Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday February 16, 2017

Baylor: Here is Matt Rhule’s completed Baylor staff.

Liberty: The school plans to move its football program from FCS to FBS in 2018. It has received a waiver so it can transition to FBS without a conference invite. It will be an independent in 2018 and eligible to reach a bowl game in 2019.

Ole Miss: Alabama director of player development Freddie Roach will join the Ole Miss staff as defensive line coach, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Roach spent the last two years at Alabama after two years as an assistant at South Alabama. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Stanford: Former UC Davis head coach Ron Gould has been named running backs coach at Stanford. Gould spent the last four years at UC Davis after 16 years at Cal.

South Florida: Sean Cronin’s title at USF is defensive tackles coach, and Damon Cogdell is defensive ends coach.

Alabama: Assistant director of football operations Ellis Ponder will be promoted to the director role, according to’s Alabama site. Ponder has been with the Tide since summer 2015.

Cincinnati: Here is Luke Fickell’s completed Cincinnati staff.

Arizona State: New wide receivers coach Rob Likens has added the title of co-offensive coordinator, and running backs coach John Simon has added the title of assistant head coach.

Ole Miss: Alabama director of player development Freddie Roach is a candidate for the Ole Miss defensive line job, according to’s Alabama site.

Alabama: Former Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Dan Werner could possibly join the Alabama staff as an offensive analyst, according to’s Alabama site.

Nebraska: Per the Omaha World-Herald, five Nebraska assistants have received extensions through 2018: linebackers coach Trent Bray, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh, running backs coach Reggie Davis, defensive line coach John Parella and wide receivers coach Keith Williams. Bray also received a $25,000 raise to $325,000, and Parrella received a $22,500 raise to $272,500.  

NC State: Wide receivers coach George McDonald has added the title of passing game coordinator. McDonald is entering his third year on staff.

Alabama: Philadelphia Eagles director of personnel operations Joe Pannuzio will rejoin the Alabama staff as tight ends coach / special teams coordinator, according to Pannuzio spent two years with the Eagles and was Alabama’s director of football operations from 2011-14. The 57-year-old previously coached at Miami (FL), Auburn, Ole Miss, Minnesota and TCU. 

Briar Cliff (IA): Liberty offensive line / associate head coach Dennis Wagner has been named head coach at Briar Cliff. Wagner spent five years at Liberty, and he was previously the head coach at Western Carolina. 

Oklahoma State: Missouri graduate assistant Morris Berger has joined the Oklahoma State staff as a quarterbacks quality control assistant. Berger spent three seasons at Missouri.

Kansas: Ohio defensive line coach Jesse Williams will join the Kansas staff as defensive line coach, according to’s Kansas site. Williams spent five years at Ohio. 

Northern Iowa: Per source, Eastern Illinois offensive line coach Mike Simmonds has joined the UNI staff as offensive line coach. Simmonds spent one year at EIU and previously worked at North Texas for five years.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday February 15, 2017

North Texas: Former Lamar offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Chuck Langston is the top candidate for the North Texas offensive line job, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. Langston spent the last four years at Lamar.

Purdue: Per, these are the base salaries for Purdue’s assistants: co-DC / LB coach Nick Holt ($500,000), co-DC / safeties coach Anthony Poindexter ($425,000), co-OC / QB coach Brian Brohm ($400,000), CB coach Derrick Jackson ($300,000), WR coach JaMarcus Shephard ($275,000), DL coach Reggie Johnson ($225,000), OL coach Dale Williams ($225,000) and RB coach Chris Barclay ($200,000). This doesn’t include incentives. Co-offensive coordinator / tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Tony Levine’s contract hasn’t been released.

Denver Broncos: Here is Vance Joseph’s completed Broncos staff.

Alabama: Director of football operations Justin Dickens is leaving the program, according to Dickens spent two years at Alabama and previously worked at Michigan.

Iowa: Offensive line coach Tim Polasek will earn $325,000 on a 1-year deal, and wide receivers coach Kelton Copeland will earn $225,000 on a 1-year deal, according to the Des Moines Register.

Central Michigan: Former defensive end Blake Serpa has joined the staff as a defensive quality control assistant. Serpa played at CMU from 2011-15.

Virginia Tech: Athletic director Whit Babcock’s extension announced last fall includes a $635,000 annually salary (a $165,000 raise), with minimum 5 percent raises each year through the end of the contract in June 2024, according to The Roanoke Times.

Cincinnati: Former Tennessee defensive backs / assistant head coach Willie Martinez has officially joined the Cincinnati staff as cornerbacks coach. Martinez spent the last four years at Tennessee. This completes Luke Fickell’s staff. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Princeton: Lehigh (PA) running backs coach Jamel Mutunga has joined the Princeton staff. Mutunga spent three years at Lehigh.

Davenport (MI): WOOD-TV reports Ferris State (MI) wide receivers coach Sparky McEwen will be named head coach at Davenport. McEwen has spent the last five years at Ferris State and was previously an Arena Football League head coach.

Missouri: Offensive analyst Kendall Bradley has been named head coach at Atlantic High School (FL). Bradley spent the last four years at Mizzou.

Kentucky: Dean Hood’s title at Kentucky is outside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator. Hood spent last year at Charlotte and was Eastern Kentucky’s head coach from 2008-15.

Arizona State: Louisiana-Monroe offensive line coach Rob Sale will join the Arizona State staff as offensive line coach, according to 247Sports. Sale spent one year at ULM and previously worked at Georgia and McNeese State. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Lehigh (PA): Wide receivers coach Scott Brisson has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Joe Bottiglieri has moved to linebackers coach / senior advisor to the defensive staff, and defensive backs coach Craig Sutyak has been promoted to defensive coordinator. 

Montana State: Offensive line coach Brian Armstrong has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Armstrong is entering his second year on staff and was previously the head coach at Rocky Mountain College from 2009-15.

Miami Dolphins: Duke graduate assistant Josh Grizzard will join the Dolphins as an offensive quality control assistant, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Grizzard has been at Duke since 2013.

Army: Former UConn wide receivers coach David Corley will join the Army staff as wide receivers coach, according to 247Sports. Corley spent three years at UConn and was promoted to offensive coordinator late in the 2016 season. 

Northern Michigan: IUP offensive coordinator Marty Higgins has joined the NMU staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Higgins spent two years at IUP and previously coached at Upper Iowa.

San Francisco 49ers: Bears assistant special teams coach Richard Hightower will be the 49ers special teams coordinator, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Hightower spent one year with the Bears and was previously an assistant special teams coach with the 49ers. He worked with Kyle Shanahan on the Redskins staff from 2010-13 and the Browns in 2014.

Samford: Ohio defensive graduate assistant Jameal Lett has joined the Samford staff as defensive backs coach. Lett spent one year at Ohio and was previously a defensive assistant at UT-Martin.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 14, 2017

10th assistant: A proposed amendment could delay the implementation of a 10th full-time assistant coach in FBS to 2018. Read more here.

Los Angeles Rams: Per source, former Dolphins and Lions assistant strength coach Ted Rath is the new head strength coach for the Rams. Rath spent one year with the Dolphins and seven with the Lions.

Atlanta Falcons: The Sporting News reports Washington wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Bush Hamdan will join the Falcons as quarterbacks coach, but KJR in Seattle reports it's not official, and he will interview. Hamdan spent two years at UW and previously coached at Davidson (NC), Arkansas State, Florida, Sacramento State and Maryland. 

Iowa: Quarterbacks coach Ken O’Keefe will earn $540,000 annually on a 3-year deal, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Southern Miss: Per sources, director of football operations John Barnett is no longer on staff. Barnett had been on staff since 2011.

Harvard: Amherst College quarterbacks coach Anthony Fucillo has joined the Harvard staff. Fucillo spent four of the last five years at Amherst.

Temple: Geoff Collins says defensive coordinator Taver Johnson will call the defensive plays.

Michigan State: Director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay, according to MLive. An unnamed staffer was suspended last week as part of a sexual assault investigation involving three players, but MSU has not confirmed if that was Blackwell. The Detroit Free Press reports Mark Dantonio and his nine full-time assistants remain employed and are not suspended. Blackwell has been on staff since 2013.

Iowa: Northern Illinois wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator Kelton Copeland will join the Iowa staff as wide receivers coach, according to the Des Moines Register. Copeland has spent four years at NIU, including working under new Iowa offensive coordinator Tim Polasek. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Football analytics assistant Danny Breyer has been promoted to defensive quality control assistant. Breyer is entering his second year on staff.

San Diego Chargers: Here is Anthony Lynn’s completed Chargers staff.

North Dakota State: Montana State offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham will be the new offensive coordinator at NDSU, according to Bison 1660 radio. Messingham spent one year at Montana State and was previously a quality control assistant at Indiana and offensive coordinator at Iowa State. 

Pitt: Former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge has been named defensive line coach at Pitt. Partridge spent the last three years at FAU. He was previously an assistant at Pitt from 2003-07 and has also recently worked at Wisconsin and Arkansas. 

North Dakota State: Per source, UT-Martin defensive line coach LeDominique “Buddha” Williams has accepted the defensive ends job at NDSU. Williams spent one year at UTM and was previously a graduate assistant at Illinois.

Seattle Seahawks: Assistant special teams / assistant running backs coach Chad Morton will be promoted to running backs coach, according to The Sporting News. Morton has been on staff for three years.

LSU: Former Saints special teams coordinator Greg McMahon will join the LSU staff as a special teams analyst, according to local sports anchor Eric Richey and The Advocate. McMahon was with the Saints from 2006-16. He could become a 10th full-time assistant if the NCAA proposal passes in April.

Temple: Geoff Collins has announced the addition of Huntingdon College (AL) offensive line coach Tim Conner as offensive analyst / operations assistant and former Limestone College head coach Bobby James as special teams analyst / operations assistant. Conner spent two years at Huntingdon, and James led Limestone from 2012-15.

Baltimore Ravens: Defensive assistant Mike Macdonald has been promoted to defensive backs coach, defensive coaching assistant Drew Wilkins has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach, and assistant strength coach Juney Barnett has been promoted to head strength coach. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will also coach quarterbacks after his promotion to OC midway through this past season.

Indiana State: Per source, Western Illinois cornerbacks coach Deon Brooks has joined the Indiana State staff as cornerbacks coach. Brooks spent one year at WIU and previously worked at Carthage College (WI).

Iowa: The Des Moines Register reports Tim Polasek’s role at Iowa will be offensive line coach. He was offensive coordinator / running backs coach at NDSU. 

Villanova: The school has announced the additions of former Delaware offensive coordinator Sean Devine (OL coach), former Missouri running backs coach Brian Jones (RB coach) and Kutztown (PA) defensive coordinator Ross Pennypacker (DL coach).

Southern Miss: Head coach Jay Hopson tells the Hattiesburg American he expects to fill the wide receivers opening in a couple of weeks and is exploring all options, including possibly promoting from within. 

Washington: Per source, Oregon analyst Tyler Osborne has joined the Washington staff as a graduate assistant, working with wide receivers. Osborne spent the last five years on the Oregon staff. 

Florida Atlantic: Per source, Florida A&M wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy has joined the FAU staff in an off-field role. McCarthy spent two years at FAMU and co-founded Wide Receiver Academy. He’s previously worked at Bethune-Cookman, LSU, UCLA and more.

Seattle Seahawks: Assistant linebackers coach Lofa Tatupu, running backs coach Sherman Smith and assistant head coach for defense Rocky Seto will not return, according to the Seattle Times and multiple reports. Tatupu spent two years on staff, Smith spent eight, and Seto spent seven.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday February 13, 2017

Iowa: WDAY in Fargo reports North Dakota State offensive coordinator / running backs coach Tim Polasek will join the Iowa staff. Polasek spent the last three years in his second stint at NDSU and previously coached at Northern Illinois. Notably, Polasek was on the NIU staff that beat Iowa in 2013 and the NDSU staff that beat Iowa last year. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Oklahoma State: Southern Miss wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator John Wozniak has accepted the running backs job at Oklahoma State, according to the Hattiesburg American and 101.7 FM in Tulsa. Wozniak spent four years at USM and was a GA at OK State in 2004. 

San Francisco 49ers: Falcons offensive assistant Matt McDaniel has joined the 49ers as run game specialist, and Chiefs defensive assistant Taylor Embree has joined as an offensive quality control assistant. McDaniel spent two years with the Falcons. Embree spent one year with the Chiefs and is the son of new 49ers tight ends coach Jon Embree.

Wagner (NY): Per source, running backs coach / co-special teams coordinator Rob Calabrese has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Calabrese is entering his second year on staff after previously working as a GA at UCF.

Colorado: A planned extension and raise for Mike MacIntyre has been delayed, as the school’s regents wait for the results of an external investigation into Colorado’s handling of domestic violence allegations against former assistant Joe Tumpkin, according to The Daily Camera. Tumpkin was promoted to play-caller for the Alamo Bowl, and Sports Illustrated recently reported CU was contacted by Tumpkin’s then-girlfriend before the bowl game. Tumpkin was forced to resign after the season. MacIntyre was set to receive a new $16.25 million deal through 2021.

Illinois: Per source, IMG Academy (FL) defensive coordinator Donnie Abraham will join the Illinois staff. reports Abraham is expected to coach in the defensive backfield. Abraham has spent two years at IMG and played in the NFL from 1996-2004, including playing under Lovie Smith with the Bucs. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Offensive coordinator Brad Childress has moved to assistant head coach, and co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Both have been on staff since 2013.

Hamline (MN): Offensive line coach Brian Sheehan has been promoted to offensive coordinator / assistant head coach, following Jim Zebrowski’s departure for Buffalo. Sheehan has spent one year at Hamline and was previously the head coach at Defiance (OH). 

Atlanta Falcons: Georgia State defensive line coach Jess Simpson will join the Falcons as assistant defensive line coach, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Simpson joined Georgia State this offseason and was previously the head coach at Buford High School (GA), reaching the state finals 10 straight times. 

San Francisco 49ers: Former Jaguars linebackers coach coach Robert Saleh will join the 49ers as defensive coordinator, according to Pro Football Talk. Saleh had recently joined the Chargers as linebackers coach, but instead will go to the 49ers, and he wasn’t listed on the completed Chargers staff today. 

Alabama: New England Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll is expected to interview for the Alabama offensive coordinator job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Daboll was a graduate assistant under Saban at Michigan State from 1998-99. Feldman adds that new UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch could also become a candidate at Alabama.

Los Angeles Chargers: Former Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith has been named linebackers coach for the Chargers, and tight ends coach John McNulty has been retained. Smith spent two years with the Falcons and was let go last week . In addition, former UTSA assistant Eric Henderson's title is assistant defensive line coach. This completes Anthony Lynn’s staff.

Buffalo Bills: Here’s a look at Sean McDermott’s completed Buffalo Bills staff.

Michigan: The King’s Academy (CA) head coach Michael Johnson has accepted a position at Michigan. Johnson has been at TKA since 2014 and coached in the NFL from 2000-10, including serving as Jim Harbaugh's QB coach with the Chargers in 2000, when Harbaugh was a player. Johnson's most recent college job was UCLA offensive coordinator in 2011.

UTSA: Per source, defensive line coach Eric Henderson has accepted a job in the NFL (Update: assistant DL coach with the Chargers). Henderson spent one year at UTSA and was previously at Oklahoma State for three years. 

Washington Redskins: Browns assistant defensive backs coach Cannon Matthews has joined the Redskins as a defensive quality control assistant. Matthews spent one year with the Browns and was previously a defensive quality control assistant with the Titans.

Princeton: Per source, William & Mary cornerbacks coach / special teams coordinator Marvin Clecidor will join the Princeton staff as defensive backs coach. Clecidor spent two years at W&M.

Temple: Dave Gerson has been promoted to specialist with advanced graphics (aka SWAG Coordinator). Gerson has been on staff since 2011, moving from student communications assistant to video assistant, operations assistant and graduate assistant.

Indiana State: Vanderbilt graduate assistant Kevin Abrams has joined the Indiana State staff as special teams coordinator. Abrams spent two years at Vanderbilt and was previously a GA at Buffalo.

Southern: Georgia State graduate assistant Reid Sanders has joined the Southern staff as running backs coach. Sanders spent two years at Georgia State and was previously a graduate assistant, student assistant and player at Southern.

Tennessee: 247Sports reports Tennessee is expected to interview 3-5 candidates for the athletic director job, and the leading candidates are Chattanooga AD Dave Blackburn and former UT head coach Philip Fulmer. 247Sports’ John Brice reports Blackburn would likely hire Fulmer as his No. 2 man, but there is no scenario where Blackburn would leave Chattanooga to be the No. 2 to Fulmer.

Kansas: The Lawrence Journal-World reports defensive line coach Michael Slater will not return, and head strength coach Je’Ney Jackson is leaving the coaching profession for a job in the medical field. Slater spent one year on staff. Jackson spent the last two years at KU and was also on the staff from 2005-09.

Wyoming: South Dakota State safeties coach Jake Dickert will join the Wyoming staff, per SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier. Dickert spent one year at SDSU and was previously the defensive coordinator at Minnesota State-Mankato. 

Kansas State: Bill Snyder has been diagnosed with throat cancer, but his prognosis is “excellent,” the school has announced. Snyder fully expects to be on the field for spring practice, and it will not affect his duties leading the program. He has been receiving outpatient care for three weeks.

South Carolina: Former Philadelphia Eagles scouting coordinator Matt Lindsey will join the South Carolina staff as director of player personnel, according to 247Sports and multiple reports. Lindsey spent 2013-15 with the Eagles and was previously a player personnel specialist at Alabama. In addition, director of recruiting operations Robbie Liles will move to director of operations. 

Wake Forest: Graduate assistant Taylor Redd has been promoted to director of recruiting. Redd has spent two years as a GA and was previously a recruiting assistant at Wake.

San Francisco 49ers: Running backs coach Tom Rathman will not remain on staff under Kyle Shanahan. Rathman tells the Sacramento Bee he wasn’t interest in an alternate job on staff, and he’ll likely sit out 2017. Rathman has coached running backs with the 49ers from 1997-2002 and 2009-16 and is also a former 49ers player.

ASA Miami: Former Snow College (UT) head coach Britt Maughan has joined the ASA Miami staff. Maughan was the head coach at Snow from 2013-16.

Denver Broncos: Part of Wade Phillips’ departure from the Broncos was due to a contract dispute, according to 9News, which reports that Phillips wanted a new contract and to be the highest-paid defensive coordinator in the league entering last season. John Elway offered Phillips either a raise or an extension. Phillips took the raise, entering the last year of his deal, and when Gary Kubiak suddenly retired, Phillips was out. Now he’s the Rams defensive coordinator.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday February 12, 2017

Michigan: Senior defensive football analyst Dave Adolph has died after a battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. Adolph spent more than 50 years in coaching, including 21 years in the NFL. He had been on Michigan’s staff for the last two years.

Florida Atlantic: Here’s a look at Lane Kiffin’s completed FAU staff.

Tennessee Tech: Troy analyst Frederick Walker has joined the Tennessee Tech staff as wide receivers coach, and Morehead State running backs coach Andre Crenshaw has joined TTU as running backs coach. Walker spent one year at Troy and previously worked at Mississippi State. Crenshaw spent two years at Morehead State. In addition, running backs coach Tyree Foreman has been promoted to offensive coordinator / tight ends / associate head coach, wide receivers coach Derek Carr has moved to quarterbacks coach, tight ends coach Camden Wentz will coach offensive line, and director of football operations Justin Matheney has moved to assistant defensive backs coach. 

Reinhardt University (GA): Defensive line coach Quentin Moses died in a house fire Sunday morning. Moses worked at Reinhardt for six seasons and played at Georgia and in the NFL. He was 33 years old.  

Ball State: Western Illinois defensive coordinator David Elson has joined the Ball State staff as defensive coordinator. Elson spent one year at WIU and was previously the coordinator at Southern Illinois and New Mexico State. He was Western Kentucky head coach from 2003-09.

Hawaii: Nick Rolovich says the open job on staff will be a defensive backs job, likely safeties.

Kansas State: Co-offensive coordinator  / quarterbacks coach Del Miller has decided to retire, and Northern Iowa quarterbacks coach and former K-State player Collin Klein is expected to join the K-State staff, according to’s K-State site and the Wichita Eagle. The 66-year-old Miller has spent nearly 20 years on the K-State staff over three stints. Klein played at K-State from 2008-12 and was a GA on staff from 2014-15.

Open jobs: Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.