Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 15, 2016

Houston Texans: Kentucky high performance coach Erik Korem will join the Houston Texans staff in a similar role, according to Scout.com. Korem spent the past three seasons at UK.

South Carolina: The State reports former South Carolina player Marcus Lattimore cannot join the staff in an off-field role, as the NCAA says his presence through camps and his foundation would make him an unfair recruiting advantage. Lattimore would be allowed to be a full-time coach, but has said he doesn’t want to go down that path. 

Arizona State: Donnie Yantis’ title at ASU is assistant athletic director for recruiting, and Conrad Hamilton’s title is senior defensive analyst. Yantis spent the past two years as Arizona Christian head coach, and Hamilton spent the past two years as Chaparral High School (AZ) head coach.

Northern Michigan: Johns Hopkins wide receivers coach Dan Wodicka has joined the NMU staff as running backs coach / video coordinator. Wodicka spent two years at Johns Hopkins. In addition, Western Michigan graduate assistant D.J. Pirkle has officially joined the NMU staff as defensive line coach, as previously reported.

$4 million: Two more coaches crossed the $4 million annual salary mark this week, and at least 20 will earn that much in 2016. Here’s a look at the quick rise.

West Liberty (WV): Bishop Donahue High School (WV) offensive coordinator Johnny Bonar has joined the West Liberty staff as wide receivers coach. Bonar is a former West Liberty player. In addition, head coach Roger Waialae will coach tight ends, and quarterbacks coach Zach Amedro and safeties coach Angel Estrada will share special teams coordinator duties. 

Southeastern Louisiana: Per source, Franklinton High School (LA) head coach Shane Smith has accepted the wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator job at Southeastern Louisiana. Smith spent 17 years at Franklinton.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 14, 2016

Hawaii: Former Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones has joined the staff of Kapolei High School (HI) as offensive coordinator.

USC: New athletic director Lynn Swann says the school first reached out to him about the job. He hadn't expressed interest. Read more here.

Houston Baptist: Per source, wide receivers coach Jeff Love has moved to quarterbacks, and assistant defensive backs coach Kendrick Kitchens has moved to wide receivers coach. Love spent the past three years coaching receivers. Kitchens is entering his second season and previously coached wide receivers at Blinn JC.

Cincinnati: Per source, linebackers coach Jeff Koonz has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator. Koonz coached UC’s safeties for the past two years and moved to linebackers this offseason. The other co-defensive coordinator is defensive line / associate head coach Robert Prunty. This finalizes the UC staff for 2016. See the full staff here.

Louisville: Bobby Petrino has received a new 7-year contract worth $30.625 million, averaging $4.35 million per year, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Petrino is 17-9 in two seasons in his second stint as UL head coach. Petrino previously earned about $3 million annually and originally signed a six-year deal that included many incentives and a buyout starting at $10 million if Petrino was to leave. 

TCU: Washington State graduate assistant Mike Bethea has joined the TCU staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Bethea spent the past three seasons at WSU and previously served as a GA at Nevada.

Michigan: Head football trainer Paul Schmidt will transition to another role in the athletic department as head athletic trainer / rehab specialist, and U-M will hire a new head football trainer, according to MLive.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 13, 2016

Indianapolis Colts: NFL Player Engagement intern John Park has joined the Colts in a football research / analytics role. Park spent four months with player engagement and has previously worked as a game charter for the Browns.

Duquesne: Director of football operations / recruiting coordinator John Rosato has announced his retirement. Rosato spent 30 seasons on the staff. He spent the past 18 seasons in an off-field role and previously coached running backs, wide receivers and tight ends.

Drake: Boise State quality control assistant Chris Petrilli has joined the Drake staff as cornerbacks coach. Petrilli spent one season at Boise State and previously coached defensive backs / special teams at College of Idaho and outside receivers at Charleston Southern.

USC: Former USC player and Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann has been named the next athletic director at USC. He will take over for Pat Haden on July 1. Read more here.

Chowan (NC): East Carolina graduate assistant Kyle Chase has joined the Chowan staff as defensive backs coach / recruiting coordinator. Chase spent three years at ECU.

Tennessee State: Former Tennessee Tech defensive backs coach Sidney Powell has joined the Tennessee State staff. Powell spent the past seven seasons at Tennessee Tech.

Houston Baptist: Adam Syphers has joined the Houston Baptist staff as director of football operations and player personnel. Syphers is a former co-owner and performance coach for Dynamic Sports Training in Houston.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

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.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 11, 2016

Michigan: UConn senior associate athletic director / CFO Doug Gnodtke has joined Michigan as executive associate athletic director. Gnodtke is a U-M alumnus and has previously worked with new Michigan AD Warde Manuel at Buffalo and UConn.

Boise State: New defensive coordinator Andy Avalos’ contract is for two years and worth $305,000 annually, according to the Idaho Statesman. In addition, offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Scott Huff’s deal will be two years and $285,000 annually, and tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Kent Riddle is two years and $275,000. The contracts are expected to be approved by the school’s board later this week.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson has rejoined the team as a scout, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. Wilson played 12 seasons with the Cardinals and was last in the league as a player in 2014. 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Tommy Condell has resigned. Condell spent the past three seasons with the Tiger-Cats.

NFL: Pro Football Talk reports NFL VP of football operations Merton Hanks has left the organization. Hanks has been an NFL executive since 2003. In addition, PFT reports manager of football development Joe Hurta and vice president of football strategy and business development Russ Giglio also have left.

Bowling Green: Athletic director Chris Kingston has resigned to take a vice president job at Learfield Sports. Kingston spent three years as AD and will conclude his duties on May 10. He made two football head coaching hires in Dino Babers and Mike Jinks.

Auburn: Defensive graduate assistant Brandon Wheeling has been promoted to defensive analyst, and offensive graduate assistant Johnny Brewer has been promoted to offensive analyst. Both have been on the staff since 2013. In addition, former Auburn players Jonathan Wallace and Craig Sanders have joined the staff as GA’s, and Hewitt-Trussville High School (AL) offensive coordinator Austin Tucker will also be a GA.

El Camino College (CA): Santa Monica CC (CA) offensive coordinator Tim Kaub has accepted the offensive coordinator job at El Camino College. Kaub spent three seasons at Santa Monica.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.