Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 26, 2016

NFL Draft: Here’s a look at the schools with the most draft picks over the last five years.

Eastern Michigan: In an open letter, the school says, in part, “We have absolutely no plans to eliminate football or move into any other division or conference. … We want to collectively reiterate that any notion, suggestion, or headline that in any way suggests Eastern is considering eliminating football or moving into another conference or division, is absolutely false. We will remain proud members of the Mid-American Conference football family for a long, long time.”

Morgan State: Athletic director Floyd Kerr will retire at the end of the academic year. Kerr has been in the role since 2005. An interim AD will be appointed if the search for a replacement does not conclude by the end of June.

Tennessee: Associate director of strength & conditioning Michael Szerszen is now leading the strength program, but his title will not change, according to multiple reports.

Buffalo: Former Arizona Cardinals assistant strength and conditioning coach Pete Alosi will join the UB staff in the same role, according to Sports Illustrated. Alosi worked with the Cardinals from 2008-14.

Boston College: Steve Addazio earned $2,333,628 in 2014-15, and athletic director Brad Bates earned $643,739, according to BC Heights, citing the latest tax returns. Both of those were slight decreases from the previous year.

Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald was paid $2.49 million for the 2013-14 academic year, and athletic director Jim Phillips earned $1.36 million according to InsideNU.com, citing the most recent tax returns.

Arkansas Monticello: Per source, linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Cody Scribner will leave the staff. Scribner has been on staff since 2013.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 25, 2016

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Mercer: Webber International University strength and conditioning assistant Clay Allen has accepted a strength and conditioning graduate assistant position at Mercer. Allen had been at Webber International since July and was previously a strength intern at The Citadel.

Virginia State: HBCU Gameday reports former Alabama State head coach Reggie Barlow has been offered the Virginia State head coaching job after interviewing last week. Barlow went 49-42 at Alabama State from 2007-14. Barlow accepted the head coaching job at Sidney Lanier High School (AL) last month.

Toledo: The school paid DHR International $27,000 for its services in its coaching search, which resulted in the promotion of Jason Candle, according to CBS Sports.

Illinois: The school has paid Korn Ferry around $160,000 for its services in helping hire Lovie Smith, and the total is expected to be less than $200,000, according to the News-Gazette.

Chaffey College (CA): Former Western New Mexico defensive line coach / head strength and conditioning coach David Slover has joined the Chaffey College staff as defensive line coach. Slover has been on staff since 2013, following his playing career at WNMU.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 24, 2016

Wollongong Devils (NGL, Australia): Per source, new head coach Nate Slutzky has filled five of six assistant positions and is still looking to hire an offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

South Carolina: Longtime equipment manager Chris Matlock and the rest of the equipment staff have been dismissed, according to The State. Matlock had been with the Gamecocks since 2000. In addition, offensive quality control coordinator Scott Spurrier has been retained. Spurrier was a graduate assistant from 2010-13 and moved to quality control in 2014.

Open jobs: There are still two open FBS assistant jobs. Keep track here.


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.

Spring games: There are 28 spring games this weekend. Here’s when and how to watch them.

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.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 21, 2016

South Florida: New defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie received a $25,000 raise to $260,000 annually with his promotion to coordinator, per the Tampa Bay Times. He will earn $275,000 in 2017. In addition, new co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Darren Hiller will earn $250,000 annually on a two-year deal, co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach T.J. Weist will earn $220,000 annually on a two-year deal, quarterbacks coach Shaun King will earn $180,000 on a one-year deal, and safeties coach John Jancek will earn $380,000 total over two years ($130,000 in 2016 with a $20,000 signing bonus and $250,000 in 2017).

Pitt: Pat Narduzzi explains why he would like to see a limit on support staffs. 

Ohio Dominican: Per source, former Carnegie Mellon (PA) wide receivers coach Drew Spencer has joined the Ohio Dominican staff as wide receivers coach. Spencer spent one season at Carnegie Mellon and previously coached at Capital University (OH).

Albany State (GA): Interim head coach Dan Land has been promoted to the full-time job. Land led the team in 2015 and posted a 6-4 record. He’s been on the staff since 2002.

Auburn: Former Concordia-Chicago graduate assistant Matt Hassan has joined the Auburn staff as a recruiting / personnel assistant. Hassan spent the past two years at Concordia and was previously the running backs coach at Alma College (MI).

VMI: Presbyterian defensive line coach / equipment coordinator Klay Killingsworth has joined VMI as assistant AD / equipment & services. Killingsworth spent seven seasons at Presbyterian. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.