Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 12, 2016

Utah State: Boise State on-campus recruiting / high school relations coordinator Jared Russell has been named director of player personnel at Utah State. Russell spent two years at Boise State and was previously a scouting and coaching intern with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

North Texas: Fresno State assistant director of player personnel David Stenklyft has joined the North Texas staff as director of recruiting. Stenklyft has been at Fresno State since 2012 and also worked as a defensive graduate assistant. He was previously a defensive quality control assistant at Texas A&M and recruiting / operations assistant at Alabama.

Tennessee: Tight ends coach Larry Scott has added the role of special teams coordinator, running backs coach Robert Gillespie has added the title of assistant head coach for offense, and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen has added the title of run game defensive coordinator.

Syracuse: John Wildhack was introduced as Syracuse athletic director today and explained why he left ESPN for Syracuse.

West Texas A&M: Iowa Western CC running backs / head strength coach Bryan Jones has joined the West Texas A&M staff as running backs coach. Jones spent one year at Iowa Western and was previously a quality control assistant at East Texas Baptist.

Virginia Tech: Athletic director Whit Babcock says he is not a candidate for the Baylor AD job. 

Worcester State (MA): Offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Cy Butler has left the staff to pursue other opportunities. Butler spent four seasons at Worcester State and has previously coached at Mount Ida College and in the high school ranks. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 11, 2016

Vanderbilt: Head coach Derek Mason says he will continue to call defensive plays after taking over the role last season.

Lehigh: Per source, former Maryland defensive graduate assistant A.J. Reisig has accepted the cornerbacks job at Lehigh. Reisig spent the past three years at Maryland.

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Cincinnati Christian: Per source, the CCU staff ahead of its first season this fall has been finalized as follows: Nate Johnson (offensive coordinator / QB / assistant head coach), Jimmy Spears (defensive coordinator), Trevor Zeiders (co-defensive coordinator / DL coach), Jackie Cooper (RB coach / special teams coordinator), Brian Westbrook (WR / TE coach), John Spohn (OL coach), Matt Stier (LB coach), Mark Day (DB coach), and Adam Cokonaugher (recruiting coordinator). 

Marshall: Chuck McGill will join Marshall as assistant athletic director for fan/donor engagement and communication. McGill is the sports editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Central Arkansas: Arkansas-Monticello associate athletic director for external operations Matt Whiting has joined Central Arkansas as assistant AD of development. Whiting had been at UAM since August 2012.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday July 10, 2016

Illinois State: The ISU staff has shifted duties. Wide receivers coach Billy Dicken has moved to quarterbacks and been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, offensive line coach Dan Clark has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, offensive assistant Kane Keirnan has moved to wide receivers coach, and recently-hired offensive assistant Corey Shandrick will help with wide receivers. Dicken has been on staff since 2014 and Clark since 2013.

Kentucky: Athletic director Mitch Barnhart has received an extension through June 30, 2022. In addition, his salary will increase from $730,000 to $840,000 in 2019, $880,000 in 2020 and $925,000 in 2021. He will also receive six-figure bonuses for each year he remains at UK, along with yearly retention bonuses beginning in 2019. If Barnhart is dismissed without cause before June 30, 2019, he would receive $925,000 in buyout. If he is dismissed after that date, he would be paid $550,000.

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Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 08, 2016

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Vanderbilt: Derek Mason has announced the creation a five-person recruiting department. It will be led by director of player personnel Austen Everson, who joined VU from the Tennessee Titans earlier this offseason. Other members include former Vandy personnel assistant Eric Lammers (director of recruiting), Brentwood (TN) high school assistant Corey Phillips (assistant recruiting coordinator), Valdosta State graduate assistant Donielle White (assistant recruiting coordinator) and longtime Vandy staffer Andrea Poole Cain (director of recruiting relations).

Nicholls State: Athletic director Robert Bernardi will resign after 15 years in the role, effective Sept. 1, according to SportsNOLA. An interim AD will be named in the coming days.

Benedictine (IL): Minnesota-Moorhead quarterbacks coach Kevin Koch has joined the Benedictine staff as tight ends coach. Koch spent the past two years coaching safeties and MSUM and was set to coach quarterbacks this season. He previously coached at Robert Morris (IL).

Millsaps College (MS): Per source, former Tulane offensive coordinator Eric Price has joined the Millsaps staff as quarterbacks coach. Price spent four years at Tulane and has previously coached at Memphis, UTEP and with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Central Michigan: CMU has announced athletic department restructuring. New titles are as follows: Craig Willey (deputy AD / external relations), Cristy Freese (executive associate AD / sport administration), Krystal Swindlehurst (senior associate AD of internal operations), Benjy Wilber (associate AD of institutional support services), Rob Wyman (associate AD for sport administration and communications) and Mike Dabbs (associate AD of Chippewa Athletic Fund and ticketing).

Washington & Jefferson College (PA): Per source, linebackers coach Vince Luvara has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Luvara is entering his second season on the staff and previously coached at Allegheny College.

Saint Vincent College (PA): Per source, Washington & Jefferson College (PA) defensive coordinator Shawn Rohrer has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Saint Vincent College. Rohrer spent five seasons at W&J and was previously the defensive coordinator at Saint Vincent from 2008-10.

Millsaps College (MS): Per source, former Birmingham Southern offensive line coach Kyle Skierski has rejoined the Millsaps staff as offensive coordinator. Skierski was previously the offensive line coach at Millsaps in 2010 before joining TCU as a graduate assistant. He spent one year at Birmingham Southern.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 07, 2016

USC: Senior associate athletic director for football J.K. McKay is no longer with the school, according to the LA Times. McKay had been in his role since 2010 and is close with former AD Pat Haden. 

NFL: Jocelyn Moore has been named senior vice president for public policy and government affairs. Moore was most recently a managing director at the communications firm Glover Park Group.

Norwich University (VT): Defensive backs coach Mike Stone has been named athletic director at Lebanon High School (VT). Stone spent two years at Norwich and was previously the head coach at Hartford High School (VT), where he won 10 state championships over 28 years.

Millsaps College (MS): North Carolina defensive graduate assistant Cameron O’Neal has joined the Millsaps staff. O’Neal spent the past two years at UNC and played at Southern Miss from 2007-11.

Davenport (MI): Former Penn State wide receiver Matt Zanellato has accepted an offensive graduate assistant job at Davenport. Zanellato played at PSU from 2011-15.

Fort Valley State (GA): Associate athletic director / compliance director LuWanna Williams has been named acting athletic director. Williams will temporarily replace outgoing AD Joshua Murfree. Williams has spent the past eight years at FVSU.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.