Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 05, 2017
I will be in Nashville for the AFCA Convention from Sunday - Tuesday. If you’d like to get together, feel free to contact me.
Minnesota: The Detroit News reports Minnesota has offered Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck its head coaching job, but there is no deal yet. An answer could come on Friday.
Tennessee: Los Angeles Rams head strength coach Rock Gullickson will join the Tennessee staff as head strength coach, according to SEC Country. Gullickson has spent seven years with the Rams.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers will interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Rhode Island on Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Tennessee Titans: General manager Jon Robinson has been promoted to executive vice president. Robinson has been with the Titans since January 2016.
South Florida: Former Texas linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary has accepted the defensive coordinator job at USF. Jean-Mary spent three years with Charlie Strong at Texas.
Bluefield College (VA): Webber International University (FL) offensive coordinator Dewey Lusk has been named head coach at Bluefield. Lusk spent one year at Webber International and previously worked at UVa-Wise.
San Diego Chargers: Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith has interviewed for the Chargers head coaching job. Smith was the Falcons head coach from 2008-14. Keep track of NFL interview news here.
Southern Miss: East Tennessee offensive line coach Erik Losey will join the Southern Miss staff in the same role, according to multiple reports. Losey spent three years at ETSU and previously worked at Alcorn State in 2013 under current USM coach Jay Hopson.
Oregon: Charles Clark’s title at Oregon is defensive backs coach. Clark was previously the cornerbacks coach at Colorado.
Wade Phillips: The Sporting News reports Wade Phillips’ return to the Broncos in 2017 is unlikely, and Pro Football Talk notes he could get in the mix for the Redskins defensive coordinator job.
New Orleans Saints: The Sporting News reports the Saints have dismissed linebackers coach Joe Vitt, defensive line coach Bill Johnson, special teams coordinator Greg McMahon, special teams assistant Stan Kwan and defensive assistant James Willis.
San Jose State: Fox Sports reports Texas assistant wide receivers coach Andrew Sowder is expected to join the San Jose State staff as offensive coordinator / tight ends coach. Sowder spent one year at Texas and has previously been the wide receivers coach at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois under Dino Babers. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.
Minnesota: 120 Sports’ Michael Kim reports Les Miles will meet with Minnesota officials and flew to Minneapolis on Wednesday.
Oregon State: Kansas wide receivers coach Jason Phillips will join the Oregon State staff as wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator, and LA Rams defensive / special teams consultant John Rushing will join as safeties coach. In addition, co-offensive coordinator / offensive line / tight ends coach T.J. Woods will drop TE duties, inside receivers coach Dave Baldwin will coach tight ends, outside linebackers coach Chad Kauha’aha’a will add DL duties, and Gary Andersen will no longer coach the defensive line. Keep track of open FBS assistants here.
Temple: Geoff Collins has officially announced the additons of Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator Dave Patenaude (OC), former Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos (DL), Elon head strength coach Ryan Horton (assistant strength) and Maryland intern Jordan Barber (assistant strength).
Eastern New Mexico: Offensive coordinator Kelley Lee has been promoted to head coach. Lee has been on staff since 2012.
San Francisco 49ers: Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane will interview for the 49ers GM job next week, according to Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager.
Alvernia (PA): Seton Hill (PA) defensive coordinator Ralph Clark has been named the first head coach for Alvernia, which will begin play in Division III in 2018. Clark spent one year at Seton Hill.
South Florida: Former Texas offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert has joined the South Florida staff as offensive coordinator. Gilbert spent one year with Charlie Strong and has previously worked at Tulsa, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois.
Tennessee Titans: General manager Jon Robinson expects defensive coordinator / assistant head coach Dick LeBeau to return next season. LeBeau will turn 80 years old at the beginning of the 2017 season.
Oregon: Running backs coach Donte Pimpleton will earn $195,000 annually on a two-year deal, according to The Oregonian.
Sean McDermott: The 49ers and Chargers have requested to interview Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, according to CBS Sports.
New York Jets: Adam Schefter reports the Eagles have denied permission to the Jets to interview quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for the Jets’ offensive coordinator job.
Washington Redskins: Defensive coordinator Joe Barry, defensive line coach Robb Akey, defensive backs coach Perry Fewell and head strength coach Mike Clark will not return.
ESPN: The coaches room broadcast for the national title game on ESPNEWS on Monday night will include P.J. Fleck, Dino Babers, Mark Helfrich, Mike MacIntyre and Matt Rhule.
UNLV: The school has hired Collegiate Sports Associates to assist in its search for a new athletic director, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Texas: Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will also coach linebackers, and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington will serve as recruiting coordinator.
San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable will interview for the 49ers head coaching job next week, according to USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, who adds that Seahawks co-directors of player personnel Trent Kirchner and Scott Fitterer are expected to interview for the 49ers GM job next week.
Temple: Wagner running backs coach Rob Calabrese will join the Temple staff as an offensive analyst, according to OwlScoop.com.
Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald tells the Chicago Tribune he plans for the entire staff to return. Fitzgerald has had the same nine assistants for six straight years.
Kentucky Christian: Head coach Steve Barrows will step down, according to reports. Barrows spent two years at Kentucky Christian.
Minnesota: The Associated Press reports Minnesota reached out to Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, but Moorhead isn’t interested. Follow Minnesota updates here.
Baltimore Ravens: Assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington and head strength coach Bob Rogucki will not return, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
New York Jets: The Jets are interested in Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator job, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. DeFilippo was the Browns offensive coordinator in 2015.
Denver Broncos: NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is most interested in the Broncos opening over the others. He is set to interview for the job on Saturday. Shanahan is the son of former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.
Los Angeles Rams: Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay and Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin will interview for the Rams job today, per multiple reports. COO Kevin Demoff tells the Orange County Register that they're unlikely to pursue college coaches.
Buffalo Bills: Interim head coach Anthony Lynn will interview for the Bills job today, and Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin will interview on Saturday, per Josina Anderson.
San Francisco 49ers: Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst will interview for the 49ers GM job today, per Ian Rapoport. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will interview for the head coaching job on Saturday, per CSN.
Minnesota: Per source, Minnesota has reached out to Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo about their head coaching job.
Cincinnati: Former Virginia defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta is expected to join the Cincinnati staff, according to Rivals.com. The 59-year-old Tenuta coached at Ohio State from 1996-2000. He’s been a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, SMU, Kanas State and more.
Minnesota: KSTP reports Minnesota AD Mark Coyle met with Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck on Wednesday.
Oregon: South Florida running backs coach Donte Pimpleton has officially joined the Oregon staff in the same position. Pimpleton spent two years at USF.
Minnesota: Board of Regents chair Dean Johnson tells the Star-Tribune Minnesota needs to pay up and hire a top-level head coach, saying they will likely pay between $2-4 million. Tracy Claeys was earning $1.4 million annually.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.