Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday August 10, 2016

5 Things: Here are 5 things we learned today in camps.

Minnesota: Linebackers coach Mike Sherels was admitted to a local hospital Tuesday for unexpected surgery, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Sherels also had a medical procedure last week. He is in his third year in the program.

Tennessee: Director of football operations Chris Spognardi has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to 247Sports. Spognardi has been with Butch Jones for the last 10 years at Tennessee, Cincinnati and Central Michigan. He was promoted to DFO in 2014.

Dickinson College (PA): King's College (PA) outside linebackers coach / director of football operations Brian Kilbane has joined the Dickinson staff and will work with linebackers. Kilbane spent one season at King’s College after three years at Towson.

Maine: Maine has announced the hires of former Widener offensive coordinator Brian Picucci (RB coach), Nevada graduate assistant Pat Denecke (TE / fullbacks coach), former Rutgers quality control assistant Jared Keyte (OLB coach), former Syracuse quality control assistant Alvah Hansbro (CB coach), and Fordham operations / recruiting assistant Josh Heinrich (director of player personnel / video coordinator).

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday August 09, 2016

Missouri: New athletic director Jim Sterk will have a seven-year deal worth $700,000 annually, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, including $500,000 in base salary. The contract includes up to $150,000 in incentives. The buyout is $1.4 million, decreasing by $200,000 for each of the first six years.

Augustana (SD): Per source, Abernathy High School (TX) offensive coordinator Colton Brewer has joined the Augusta staff as wide receivers coach, and Zion Bentley High School (IL) offensive coordinator Dante Warren has joined the Augustana staff as a running backs graduate assistant. Brewer spent two years at Abernathy. Warren spent two years at Zion Bentley and is a graduate of South Dakota.

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New Mexico State: Ryan Robinson has joined the NMSU staff as a player development coordinator. Robinson spent last year as a volunteer defensive assistant at NMSU.

TCU: Gary Patterson has signed an extension through 2022. Patterson is entering his 16th season as TCU’s head coach, with a 143-47 record, and his 19th year at the school. TCU doesn’t need to disclose salaries as a private school, but Patterson earned about $4 million in 2014.

Grossmont College (CA): Per source, former Cerritos College (CA) cornerbacks coach C.J. Arnold has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Grossmont. Arnold spent three years at Cerritos and has previously served as the defensive coordinator at San Jose City College. 

Purdue: Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski will be the next AD at Purdue. Current Purdue AD Morgan Burke will step down from his position in June 2017. Bobinski plans to begin work at Purdue by Sept. 3. Bobinski has been at Georgia Tech since 2013 and has Midwest experience as a Notre Dame graduate and has also served as the AD at Xavier and Akron. There are now 20 AD changes this year. Keep track of AD changes here.

Independence CC (KS): Former New Mexico graduate assistant Sylvester Hatten has joined the Independence CC staff as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday August 08, 2016

5 Things: Here are 5 things we learned today in preseason camps.

San Diego State: Executive associate athletic director Jenny Bramer has been named interim athletic director at SDSU. Bramer has been at SDSU for 13 years.

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Missouri: San Diego State athletic director Jim Sterk will be named athletic director at Missouri and begin work on Sept. 1. Sterk has been SDSU’s AD since 2010 and was previously the AD at Washington State from 2000-10 and at Portland State from 1995-2000. There are now 18 FBS AD changes this year. Keep track of changes here.

LSU: Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda are expected to both call plays from the field, Les Miles said today.

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SMU: Cody Vincent has joined the SMU recruiting department. Vincent spent the last two years as a graphic designer for Jacksonville State football and also did some part-time work for Notre Dame.

Fordham: Co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Tim Cary has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Trinity-Pawling School (NY), co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Jon Wholley has been promoted to defensive coordinator, and former Maryland defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins has accepted the DB job at Fordham, according to Sports Illustrated. Cary had been on staff for seven seasons, while Wholley is entering his third year.

Eastern Illinois: Former Tulsa offensive coordinator Greg Peterson has joined the EIU staff as wide receivers coach. Peterson spent 2011-13 at Tulsa and has also coached at Colorado State, Washington State, Kansas State and Northern Colorado.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday August 07, 2016

Ball State: Per source, Ball State has added several staffers: Villanova offensive assistant Dean Petzing (offensive graduate assistant), Methodist University JV QB coach Shawn Chaffee (defensive graduate assistant), former Louisville recruiting intern Matt Barlow (operations / recruiting graduate assistant) and Akron video GA Andrew Kamer (video coordinator).

Maine: Per source, Fordham operations / recruiting assistant Josh Heinrich has joined the Maine staff as director of player personnel / video coordinator. Heinrich spent one year at Fordham and previously spent five months as an intern at Syracuse.

Georgia: Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will call plays from the field this season.

William & Mary: Virginia graduate assistant Rijo Walker has joined the W&M staff as assistant director of operations. Walker spent one year at UVA and was previously a GA at Virginia State.

Incarnate Word (TX): Former East Texas Baptist defensive tackles coach / special teams coordinator Robert Churchman has joined the UIW staff as special assistant to the head coach / football operations. Churchman spent three years at ETBU.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday August 05, 2016

Dallas Cowboys: Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson has taken a leave from the team for personal matters. Jason Garrett said he’s not sure when Wilson will return. Wilson has been on staff since 2007.

Washington: Assistant director of football operations Deborah Goldstein has been promoted to DFO, according to her LinkedIn account. Goldstein has been at Washington since 2010, serving as a program coordinator from 2010-15.

Mercer: Kennesaw State director of track & field operations Dominique Woods has joined the Mercer staff as director of football operations. Woods spent one year at Kennesaw State and was previously a marketing assistant at Mercer.

Marist: Coach’s assistant Siobhan Reid has been promoted to director of football operations. Reid has been at Marist since 2013

San Diego: Ben Brunnschweiler has joined the USD staff as director of football operations. 

Western Kentucky: New safeties coach Ryan Beard’s job is a full-time role, and defensive backs coach Mike Cassity has moved to an off-field role while dealing with a personal heath matter. Graduate assistant Chris Springer will coach cornerbacks. In addition, tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Tony Levine and quarterbacks coach Brian Brohm have added the titles of co-offensive coordinators. Both are in their first seasons on staff. Wide receivers coach Bryan Ellis has also added the title of passing game coordinator. 

Truman State (MO): Former Colorado State-Pueblo offensive line coach Chris Smyington has joined the Truman State staff as offensive line coach. Smyington spent 2009-14 at CSU-Pueblo and has also coached at Eastern Michigan, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Northwood and Vanderbilt. 

Northern Michigan: Former Youngstown State cornerbacks coach Glenn Davis has accepted the defensive backs job at Northern Michigan. Davis coached at YSU from 2012-14 and has also coached at South Florida.

Texas State: Gardner-Webb graduate assistant Preston Mason has joined the Texas State staff as a defensive graduate assistant, according to his Twitter account. Mason previously worked at Burns High School in 2014 and at Appalachian State from 2009-13. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.