The whispers began back when Steve Taneyhill was coaching 8-man football at Cambridge Academy, where he won two state championships and played for another in five seasons.
Those same whispers have grown increasing louder now that the former flamboyant South Carolina quarterback has Chesterfield in the Class A title for the fourth straight year with a chance to win his third crown in a row today against Lamar.
The question has always been when is one of the bigger state schools going to give Taneyhill a chance to prove his mettle against bigger competition?
According to Taneyhill, he is happy building the Chesterfield program into a powerhouse even though they had never played for a state championship before he started at the school in 2005. But that does not mean he would not listen.
"It doesn't hurt to talk to somebody. I'm happy where I'm at, but if it's the right situation, I will look at it," Taneyhill said.
With recent openings at Dutch Fork, Lexington and Spring Valley in the Midlands, the chance to move to a bigger stage is there for Taneyhill.
But one of the snags for USC's second all-time leading passer is that he is not certified to teach. He is an administrative assistant at Chesterfield where he calls himself the principal's "right hand man." He substitutes, works the bus routes and basically handles paperwork which allows him to see most of his players throughout the day instead of just at football practice.
He has no aspirations to go into teaching. If he moves to another school, it would have to trump his current situation.
"We have so many right things at Chesterfield," Taneyhill said. "We have a great community, great kids coming up and great support. Our facilities are good for a 1-A school. I'm content. If no one offered me a job I'd be fine. I'm happy at Chesterfield but I wouldn't mind looking."
The three openings in the Midlands are three of the most prestigious in the state. Even though that is an attractive situation, Taneyhill would not go to a place where he has no chance to win. Going into today's 3 p.m. Class A Division I title game against Lamar, he has a 100-22 career record and four state titles.
"It's going to have to be the right situation with the right amount of support with the opportunity to win," Taneyhill said. "You know, I want to win. In the 10 years I've coached, I've won 100 games. If I can't win, I don't want to go there."
Taneyhill also does not want to change jobs in the spring. He said football is a 12-month per year position and getting a late start would not be beneficial. So, if someone wants to make an offer, it needs to come quick.
"Football starts back December 1st, "Taneyhill said. "If you are not there in December and January, you missed a lot of days. You are out two weeks during Christmas, and that's a chance to have your kids in there lifting weights for two hours a day. If you are not there, you miss out on a good time to start on next season."
Being a college assistant coach is another available option for Taneyhill. But even though he is content to stay at Chesterfield, he said not being a certified teacher should not hold him back from getting a job at another school.
"I'm not certified to teach, I don't want to teach," Taneyhill said. " If they want a guy to come and be a positive role model and be a good football coach, then I think there are plenty of jobs in that building (school) you can give somebody."