Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 13, 2015

UNLV: Arizona football graphic designer Drew Jennison has joined the UNLV staff. Jennison joined the Arizona staff in 2013, designing recruiting and promotional materials and assisting with recruiting operations. He joined the athletic department as a marketing intern in 2011. 

Oregon State: Gary Andersen’s assistant salary pool will be about $2.64 million, according to The Oregonian, up from $2.35 million last year. The salaries are as follows: Defensive coordinator / associate head coach Kalani Sitake ($730,008), offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin ($435,000), offensive line coach T.J. Woods ($260,004), defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a ($250,008), linebackers coach Ilaisa Tuiaki ($250,008), quarterbacks coach Kevin McGiven ($185,004), wide receivers coach Brent Brennan ($180,264), defensive backs coach Derrick Odum ($180,000) and running backs coach Telly Lockette ($170,004). All assistants have multi-year deals, and Sitake's deal is for three years.

Michigan State: Both co-defensive coordinators Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel will work from the coaches box on game days, Barnett told The Drive with Jack.

Texas A&M: The Dallas Morning News has received defensive coordinator / linebackers coach John Chavis’ contract details. The three-year deal will pay Chavis $1.5 million in 2015, with an annual raise of $50,000 each year, and the school has an option to extend it for a fourth year. Chavis would owe 100 percent of his total remaining base salary if he leaves for another SEC assistant job, but he would be free to leave for any Division I or NFL head coaching job. See the full details here.

Oregon State: The Salt Lake Tribune has received Gary Andersen’s contract details. The deal totals $16.5 million through February 2021, paying him $2.45 million in year one and $2.95 million in year six. Oregon State will pay $3 million to Wisconsin for Andersen’s buyout. If Andersen leaves for another job, he would owe the school between $2-3 million, depending on the new job. Andersen also has an incentive of 5 percent of paid season ticket sales over 23,000 per year. See the full details here.  

Ohio State: Urban Meyer’s contract has been extended through the 2020 season, paying him an average of $6.5 million annually. Here is our story.

Michigan: Remember Jim Harbaugh’s four things to do every day, week, month and year.

Alfred State (NY): South Dakota School of Mines and Technology defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Jarod Dodson has been named head coach at Alfred State. Dodson previously coached at Old Dominion from 2010-11, serving as assistant defensive coordinator in 2011. Other stops in his career include Buffalo, South Dakota and Michigan Tech. Dodson replaces Mick Caba, who retired at the end of February, and offensive coordinator Anthony Scott had been serving as interim head coach.

Davenport (MI): Mount St. Joseph University (OH) assistant Greg Huster has joined the Davenport staff as the program’s first defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach, according to MLive. Huster previously served as recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati in 2011 under Butch Jones and was the defensive coordinator at Seton Hill (PA) from 2007-10. Davenport is scheduled to play its first game in 2016.

UCLA: Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley will call plays from the sideline, and he explained why he’s always been on the sideline.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 12, 2015

Lou Holtz: ESPN has parted ways with former Notre Dame and South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz, according to Sports Illustrated. Holtz had been an analyst with the network since 2004, after his retirement with the Gamecocks.

Open jobs: There are still three open FBS assistant jobs.

SMU: Van Malone explains why his conversation with Chad Morris about coming to SMU was a brief one.

Oakland Raiders: Former senior offensive assistant Al Saunders will retire after turning down a front office job with the Raiders, according to Chargers broadcaster Hank Bauer. The 68-year-old Saunders joined the Raiders in 2011 and moved to senior offensive assistant the next year. Saunders has coached since 1970, and some notable stops in his career include the Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers, where he served as head coach from 1986-88.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday April 11, 2015

Alabama: Nick Saban: “We have a generation that doesn’t get told no.”

Maine: Former Boston College offensive graduate assistant Nick Charlton has joined the Maine staff as wide receivers coach, according to his Twitter account. Charlton spent two years as a GA at BC and previously served as an intern and student manager.

Southern University: Per source, former Nicholls State defensive coordinator Steve Adams will join the Southern staff as defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator. Adams spent two seasons at Nicholls, serving as safeties coach / special teams coordinator in his first season. He previously spent two seasons at Concord University as defensive backs coach.

Spring games: 27 schools hold spring games on Saturday. Here are the teams and how to watch.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 10, 2015

South Florida: Delaware State running backs / tight ends coach Donte’ Pimpleton will join the USF staff as running backs coach, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Pimpleton joined the Delaware State staff earlier this offseason and previously played and coached with Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky. Here is our story. This fills the last opening on the staff. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

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Miami Dolphins: Former Nebraska video coordinator Mike Nobler has joined the Dolphins staff.

Arizona State: South Alabama graduate assistant Lamontis Gardner has joined the Arizona State staff. Gardner joined the South Alabama staff in 2013 and worked with wide receivers.

Illinois: Director of football student-athlete development Ryan Cubit has been promoted to quarterbacks coach / recruiting coordinator. Here is our story. In addition, offensive coordinator Bill Cubit (Ryan’s father) will take over running backs duties, and running backs / tight ends coach Alex Golesh moved to tight ends coach / special teams coordinator. Cubit joined the Illinois staff in 2013 after five seasons as Western Michigan quarterbacks coach under his father. This fills the last spot on the Illinois staff. 

Oklahoma State: The Dallas Morning News has a story on Mike Gundy’s relationship with T. Boone Pickens, who says Gundy’s raise after 2011 and flirtations with other schools in recent years strained their relationship. But after a three-hour conversation in January, Gundy says the two talk once a week.

Florida: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier will call offensive plays, head coach Jim McElwain announced. In January, McElwain said there would be discussions about who would call plays. 

Boise State: Arizona State senior associate offensive analyst Matt Butterfield has joined the Boise State staff. Butterfield joined ASU last March for his second stint and has previously served as an offensive graduate assistant UCLA and a recruiting / operations student assistant at Colorado. 

Davidson: Head coach Paul Nichols has announced several staff changes. Washington State director of player relations Jarrail Jackson has joined the Davidson staff as quarterbacks coach, and Penn State graduate assistant Will Windham has officially joined the staff as defensive line coach, as previously reported. In addition, offensive line coach Derham Cato has been promoted to offensive coordinator, running backs coach Diauntae Morrow has added tight ends and special teams coordinator duties, and defensive backs coach David Parrott has added recruiting coordinator duties. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 09, 2015

Michigan State: Head athletic equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker has announced his retirement, effective June 30. Knickerbocker has been at MSU since 1983.

Central Michigan: Per source, North Carolina Wesleyan assistant Ryan Kolakowski has joined the CMU staff as special teams quality control coach, Towson graduate assistant Jameson Zacharias has joined as a defensive graduate assistant, and Michigan Tech graduate assistant Justin Armstrong has joined as an offensive graduate assistant.

UCLA: Robert Thomas’ title at UCLA is student assistant. Thomas recently joined the UCLA staff after previously serving as linebackers coach at Oceanside HS (CA).

Texas: Both offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline and assistant head coach for offense / quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson call plays for Texas, according to depositions given in a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma State against Wickline. The lawsuit has been going on for some time and involves Wickline’s move from OSU to Texas and whether or not it was a lateral move, as defined by his contract. OSU is looking for Wickline to pay a $600,000 buyout. The Associated Press has more details here.

Valdosta State: Florida quality control coach Jeremy Darveau has joined the Valdosta State staff as offensive line coach, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. Darveau previously served as assistant offensive line coach at Florida and was retained by Jim McElwain. Before Florida, Darveau spent six seasons at Southwest Minnesota State, including serving as offensive coordinator in his final season.

Minnesota Morris: Athletic director Mark Fohl will retire at the end of June. Fohl has served as athletic director since 1987 and recently hired former Augustana College (IL) head coach Rob Cushman as head football coach.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier told Paul Finebaum he plans to call all offensive plays in 2015 after sharing some duties last season, saying, “I’m ready to call the game. I delegated it out, thinking that’s what head coaches are supposed to do, but I believe me calling the plays is what works best for the team. As for his future, Spurrier admitted, “It’s hard to say I’ve had enough.