Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday June 26, 2015

Ohio State: St. Joseph’s College (IN) linebackers coach / director of football strength and conditioning Eron Hodges has joined the Ohio State staff as a recruiting assistant. Hodges spent four months at St. Joseph’s after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Kent State.

Florida Atlantic: Defensive line coach Terrance Jamison has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship position with the Miami Dolphins. Jamison is entering his second season on FAU’s staff after serving as a graduate assistant at Cal in 2013.

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): Head coach Jeff Fisher has been dismissed. Fisher had coached the program since it started in 2012. Defensive line coach Byron Gettis has been named interim head coach. Gettis has been with the program since 2012, coaching on both sides of the ball.

Lock Haven (PA): Urbana graduate assistant Kevin Smith has joined the Lock Haven staff as defensive line coach / special teams coordinator, and defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Randi Moore has been retained. They complete Dave Taynor’s staff, which also includes co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers coach Stephen Pribble, co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Bill Nickell and linebackers / assistant head coach John Miech.

Texas: Texas A&M-Commerce co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Wendel Davis will join the Texas staff as a defensive analyst, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Davis has spent the last two years at Commerce, after two years coaching linebackers at West Texas A&M.

Defensive backs: Here are the nation’s longest-tenured defensive backs coaches.

Monmouth: Former Georgia defensive backs coach Scott Lakatos has officially joined the Monmouth staff as defensive backs coach. Lakatos spent last season as a defensive consultant at Virginia Tech. He coached at Georgia from 2010-13.

Colorado State-Pueblo: The school has announced a number of coaching changes. Western State offensive line coach JT Haddan has joined the staff as defensive line coach, volunteer coach Mark Haering has been promoted to wide receivers coach, former graduate assistant Jake Novotny has been promoted to tight ends coach, defensive line coach Craig Ward has moved to director of football operations, and wide receivers coach Bernard Jackson has left the staff.

Big 12: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big 12 defensive backs coaches.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 25, 2015

Ohio State: Athletic director Gene Smith will receive a $25,000 bonus for the Buckeyes finishing No. 7 in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standing, according to USA Today. Smith received that amount for a top-10 finish.

Temple: Head coach Matt Rhule has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2021. The Owls went 6-6 in Rhule’s second season last year and finished No. 4 in scoring defense. Rhule is 40 years old.

UCLA: UCLA finished second in the NACDA Directors’ Cup, which results in a $30,000 bonus for athletic director Dan Guerrero, according to USA Today. Guerreo received $15,000 for the Bruins finishing in the top 10 percent and another $15,000 for finishing in the top 10 overall.

Carroll College (MT): Chief of staff Kyle Baker has been named interim athletic director. Baker fills the role left by Curt Apsey, who recently accepted the Boise State athletic director job. Baker played for Carroll’s football team from 2001-04. He joined the school’s administration in December 2013.

Wisconsin-Platteville: Athletic director Mark Molesworth will retire, effective Jan. 8, 2016. Molesworth has been at the school since 1996.

UAB: Athletic director Mark Ingram says in a release that the school began a negotiation process with head coach Bill Clark on June 1, and it continues to move forward “in a positive fashion.”

Oregon State: New athletic director Todd Stansbury’s contract is a five-year deal with $500,000 in base salary annually, according to The Oregonian. It’s $9,636 more than former athletic director Bob De Carolis earned in annual base salary.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday June 24, 2015

Big Ten: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big Ten defensive backs coaches.

BYU: Bronco Mendenhall explains why he keeps taking back defensive play-calling duties

Tulsa: Assistant director of athletic development Tommy Hudspeth has passed away at 83 years old after a battle with cancer. Hudspeth coached from 1953-1981, including head coaching stops at BYU, UTEP and with the Detroit Lions and Toronto Argonauts. The Tulsa graduate returned to the school in 2006 as assistant director of development and had continued coming into work as late as last week during his cancer battle.

Penn State: Former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has joined the Penn State staff as a consultant. Haslett served as the New Orleans Saints’ head coach from 2000-05. He had been with the Redskins since 2010, before parting ways in December 2014. Haslett was born in Pittsburgh and played football at Indiana (PA).

Defensive backs: Here are the nation’s highest-paid defensive backs coaches.

Wyoming: Director of recruiting Gordie Haug will serve as interim wide receivers coach for the 2015 season. Haug coached the running backs at North Dakota State from 2012-13 and followed Craig Bohl to Wyoming in 2014. In addition, recruiting and operations assistant Matt Gaynor has been promoted to director of player personnel. Gaynor has been at Wyoming since July 2013.

Salisbury University (MD): Assistant athletic director Gerry DiBartolo has been named interim athletic director for the next two years. DeBartolo has been at Salisbury since 1979 and has served as assistant AD since 2008. He will continue to serve as men’s soccer head coach, a position he has held since 1982.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday June 23, 2015

ACC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of ACC defensive backs coaches.

Alabama: Six of the seven returning Alabama assistants received one-year extensions and raises, according to The new salaries are as follows: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Kirby Smart ($1.5 million), offensive line coach Mario Cristobal ($515,000), tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Bobby Williams ($440,840), defensive line coach Bo Davis ($475,000), running backs coach Burton Burns ($345,000) and wide receivers coach Billy Napier ($340,000). Strength coach Scott Cochran also received a one-year extension and raise to $420,000. The position coach contracts are through 2017, while the coordinators are through 2018. In addition, new defensive backs coach Mel Tucker will earn $500,000 in 2015 and $600,000 in 2016, and outside linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi will earn $425,000 annually on a two-year deal. 

Santa Clara: reports Syracuse deputy athletic director / chief of staff Renee Baumgartner will be named athletic director at Santa Clara. Baumgartner has been at Syracuse since 2011 after 17 years at Oregon as an administrator and women’s golf coach.

Austin Peay: The school has announced four finalists for its athletic director job: Texas A&M-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville senior associate athletic director for external affairs Jason Coomer, Wright State deputy athletic director Roderick Perry and UTSA deputy athletic director Jim Sarra. Interviews will take place in early July.

Georgia State: The school has officially announced the addition of Tennessee defensive quality control coach Larry Knight as outside linebackers coach. Previous outside linebackers coach Tony Samuel, who joined the staff in March, moves to defensive line. Knight joined the Tennessee staff in 2013 after serving as a graduate assistant under Butch Jones at Cincinnati in 2012. 

South Alabama: Per source, director of football operations Brendt Bedsole will leave the program at the end of the month. Bedsole has been with USA since 2009, serving as director of operations each year except 2012, when he coached outside linebackers.

UCF: Head coach George O’Leary has been named interim athletic director through 2015. O’Leary replaces Todd Stansbury, who accepted the athletic director job at Oregon State. O’Leary is 68 years old and is heading into his 12th year as head coach. O’Leary will begin athletic director duties on July 11, and a decision about moving forward for the AD job will be made in 2016. Here is our story.

Williams College: Quarterbacks coach KiJuan Ware has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Denver Broncos, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Ware is in his second season at Williams after coaching defensive backs at Eastern Michigan in 2013.

Notre Dame: In light of the Diddy incident at UCLA, Mike Golic explains how he handled issues with Brian Kelly as a player’s parent

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 22, 2015

UCLA: Musician Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested Monday after allegedly assaulting UCLA strength and conditioning coordinator Sal Alosi. TMZ reports Combs confronted Alosi in his office after the coach was screaming at Combs’ son (who plays on the team) during a conditioning session. Jim Mora said in a statement, “I’m thankful that our staff showed the level of professionalism that they did in handling this situation. This is an unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While UCPD continues to review this matter, we will let the legal process run its course and refrain from further comment at this time.” has more, saying Combs swung a kettlebell at an intern following the confrontation with Alosi.

Wyoming: Player personnel assistant Matt Gaynor has been promoted to director of player personnel, according to his Twitter account. Gaynor has been at Wyoming since July 2013. He previously spent six months in 2013 as a football operations intern with the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers. 

Boise State: ABC/FOX Montana reports Carroll College (MT) athletic director Curt Apsey will be named athletic director at Boise State. Apsey joined Carroll in September 2014 after 16 years as Boise State senior associate athletic director from 1998-2014.

SEC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the SEC defensive backs coaches.

Santa Clara: reports the three finalists for the Santa Clara athletic director job are former Marquette athletic director Larry Williams, UC Irvine athletic director Mike Izzi and Syracuse deputy athletic director Renee Baumgartner. All three reportedly interviewed on campus last week.

Florida A&M: Alabama senior associate athletic director Milton Overton has been named athletic director at Florida A&M. Overton spent six years at Alabama after seven years at Texas A&M as associate athletic director. Overton has also worked at Oklahoma and TCU. He was a four-year starting offensive lineman at OU in the early 1990s. Overton replaces Kellen Winslow, who resigned in December.

Mississippi State: Former Michigan State fullback Niko Palazeti has joined the Mississippi State staff as an assistant strength coach, according to multiple reports. Palazeti played at Michigan State from 2010-13, before retiring before the 2013 season due to injuries. He served as a strength and conditioning intern in 2013 and graduate assistant in 2014.

Syracuse: New athletic director Mark Coyle addressed Scott Shafer and the state of the football program today.

Louisiana College: Sam Houston State football operations coordinator Jonathan Small has been named associate athletic director at Louisiana College. Small spent one year at Sam Houston State after previously directing football operations at Elon and William & Mary.

Delaware: Cornerbacks coach Henry Baker as accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Detroit Lions, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Baker has been at Delaware since 2011 and also served as special teams coordinator in 2012.

Buffalo Bills: Assistant director of pro personal Rob Hanrahan has been promoted to director of pro personnel, the team announced. Hanrahan is entering his 15th season with the Bills. In addition, football analyst Kevin Meganck has been promoted to director of football operation, player personnel assistant Marcus Cooper has been promoted to college area scout, video assistant Casey Weidl has been promoted to manager of football operations, and former Houston Texans pro scout Kevin Murphy has been hired as a pro scout.

Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia Magazine has a fascinating look inside Chip Kelly and an attempt to learn more about him. You can read the piece here.

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