Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 27, 2016

Southern Miss: Offensive line coach Jack Wright will not return next season, per the Hattiesburg American. Wright spent one year at USM and was previously the head coach at Northwest Mississippi CC, winning the JUCO national title and earning NJCAA coach of the year honors in 2015.

UConn: Former Maryland and UConn head coach Randy Edsall is a “very strong candidate” to return to UConn, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Keep track of the search on our UConn updates page.

Houston: Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson has been named offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Houston. Johnson spent three years at Mississippi State and previously worked at Utah for four years.

Towson: Head coach Rob Ambrose is looking for a new defensive coordinator. Matt Hachmann held the role for the past eight seasons. 

Buffalo Bills: The team has announced general manager Doug Whaley will lead the coaching search. There had been questions about his future with the team. Whaley has been with the Bills since 2010 and in the GM role since 2013.

Notre Dame: Brian Polian’s title at Notre Dame is special teams coordinator. He will also be heavily involved in recruiting operations. 

Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan has been dismissed. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach. Assistant head coach Rob Ryan has also been dismissed. Read more here.

San Diego Mesa: Citrus College (CA) offensive coordinator Gary Watkins Jr. has joined the San Diego Mesa staff as offensive coordinator. Watkins spent four years at Citrus.

UConn: Athletic director David Benedict says he won't use a search firm, and he already has a short list. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday December 26, 2016

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San Francisco 49ers: Chip Kelly says he hasn’t had any talks with ownership about his future. He expects that will happen after the season. The 49ers are 2-13 in Kelly's first season.

UConn: Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reports Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will remain at Penn State in 2017 and won’t be a candidate at UConn. Forde adds UConn could find a coach within the next 48 hours.

Pamona-Pitzer (CA): Defensive coordinator / associate head coach John Walsh has been promoted to head coach of the Division III program. Walsh has been with the program for the last four years.

UConn: Head coach Bob Diaco has been dismissed, effective Jan. 2. Diaco went 11-26 in three seasons, reaching a bowl last year but finishing 3-9 this year. Read more here.

Kentucky: Athletic director Mitch Barnhart tells the Lexington Herald-Leader he plans to sit down with Mark Stoops soon about the assistant coach contracts. Kentucky’s 2016 salary pool was $3.4 million, which was second-lowest among public SEC schools.

Hastings College (NE): Doniphan-Trumbull High School (NE) head coach Clint Head has joined the Hastings staff as offensive coordinator. Head made six high school playoff appearances with one state title and previously worked at Hastings from 2007-09.

Montana State: NC State graduate assistant DeNarius McGhee has joined the Montana State staff as quarterbacks coach. McGhee is a former Montana State quarterback and was at NC State for two seasons.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday December 24, 2016

Glenville State (WV): Offensive coordinator Eric Smith will be promoted to head coach. Smith spent six seasons on staff and previously worked under Rich Rodriguez at Michigan and West Virginia. 

Richmond: Chattanooga assistants who have followed Russ Huesman to Richmond include Jeff Durden (offensive coordinator), Adam Braithwaite (defensive coordinator), Adam Ross (OL), Carey Bailey (DL) and Rod West (DB).

UC Davis: Modesta JC defensive coordinator Sam Young has joined Dan Hawkins’ staff. The 61-year-old Young worked alongside Hawkins at UC Davis in the early 1980s. Young had been at Modesto since 1990 and served as head coach from 2000-14.

Los Angeles Rams: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes a name to watch for the Rams job could be Panthers head coach Ron Rivera via a trade. Rapoport adds that Saints head coach Sean Payton is another name to watch. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Rams are casting a wide net, and offensive coordinators like the Redskins’ Sean McVay, the Falcons’ Kyle Shanahan and the Patriots’ Josh McDaniels could be in the mix.

Buffalo Bills: Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn is expected to get head coaching interviews and could be a replacement for Rex Ryan if the Bills made a change, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags have hired Korn Ferry search firm to assist with their coaching search, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

New York Jets: Head coach Todd Bowles will travel to New England and coach today after being hospitalized on Friday. Bowles may coach from the booth.

Minot State (ND): Head coach Tyler Hughes has resigned to pursue other interests. Hughes led the program for three seasons. Wide receivers coach Shane LaDage has been named interim head coach.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday December 23, 2016

Florida Atlantic: Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles will join the FAU staff in the same role, Lane Kiffin tells Sports Illustrated. Briles spent eight seasons at Baylor, the last two as offensive coordinator. Kirk Herbstreit says Briles will have full offensive control and call plays.

Fresno State: Eastern Michigan offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer and offensive line coach Ryan Grubb will join the Fresno State staff in the same roles, according to ESPN. Both had been at EMU since 2014 and worked a together at Sioux Falls (SD) from 2007-09. This fills the last spots on Jeff Tedford's staff. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

East Carolina: Defensive backs / assistant head coach Rick Smith has announced his retirement. Smith spent eight seasons at ECU over two stints and 35 years in college coaching. 

Washington State: Toledo wide receivers coach Derek Sage has joined the Washington State staff in the same role. Sage spent three years at Toledo after four years at Wyoming. 

Abilene Christian (TX): Head coach Adam Dorrel has announced the additions of Nebraska Kearney head coach Josh Lamberson (offensive coordinator) Sioux Falls (SD) defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson (defensive coordinator), TCU graduate assistant JW Walsh (RB coach), New Mexico Highlands offensive coordinator Derron Montgomery (FB/TE coach), Northwest Missouri State running backs coach Ryan Gent (WR coach) and Wyoming graduate assistant Blake Andersen (DL coach) In addition, cornerbacks coach Ray Brown has been retained as defensive backs coach.

Lindenwood (MO): Per source, defensive line coach Jamie Marshall will be retained and promoted to defensive coordinator. Marshall spent this last season at Lindenwood after a decade at Montana State. Sioux Falls defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson originally accepted the defensive coordinator job, before leaving for Abilene Christian. 

Oregon: Running backs coach Gary Campbell will not be retained. Campbell said recently that if he didn’t remain at Oregon, he would probably retire. The 65-year-old Campbell had been at Oregon since 1983, the longest-tenured assistant in the country at one school.

New York Jets: Head coach Todd Bowles has been admitted to the hospital for an illness and won’t travel with the team to New England today, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Assistant head coach Mike Caldwell will serve as interim head coach for Saturday's game.

Georgia Southern: Former Memphis assistant strength coach Dwayne Chandler has accepted the head strength job at Georgia Southern, according to’s Georgia Southern site. Chandler worked at Memphis from 2014-15 and was previously the head strength coach at UAB from 2012-13.

Ole Miss: Bradley Dale Peveto’s role at Ole Miss is linebackers coach / special teams coordinator.

Buffalo Bills: Asked why the Bills haven’t issued a statement supporting Rex Ryan, general manager Doug Whaley tells WGR 550 that they’re focused on winning games. Multiple reports indicate it’s unlikely Ryan returns next season.

Richmond: Per source, VMI inside linebackers coach Justin Wood will join the Richmond staff. Wood spent two years at VMI after eight years at Christopher Newport University in various roles.

Lindsey Wilson (KY): Benedictine (IL) defensive coordinator Phil Kleckler has joined the Lindsey Wilson staff in the same role. Kleckler had been at Beneictine since 2011.

UC Davis: Northern Arizona offensive coordinator Tim Plough has joined the UC Davis staff as offensive coordinator. Plough spent four years at NAU. He’s a former UC Davis player and was on staff from 2008-12.

Fresno State: Michigan director of player personnel Tony Tuioti has joined the Fresno State staff as defensive line coach. Tuioti spent one year at Michigan after two years as a quality control assistant with the Cleveland Browns. He previously worked at Hawaii for six seasons.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 22, 2016

Oregon State: Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes has accepted the AD job at Oregon State. Barnes had been at Pitt since April 2015 and was previously the AD at Utah State, where he worked with Gary Andersen.

Ole Miss: Former Oregon wide receivers coach Matt Lubick will join the Ole Miss staff as wide receivers coach, according to’s Ole Miss site and multiple reports. Lubick spent four years at Oregon, with one as offensive coordinator Lubick previously coached receivers at Ole Miss from 2005-06. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

St. Olaf (MN): St. Thomas (MN) offensive coordinator James Kilian has been named head coach at St. Olaf. Kilian spent three years at St. Thomas.

Houston: Major Applewhite has announced the additions of former Texas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings as co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach and Westfield High School (TX) co-defensive coordinator A.J. Blum as defensive line coach. Jennings spent one year at Texas and previously coached at Houston from 2005-06. Blum spent eight years at Westfield and coached current UH defensive lineman Ed Oliver there. In addition, analyst James Casey has been promoted to tight ends coach. Casey spent one year at UH in his first coaching job after an NFL playing career. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

NFL: The NFL will informally apply the Rooney Rule for coordinator hires if a head coach is already in place. It would not apply if there is a new head coach.

Notre Dame: Per source, USC associate head strength coach Torre Becton is in the mix for the head strength job at Notre Dame. Becton has been at USC since April after five years at Washington. 

Georgia State: Here’s a look at Georgia State’s completed full-time coaching staff.

Bemidji State (MN): Per source, Buffalo offensive line graduate assistant Ryan Olson will join the Bemidji staff. Olson spent one year at Buffalo and he was previously a GA at Iowa State for one season.

Lamar (TX): Former Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Schultz will be named head coach at Lamar, according to the Port Arthur News. Schultz worked at Texas State from 2011-15 and was at TCU from 1998-2008. Keep track of FCS head coaching changes here.

Houston: Per source, TCU assistant director of football operations Nelly Gonzalez has joined the Houston staff as director of internal operations, and Texas assistant athletic director of football operations Marcus Tubbs has joined Houston as director of external operations. Gonzalez spent two years at TCU, and Tubbs spend eight years at Texas.

UC Davis: Per source, Northern Arizona defensive backs coach Cha’pelle Brown will join the UC Davis staff and coach defensive backs. Brown spent two years at NAU and played under Dan Hawkins at Colorado.

Troy: Athletic director Jeremy McClain tells the Dothan Eagle he plans to offer Neal Brown and the staff contract extensions. Brown is currently on his original four-year deal signed in 2015, which has a mutual option for a fifth. Brown went 4-8 in his first season and 9-3 this year, the program’s best record since 2009. Brown’s current contract pays him $660,000 in base salary, not counting bonuses. 

Southwest Minnesota State: Bemidji State (MN) tight ends / fullbacks coach Brett McMurray has joined the Southwest Minnesota State staff as inside linebackers coach. McMurray spent one year at Bemidji.

Harding (AR): Graduate assistant Romas Roberson has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach in a full-time role. Roberson was a volunteer assistant in 2014.

Chattanooga: Tennessee Tech offensive coordinator Justin Rascati has joined the Chattanooga staff in the same role. Rascati spent one season at Tennessee Tech after two years as UT Martin wide receivers coach.

Fort Scott CC (KS): Per source, Baylor defensive analyst Justin Stephens will join the Fort Scott staff. Stephens spent one year at Baylor after one year as a defensive assistant at Abilene Christian. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.