Maryland Coach Bobby Ross apparently is only one of at least 10 people the University of Missouri is considering for its vacant head coaching position, which school officials would like to fill by Dec. 5.
Last week, Missouri fired Coach Warren Powers, who was 3-7-1 in his seventh season.
Athletic Director Dave Hart, who has been acting so far without a search committee, already has interviewed at least one of the candidates, Tulsa Coach John Cooper. Among the others reportedly being considered are Roger French, offensive coordinator at Brigham Young; Merv Johnson, offensive line coach at Oklahoma; Dick Jamieson, running backs coach for the St. Louis Cardinals; Carl Reese, defensive coordinator with the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL; Vince Tobin, defensive cooordinator with the USFL Baltimore Stars, and Gene Murphy, head coach at Cal-State Fullerton.
Sources indicated that Hart, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, is primarily interested in a coach with Missouri ties. Johnson, Tobin and Reese played for Missouri. Jamieson was an assistant coach at Missouri.
Ross has no tie with the school, but he did coach in the state of Missouri for four years as an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs. Ross said Sunday he expected to talk this week with school officials, who have talked to him at least once after gaining permission from Maryland Athletic Director Dick Dull.
Ross, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, has said he "is not seeking" any other coaching position, but added that he owed it to his family to listen to Missouri for financial and "security" reasons.