest in a Longhorn coaching position.
So what does this mean in the big picture? Probably nothing. Early indications on some pay-sites believe that potential head coaches are already being vetted by "football people." What's more interesting here is how easy it is to dupe football coaches over the phone and extract important information from them.
Of course, at this point in the season, even the head coaching search itself is technically speculation. Still, Wisenhunt is a proven successful coach, so throw his name into the rumor mill.