The current rumor of the day is that Phil Bennett is in the running for the Iowa State head coaching job. Is there any truth to it? Who knows?
What we do know is that Phil shows up on a leading Iowa State's fans blog as somebody that guy is interested in.
We also know that the first spot that Phil Bennett was a defensive coordinator was . . . Iowa State (1983-1986).
we also know there is no previous connection between Bennett and Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard.
We also know that at least two people have interviewed: San Diego's Jim Harbaugh and Nebraska OC Jay Norvell. We also know that neither one of them is going to get the job. We also know that both men were interviewed by Pollard in Dallas last week. Is it possible that Pollard met with Bennett while in Dallas? Sure, it is.
Generally, however, everyone is in the dark. Both at SMU and Iowa State.
I am not surprised there are people who are disappointed that this has come up. It is a natural reaction. However, it isn't fair. Bennett is not an "SMU guy." He is here; he loves it here while he is here. But let's not kid ourselves. There are more than a few SMU fans prepared to rip Bennett's throat out with every loss.
If you want to know what I think, I'll tell you. Sure, he might be a candidate. The guy that ultimately turns SMU around is going to be a borderline folk hero in college football. If it isn't Iowa State, it will be somewhere else, eventually. I am a little irritated that he moght do it during the season (before the Tulsa game); however, that is conjecture and may not be true. I am not going to lose any sleep over it. For Bennett to be considered for a different job, he has to be successful at this one and I am far more concerned with that than anything else.