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Football Scoop: Andy Ludwig a “strong candidate” for Nevada HC job

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If Ludwig departs, Vanderbilt would be on its third offensive coordinator of the Derek Mason era.

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

And we thought we might get through this offseason without a shakeup on the coaching staff.

Having just been through a coaching search ourselves a few months ago, we know all about “sources” and how often the sources are either an interested party (i.e. an agent) floating a name out there, or just plain don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. The source here is Football Scoop, which isn’t somebody that’s particularly close to the Nevada football program.

Still, this makes a bit of sense: Ludwig is a native of Utah who’s spent most of his career in the West; he’s also 52 and this would be his first head-coaching gig if he gets it. The bad news is that if this comes to pass, Derek Mason would have to hire the third offensive coordinator of his tenure, and we hope he doesn’t bring back Karl Dorrell.

Further speculation would involve offensive line coach Cameron Norcross, who’s a Nevada native and a UNR alum, who might be enticed into going with him.

Who knows if this rumor is true, but it’s hard to think of the last time a Vanderbilt football assistant coach got hired as an FBS head coach so... maybe hooray?