There’s an interesting connectivity linking one job search involving a former Grambling coach with another that could include the current one.
Follow along now: Doug Williams, who led the GSU program from 1998-2003, interviewed for the open position at the University of South Florida. That job eventually went to East Carolina’s Skip Holtz.
Now, ECU — located in Greenville, N.C. — has apparently asked Grambling athletics director J. Lin Dawson for permission to talk to third-year Tigers coach Rod Broadway about replacing Holtz.
Broadway, a North Carolina native best known for his stint on Steve Spurrier’s FBS national championship winning staff at Florida in the 1990s, most recently led the N.C.-Central staff, and previously worked as an assistant at Duke, North Carolina and, yes, at East Carolina — though that was back in 1979-80.
Broadway has flirted with leaving the FCS program at Grambling before, interviewing with Duke and being linked to the coaching search at Florida A&M. He’s not the only coach on ECU’s wish list, however. Other names circulating include Temple’s Al Golden and Middle Tennessee’s Rick Stockstill.
Holtz took over an East Carolina program that had won just 3 total times in its previous three seasons and led it to two Conference USA titles. ECU had not won a league championship since since 1976. During his five-year tenure, Holtz — son of Lou Holtz, who won a FBS championship at Notre Dame — guiding ECU to four-straight bowl game appearances for the first time in school history.