The search for Randy McFarlin's replacement as Whitehouse head football coach will proceed with interviews as early as next week, athletic director Richard Peacock told ETSN.fm on Wednesday afternoon.

Peacock said that close to 70 coaches sent in applications and that the vacancy is for head football coach only and that he'd remain the athletic director.

“The application deadline was last Friday and we’re in the process of screening and beginning to set up interviews," Peacock said. "To be honest with you, I’ve been sick the last four or five days or we would’ve already started. Our goal is to probably start interviewing next week with the hope of getting someone to recommend to the board for our Feb. 11 board meeting.”

McFarlin's contract was not renewed before the start of the 2012 football season. In nine seasons in Whitehouse, McFarlin was 59-43, including three 10-win seasons -- the only three in school history.

The Wildcats were 10-2 last season, reaching the Class 4A Division II area round of the playoffs.

“I think the past success of the program and where we’ve come from what it was eight years ago (makes the job appealing)," Peacock said. "Coach McFarlin came in here and was able to have some success and establish a good foundation. So we hope to find someone who can building upon the tradition continue the success.”