Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 12, 2016
Search firms: FBS schools spent more than $750,000 on search firms for football head coaching searches this offseason, according to CBS Sports. Of the 28 changes, 11 provided records to CBS, and of those, the two most expensive were Parker Executive charging $120,000 for UCF’s search landing Scott Frost, and $97,552 for Iowa State’s search landing Matt Campbell. CBS Sports has more.
Arizona Christian: Offensive line / associate head coach / run game coordinator Jeff Bowen will be promoted to head coach, according to Sports360AZ.com. Bowen is entering his third season at ACU.
Arizona State: Arizona Christian head coach Donnie Yantis will join the Arizona State staff, according to Sports360AZ.com. Yantis spent two seasons at ACU and was the program’s first-ever head coach.
Texas Lutheran: Defensive line coach Jay Davern has been dismissed. He joined the staff in January.
Illinois: Former head coach Tim Beckman will receive a one-time payment of $250,000 from the school after finalizing a settlement over his dismissal last August. The payment does not need board approval and will be paid from the university’s self-insurance plan.
Alabama: Nick Saban tells ESPN’s Chris Low, "I'm not looking to get out. I'm really not, even though I know that's going to start being talked about more now. What I have noticed is that it's the first time people are starting to say to recruits, 'He won't be there the whole time you're there,' because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don't know. But if it did, it would make you say, 'Well, what's up with this?' My philosophy is that I'm going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program."
Clemson: The school has approved a new six-year contract for Dabo Swinney, per the Post & Courier. He will earn $4.55 million in 2016, with annual raises of at least $200,000, to $5.65 million in 2021. The contract averages $5.125 million annually. Swinney made $3.3 million last season, 26th nationally, not including bonuses.
Kutztown (PA): Former Temple defensive graduate assistant Eric Fargo is the new defensive line coach at Kutztown. Fargo spent the past three seasons on the Temple staff.
California (PA): Former James Madison safeties coach Peter Davila has joined the California (PA) staff as defensive backs coach. Davila spent one season at JMU after three years at Otterbein (OH).
Wisconsin: St. Norbert College (WI) offensive coordinator Al Johnson will join the Wisconsin staff, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Johnson is a former UW player and is expected to help with the offensive line. He spent three seasons at St. Norbert.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.