Tarleton State University head football coach Sam McElroy told listeners to his radio show Thursday he has not been contacted by, nor attempted to contact, anyone affiliated with Sam Houston State University regarding the school’s search for a new coach.

McElroy was one of a handful of possible candidates listed by both the Houston Chronicle and the Huntsville Item last week as Sam Houston, a member of Division I-FCS and the Southland Conference, began its search for a replacement for Todd Whitten.

Whitten, who coached at Tarleton before taking over at Sam Houston, was fired on Nov. 23 after his fifth season at the school.

Much of the speculation concerning McElroy came about because he served as defensive backs coach at SHSU from 1993-99. He was then defensive coordinator at Tarleton and defensive backs coach at DI-FBS North Texas before returning to Stephenville to lead the Texans.

In five seasons McElroy has led Tarleton to a 40-15 record, two Lone Star Conference South Division co-championships and a share of the LSC leaguewide title. The 2009 Texans advanced to the Division II playoffs for only the third time in school history and won a D2 post season game for only the second time.

McElroy was named the American Football Coaches Association Region IV Coach of the Year last week and has been nominated for the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year award.