Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday July 15, 2015
Indiana (PA): Upper Iowa offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Marty Higgins has joined the IUP staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Higgins spent two years at Upper Iowa and previously coached at Valley City State (N.D.).
North Dakota State: University of Jamestown (N.D) offensive coordinator Josh Kittell has joined the NDSU staff as an offensive assistant. Kittell spent one year at Jamestown after five years at Minot State.
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Cal: Villanova Athletic Fund executive director Jeremy Wang has been named associate athletic director for development at Cal. Wang spent the past four years at Villanova and has previously worked at Idaho and Washington State. He will oversee all fundraising efforts at Cal.
Missouri: Gary Pinkel says there have been conversations with former Mizzou and NFL defensive end Justin Smith about joining the Mizzou strength staff. Smith retired from the NFL in May.
Auburn: Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s contract is a three-year deal that will pay him $1.6 million in 2015 and $1.7 million in 2016, according to 247Sports. The entire contract is guaranteed if he is at Auburn through the first week of December 2015, unless he is dismissed with cause, and Muschamp’s buyout is $1 million until only Dec. 5 of this year. After that, there is no buyout. This makes Muschamp the highest-paid assistant in college football. Including his buyout from Florida, Muschamp will earn an average of $3.8 million per year over the next three years, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
West Virginia: The Charleston Daily Mail has revealed the new salary information for West Virginia assistants in 2015. Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway ($350,000), running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider ($300,000), offensive line coach Ron Crook ($300,000), and cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell ($275,000) received raises and new two-year deals. New defensive line coach Bruce Tall will earn $250,000 on a two-year deal, and promoted defense / special teams coach Mark Scott will earn $150,000 on a one-year deal. Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Tony Gibson previously received a $300,000 raise to $650,000, and special teams coordinator / safeties coach received a pay cut to $325,000 on a one-year deal. Defensive line coach Damon Cogdell’s salary remains at $200,000 in the second year of his two-year deal. The paper adds that Dana Holgorsen’s contract includes a clause to increase assistant salaries each year.
McNeese State: Head coach Matt Viator has signed a three-year extension. Viator is entering his 10th season and has posted a 68-32 record with three Southland Conference championships and four FCS playoff appearances. He is 11 wins away from the school record for coaching wins.
Wabash (IN): Holy Cross assistant defensive backs coach Jeff Franklin has joined the Wabash staff as defensive backs coach. Franklin spent one year at Holy Cross after two years at Bridgton Academy.
Metropolitan State Denver (CO): Anthony Grant has been named athletic director at MSU Denver. Grant previously served as interim athletic director at Millersville (PA) and has worked as athletic academic coordinator at Iowa.
Davis & Elkins (WV): Warner Pacific College (OR) athletic director Jamie Joss has been named athletic director at Davis & Elkins. Joss has been at Warner Pacific since September 2012.
Big Ten: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big Ten offensive coordinators.