Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Lock Haven University (PA): Urbana University (OH) head coach Dave Taynor has been named head coach at Lock Haven. Taynor spent the past seven seasons at Urbana, leading the program from NAIA to Division II. Taynor has previously served as an assistant at Tiffin, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Culver-Stockton and Louisville.

Syracuse: Rutgers assistant athletic director of creative services and fan experience Drew Robinson has joined the Syracuse staff as director of football operations, according to MSG Varsity and Robinson has been at Rutgers since 2012, serving as director of branding until June 2014, when he moved to his current role. Robinson is a Syracuse graduate.

Northwestern: Per source, former Southern University tight ends coach Justin Poindexter, former Alabama player personnel assistant Steven Pursley and former Towson assistant recruiting coordinator Steven Schrum have joined the Northwestern staff as recruiting assistants. Poindexter spent two seasons at Southern after an internship with the Big Ten, Pursley spent two seasons at Alabama, and Schrum spent one season at Towson.

Navy: Head coach Ken Niumatalolo explains to CoachingSearch why he canceled the final week of spring practice.

Tennessee State: Per source, former graduate assistant Nick Davison will join the staff as defensive ends coach / recruiting coordinator, and former Youngstown State running backs coach Eric Gallon will join the staff as running backs coach. In addition, co-defensive coordinator Osita Alaribe has moved to defensive coordinator / assistant head coach. Davison is a former Chattanooga player, graduating in 2012, and worked with the Tennessee State defensive line last season. Gallon spent the past two seasons at Youngstown State.

Northern Illinois: Athletic director Sean Frazier tells HuskieWire that he is not in the mix for the Pitt athletic director job and he didn’t apply for the position, despite a report (see below).

Illinois: The Illini spring game will begin with one team leading 17-0. Tim Beckman explains.

Pitt: The school has identified five athletic director candidates, according to KDKA’s Richie Walsh, who reports four of the candidates are Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro, Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier and Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes. Walsh reports the school plans to bring them in over the next couple of weeks and narrow it down to three finalists. 

Tulane: Assistant strength and conditioning coach Stephanie Sharpe has been dismissed, according to Sharpe had worked at Tulane since 2007.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 14, 2015

Illinois: Director of alumni and former player relations Juice Williams is leaving the staff and will join the athletic development staff at Georgetown, according to the Champaign News-Gazette. Williams, a former Illinois player, joined the staff in March 2014.

Tennessee: 247Sports has received new salary info for the eight returning Tennessee assistants. All received raises totaling $250,000, with the biggest raises ($50,000) going to wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni and running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie, who will both earn $350,000 annually. Defensive coordinator John Jancek received a $40,000 raise to $520,000 annually. The remaining salaries are as follows: Defensive line / associate head coach Steve Stripling ($405,000), linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen ($400,000), defensive backs coach Willie Martinez ($375,000), offensive line coach Don Mahoney ($360,000) and tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Mark Elder ($240,000).

Pittsburgh Steelers: Retired defensive back Ike Taylor tells PFT Live he has two primary options moving forward: a coaching internship with the Steelers or broadcasting.

Gerry DiNardo:The days of a bowl game saving your job are long gone.”

Lou Holtz: The former coach and ESPN analyst described his post-retirement plans to, saying he’d like to go to games of some coaches he mentored, incuding Urban Meyer, Charlie Strong and his son Skip Holtz.

West Alabama: Former Army running backs coach Lamont Seward has joined the West Alabama staff as wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator / associate head coach. Seward spent one year at Army, following Jeff Monken there after three seasons at Georgia Southern. Seward and West Alabama head coach Brett Gilliland worked together at Georgia Southern. 

Central Michigan: Head coach John Bonamego explains why he retained six assistants and why he’s trying to create more head coaching opportunities for special teams coordinators.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 13, 2015

UNLV: Arizona football graphic designer Drew Jennison has joined the UNLV staff. Jennison joined the Arizona staff in 2013, designing recruiting and promotional materials and assisting with recruiting operations. He joined the athletic department as a marketing intern in 2011. 

Oregon State: Gary Andersen’s assistant salary pool will be about $2.64 million, according to The Oregonian, up from $2.35 million last year. The salaries are as follows: Defensive coordinator / associate head coach Kalani Sitake ($730,008), offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin ($435,000), offensive line coach T.J. Woods ($260,004), defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a ($250,008), linebackers coach Ilaisa Tuiaki ($250,008), quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven ($185,004), wide receivers coach Brent Brennan ($180,264), defensive backs coach Derrick Odum ($180,000) and running backs coach Telly Lockette ($170,004). All assistants have multi-year deals, and Sitake's deal is for three years.

Michigan State: Both co-defensive coordinators Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel will work from the coaches box on game days, Barnett told The Drive with Jack.

Texas A&M: The Dallas Morning News has received defensive coordinator / linebackers coach John Chavis’ contract details. The three-year deal will pay Chavis $1.5 million in 2015, with an annual raise of $50,000 each year, and the school has an option to extend it for a fourth year. Chavis would owe 100 percent of his total remaining base salary if he leaves for another SEC assistant job, but he would be free to leave for any Division I or NFL head coaching job. See the full details here.

Oregon State: The Salt Lake Tribune has received Gary Andersen’s contract details. The deal totals $16.5 million through February 2021, paying him $2.45 million in year one and $2.95 million in year six. Oregon State will pay $3 million to Wisconsin for Andersen’s buyout. If Andersen leaves for another job, he would owe the school between $2-3 million, depending on the new job. Andersen also has an incentive of 5 percent of paid season ticket sales over 23,000 per year. See the full details here.  

Ohio State: Urban Meyer’s contract has been extended through the 2020 season, paying him an average of $6.5 million annually. Here is our story.

Michigan: Remember Jim Harbaugh’s four things to do every day, week, month and year.

Alfred State (NY): South Dakota School of Mines and Technology defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Jarod Dodson has been named head coach at Alfred State. Dodson previously coached at Old Dominion from 2010-11, serving as assistant defensive coordinator in 2011. Other stops in his career include Buffalo, South Dakota and Michigan Tech. Dodson replaces Mick Caba, who retired at the end of February, and offensive coordinator Anthony Scott had been serving as interim head coach.

Davenport (MI): Mount St. Joseph University (OH) assistant Greg Huster has joined the Davenport staff as the program’s first defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach, according to MLive. Huster previously served as recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati in 2011 under Butch Jones and was the defensive coordinator at Seton Hill (PA) from 2007-10. Davenport is scheduled to play its first game in 2016.

UCLA: Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will call plays from the sideline, and he explained why he’s always been on the sideline.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 12, 2015

Lou Holtz: ESPN has parted ways with former Notre Dame and South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz, according to Sports Illustrated. Holtz had been an analyst with the network since 2004, after his retirement with the Gamecocks.

Open jobs: There are still three open FBS assistant jobs.

SMU: Van Malone explains why his conversation with Chad Morris about coming to SMU was a brief one.

Oakland Raiders: Former senior offensive assistant Al Saunders will retire after turning down a front office job with the Raiders, according to Chargers broadcaster Hank Bauer. The 68-year-old Saunders joined the Raiders in 2011 and moved to senior offensive assistant the next year. Saunders has coached since 1970, and some notable stops in his career include the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers, where he served as head coach from 1986-88.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday April 11, 2015

Alabama: Nick Saban: “We have a generation that doesn’t get told no.”

Maine: Former Boston College offensive graduate assistant Nick Charlton has joined the Maine staff as wide receivers coach, according to his Twitter account. Charlton spent two years as a GA at BC and previously served as an intern and student manager.

Southern University: Per source, former Nicholls State defensive coordinator Steve Adams will join the Southern staff as defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator. Adams spent two seasons at Nicholls, serving as safeties coach / special teams coordinator in his first season. He previously spent two seasons at Concord University as defensive backs coach.

Spring games: 27 schools hold spring games on Saturday. Here are the teams and how to watch.