HARRISONBURG — Hal Mumme, who is believed to be a candidate for James Madison’s opening at offensive coordinator, resigned from his post as head coach at Division III McMurry University, the Abilene (Tex.) Reporter-News reported Friday night.
Mumme’s resignation could free him to join long-time friend Mickey Matthews’ staff next season. JMU posted its job opening for a new coordinator last week, and the listing expires this Friday.
But have the Dukes already found their man?
Mumme, whose most notable coaching position was at Kentucky from 1997-2000, is known for his “Air Raid” offense, which heavily emphasizes passing.
After missing out on the playoffs three out of the past four seasons with a rush-first offense that has been inconsistent, Matthews fired offensive coordinator Jeff Durden this offseason and said that he plans to make the passing game more of a focus in the offense.
Matthews and Mumme have been friends since the early 1980s, when they were assistant coaches together at West Texas State, now West Texas A&M.
Reached by telephone last week, Mumme did not rule out the possibility of joining Matthews’ staff at JMU.
“Of course, I would consider working for Mickey,” the 60-year-old said on Jan. 16. “As far as anything going on there, there’s nothing going on.”
In addition to Mumme, Mike O’Cain, who was fired as Virginia Tech’s quarterbacks coach and play-caller last week, is believed to be one of the Dukes’ final candidates.
At McMurry, Mumme went 8-3 last season and averaged 32.8 points and 433.4 yards per game, 367.3 of which came via the pass. Hired in 2009, he had a 27-16 record in four seasons.