Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 16, 2016
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Illinois State: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kurt Beathard has resigned due to family health issues, and wide receivers coach Billy Dicken has been promoted to offensive coordinator, according to Sports Illustrated. Both Beathard and Dicken spent the last two seasons at Illinois State.
Oklahoma State: The school’s board of regents will vote on a two-year extension for Mike Gundy through 2021, according to The Oklahoman. Salary terms were not available, but Gundy earned $3.65 million last season, his 11th as the head coach. He is 94-47 in those 11 seasons and has four years remaining on his current eight-year deal.
Carolina Panthers: Ron Rivera has received a one-year extension through 2018 and a raise to more than $6 million, according to the Charlotte Observer. Rivera is 47-31-2 in five seasons with the Panthers and went 17-2 this past season, winning the NFC championship.
Baylor: According to the Associated Press, Art Briles has accused Baylor of wrongful termination and says he does not want to settle a case filed against him and the school by a woman who was sexually assaulted by a football player. Briles says he met with school attorneys on April 7 and the school used information he shared to dismiss him. He wants to be assigned new attorneys and wants Baylor to hand over all its files on the scandal.
Garden City CC (KS): St. Vincent College (PA) defensive coordinator Josh Hager has joined the Garden City staff as defensive coordinator. Hager spent two seasons at St. Vincent and has previously coached at St. Norbert (WI), Minnesota-Crookston and Michigan Tech.
Virginia State: Former Langston University (OK) head coach Dwone Sanders has been named defensive coordinator at Virginia State. Sanders led Langston from 2012-15 after two years as the defensive coordinator there. He has also coached at Utah State, Alabama State, Southeast Missouri State and more. He coached current VSU head coach Reggie Barlow while an assistant at Alabama State.
UConn: Bob Diaco has announced a $250,000 gift to the school to help fund facilities for several non-football sports.
Reedley College (CA): Former East Los Angeles College head coach Eric Marty has been named head coach at Reedley. Marty spent one season at East LA and has previously coached at Moorpark College, Oklahoma Panhandle State and in the high school ranks.
Minot State (ND): Northwest Oklahoma State athletic director Andrew Carter has been named the next AD at Minot State. Carter has led Northwest Oklahoma State since June 2011.
Notre Dame: Wide receiver Corey Robinson has announced he will give up his playing career due to concussions and will serve as a student assistant. Robinson caught 40 passes as a sophomore in 2014 and battled injuries in 2015.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.