First, let's touch on some updates ...
An interesting name entered the discussion, first brought up by Gabe DeArmond at PowerMizzou.
Nevada’s Jay Norvell.
He might not be the Norvell whom Mizzou fans were hoping to hear about — that would be Memphis’ Mike Norvell, who won’t figure into Mizzou’s search — but the third-year Nevada coach checks a few boxes.
He’s had some success as a head coach, though measured. He's 18-19 and 15-10 the last two years with back-to-back bowl-eligible seasons. His Wolf Pack teams have beaten a couple Power Five teams (Purdue, Oregon State) and won last year’s Arizona Bowl.
Norvell, 56, is a proven recruiter at the Power Five level. He was Bob Stoops assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach for seven years at Oklahoma. Before that he coached on staffs at Wisconsin, Iowa State, Nebraska and UCLA, plus NFL stints in Indianapolis and Oakland. After leaving Oklahoma he spent a year at Texas coaching receivers — Mizzou D-line coach and current interim coach Brick Haley was on that staff, too — and then a year at Arizona State as the passing game coordinator.
Is he a candidate at Mizzou? He’s on the list, not necessarily near the top, a source confirmed Thursday.
What about all that Jim McElwain buzz the last couple days? Overblown, a source said Thursday.
That doesn’t eliminate the Central Michigan coach — at Florida he won back-to-back SEC East Division titles in 2015-16 — but the Chippewas coach isn’t handing out Mizzou business cards just yet.
Then there's Blake Anderson. Definite mutual interest between the two sides, I'm told.