Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 30, 2017

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Los Angeles Chargers: Former Chargers running back LaDanian Tomlinson has joined the organization as a special assistant to the owner. Tomlinson played for the Chargers from 2001-09.

LSU: Former Wisconsin defensive back Michael Caputo has joined LSU as a defensive assistant, according to his Twitter account. Caputo played at Wisconsin from 2011-15, where he played under Dave Aranda.

Edinboro (PA): Inside linebackers coach Wayne Bradford has been named interim head coach. Bradford is in his 18th year on the Edinboro staff.

Minnesota: Arkansas defensive quality control assistant David Parker has joined the Minnesota staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Parker had been on the Arkansas staff since 2012 as a student assistant and then quality control, where he worked with new Minnesota defensive coordinator Robb Smith.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 29, 2017

Idaho State: Former UC Davis wide receivers coach Pat McCann has joined the Idaho State staff as wide receivers coach. McCann spent the last four years at UC Davis and previously coached at Stonehill College (MA).

Play-callers: There were 18 first-time defensive play-callers in FBS in 2016. Here’s how they fared.

IUP: Paul Tortorella has announced the additions of University of Charleston offensive coordinator Tate Gregory as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach and Central Michigan graduate assistant Jameson Zacharias as cornerbacks coach. Gregory spent four years at Charleston, and Zacharias spent three years at CMU.

UC Davis: Washington defensive quality control assistant Brandon Huppert has joined the UC Davis staff as defensive line coach. Huppert spent five years on the Washington staff and previously coached in high school.

Northern Colorado: Contra Costa College (CA) quarterbacks coach Jeffery Anderson has joined the Northern Colorado staff as a graduate assistant. Anderson spent three years at Contra Costa.

Concord University (WV): Former UT-Martin quarterbacks coach Josh Zettergen has joined the Concord staff as quarterbacks coach. Zettergen spent 2016 at UT-Martin and previously coached in the high school ranks.

UConn: Randy Edsall says the staff won’t have a special teams coordinator, and duties will be shared around. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 28, 2017

Dallas Cowboys: Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia have received contract extensions, according to ESPN. Marinelli and Bisaccia have been on staff since 2013, and Linehan since 2014.

Texas A&M: Athletic director Scott Woodward tells the College Station Eagle, “I’m very proud of the job Coach Sumlin has done building this program and getting what we’re doing. I, like him, am very disappointed in what’s happening with these late-season swoons and we have to figure it out. We have to get it right. But I have full confidence that coach will figure it out and will get it right. And he will continue doing the things that we do well, which is give our kids a great experience, compete at the highest level.”

Tennessee Titans: Offensive assistant Luke Steckel has been promoted to assistant wide receivers coach. Steckel has been on staff since 2013.

Eastern Michigan: Deputy athletic director Christian Spears has been named interim AD. Spears has been at EMU since 2014.

Tusculum (TN): Per source, Northeast Mississippi CC assistant Chaz Scales has joined the Tusculum staff as defensive backs coach. Scales spent one year at Northeast Mississippi and previously worked at Valdosta State and West Georgia.

Michigan: Former Michigan and NFL safety Jordan Kovacs has joined the Michigan staff coaching defense and special teams, according to WTOL. Kovacs played at U-M from 2008-12 and spent last year on offseason rosters with the Chiefs and Rams. 

Houston Texans: Owner Bob McNair tells the Houston Chronicle that the Texans will wait until next offseason to discuss a possible extension for Bill O’Brien. The coach is entering the fourth year of a five-year deal. There had been reports late in the season that O’Brien might not return for 2017, due to the sides clashing on various issues.

Kennesaw State (GA): Wide receivers coach Mike Daniels has been named head coach at Princeton High School (OH). Daniels spent three years at Kennesaw and previously coached high school ball in Georgia.

Oklahoma State: The Tulsa World reports “several university figures” are advocating for athletic director Mike Holder’s retirement and the possibility of hiring an AD-in-waiting. Holder turns 70 soon and has been the AD since 2005.

Sam Houston State: Defensive backs coach Clayton Carlin has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Carlin is entering his second year on staff and was previously the defensive coordinator at Coastal Carolina. 

Tusculum (TN): Per source, South Alabama offensive graduate assistant Ben Luther has joined the Tusculum staff as offensive line coach. Luther spent one year at South Alabama and has previously worked at UT-Martin, Pearl River CC and East Mississippi CC.

BYU: Texas Tech graduate assistant Sam Fehoko has joined the BYU staff. Fehoko spent one year on the Texas Tech staff and previously played for the Red Raiders from 2007-10, and one of his brothers, V.J., played for Sitake at Utah.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 27, 2017

Washington: Montana State linebackers / assistant head coach Kane Ioane has accepted a defensive quality control job at Washington, according to Skyline Sports. Ioane has been on the Montana State staff since 2005 and played at the school under Washington defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. 

Oakland Raiders: The NFL owners have approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas, but they will remain in Oakland for the next two years.

Arkansas Tech: Former Delta State defensive coordinator Raleigh Jackson has rejoined the Arkansas Tech staff as co-defensive coordinator. Jackson spent one year at Delta State and was previously a co-defensive coordinator at Arkansas Tech from 2013-15.

Indianapolis Colts: Assistant to the head coach Jeff Popovich has been promoted to defensive quality control. Popovich is entering his second year on staff and previously coached at UTSA and FIU.

Austin Peay (TN): Running backs coach JD Sellers has become the head coach at Clarksville Academy (TN). Sellers had been on the Austin Peay staff since working as a student assistant in 2007.

Los Angeles Chargers: UCLA senior associate athletic director of communications Josh Rupprecht has joined the Chargers as vice president of public relations. Rupprecht joined UCLA in 2013 and previously worked with the LA Lakers.

Iowa Western CC: Donnie Woods has joined the Iowa Western staff as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach. Woods has been the president of Corn State Preps since 2015 and previously worked at Iowa Western from 2009-13. In addition, Nebraska Kearney graduate assistant Aaron Terry has joined the Iowa Western staff as defensive line coach after two years at UNK.

El Camino College (CA): Los Angeles Southwest College defensive backs coach Chima Chindah has joined the El Camino staff as cornerbacks coach. Chindah spent one year at LA Southwest and previously coached at East LA College.

Alabama: Former Alabama defensive back Geno Matias-Smith has joined the Tide staff in an off-field “intern-like role,” according to the Tuscaloosa News. Matias-Smith played with the Tide from 2012-15.

UVA-Wise: Running backs coach James Guest has moved to wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator / special teams coordinator. Guest is entering his second season on staff and previously coached at UT-Martin.

Southern: Arkansas Pine Bluff wide receivers coach Mark Frederick has joined the Southern staff. Frederick spent one year at UAPB. He is a former Southern player and coached at the school from 2006-10.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday March 26, 2017

Texas A&M: Per source, former East Carolina outside linebackers coach Duane Price has joined the Texas A&M staff as a defensive quality control assistant. Price coached at ECU from 2010-15. He is a College Station native and coached at a high school in the town.

Emory & Henry (VA): Running backs coach Quintin Hunter has been promoted to offensive coordinator. The 25-year-old Hunter is entering his fourth season on the staff.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tennessee: Per source, former Cleveland Browns outside linebackers coach Ryan Slowik has joined Tennessee as a defensive analyst. Slowik spent one year with the Browns and has also coached with the Jets, Cardinals, Broncos and more. See the full list of full-time coaches moving to off-field jobs here.

TCU: Per source, Neville High School (LA) offensive coordinator Brett Lemoine has joined the TCU recruiting staff as director of high school relations. 

Tennessee: Former Georgia State defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator Eric Lewis has joined the Tennessee staff as a quality control assistant, according to 247Sports. Lewis spent two years at Georgia State and previously coached at Buffalo, Weber State and Eastern Michigan. 

Rutgers: Offensive line coach A.J. Blazek has been promoted to assistant head coach. Blazek is entering his second year on staff.

VMI: Per source, former UConn offensive coordinator Mike Cummings has joined the VMI staff as offensive line coach, Duke football operations assistant Allen Smith has joined VMI as defensive line coach, and Hendrix College outside linebackers coach Robert Henderson has joined as an offensive assistant. Cummings spent the last three years at UConn, and Smith and Henderson spent one year at their previous jobs. This fills the last openings on the staff.