Coaching carousel picking up steam

The firing of George Roll at Clarkson on Monday makes it four current Division I men’s schools in need of a head coach, but there are signs that the number will be shrinking this week.

I’m still not sure whether that will be thanks to Michigan Tech, however. Longtime Michigan assistant and Michigan Tech alum Mel Pearson was in Houghton, Mich., to interview for the Huskies’ opening, raising the hopes of the Tech faithful that a highly successful, highly familiar face would be guiding the program’s rebuilding project.

Not so fast, apparently. David Goricki of The Detroit News reported Monday that Pearson turned down the job. This at the end of the day where things seemed to be changing on an hourly basis, at least from afar.

Personal opinion here: I’m not sure we’ve heard the end of this one. Pearson might be worth Tech making another run with a sweeter deal.

Providence and Massachusetts-Lowell are also in the market for coaches, and it sounds like the Friars will be making a move soon. A Providence spokesperson said an announcement likely will be coming this week.

And then there was this, also on Monday: Kevin Pates of the Duluth News Tribune reports that Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin has been contacted by Penn State and likely will interview for the new program’s head coaching position.

The American Hockey Coaches Association convention gets going in the middle of next week in Naples, Fla. The coaching landscape could look a lot different by then.