Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday May 27, 2017

Texas State: Eastern Illinois defensive graduate assistant Victor Irokansi has joined the Texas State staff as a defensive line GA. Irokansi spent one year at EIU and was previously a player and student assistant at Oklahoma State. 

Georgia Southern: Athletic director Tom Kleinlein has signed a new 4-year contract through 2021, with a base salary of $265,000, according to the Savannah Morning News. Kleinlein has been at Georgia Southern since 2012. 

New York Jets: Collette Smith will join the Jets as a training camp intern working with defensive backs, according to the New York Daily News. Smith is a former Independent Women’s Football League player and spent time observing Jets practice last year. She becomes the third woman to work on an NFL coaching staff.

Texas A&M: Citadel defensive quality control assistant David Cooper has joined the Texas A&M staff as a defensive graduate assistant, according to his Twitter account. Cooper spent one year at The Citadel.

Morrisville State (NY): King’s College (PA) outside linebackers coach Patrick Colligan has joined the Morrisville State staff. Colligan spent one year at King’s College after one year at Carnegie Mellon (PA).

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 26, 2017

Big 12: The Dallas Morning News reports the Big 12 is expected to announced next week it will distribute $33-34 million per school, up from $30.4 million last year.

Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer says he plans to return to the team on June 4, and he has a doctor’s appointment on June 5 to get clearance. 

Chip Kelly: The former Eagles and Oregon head coach has joined ESPN on a multi-year deal, according to The Associated Press. Kelly will mostly be a part of college football studio shows on Saturdays, along with providing NFL analysis on Sundays on Sportscenter.

Buffalo Bills: Area scout Marcus Cooper has been promoted to BLESTO scout, area scout Pete Harris has been promoted to Northeast scout, and National Football Scouting scout Chris Marrow has been hired as a pro scout. Cooper has spent the last six years with the Bills, and Harris for the last nine.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 25, 2017

New Jersey: Former Rutgers assistant Chris Demarest has been named head coach of the New Jersey Warriors, a new program that will let players from any New Jersey junior college participate. The team will play a 10-game schedule against a mix of JC’s, prep schools and college JV squads, according to Bruce Feldman. Demarest has coached at Hawaii, Rutgers, NC State, Florida State and at several other stops.

North Carolina: Larry Fedora has received an extension through 2022. When including base salary, supplemental compensation and expense allowance, his annual compensation is as follows: $2.29 million in 2017, $2.57 million in 2018, $2.95 million in 2019 and $3.05 million in 2020-22. Fedora is 40-25 in five seasons.

Minnesota State: Alfred State (NY) defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Byron Thomas has joined the Minnesota State staff as defensive backs coach. Thomas spent two years at Alfred State and previously worked at Minot State.

Arkansas: Athletic director Jeff Long has been named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee. Long’s term will run through June 2021.

Denver Broncos: General manager John Elway remains on an expiring contract, but tells the Associated Press he expects an extension to get done before Week 1.

Kansas State: New athletic director Gene Taylor told fans he expects Bill Snyder to coach beyond the 2017 season, adding per The Wichita Eagle, “I hope he is going to be here a long time. I certainly have enjoyed getting to know him. My goal is for him to be here as long as he wants. If that bridge comes, we will cross it.”

Lafayette College (PA): Former UConn graduate assistant Nick Lezynski is the new linebackers coach at Lafayette. Lezynski spent three years at UConn and previously worked at Holy Cross.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 24, 2017

Cleveland Browns: Former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has joined the Browns as senior personnel executive. Grigson was with the Colts from 2012-16 and previously worked with the Eagles and Rams.

Springfield College (MA): Former UConn defensive lineman Sean Marinan has joined the Springfield staff as a graduate assistant. Marinan played at UConn from 2012-16.

Temple: Operations graduate assistant Pat Boyle has been moved to the position of strategic specialist. Boyle is entering his fourth season on the staff, his first in a full-time role. He began as a weight room volunteer in 2014.

Beloit College (WI): Former Saint Joseph’s College (IN) defensive coordinator Nubis Padhye has joined the Beloit staff as defensive coordinator. Padhye had been at SJC since 2012 until this February, when the school announced it was closing operations. 

Miami (FL): Illinois analyst Michaelee Harris has joined the Miami staff as a graduate assistant, according to CanesInSight. Harris spent one year at Illinois after his playing career at Louisville and Akron as a receiver.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday May 23, 2017

Memphis: Several Memphis assistants have received raises, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal: OLB coach / ST coordinator Joe Lorig ($250,000, up from $184,500), DB coach Marcus Woodson ($225,000, up from $160,000), ILB coach Dan Lanning ($210,000, up from $150,000), WR coach David Johnson ($205,000, up from $160,000) and head strength coach Josh Storms ($200,000, up from $165,000).

Cincinnati: Per source, Davidson (NC) defensive coordinator Chad Creamer has accepted a quality control job at Cincinnati. Creamer had been at Davidson since 2013. He is an Ohio native and worked with Luke Fickell as a student assistant at Ohio State from 2006-08.

New York Jets: New offensive coordinator John Morton will call plays from the press box.

Sun Belt: The league will split into two divisions in 2018. The East will include Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Troy. The West will include Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama and Texas State.  

Presentation College (SD): Former Colby College (ME)  running backs / co-special teams coordinator Travis Lueck has joined the Presentation staff as running backs / tight ends coach. Lueck spent five years at Colby College.

LA Rams: Former NFL player Jacques McClendon has joined the Rams as director of player engagement. McClendon played for six teams from 2010-16.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.