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.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 20, 2016

Northwestern State: Per source, LSU offensive / special teams analyst Alvin Slaughter will join the Northwestern State staff as wide receivers coach. Slaughter spent the past three seasons at LSU.

Buffalo: Head coach Lance Leipold has received a one-year extension through 2020. Leipold went 5-7 in his first season at UB.

Georgia Tech: Head coach Paul Johnson will receive a $100,000 bonus for his team’s multi-year APR of 987, according to USA Today.

Fresno State: Head coach Tim DeRuyter will receive a $100,000 bonus for his team’s single-year APR of 956, according to USA Today.

Texas A&M-Commerce: West Virginia State wide receivers coach Tim Bleil has joined the Texas A&M-Commerce staff as running backs / tight ends coach. Bleil spent the past two seasons coaching wide receivers at WVSU and previously coached defensive backs.

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher considered leaving coaching in 2011 after his son was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening disease. The Palm Beat Post has the story.

Hutchinson CC (KS): Former Louisiana-Monroe tight ends coach Matt Clark has joined the Hutchinson staff as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. Clark spent the past two seasons at ULM.

Winthrop (SC): CollegeAD.com reports the four finalists for the Winthrop athletic director job are Howard University deputy AD Shelley Davis, FAU executive associate AD Melissa Dawson, Eastern Washington deputy AD Ken Halpin and Cal State Stanislaus AD Michael Matoso.

Saint Anselm College (NH): Former Syracuse offensive line coach Joe Adam has been named head coach at Saint Anselm. Adam spent two seasons at Syracuse and was previously the head coach at Elmhurst College (IL) for eight seasons.

SEC: Associate commissioner Mark Whitworth will join Knight Eady Sports Group aa chief operating officer. Whitworth has spent more than 30 years in college athletics administration.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 19, 2016

Army: Columbia director of football operations Jansen Petagna has joined the Army staff as director of scouting & on-campus recruiting. Petagna had been at Columbia since July 2012.

St. Andrews University (NC): RPI running backs coach Steven Harris has joined the SAU staff as offensive coordinator, and former Greensboro College head coach Bill Young has joined SAU as defensive coordinator. Harris spent two years at RPI, and Young led Greensboro from 2012-15. The SAU program will begin play in 2017.

Austin Peay: How did 30-year-old Will Healy land the Austin Peay head coaching job? Here's an inside look at the process and the path.

UCLA: Per source, director of football operations Will Peddie has left the staff to spend more time with his family and care for his daughter. Peddie had been at UCLA since 2010 and served in the DFO role since 2012. In addition, analyst / special assistant to the head coach Dimetrius Hajimihalis has been promoted to director of head coach administration & personnel, and analyst Chris Caminti is now assistant athletic director / football.

Maine: Former Syracuse defensive quality control assistant Alvah Hansbro has joined the Maine staff as cornerbacks coach. Hansbro spent the past two years at Syracuse.

Carnegie Mellon (PA): Youngstown State student assistant Christian Bryan has joined the Carnegie Mellon staff as wide receivers coach. Bryan spent one season on the YSU staff following his playing career there.

Lafayette (PA): Director of football operations / defensive quality control assistant Joe DeMattia has been promoted to defensive backs coach, and Merrimack College (MA) wide receivers coach Shane Ferguson has joined the Lafayette staff as wide receivers coach. DeMattia is entering his second season at Lafayette, and Ferguson spent two seasons at Merrimack.

St. Lawrence (NY): Interim head coach Dan Puckhaber has been named to the full-time role. Puckhaber has been on the staff since 2010 and has been offensive coordinator since 2012. The Saints are 23-8 over the last three seasons.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.