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.