Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 17, 2015
Hawaii: CollegeAD reports the school’s advisory committee in its coaching search includes associate athletic director Carl Clapp, head athletic trainer Eric Okasaki, director of compliance Amanda Paterson, baseball coach Mike Trapasso, former athletic director Hugh Yoshida, assistant professor Dan Harris-McCoy, vice chancellor of students Lori Ideta and vice chancellor of enrollment Roxie Shabazz.
New Orleans Saints: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been dismissed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Saints are last in the NFL in scoring defense. Ryan spent three seasons with the Saints. Sean Payton said earlier Monday that a decision had yet to be made, despite a morning report. Defensive assistant Dennis Allen was promoted to the coordinator role.
Cal: The school has begun contract-extension talks with Sonny Dykes. Cal is 6-4 this year, and the program is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2011. Dykes is in the third year of a five-year deal that pays him $2 million annually. That is the lowest salary in the Pac-12. Read more here.
Illinois: Interim chancellor Barbara Wilson has begun putting together a search committee to find the school’s next athletic director and tells the News-Gazette she will “probably” use a search consultant. Wilson will make the AD hire, rather than the next chancellor. No decisions have been made on interim head coach Bill Cubit’s future, and the timeline to find a full-time head coach remains unclear.
Central Methodist (MO): Head coach Jody Ford has resigned. Ford spent the past eight seasons at CMU, including the last four as head coach, posting a 13-30 record.
Texas: Oklahoma State attorneys have requested witnesses for their contract lawsuit against Texas offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline. The trial is set for May 2016. According to The AP, the witness list includes Charlie Strong, Jay Norvell, Shawn Watson, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and former athletic director Steve Patterson. OK State is seeking $600,000 in buyout money, claiming his move to Texas after the 2013 season was a lateral move.
Cal: Athletic director Mike Williams tells the San Jose Mercury News that, “It is my intention to keep (Sonny Dykes) here.” Multiple reports in recent weeks have indicated that Dykes is frustrated at Cal, but he told the paper last week, “This is where I want to be.”
Detroit Lions: Arizona State senior offensive analyst Ryan Silverfield will join the Detroit Lions as assistant offensive line coach, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Silverfield spent 2014 at Toledo and 2008-13 with the Minnesota Vikings, including the final three years as assistant offensive line coach.
Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Per source, head coach Todd Glaser will not return. Glaser spent 10 seasons leading the program. Eau Claire went 0-10 this season.
West Virginia Wesleyan: Head coach George Shehl has resigned. Shehl posted an 11-19 record in three seasons as head coach, going 2-8 in 2015.
Springfield College (MA): Head coach Mike DeLong has announced his retirement after 32 years leading the program. DeLong posted a 201-139-2 record and led the program to 11 postseason appearances and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Tarleton State (TX): Head coach Cary Fowler has resigned. Fowler spent eight seasons on staff, including six as head coach. TSU went 30-32 under Fowler, winning the 2013 Lone Star Conference championship.
Whittier College (CA): Head coach Todd Stratton has resigned. Stratton served as head coach for four years, posting a 5-23 record.
Louisiana-Monroe: Athletic director Brian Wickstrom tells The News-Star that a history of winning will be among the biggest criteria in the school’s coaching search, and president Nick Bruno will be a big part of the process. In addition, Todd Berry will be paid $300,000 for the remainder of his contract, which ran through December 2016.
Missouri: Gary Pinkel says he will give input on the coaching search if athletic director Mack Rhoades asks him, saying, ”This is a really important hire.” Here is more from Pinkel.
Miami (FL): The school is using Korn Ferry for its head coaching search. In addition, a search advisory committee will include board of trustees members Hilarie Bass, David Epstein and Steve Saiontz, deputy athletic director Jennifer Strawley and former players Jonathan Vilma and Vinny Testaverde.
New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton says Rob Ryan is still his defensive coordinator, but he will meet with the general manager, and changes are expected.
South Carolina: The school is paying Steve Spurrier the remainder of his 2015 salary partly out of concern they would have had to pay him even more, according to USA Today. Spurrier is set to earn as much as $1.1 million remaining on his 2015 contract year. USA Today has the details.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M: Per source, offensive line coach / run game coordinator Chris Jirgens has resigned. Jirgens spent three seasons at NEO and was part of three of the top 10 offensive performances in school history in 2013.
New Orleans Saints: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will be dismissed, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Ryan has been with the Saints since 2013. New Orleans is last in the NFL in scoring defense. (Update above)
UAB: Braden Rayburn has joined the UAB staff as a student assistant and recruiting assistant.
Oregon: Defensive backs coach John Neal has moved to the press box on game days.
USC: The LA Daily News reports Pat Haden never intended to step down this weekend, despite rumors. The paper reports the rumors were so rampant that people in the athletic department had wondered if it was true.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.