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Report: Washington State DC Alex Grinch Being Targeted By Schools Including Arkansas, Texas A&M

General view of Martin Stadium.

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 9: General view of the game between the Washington State University Cougars and the University of Oregon Ducks on October 9 2004 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The Ducks won 41-38. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Alex Grinch was a breakout star coordinator for Washington State this year, and now SEC programs are reportedly after him.

Grinch has steadily improved Washington State's defense, always a difficult job considering the pace at which Mike Leach's offense plays.

The Cougars were 99th in total defense in 2014, the year before Grinch took over coordinator duties. This year, the team was up to 15th in the nation, allowing just 313.6 yards per game. The mark was good for second in the Pac-12, behind only Washington.

Apparently, the SEC took notice. Arkansas and Texas A&M are among the programs with new coaches, and according to 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard, Chad Morris and Jimbo Fisher are looking to bring Grinch down from the Palouse.

When Mike Leach had his flirtations with the Tennessee job, Grinch was reportedly the favorite to take over as head coach at Wazzu. He's quickly rising through the coaching ranks.

Prior to taking over the defense at Washington State, Grinch coached safeties at Missouri. He has also had stints at Wyoming and New Hampshire. As a player, he won three Division III National Championships at Mount Union.

Update: FootballScoop reports that Texas A&M has its eyes on another defensive coordinator, and has not made any offer to Grinch.