Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday January 31, 2016

Hawaii: Nick Rolovich explains what he wanted in his staff and why a Hawaiian weapon made an impression.

Avila University (MO): Per source, Avila linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Marc Wilson has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Wilson has spent two seasons on staff.

Open jobs: There are still more than 40 FBS assistant jobs open. Here’s how they break down.

Detroit Lions: Former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has joined the Detroit Lions as director of football research / special projects. Edsall spent the last five years at Maryland. His lone previous NFL experience came as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive backs coach from 1994-97. New Lions general manager Bob Quinn was a graduate assistant UConn in 1999 when Edsall was the head coach.

Missouri: Gary Pinkel provided an update to PowerMizzou.com on how he’s doing since his decision to step down over health concerns.

Alcorn State: Quarterbacks / assistant head coach Fred McNair will serve as interim head coach, according to multiple reports. Keep track of FCS changes here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday January 30, 2016

Southern Miss: Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson has been named head coach at Southern Miss. This fills the last FBS opening. Read more here.

Southern Miss: Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix is no longer in the mix for the Southern Miss head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Chris Low.

South Dakota State: Former Montana State offensive line coach Jason Eck has been named to the same position at South Dakota State. Eck spent one year at Montana State after two as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Texas Wesleyan: The school will make a “game-changing athletics announcement” on Feb. 10. The school, which doesn’t have a football program, has posted a job opening for a head football coach.

Southern Miss: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson is “getting a strong push from Southern Miss boosters” to become the next Southern Miss head coach. Hopson is 32-17 in four years at Alcorn State and worked at USM from 2001-03 and 2005-07.

Southern Illinois: Nick Hill has announced the addition of eight assistants: Florida program assistant John Van Dam (offensive coordinator / QB), former UNLV defensive coordinator Kraig Paulson (defensive coordinator / assistant head coach), SIU wide receivers coach Ashton Aikens (same position), Minnesota quality control coach Nate Griffin (tight ends / fullbacks), Minnesota graduate assistant Trevor Olson (offensive line), SIU defensive line coach Austin Flyger (same position), Southeast Missouri cornerbacks coach Melvin Rice (cornerbacks) and North Dakota defensive backs coach Marty Rogers (safeties coach).

Southern Miss: Florida offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier will remain at Florida, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Nussmeier was a top candidate for the USM head coaching job.

BYU: Kalani Sitake has completed his full-time BYU staff. Here is the completed staff.

Eastern Illinois: Per source, former North Texas offensive line coach Mike Simmonds will join the Eastern Illinois staff in the same role. Simmonds spent the past five years at UNT.

Hawaii: Emory & Henry offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Craig Stutzmann has joined the Hawaii staff passing game coordinator. Stutzmann spent two years at Emory & Henry and fills the spot left by Zak Hill. He's a former Hawaii player and teammate of head coach Nick Rolovich. This hire once again completes Rolovich’s staff. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Valparaiso: Michigan State football operations assistant Ryan Manalac has joined the Valpo staff as linebackers coach. Manalac spent five years at MSU, previously working as a graduate assistant and video intern. 

James Madison: Citadel outside linebackers coach Tripp Weaver has officially joined the James Madison staff as cornerbacks coach. Weaver spent two years at The Citadel. In addition, former outside linebackers coach John Bowers has been retained in the same role.

Southern Miss: The Sun Herald reports Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson remain serious external candidates for the USM head coaching job. A source tells CoachingSearch that Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix also remains in the mix.

Methodist University (N.C.): Head coach C.J. Goss has resigned. Goss has been with the program since 2005 and head coach since 2013. Offensive coordinator Keven Williams will take over as head coach for the 2016 season.

Open jobs: Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 29, 2016

Tennessee Titans: Montreal Alouettes defensive line coach Keith Willis has joined the Titans as assistant defensive line coach, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Willis has been with the Alouettes since 2013.

Utah: Kyle Whittingham has agreed to a two-year contract extension through 2020, paying him $3.3 million per year. That’s a raise up from $2.6 million in 2015. Whittingham has been at Utah since 1994 and has been the head coach since 2005.

Detroit Lions: Giants director of football operations Matt Harriss has joined the Lions as vice president of football administration. Harriss spent the past 10 years with the Giants. 

Boise State: The school has officially announced the addition of Hawaii offensive coordinator Zak Hill as co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. In addition, offensive line coach Scott Huff has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, and wide receivers coach Junior Adams has added the title of pass game coordinator. 

North Carolina: Chad Scott’s title at UNC is tight ends / hybrids coach. Scott spent the past three years as Kentucky running backs coach. 

Western Kentucky: Alabama A&M defensive coordinator / defensive line coach Reggie Johnson has joined the WKU staff as a defensive assistant. Johnson spent one year at Alabama A&M and the previous two as defensive coordinator at UAB. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Arizona State: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey will receive a $100,000 raise in base salary after turning down interest from Southern Miss for their head coaching job, according to AZCentral. That will increase Lindsey’s base salary to $650,000. Lindsey joined the ASU staff last month from USM.

California (PA): Duquesne offensive coordinator Gary Dunn has been named head coach at California (PA). Dunn has spent the past five years at Duquesne.

Ohio Dominican: Defensive coordinator Kelly Cummings has been promoted to head coach. Cummings has been at ODU since 2013 and previously worked at Toledo.

Detroit Lions: Former Patriots head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash has joined the Lions in the same role. Nash worked with the Patriots from 2005-15, serving as head strength coach for the past five years.

Wisconsin: In a letter on Wisconsin's official site, Barry Alvarez fired back at the notion that Wisconsin doesn’t pay enough for assistants, calling it a “convenient narrative." Read more here.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly’s contract has been extended through 2021. His most recent extension came in 2013 and went through 2017, so Kelly's new deal is for six years. If he finishes out the contract, Kelly would be at Notre Dame for 12 years. Remember what Kelly said in September about longevity at Notre Dame?

Southern Virginia: Former BYU running backs coach Joe DuPaix has accepted the head coaching job at Southern Virginia. DuPaix most recently coached at Timpanogos High School (UT) in 2014 and was BYU’s running backs coach from 2011-13.

Detroit Lions: Browns offensive quality control coach Michael McCarthy has joined the Lions as an offensive line quality control coach. McCarthy spent one year with the Browns and previously coached at North Carolina Central and Tulane.

Michigan: New athletic director Warde Manuel will begin work on March 14. Manuel’s contract is a 5-year deal worth $800,000 in base salary, with $100,000 in annual deferred compensation and a one-time recruitment incentive of $250,000. Today, Manuel explained why he laughed when the school asked if he was interested in the job.

UMass: Rhode Island linebackers coach Matt Dawson has joined the UMass staff as tight ends coach / special teams coordinato. In addition, defensive coordinator Tom Masella will work with safeties, and previous tight ends coach Steve Costello has moved to cornerbacks. Graduate assistant Scott Woodward will coach quarterbacks, and student assistant Matt Schell has been named a defensive graduate assistant. 

Wisconsin: With Justin Wilcox’s hire at Wisconsin official, here’s a closer look at Wilcox’s previous results as a defensive coordinator. 

SMU: Per source, former Southern cornerbacks coach Chris Scott has joined the SMU staff in a quality control role. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt has interviewed for the Eagles top personnel job, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

South Florida: Former Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek will join the South Florida staff as safeties coach, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Jancek spent the past three years at Tennessee. This fills the last opening on the USF staff. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 28, 2016

James Madison: Head coach Mike Houston will earn $300,000 in base salary annually on a 5-year contract, according to Rivals.com. There are also retention bonuses that would pay him $75,000 after the third year, $93,750 after the fourth and $81,250 after the fifth. Houston would owe $350,0000 in buyout if he leaves before Jan. 31, 2018, dropping to $250,000 the next year and $150,000 the next. There is no clause about a move to an FBS school.

Weber State: Wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Fesi Sitake has been promoted to offensive coordinator, and defensive ends coach Jason Kaufusi has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Sitake has been on staff for two seasons, and Kaufusi for four.

San Francisco 49ers: Colts safeties coach Roy Anderson will join the 49ers staff as a defensive backs coach, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Anderson spent four years with the Colts and the previous seven with the Ravens.

North Texas: Seth Littrell has completed his full-time staff at North Texas. Here’s the completed staff.

San Francisco 49ers: CEO Jed York told the Rich Eisen Show that he didn’t consider Brian Kelly for the 49ers job in part because York is a Notre Dame alumnus. “This is in no way disrespectful to Brian Kelly: I would never hire the coach from Notre Dame, ever. That’s my opinion, that I would never do that to my alma mater. That would never happen. I think a lot of Brian Kelly. I think he’s a hell of a coach. But I would never take a coach away from my alma mater.”

New York Giants: Patriots linebackers coach Patrick Graham is expected to join the Giants staff as defensive line coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Graham has been with the Patriots in various roles since 2009.

Detroit Lions: Patriots director of player development Kevin Anderson has joined the Lions as chief of staff / assistant to the general manager. Anderson spent the past 10 years with the Patriots working with new Lions GM Bob Quinn.

California (PA): Duquesne offensive coordinator Gary Dunn is expected to be named head coach at California (PA), according to the Observer-Reporter. Dunn has spent the past five years at Duquesne. Keep track of Division II changes here.

Fresno State: Utah State running backs coach / special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer is expected to join the Fresno State staff in the same roles, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Ungerer has been at USU for three years. 

Arkansas State: Hamilton Tiger-Cars offensive line coach Allen Rudolph has accepted the same position at Arkansas State, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Rudolph has been with the Tiger-Cats since 2013 and has previously coached at Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Samford and more. 

BYU: The school has announced the additions of Southern Utah defensive backs coach Jernaro Gilford (cornerbacks coach), former BYU and Eagles running back Reno Mahe (running backs coach) and AIGA Foundation vice president Tevita Ofahengaue (director of recruiting operations). This completes Kalani Sitake’s staff. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Todd Monken explains why he jumped to the NFL.

Southern Miss: UAB head coach Bill Clark tells AL.com he will remain at UAB and has taken himself out of the Southern Miss head coaching search. ESPN's Chris Low reports that Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and Middle Tennessee State defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix have interviewed for the job and that the school hopes to name a coach by the weekend.

San Diego Chargers: Former Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has joined the Chargers staff as an assistant offensive line coach. DeGuglielmo spent the past two years with the Patriots.

Los Angeles Rams: Former Bears running backs coach Skip Peete will join the Rams in the same role, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Peete coached with the Bears from 2013-14.

James Madison: The school has announced the additions of former East Carolina wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick (offensive coordinator), Richmond defensive coordinator Bob Trott (defensive coordinator), former Virginia Tech tight ends coach Bryan Stinespring (tight ends / run game coordinator) and Virginia State head coach Byron Thweatt (inside linebackers coach). In addition, director of player personnel John Bowers and offensive line coach Jamal Powell have been retained as assistant coaches.

Houston: Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando turned down an offer to become Wisconsin’s defensive coordinator, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Orlando is a former Wisconsin player.

Wisconsin: The Badgers have officially named former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to the same role. 

Miami (FL): Per source, Mississippi State graduate assistant Jonathan Patke has joined the Miami staff in a quality control role as assistant linebackers coach. Patke also worked with Manny Diaz at Louisiana Tech in 2014.

Middle Tennessee State: Samford running backs coach Jeff Beckles has joined the Middle Tennessee staff in the same role. Beckles spent one year at Samford. In addition, offensive tackles / tight ends coach Rick Mallory has moved to offensive line coach, and running backs coach / special teams coordinator Mike Polly has moved to tackles / tight ends coach / special teams coordinator.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have received permission to interview Steelers pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt for their director of player personnel job, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Detroit Lions: Giants director of football operations Matt Harriss is a candidate to join the Lions as head of salary cap / contracts, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo.  

Southern Miss: Despite a report, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman and the Louisville Courier-Journal report Kentucky offensive coordinator / running backs coach Eddie Gran is not a candidate for the Southern Miss head coaching job.

Indianapolis Colts: General manager Ryan Grigson has signed a new contract through 2019, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Grigson has been with the Colts through 2012. His new contract is the same length as head coach Chuck Pagano.

Elon: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Jerry Petercuskie has announced his retirement. Petercuskie has spent two years at Elon and has coached for the past 40 years. Other stops in his career included NC State, Boston College, Virginia and more.

Johns Hopkins: Athletic director Tom Calder will step down, effective July, 1, and take another role within the university. Calder has served as athletic director since 1995.

Michigan: New athletic director Warde Manuel will have a 5-year contract worth more than $700,000 annually, according to the Detroit Free Press. It’s less than the $900,000 former AD Dave Brandon was set to earn, but more than the $450,000 Manuel reportedly made at UConn. 

Minnesota: Jay Sawvel’s promotion to defensive coordinator includes a 2-year contract that will pay him $550,000 annually, up from $253,000 as defensive backs coach.

Wyoming: Oklahoma assistant strength and conditioning coach Russell Dennison has been named director of sports performance at Wyoming. Dennison has been at Wyoming since 2011.

Western Kentucky: Former Marshall running backs coach Chris Barclay has officially been named an offensive assistant at WKU. Barclay spent two years at Marshall and will earn $80,004 in base salary at WKU, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. 

Boise State: Zak Hill’s title at Boise State is co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, according to his Twitter account. 

UCF: Scott Frost has completed his full-time staff at UCF. Here is the complete staff.

New York Giants: Notre Dame assistant strength coach Aaron Wellman will join the Giants as head strength coach, according to multiple reports. Wellman spent one year at Notre Dame and was previously the head strength coach at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State under Brady Hoke.

Virginia State: Wide receivers coach Justin Harper has been named interim head coach. Harper has been on staff for one season. Keep track of Division II head coaching changes here.

Miami Dolphins: The Palm Beach Post reports executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte will remain with the Dolphins and not join the Lions, contrary to a report. 

North Texas: Pearl River CC (CA) defensive coordinator Derrick LeBlanc will join the North Texas staff as defensive line coach, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. LeBlanc spent one year at Pearl River after two at Southern Miss. This completes Seth Littrell’s staff. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Southern Miss: Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is a strong candidate for the Southern Miss head coaching job, according to The Gainesville Sun. 

Michigan: Warde Manuel’s deal as Michigan athletic director has been finalized, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad, who adds that a presser could happen as soon as Friday.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 27, 2016

Southern Miss: The Hattiesburg American notes some external names connected to the Southern Miss job include Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson and North Carolina co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapilovic.

Liberty: Toronto Argonauts special teams coordinator Scott Downing has joined the Liberty staff as running backs coach / special teams coordinator. Downing spent one year at Toronto and previously coached at Tulsa from 2011-14.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have retained assistant offensive line coach Eric Wolford, offensive quality control coach Mick Lombardi and outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver. Here is Chip Kelly's complete staff.

Cleveland Browns: Colts pro scouting coordinator Andrew Berry will join the Browns as vice president of player personnel, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Berry spent seven years with the Colts.

Bowling Green: Mike Jinks explains to CoachingSearch how he got the Bowling Green job. 

Virginia State: Per source, former 49ers wide receivers coach Ronald Curry is in the mix for the Virginia State head coaching job. The former NFL receiver Curry spent two years on the 49ers staff and is from Hampton, Va. Here's a look at Division II head coaching changes.

Wabash (IN): University of Puget Sound defensive coordinator Jeff Ramsey has been named to the same position at Wabash. Ramsey spent two years at Puget Sound and was the head coach at Oberlin College from 1999-2013.

Springfield College (MA): Offensive coordinator Mike Cerasuolo has been promoted to head coach at Springfield. Cerasuolo has been the offensive coordinator for the past 15 years. 

Missouri: Defensive analyst Phil Pitts has been named head coach at Central High School (MO). Pitts spent one year at Missouri and was previously the head coach at Helias Catholic High School (MO).

Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Wilson’s title with the Eagles is defensive line coach, and Columbia tight ends coach Joe D’Orazio has joined the Eagles as an offensive quality control / assistant wide receivers coach. D’Orazio spent one season at Columbia and previously worked as Kansas City Chiefs senior assistant to the head coach for two years.

Ball State: The school has announced the additions of former Syracuse defensive line coach Tim Daoust (defensive coordinator), former Saints assistant offensive line coach Kyle DeVan (offensive line coach), John Curtis Chrisian HS (LA) assistant Johnny Curtis (linebackers coach), former Tulane director of football operations Byron Ellis (director of football administration / chief of staff) and Miami (OH) assistant strength coach Ben Armer (director of strength and conditioning). Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Boise State: Hawaii offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Zak Hill will join the Boise State staff as offensive coordinator, CoachingSearch has confirmed. Hill joined the Hawaii staff last month and was previously the quarterbacks coach at Eastern Washington. He was at EWU for nine years. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

ACC: The league has named Ted Jackson to the newly-ceated position of Assistant Coordinator for Football Replay. Jackson has been an ACC replay official for 11 years after 28 as an on-field official. In the role, Jackson will coordinate year-round training, development, evaluation and recruitment. 

San Diego Chargers: Former Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo will interview for the Chargers assistant offensive line job, per Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo.

Philadelphia Eagles: Missouri defensive line coach Chris Wilson has joined the Eagles staff, per the Eagles official site. Wilson had recently joined Missouri and previously coached at USC from 2014-15. This is Wilson’s first NFL job. 

Western Kentucky: Former Marshall running backs coach Chris Barclay has joined the WKU staff. Barclay spent the past two years at Marshall. 

New England Patriots: Head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash will not return, according to ESPN. Nash had been with the Patriots since 2005, including as head strength coach since 2011.

Jacksonville University: Former Army quarterback Trent Steelman has joined the Jacksonville staff as wide receivers coach. Steelman played under Jacksonville head coach Ian Shields at Army.

Wisconsin: Former USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will join the Wisconsin staff in the same role, according to multiple reports. Wilcox spent the past three years at USC. 

UCF: Army outside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt has joined the UCF staff as linebackers coach / special teams coordinator. Dewitt spent two years at Army and previously coached at FAU. This completes Scott Frost’s staff. 

Detroit Lions: Lance Newmark will remain the team’s director of scouting, new GM Bob Quinn tells the Detroit News.

Minnesota: Tracy Claeys has finalized his Minnesota staff. Here’s a look at the complete staff.

Georgia Tech: Per source, Capital University (OH) head coach Craig Candeto will join the Georgia Tech staff. Candeto spent three years at Capital and played under Paul Johnson at Navy.

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Prairie View A&M defensive line coach Jo Nixon has joined the Roughriders as a regional scout, according to his Twitter account. Nixon spent one year with PVAMU and previously served on the Edmonton Eskimos staff.

Division II: There have been 22 head coaching changes at the D2 level, but 6 jobs are still open. Here’s a look at the D2 changes.

Boise State: Per source, Hawaii offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Zak Hill is in the mix to join the Boise State staff. Hill spent last season as Eastern Washington’s quarterbacks coach.

Michigan: UConn athletic director Warde Manuel will be named athletic director at Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press. Manuel is a former Michigan football player, has been at UConn since 2012 and previously served as the AD at Buffalo. The 47-year-old Manuel will take the place of interim AD Jim Hackett, who hired Jim Harbaugh last year. 

San Francisco 49ers: Former Dolphins running backs coach Jeff Nixon will join the 49ers as tight ends coach, according to CSN Bay Area. Nixon spent five years with the Dolphins. 

Kansas: Kent State director of football operations Nolan Jones has joined the Kansas staff as director of football operations. Jones spent one year at Kent State and has previously worked at Northwestern, Michigan, Southern Miss and Kentucky.

Chicago Bears: Former 49ers assistant special teams coach Richard Hightower has joined the Bears in the same role. Hightower spent one years with the 49ers and has previously worked with the Browns, Redskins and Texans.

Southern Miss: Todd Monken’s buyout owed to the school is $385,000, according to the Hattiesburg American. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to pay it.

Southern: University of Redlands defensive line coach Juan Navarro has joined the Southern staff. Navarro spent one year at Redlands.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.