S. Alabama gets permission to interview Lutz

South Alabama received permission to speak with Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz, and he is quickly becoming the favorite to get the job.

ESPN.com learned late Wednesday night that Lutz was in Mobile for an interview, but no offer was made. A source said Lutz isn't sure what he would do if offered the position.

The job became open after the departure of John Pelphrey to Arkansas. Lutz tried to no avail to get into the South Florida search last month.

South Alabama is considered one of the top jobs in the Sun Belt and Lutz has had issues with Charlotte's move to the Atlantic 10, which occurred two seasons ago.

Lutz has been at Charlotte for nine seasons. He has a 168-112 record at the school, going to the postseason seven times, including five NCAA appearances.

Former Arizona State coach Rob Evans is also a possible candidate for the position. South Alabama athletic director Joe Gottfried said last week he wanted to hire either a former or current head coach.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.