Nebraska denies Bo Pelini report

Updated: December 12, 2010, 12:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska's athletic director is denying a report that coach Bo Pelini is a candidate for Miami's coaching job.

Athletic director Tom Osborne told the Lincoln Journal Star that he has not given Pelini permission to speak to Miami about the job, and Pelini says he didn't seek permission to interview for another job. Pelini wouldn't otherwise comment publicly on the report.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which cited two people with knowledge of the search, Pelini has spoken to Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt but has not been been offered a job.

"He is in the mix," one of the sources said, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was no longer being considered for Miami's vacant job, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Bruce Feldman on Thursday.

Mullen had spoken to Miami officials, who have also interviewed Connecticut coach Randy Edsall and Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville, sources told ESPN.com.

A source told ESPN.com's Pat Forde that the Hurricanes could have a new coach by Monday.

Mullen told The Associated Press he hasn't been contacted by anyone about another coaching job and has "no plans on going anywhere," adding the speculation was annoying "because I have to answer things that don't pertain to our football team."

Mullen was in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday for a Gator Bowl reception that welcomed coaches before the New Year's Day game. Mullen was joined by Michigan's Rich Rodriguez.

Mullen, who spent four years working for Meyer at Florida, says he has not spoken to his former boss. Mullen sent Meyer a text message wishing him well.

Pelini's Cornhuskers (No. 18 BCS, No. 17 AP) are 10-3 heading into the Dec. 30 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl game against Washington (6-6).

Miami fired Randy Shannon last month after a 7-5 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.