Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday July 12, 2017

Virginia Tech: Seven assistants have received two-year extensions to their letters of appointment, according to The Roanoke Times. That includes OC Brad Cornelsen and ST coordinator James Shibest through June 2020, and CB coach Brian Mitchell, OL coach Vance Vice, WR coach Holmon Wiggins, DL coach Charley Wiles and RB coach Zohn Burden through June 2019. Safeties coach Galen Scott received a one-year extension through June 2019, and DC Bud Foster is the only assistant under a formal contract, which runs through 2019.

Old Dominion: Seven of the nine assistants have received 2-year contracts.  That includes OC Brian Scott, DC Rich Nagy, QB coach Ron Whitcomb, DL coach Jeff Comissiong, assistant DC Kermit Buggs, RB coach / ST coordinator Charles Bankins and OL coach Chris Malone. If they leave for another job in 2018, they would owe 10 percent of their salary.

Ole Miss: Former head coach Houston Nutt has filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss, alleging that school officials engaged in a public misinformation campaign to blame the bulk of NCAA violations on Nutt, and that it violates his 2011 severance agreement. USA Today has more.

Texas: Former Texas and Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson has joined the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes as president and CEO.

Mount Union: Defensive coordinator Chris Kappas has moved to offensive coordinator, after three years leading the D. In addition, wide receivers coach Daryl Ely has moved to cornerbacks coach / pass defensive coordinator. Ely is in his ninth season on staff.

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians says he was diagnosed with kidney cancer during the 2016 season, but is now cancer free and feels great. He added that he plans to coach “at least one more season of NFL football — maybe more.”

Wyoming: Director of sports performance Russell Dennison has resigned to seek other opportunities. Dennison spent one season at Wyoming after five years at Oklahoma.

New England Patriots: Maryland lacrosse volunteer assistant Chris Mattes will join the Patriots in an operations / development role, according to the Baltimore Sun. Mattes spent the last two years working with Maryland and also founded a clinc program.

Florida: Former Bartow High School (FL) head coach Jake McCrae has joined the Florida program as director of external relations. McCrae spent two years at Bartow and stepped down in March.

Tennessee: Marshall director of video services Luke Mullett has joined Tennessee as assistant director of football operations. Mullett spent two years at Marshall and previously worked at Eastern Michigan with Tennessee DFO Jacob Kirkendall.

Maine Maritime Academy: Norwich (VT) defensive backs coach Brent Kasabian has joined the Maine Maritime staff as defensive coordinator / strength & conditioning coach. Kasabian spent one year at Norwich.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 11, 2017

Boston College: Kennesaw State (GA) athletic director Vaughn Williams has been named senior associate AD for administration at Boston College, and South Florida senior associate AD Jocelyn Fisher Gates has been named senior associate AD at Boston College. Williams spent six years at KSU and saw the school add a football program. 

Oklahoma State: The assistant salary pool increased by more than $330,000, according to the Tulsa World. The new staff salaries are as follows: DC Glenn Spencer ($675,000, increase of $75,000), OC Mike Yurcich ($600,000, increase of $100,000), DL coach Joe Bob Clements ($400,000), new OL coach Josh Henson ($400,000), WR coach Kasey Dunn ($360,000), CB coach Tim Duffie ($356,314), safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt ($325,000), TE coach Jason McEndoo ($275,000) and new RB coach John Wozniak ($250,000).

Western Michigan: New head coach Tim Lester’s contract is a 5-year deal worth $800,000 annually, according to The Detroit News. That’s the same pay as P.J. Fleck’s last contract at WMU, though the News reports Fleck was offered a 10-year contract worth more than $2 million annually by WMU, before he left for Minnesota. Lester’s buyout would be $1 million if he left after 2017, decreasing by $200,000 each successive year. 

South Carolina State: Per source, former McNeese State defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo has rejoined the South Carolina State staff as defensive coordinator. Restivo spent 2016 at McNeese State and was previously South Carolina State’s defensive coordinator from 2014-15.

Trinity Valley CC (TX): Southwest Oklahoma tight ends / assistant offensive line coach Nate Haremza has joined the Trinity Valley staff as offensive line coach, and former Trinity Valley player Cortney Finney has joined the staff as linebackers coach. Haremza spent two years at SWOSU.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 10, 2017

Kansas City Chiefs: Co-director of player personnel Brett Veach has been promoted to general manager. Veach is entering his fifth season with the team and previously worked with Andy Reid with the Eagles.

Sul Ross State (TX): Offensive line coach Tyler Card has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Card is entering his third season on staff. In addition, former Waldorf College wide receivers coach Dontavius Smith has joined the staff as quarterbacks / wide receivers coach. Smith spent the last three seasons at Waldorf.

Western Carolina: Former UConn director of player personnel Michael Painter has joined the WCU staff as director of football operations. Painter spent four years at UConn. 

VMI: Per source, South Alabama offensive graduate assistant Ross Metheny will join the VMI staff to coach defensive backs. Metheny rejoined the USA staff in February and previously worked at Kansas State.

Wisconsin: Associate athletic director for business development Chris McIntosh has moved to deputy athletic director. McIntosh has been in the athletic department since 2014. Former deputy AD Walter Dickey will remain in the athletic department and oversee compliance, government affairs and legal affairs. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.
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Sunday July 9, 2017

Nebraska: Defensive analyst Bob Elliott has passed away from complications from cancer, according to The Des Moines Register. Elliott joined Nebraska this offseason and coached for more than 40 years, including stops at Notre Dame, Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State and more. He was 64 years old.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 07, 2017

FCS: Here’s the tenure length for every FCS head coach.

Oregon: Athletic director Rob Mullens signed a contract extension in October through 2024, with a slight raise to $717,500 annually, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

San Jose State: Navy senior associate athletic director Steve O’Brien has been named deputy athletic director at SJSU. O’Brien spent six years at Navy.

Sun Belt: There were nearly 30 coaching staff changes in the Sun Belt this offseason. Here’s the full list.

Louisiana-Monroe: East Carolina executive associate athletic director Nick Floyd has been named athletic director at UL-Monroe. Floyd had been at ECU since 2001.

Conference USA: Former UAB athletic director Brian Mackin has been named deputy commissioner of C-USA. Mackin was at UAB from 2002-14, stepping down after the school shut down the football program.

Maine: Running backs coach Brian Picucci has moved to offensive line coach / run game coordinator. Picucci is entering his second year on staff and has previously coached at Becker College, Widener, Central Connecticut State and UMass.

Robert Morris: Thiel College wide receivers coach Ryan Matviko has joined the RMU staff as director of football operations. Matviko spent two years at Thiel.

Colby College (ME): Marshall defensive analyst Dave Dunn has joined the Colby staff as offensive coordinator. Dunn spent one year at Marshall as tight ends coach and moved off the field this offseason.

Northwestern Oklahoma State: Former Southeastern (FL) offensive coordinator Keith Barefield Jr. has joined the NWOSU staff as pass game coordinator. Barefield spent three years at Southeastern (FL).

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 06, 2017

Head coaches: The Big 12 leads all FBS conferences in average coaching tenure. Here’s a conference breakdown.

Eastern Michigan: New athletic director Scott Wetherbee will earn $269,000 annually on a 5-year contract, according to The Detroit News. He can also earn up to $54,000 annually in bonuses.

Hope College (MI): Michigan State graduate assistant and former player Andrew Hawken has been named offensive coordinator at Hope. Hawken spent the last two years on the MSU staff and previously served as a strength coach at Wartburg, linebackers coach at Augustana and as an assistant at the high school level.

Wisconsin: Wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore has added the title of offensive pass game coordinator, and outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar has added the title of defensive run game coordinator. In addition, associate athletic director for business development Chris McIntosh has moved to deputy athletic director.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.