Two of the Southeastern Conference schools with coaching openings have begun the interview process.

Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne has started interviewing candidates and has said he will not talk to the media until he has a coach in place.

Speculation has centered on Boise State coach Chris Peterson, a longtime friend of Byrne. But Peterson denies interest.

The Boise State coach issued a statement Friday denying he has interest in the opening left by Sylvester Croom’s resignation last Saturday.

“I have a lot of respect for director of athletics Greg Byrne and the Mississippi State athletic program, but I am not taking the head coaching position at Mississippi State,” Peterson said. “Mississippi State has not offered me the head coaching position. I normally do not comment on coaching positions at other schools, but felt I needed to do so in this situation.”

Over at Auburn, its list of potential coaching targets to replace Tommy Tuberville reportedly is getting thinned out.

Memphis Commercial Appeal