December 14, 2006
Valdosta - Valdosta State head football coach Chris Hatcher and Blazer fans are waiting to hear if Hatcher will be the next head coach at Louisiana Tech.
Hatcher, who is considered one of the best young coaching prospects in the nation, interviewed for that job on Tuesday afternoon in Ruston, Louisiana.
Hatcher, who is the winningest coach in Valdosta State history at 76-12, told me Thursday evening he felt his interview went very well and he is simply waiting to hear if he will be offered the job.
Newspaper reports in Louisiana say besides Hatcher, Louisiana Tech has also interviewed LSU assistant coach Todd Monken, Oklahoma assistant Kevin Sumlin and Miami Dolphins assistant coach Derek Dooley.
Dooley followed former LSU head coach Nick Saban to Miami after working as an assistant in Baton Rouge for five years.
In a late-breaking development, The Monroe News-Star newspaper is reporting on its web site that LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is now the leading candidate at Louisiana Tech.
The newspaper is reporting Fisher skipped an interview for the UAB job on Thursday to meet with Louisiana Tech officials in Baton Rouge.
If Chris Hatcher doesn't get the Louisiana Tech job, he is still being mentioned for several other division one jobs.
Specifically, the offensive coordinator's job at Florida State which could fall to Hatcher if Jimbo Fisher becomes head coach at Louisiana Tech.