Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 22, 2016
Tennessee: Strength and conditioning director Dave Lawson is no longer with the program. The school described it as “philosophical differences.” Lawson had been with Butch Jones since 2007 at Central Michigan. Lawson will be paid through his contract next February, but that can be mitigated if he gets another job. Associate director of strength and conditioning Mike Szerszen will remain in his position, and the school is currently not looking for a replacement for the director role.
West Georgia: Former Auburn and NFL running back Cadillac Williams will serve as a running backs graduate assistant at West Georgia, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Williams served as an intern last year at Henderson State.
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North Dakota State: Head coach Chris Klieman has signed a new six-year deal through 2021. His previous deal went through 2020. Klieman is entering his sixth season at NDSU and third as head coach, posting a 28-3 record with two FCS national championships.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M: Defensive backs coach Chad Davis has moved to director of football operations, and head coach Clay Patterson will serve as offensive coordinator. Retained assistants include defensive coordinator Zach Allen, running backs / tight ends coach Vince Giardina, and volunteer defensive assistant Willie Ng. Additions to the staff include West Georgia-Carrollton graduate assistant Colby Ellis (WR coach / special teams coordinator), Northwestern State assistant offensive line coach Jeff Bowen (OL coach / head strength coach), Alcorn State tight ends coach Lane Powell (DE coach) and West Virginia graduate assistant Andre Sexton (DB coach).
Kansas State: Athletic director John Currie has received a two-year contract extension through the 2022 academic year. Currie has been the AD since 2009.
Greensboro College (NC): Former Fordham defensive line coach Greg Crum has been named head coach at Greensboro College. Crum has also coached at Worcester Polytechnic-Institute, Worcester State and Assumption College.
Missouri Southern: Former Rhode Island offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Bill Bleil has joined the Missouri Southern staff as offensive line coach. Bleil spent two years at Rhode Island and has also coached at Iowa State, Pitt, Western Carolina and more.
Rhode Island: Lamar (TX) linebackers coach Mark Criner has joined the Rhode Island staff as linebackers coach. Criner spent the past two seasons at Lamar and played for URI head coach Jim Fleming at Boise State.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.