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According to several sources, Southern Miss. coach Larry Fedora, who has said in the past that Texas A&M was his "Dream Job" could accept the North Carolina job by the end of the day.

Fedora attended A&M Consolidated HS and has been an assistant at both Baylor and Oklahoma State. He has been the Head Coach at USM for four years and has led the Golden Eagles to a 33-19 record and 4 straight bowls. This year USM was 11-2.

Texas A&M Athletics Director Bill Byrne is in New York and reportedly interviewed both Fedora and Houston's Kevin Sumlin.

North Carolina has apparently given Fedora a deadline of today to accept their offer. His team's win over Houston in the Conference USA championship game may have soured some Aggies on Sumlin.

Other reported candidates are Louisville's Charlie Strong and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Strong was an assistant coach at Florida for a total of 15 years before taking over at Louisville.

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So far Louisville has not given A&M permission to interview Strong.

If the Aggies want Strong, there is a $2.5 million buyout in his contract. That would be on top of the Aggies Big 12 buyout along with their buyout with fired coach Mike Sherman -- to say nothing of the expected $3 million they will have to play their new coach to compete in the SEC.

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There are reports that former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has been spotted visiting on the UCLA campus.

Tressel was seen having dinner with UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero on Monday night at Polo Lounge in Los Angeles. It's hard to imagine any BCS program hiring Tressel before the NCAA hands down its final verdict on the Ohio State/Tattoo case.

OH, One final rumor for today.

Guess who supposedly wants the Kansas Job.

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