Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 14, 2017

Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald earned just over $3.3 in total compensation in 2015, according to USA Today, slightly down from 2014. In addition, athletic director Jim Phillips earned nearly $1.6 million in 2015, up from $1.1 million in 2014.

UConn: The Connecticut state ethics office ruled that tight ends coach Corey Edsall working on the UConn staff under Randy Edsall violates a ban against nepotism and a father helping negotiate a contract for his son, according to the Hartford Courant. However, ethics lawyers are recommending the state board take no action and that Corey Edsall be allowed to work in the job for one season, as long as the deal is not renewed. Read more here. 

Ventura College (CA): Offensive line coach Ryan Clanton has been promoted to offensive coordinator, entering his fourth year on staff, and linebackers coach Mike Haydon has been promoted to defensive coordinator, entering his third year.

Mississippi State: Director of player personnel Scott Sallach is no longer with the program. Sallach coached tight ends from 2009-16, but was moved off the field this offseason.

Salisbury (MD): Former Central Connecticut State running backs coach Anthony Johnson has joined the Salisbury staff as an assistant. Johnson spent one year at CCSU and previously coached running backs at Salisbury in 2015 and 2008-09.

Feather River College (CA): Former Fort Scott CC wide receivers coach Johnny Stilwell has joined the Feather River staff as defensive coordinator. Stilwell coached at Fort Scott in 2013 and has spent the last three years out of coaching.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 13, 2017

UCF: Linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt has added the title of associate head coach, director of operations Gerrod Lambrecht has added the role of chief of staff, and director of high school relations Mike Cassano has added the title of quality control administrator - offense. In addition, Yale chief of staff Trent Mossbrucker has joined UCF as assistant director of football operations, former Oregon assistant AD for player development Horace Raymond has joined as director of player development, and former UConn offensive coordinator Frank Verducci has joined as an offensive analyst. 

Spokane Empire: The Indoor Football League team has ceased operations for 2018. The team began play in 2005 and also played in af2 and the Arena Football League. 

Green Bay Packers: President / CEO Mark Murphy tells the Wisconsin State Journal on GM Ted Thompson, “Ted and I, we have a great relationship. As long as he wants to continue to work, and he’s still doing a good job — and I think he still does a great job for us — we want him to continue to be our general manager. At a point he decides he doesn’t want to do it anymore for whatever reason, then we would do a search.”

NFL: The 29 NFL teams that have not moved recently will each receive $55.2 million spread over 11 years from the relocation fees for the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, according to ESPN.

Oklahoma State: Six staffers have received raises ranging from 6.7 percent to 16.9 percent, according to The Oklahoman, which didn’t include the salaries. The staffers are director of football recruiting Mike Groce, director of recruiting Johnny Barr, assistant director of operations Rod Johnson, player development coach Beni Tonga, video coordinator Zack Ramsey and director of creative services Chris Deal.

Pacific: Former Pacific defensive end Jeff Bajema and former linebacker Jack Perez have joined the staff as assistant coaches. Both finished their playing careers in 2016.

Southeast Missouri: Former Southwest Baptist defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator Ray Smith has joined the SEMO staff as cornerbacks coach. Smith spent two years at Southwest Baptist.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday July 12, 2017

Virginia Tech: Seven assistants have received two-year extensions to their letters of appointment, according to The Roanoke Times. That includes OC Brad Cornelsen and ST coordinator James Shibest through June 2020, and CB coach Brian Mitchell, OL coach Vance Vice, WR coach Holmon Wiggins, DL coach Charley Wiles and RB coach Zohn Burden through June 2019. Safeties coach Galen Scott received a one-year extension through June 2019, and DC Bud Foster is the only assistant under a formal contract, which runs through 2019.

Old Dominion: Seven of the nine assistants have received 2-year contracts.  That includes OC Brian Scott, DC Rich Nagy, QB coach Ron Whitcomb, DL coach Jeff Comissiong, assistant DC Kermit Buggs, RB coach / ST coordinator Charles Bankins and OL coach Chris Malone. If they leave for another job in 2018, they would owe 10 percent of their salary.

Ole Miss: Former head coach Houston Nutt has filed a lawsuit against Ole Miss, alleging that school officials engaged in a public misinformation campaign to blame the bulk of NCAA violations on Nutt, and that it violates his 2011 severance agreement. USA Today has more.

Texas: Former Texas and Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson has joined the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes as president and CEO.

Mount Union: Defensive coordinator Chris Kappas has moved to offensive coordinator, after three years leading the D. In addition, wide receivers coach Daryl Ely has moved to cornerbacks coach / pass defensive coordinator. Ely is in his ninth season on staff.

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians says he was diagnosed with kidney cancer during the 2016 season, but is now cancer free and feels great. He added that he plans to coach “at least one more season of NFL football — maybe more.”

Wyoming: Director of sports performance Russell Dennison has resigned to seek other opportunities. Dennison spent one season at Wyoming after five years at Oklahoma.

New England Patriots: Maryland lacrosse volunteer assistant Chris Mattes will join the Patriots in an operations / development role, according to the Baltimore Sun. Mattes spent the last two years working with Maryland and also founded a clinc program.

Florida: Former Bartow High School (FL) head coach Jake McCrae has joined the Florida program as director of external relations. McCrae spent two years at Bartow and stepped down in March.

Tennessee: Marshall director of video services Luke Mullett has joined Tennessee as assistant director of football operations. Mullett spent two years at Marshall and previously worked at Eastern Michigan with Tennessee DFO Jacob Kirkendall.

Maine Maritime Academy: Norwich (VT) defensive backs coach Brent Kasabian has joined the Maine Maritime staff as defensive coordinator / strength & conditioning coach. Kasabian spent one year at Norwich.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 11, 2017

Boston College: Kennesaw State (GA) athletic director Vaughn Williams has been named senior associate AD for administration at Boston College, and South Florida senior associate AD Jocelyn Fisher Gates has been named senior associate AD at Boston College. Williams spent six years at KSU and saw the school add a football program. 

Oklahoma State: The assistant salary pool increased by more than $330,000, according to the Tulsa World. The new staff salaries are as follows: DC Glenn Spencer ($675,000, increase of $75,000), OC Mike Yurcich ($600,000, increase of $100,000), DL coach Joe Bob Clements ($400,000), new OL coach Josh Henson ($400,000), WR coach Kasey Dunn ($360,000), CB coach Tim Duffie ($356,314), safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt ($325,000), TE coach Jason McEndoo ($275,000) and new RB coach John Wozniak ($250,000).

Western Michigan: New head coach Tim Lester’s contract is a 5-year deal worth $800,000 annually, according to The Detroit News. That’s the same pay as P.J. Fleck’s last contract at WMU, though the News reports Fleck was offered a 10-year contract worth more than $2 million annually by WMU, before he left for Minnesota. Lester’s buyout would be $1 million if he left after 2017, decreasing by $200,000 each successive year. 

South Carolina State: Per source, former McNeese State defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo has rejoined the South Carolina State staff as defensive coordinator. Restivo spent 2016 at McNeese State and was previously South Carolina State’s defensive coordinator from 2014-15.

Trinity Valley CC (TX): Southwest Oklahoma tight ends / assistant offensive line coach Nate Haremza has joined the Trinity Valley staff as offensive line coach, and former Trinity Valley player Cortney Finney has joined the staff as linebackers coach. Haremza spent two years at SWOSU.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 10, 2017

Kansas City Chiefs: Co-director of player personnel Brett Veach has been promoted to general manager. Veach is entering his fifth season with the team and previously worked with Andy Reid with the Eagles.

Sul Ross State (TX): Offensive line coach Tyler Card has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Card is entering his third season on staff. In addition, former Waldorf College wide receivers coach Dontavius Smith has joined the staff as quarterbacks / wide receivers coach. Smith spent the last three seasons at Waldorf.

Western Carolina: Former UConn director of player personnel Michael Painter has joined the WCU staff as director of football operations. Painter spent four years at UConn. 

VMI: Per source, South Alabama offensive graduate assistant Ross Metheny will join the VMI staff to coach defensive backs. Metheny rejoined the USA staff in February and previously worked at Kansas State.

Wisconsin: Associate athletic director for business development Chris McIntosh has moved to deputy athletic director. McIntosh has been in the athletic department since 2014. Former deputy AD Walter Dickey will remain in the athletic department and oversee compliance, government affairs and legal affairs. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Sunday July 9, 2017

Nebraska: Defensive analyst Bob Elliott has passed away from complications from cancer, according to The Des Moines Register. Elliott joined Nebraska this offseason and coached for more than 40 years, including stops at Notre Dame, Iowa State, Iowa, Kansas State and more. He was 64 years old.