Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday July 18, 2015

Alabama: The Palm Beach Post details a new book about Nick Saban that says his wife, Terry, was a major factor in getting Nick to leave the Miami Dolphins and go to Alabama. You can read more here.

Yards per play defense: Five schools have allowed fewer than five yards per play for three straight years. Here’s a look.

Fumble Pro at the Texas HS Coaches Clinic: Stop by booth 11106 at the Texas High School Coaches Association Convention from July 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. See how the FUMBLE PRO was able to help Cameron Artis-Payne, the 2014 SEC leading rusher. Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton says, "Cameron Artis-Payne used the Fumble Pro every day and had 350 touches. He only fumbled two times!” Or see how Oklahoma State running backs combined for 514 touches in 2014 and had ZERO turnovers! Check out the Fumble Pro at check out the videos on YouTube or stop by our booth to see for yourself. 

Jacksonville: The Jacksonville program will eliminate three coaching positions, the junior varsity program and nearly 35 roster spots as part of self-imposed penalties for Pioneer Football League violations, according to In addition, the program has a one-year postseason ban and will forfeit league wins from 2010-14.

NFL: Former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and NFL senior adviser Mike Reinfedlt will serve as consultants working with NFL officials in 2015, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. They join former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz in the role.

Big Ten: Most Big Ten schools received $32 million each for the 2014-15 fiscal year as part of conference revenue distributions, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers don’t receive full shares yet. About $1 million of each share came from the Big Ten Network. The $32 million is a $5 million increase from 2013-14, and it’s projected to increase to $34.7 million in 2015-16.

Yards per play: 13 schools have averaged six yards per play for three straight years. Here’s a look.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 17, 2015

RPI: Lee McElroy has been named athletic director at RPI. McElroy had been in the interim role since January. He spent the previous 14 years as vice president / athletic director at Albany.

Offensive coordinator: Here are the nation’s longest-tenured offensive coordinators.

Wisconsin: Men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland has been promoted to director of strength and conditioning for the entire department. Football head S&C coach Ross Kolodziej will serve as an associate director in the department. In addition, UMass S&C coach Shaun Snee and former NFL fullback Bradie Ewing have joined as football assistant S&C coaches. Assistant S&C coach Jamil Walker was retained and will begin his seventh season, and former Wisconsin offensive lineman Kyle Costigan has joined as a S&C graduate assistant.

Football Bowl Association: Foster Farms Bowl director of communications Doug Kelly has added duties as the director of communications for the Football Bowl Association. 

Pac-12: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Pac-12 offensive coordinators.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 16, 2015

Tennessee: Jacksonville Jaguars director of public relations Ryan Robinson has joined Tennessee as senior associate athletic director for communications. Robinson spent 10 years with the Jaguars after five years as the executive director of Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation from 2001-05.

Missouri: Gary Pinkel says he’s got “five to seven” more years of coaching in him. But he also asks a key question to himself and everyone on staff.

Conference USA: Commissioner Britton Banowsky will step down to serve as the executive director of the College Football Playoff Foundation. Banowsky, who has held the position with C-USA for 13 years, will stay with the league until it identifies a successor. The conference board of directors will conduct a special meeting in September to discuss the matter. 

Tennessee: Houston Texans Midwest college scout Bob Merritt has joined the Tennessee staff as director of recruiting. Merritt worked with the Texans from 2007-14 as a college scout. He previously spent four seasons with the Detroit Lions, beginning as an intern in 2003 and moving up to scouting assistant and then BLESTO scout. He has also coached at Toledo, Findlay, New Jersey City University, and Tiffin.

Offensive coordinators: Here are the nation’s highest-paid offensive coordinators.

Belhaven (MS): Norfolk State strength and conditioning coach Reese Bridgman has been hired as director of sports performance at Belhaven. Bridgman spent the past seven years at Norfolk State.

Big 12: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the Big 12 offensive coordinators.

Shippensburg (PA): McDaniel (MD) linebackers coach Dan Beard has joined the Shippensburg staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Beard spent two years at McDaniel after two years at Allegheny.

Texas: The Dallas Morning News reports Texas school officials have told athletic director Steve Patterson to “change his personal style." This comes following a report that Patterson’s work since being hired in November 2013 has rubbed alumni, donors and fans the wrong way, taking a money-first approach. 

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.

Arkansas: How valuable is previous experience at a school? Bret Bielema says, “I’d tell athletic directors the best thing you can do is…

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.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 14, 2015

Louisiana Tech: Per source, Florida State recruiting assistant Armani Perez has joined the Louisiana Tech staff as recruiting / operations intern. Perez spent the past two years at FSU.

Southeastern Oklahoma State: Navarro College (TX) defensive line coach Adrian Haywood has joined the Southeastern Oklahoma State staff as defensive line coach. Haywood spent one year at Navarro after three years as a graduate assistant at Baylor.

Buffalo Bills: Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer has been placed on paid administrative leave. Kormer was arrested Sunday on a misdemeanor battery charge.

Northwood (MI): Head coach / associate athletic director Pat Riepma has passed away after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Riepma spent 22 years at Northwood, including as head football coach from 1993-2007 and 2013-present, and he holds most of the school's coaching records. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. 

Dayton: The school has hired Parker Executive Search to assist in its search for a new athletic director. The chair of the school’s search committee is Lawrence Woerner, the former global head of regions for Mercer Inc. You can see the full list of committee members here.

ACC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the ACC offensive coordinators.