Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 30, 2016

Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer will have emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night. He previously had eye surgery after the Vikings’ Oct. 31 game against the Bears. Zimmer’s status for the Vikings’ Thursday night game is unknown. 

Nevada: UCLA quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo has had contact with Nevada about their head coaching job, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, which adds that Louisville co-offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis is not a candidate. Klenakis was a finalist for the job in 2013. 

Florida: Asked about the Oregon job, Jim McElwain said, "It's always interesting, this time of year, how whatever comes out. No, I haven't heard from Oregon. The things that get thrown out there, at times, I don't know how it does sometimes. I guess slow news day. I got my hunch there might be some recruiting things behind it. I don't know." Asked if he plans to stay at Florida, McElwain said, “Yeah.”

Oregon: South Florida head coach Willie Taggart is a strong candidate for the Oregon job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Houston: Board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta tells the Houston Chronicle that the school is narrowing down a list of candidates to 5 or 6 names and could make a decision next week. The Chronicle reports the school plans to contact West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and that Les Miles and Art Briles have interest. 

SMU: The school has announced an extension for Chad Morris through 2023.

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): Head coach Dale Carlson will not return. Carlson led the program for two years. 

Methodist (NC): Interim head coach Keven Williams has been named to the full-time job. Williams had been in the role since January. He’s been on staff since 2009. 

Oregon: Chip Kelly says there's no chance of him becoming the Oregon head coach, and he hasn’t spoken with anyone at Oregon other than Mark Helfrich. A few weeks ago, he said he’s not interested in returning to college football. Read more here.

Georgia Tech: New athletic director Todd Stansbury gave Paul Johnson a vote of confidence on Wednesday, saying, “There’s nobody out there that wants to play us. That tells a lot about the state of the program and fear that opposing coaches have of our head coach.” The Yellow Jackets rebounded from last year’s 3-9 season to go 8-4 this year. Johnson has reached 8 bowl games in 9 years. 

Lamar (TX): The Beaumont Examiner lists some potential candidates for the job: former LSU special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, Houston wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, Tulane wide receivers coach Jeff Conway, former Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Shultz and Florida director of player development Kevin Barbay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Offensive coordinator Todd Monken says he hasn’t heard from college teams and is happy coaching in the NFL. Monken left the Southern Miss head coaching job last winter to join the Bucs. 

San Jose State: SJSU is interested in Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo for its head coaching job, according to Fox Sports. Arroyo is a former SJSU player and coached at the school from 2005-08.

Houston: President Renu Khator has tweeted that UH plans to fill the head coaching job within two weeks.

Vanderbilt: The school has started discussions with Derek Mason about a contract extension and raise, according to ESPN. 

Lafayette (PA): Offensive coordinator Mickey Fein has been named interim head coach. Fein has been on staff for nine years. 

Georgia State: Athletic director Charlie Cobb tells the AJC he hopes to name a new head coach by Dec. 15, but that no interviews have taken place yet. He hopes to speak with 10-12 candidates within the next week, before narrowing that to 4-5. The salary of the next head coach will be between $525,000-$550,000 and will have about $1 million to hire a staff.

Baylor: ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports Baylor is looking at Cal’s Sonny Dykes for its head coaching job, and that Chad Morris will remain at SMU. Dykes interviewed for the Houston job two years ago when current Baylor AD Mack Rhoades was the AD at UH.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Oregon: Mark Helfich has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. CSN first reported the news. Helfrich went 37-16 in four seasons, reaching the 2014 national championship game and producing a Heisman Trophy winner, but fell to 4-8 this year. Helfrich's buyout is $11.6 million. Read more here.

Baylor: AD Mack Rhoades says Baylor will accept a bowl invitation and Jim Grobe will coach in it, though the situation with assistants is fluid, according to 1660 ESPN. Baylor started 6-0 but has lost five straight. 

Fresno State: UNLV cornerbacks coach J.D. Williams and running backs coach Jamie Christian will join the Fresno State staff, according to Both spent two years at UNLV and are former Fresno State players. Keep track of new coaching staffs here.

Rice: Defensive coordinator / cornerbacks coach Chris Thurmond and safeties coach Larry Hoefer are expected to retire. Thurmond spent six seasons on staff, and Hoefer spent five. 

Texas: UT has officially announced the hiring of four coaches and two staffers from Houston. Among coaches, OL coach Derek Warehime, DL coach Oscar Giles, TE / FB coach Corby Meekins and CB coach / special teams coordinator Jason Washington. Their positions will be finalized after the staff is completed. In addition, Fernando Lovo will serve as assistant AD for football operations, and Derek Chang will be director of player personnel. 

Nevada: Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro tells the Spokesman-Review, “Haven’t talked to Nevada. Not going back to Nevada.” Mastro was a Nevada assistant from 2000-10 and was listed as a possible candidate for the head coaching job.

LSU: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s new contract is believed to make him the highest-paid assistant in college football, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Aranda made $1.2 million this past season. In addition, Ed Orgeron's contract is a 5-year deal that pays him $3.5 million annually, per The Advocate. 

Nebraska Kearney: Defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Ken Gordon has resigned, according to KHGI. Gordon spent two seasons on staff. 

Lafayette (PA): Per source, head coach Frank Tavani will not return. Tavani spent 17 seasons as head coach and 30 seasons on the staff. Keep track of FCS head coaching changes here.

San Jose State: The school has reached out to former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, according to Sports Illustrated. Hill last coached the Atlanta Falcons offensive line in 2013. 

Houston: Todd Orlando says he and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite will both interview for the Houston head coaching job. For the bowl game, offensive graduate assistant C.J. Irvin will coach the offensive line, defensive graduate assistant Dan Carrel will help with linebackers, defensive graduate assistant Roosevelt Maggitt will coach defensive line, offensive analyst James Casey will coach tight ends, and co-defensive coordinator Craig Naivar will have full defensive backs duties. 

Western Michigan: P.J. Fleck confirmed that he won’t talk to any schools until after the MAC championship game. He describes the message to his players.

Florida International: Former Memphis safeties coach Brent Guy has now officially be named FIU defensive coordinator. Guy spent one year at Memphis after four years as Tulsa’s defensive coordinator. He was also the head coach at Utah State from 2005-08.

Rice: Head coach David Bailiff will return, the school has announced. Bailiff is 56-69 in 10 seasons and just finished a 3-9 year, Rice's second straight losing season. He went to three straight bowl games from 2012-14, including a Conference USA title in 2013. In a release, AD Joe Karlgaard says the past two years do not meet the standard, but he believes Bailiff can get back to the expectations, and Bailiff says changes are coming.

Florida Atlantic: Here are 7 factors to keep in mind for the FAU search.

Florida International: Butch Davis says he hopes to have his staff complete by mid-December. Three spots are currently filled. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 28, 2016

UC Davis: Former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins has been named head coach at UC Davis. Hawkins had previously agreed to become the offensive coordinator at FIU. Hawkins is a former UC Davis player and began his career there in 1983. He led Boise from 2001-05 and Colorado from 2006-10. He coached with the Montreal Alouettes in 2013, but was dismissed after a 2-3 start. Since then, he's coached in Austria and with the US National Team.

Houston: Per the Houston Chronicle, UH coaches who will remain on staff through the bowl game include interim head coach Todd Orlando, offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Craig Naivar, running backs coach Kenith Pope and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.

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Fresno State: Jeff Tedford will not retain any assistants nor from the previous staff. 

UConn: Tight ends coach Frank Verducci will move to a non-coaching position. Verducci spent two years on staff and was demoted from offensive coordinator earlier this season. Bob Diaco will now look for a new offensive coordinator. 

Purdue: Director of sports performance Duane Carlisle will not return, according to his Twitter account. Carlisle had been on staff since 2011. 

Florida International: Interim defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Bobby Babich has been retained by Butch Davis as defensive backs coach, and running backs coach Tim Harris Jr. has been retained in the same role. Babich just finished his first year on staff, while Harris finished his second.  

Alderson Broaddus (WV): Offensive coordinator Kirk Campbell has been promoted to head coach. Campbell has been on staff for five seasons. 

Baylor: The Dallas Morning News’ Bill Nichols has tweeted, “To clarify, Chad Morris still in negotiations w/ Baylor, original deal not rejected.”

Broyles Award: Here are the five finalists for top assistant coach.

Minnesota: Head coach Tracy Claeys and staff will receive contract extensions in the next couple of weeks, according to 247Sports' Minnesota site. The Gophers went 8-4 in Claeys' first full season as full-time head coach. AD Mark Coyle said in a release that he and Claeys are discussing plans for moving the program forward. 

Liberty: Former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has been named AD at Liberty. McCaw was at Baylor from 2003-2016, before resigning amid the sexual assault scandal. 

Baylor: Interim head coach Jim Grobe says he doesn’t plan to coach next season. Grobe is 64 years old. The Bears began this season 6-0, but have lost five straight. 

Union (KY): Offensive coordinator / associate head coach Andre Linn has been promoted to head coach. Linn has spent 16 seasons on staff, including three as offensive coordinator. 

LSU: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has accepted a new 3-year contract, according to ESPN, which adds that it hasn’t officially been signed yet. Terms are not available. Aranda’s 2016 salary was $1.2 million, and he just finished the first year of a 3-year deal. The Advocate reports the new deal includes a raise and the title of associate head coach.

UMass: Athletic director Ryan Bamford tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette that Mark Whipple is “absolutely the guy” to continue to lead the program. Whipple is 9-27 in his second stint as head coach, including 2-10 this year.

Sacramento State: Per source, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Paul Peterson will not return. Peterson had been on staff since 2012. 

Dartmouth: Quarterbacks coach Chris Rorke, running backs coach Chad Nice and tight ends coach Kyle Metzler have been dismissed. In addition, offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Keith Clark will only coach the offensive line moving forward.

Cornell: Per source, offensive line coach Roy Istvan will not return. Istvan spent three seasons on staff.

FAU: Charlie Partridge’s buyout is more than $1 million, but it drops to around $200,000 if he takes another job, according to the Sun Sentinel. Per source, the school will use DHR International in its search. 

Nevada: Brian Polian’s buyout is $525,000, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday November 27, 2016

San Jose State: Per source, head coach Ron Caragher will not return. Caragher went 19-30 in four seasons, including two six-win seasons and one bowl win in 2015, but went 4-8 this year. Read more here.

Texas: None of Charlie Strong’s assistants will be retained by Tom Herman, according to 247Sports. 

Alabama: Asked about reports linking Lane Kiffin and other jobs, Nick Saban said Sunday, “He hasn't mentioned it to me, and I'm sure he would if there is something out there."

Nevada: Head coach Brian Polian will not return next season. He went 23-27 in four years. Read more here.

Oregon: In a statement, AD Rob Mullens says he will now evaluate all aspects of the football program, which includes a meeting with Mark Helfrich in the coming days.

Texas: Houston defensive line / assistant head coach Oscar Giles, tight ends / fullbacks coach Corby Meekins, cornerbacks coach / special teams coordinator Jason Washington and recruiting director Derek Chang will join Tom Herman at Texas, according to ESPN and 247Sports. The three coaches spent two years at UH, while Chang spent one year and previously worked at the Longhorn Network. In addition, Sports Illustrated reports Houston co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Craig Naivar and head strength coach Yancy McKnight will also join Texas.

Nebraska: Special teams coordinator Bruce Read has been dismissed. Read spent two years on staff and previously worked with Mike Riley at Oregon State for six years. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

UCLA: Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu will not return next season. Polamalu had been on staff since 2014 and just finished his first year as offensive coordinator. The Bruins were No. 96 in scoring this year. 

Oregon: Mark Helfrich says he spoke with AD Rob Mullens on the phone this morning, and the two will meet mid-week. He added that, if he returns, he doesn't expect to make staff changes.

LSU: Special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto will not return, according to The Advocate. Peveto spent the last three years on staff, his second stint at LSU. His contract expires in March.

Florida Atlantic: Charlie Partridge has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. Partridge went 9-27 in three seasons, including three 3-9 records. Read more here.

Fresno State: The Fresno Bee reports former UC Davis head coach Ron Gould will have a spot on Jeff Tedford’s staff. Gould was Tedford’s running backs coach at Cal. The paper adds that Florida running backs coach Tim Skipper “is believed to be a top candidate” for the Fresno State staff.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly released a statement overnight, saying, "I felt that I was clear with the media following yesterday's game at USC when I was asked about my desire to be back as the head football coach at Notre Dame, but in light of media reports that surfaced afterward, let me restate my position. I have not been, am not, and will not be interested in options outside of Notre Dame. I'm fully committed to leading this program in the future." 

McMaster University (Canada): Interim head coach Greg Knox has been named full-time head coach. Knox became interim head coach in May and went 6-2 this year, his first season on staff.

Texas: Houston offensive line coach Derek Warehime will follow Tom Herman to Texas, according to ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. Warehime has spent two years at Houston and was previously the tight ends coach at New Mexico for two years.

Florida State: President John Thrasher tells that Jimbo Fisher’s contract will be “strengthened” after this season.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday November 26, 2016

Oregon: The school has made preparations for a coaching search and officials are "coming to terms with the necessity" of dismissing Mark Helfrich, though it hasn’t happened yet, according to USA Today. Helfrich's buyout would be $11.6 million. It was reported earlier in the week that Oregon had gauged the potential interest of several coaches. 

Colorado: Mike MacIntyre will receive a $100,000 bonus for winning the Pac-12 South, per USA Today.

Georgia State: Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is a candidate for the Georgia State head coaching job, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. Keep track of the latest on our Georgia State updates page.

Oregon: After losing to Oregon State to finish 4-8, Mark Helfrich said he doesn’t yet have a meeting scheduled with AD Rob Mullens, but said, "Nobody's job is safe in college football … but that's for somebody else to decide."

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly said after Saturday’s loss to USC, “Absolutely, I’ll be back,” but added that everything is on the table with his staff. Notre Dame went 4-8 this year. However, Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde reports Kelly has reached out through representatives to explore other coaching options. 

Michigan State: Mark Dantonio said after Saturday’s 45-12 loss to Penn State that he’s not planning to make any changes to the staff. MSU went 3-9 this year. 

LSU: Defensive line coach Pete Jenkins will remain on Ed Orgeron’s staff in the same role, according to The Advocate. The 75-year-old Jenkins came out of retirement and joined the staff when Orgeron became interim head coach. 

Penn State: James Franklin will receive a $250,000 bonus for reaching the Big Ten championship game, per USA Today.

Texas: Houston assistant AD for football operations Fernando Lovo is expected to follow Tom Herman to Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Lovo has been at UH for two years and was previously a football operations coordinator for three years at Ohio State. 

Ole Miss: Defensive coordinator Dave Wommack will retire after the 2016 season. Wommack has coached for 38 years and been at Ole Miss for five years. Other stops in his career included Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Southern Miss, UNLV and more. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Texas: Tom Herman will receive a 5-year contract at more than $5 million annually, according to The Austin American-Statesman. 

Houston: Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will serve as interim head coach. ESPN reports Houston will use a search firm for its search.

LSU: Ed Orgeron says he is "confident" defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will remain on staff after talking this morning. Orgeron also says interim offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger will remain on staff. Read more from Orgeron here.

Western Michigan: Athletic director Kathy Beauregard tweets, “PJ Fleck has not talked to any teams. He is committed to the WMU Broncos and preparing for the MAC Championship game.” Bruce Feldman adds there has been no contact between Fleck’s representatives and Purdue.

Texas: Tom Herman will be named head coach at Texas, according to ESPN's Heather Dinich. Read more here.

LSU: Ed Orgeron’s salary is expected to be between $3-4 million and will be a 5-year deal, according to The Advocate. Les Miles was paid $4.3 million. 

Texas: Charlie Strong has officially been dismissed. He finished 16-21 in three seasons. 

NC State: The school has announced Dave Doeren will return next season. Doeren is 24-26 in four seasons, but beat North Carolina on Friday to reach a third straight bowl game.

Baylor: North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora is “a prime target for Baylor,” according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde. 

Texas: The Austin American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls reports “it could take $6 million a year” for Tom Herman to agree to a deal at Texas, adding that Herman's representatives gave that same figure to LSU and LSU said no.

LSU: Ed Orgeron will be named the permanent head coach at LSU, according to The Advocate. LSU has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. ET. The paper adds that Tom Herman called at 5 a.m., leaning Texas, so LSU made their decision. Orgeron also has coordinator plans. Read more here.