The (Nashville) Tennessean reported that Vandy officials also have interest in Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo. He could become a factor after the Midshipmen finish their regular season Saturday against Army.
Tulsa coach Todd Graham interviewed but no longer is part of the process, Rivals.com has learned.
Mullen's name immediately cropped up as a potential replacement when Urban Meyer retired at Florida on Wednesday.
The Northern Illinois search may be focusing on Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck (an NIU alum), Notre Dame secondary coach Chuck Martin and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren. Martin succeeded Brian Kelly as coach at Division II powerhouse Grand Valley State (Mich.) and left Grand Valley to join Kelly with the Irish this season. ... Nebraska defensive ends coach/special teams coordinator John Papuchis has emerged as the leader to be the defensive tackles coach at Texas, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported. ... Another name connected to the Kent State job: LSU receivers coach/passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales, a former assistant at Bowling Green under Meyer. ... There have been no reported interviews for the Ball State job, though Stan Parrish was fired in late November. ... Arizona co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown and defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo have taken positions on new Colorado coach Jon Embree's staff, Arizona officials have confirmed.