Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 29, 2015

College Football Playoff: The first Playoff rankings will be released on Nov. 3 next season and each week afterward until the final rankings on Dec. 6.

Miami (OH): Interns Joe Bowen and Tyler Walker have been promoted to defensive graduate assistants. Bowen had been an intern with the program since 2011, working with operations for one year and offense for three.

UAB: CBS Sports reports Conference USA has communicated to UAB that it will not amend its bylaws to keep the school in its conference without football. Conference USA’s executive committee will meet in June and formally vote on UAB’s future. CBS Sports has more.

Houston: Tom Herman explains how he lost a lot of friends in putting together his staff at Houston.

Pac-12: David Coleman has been named vice president of officiating for the Pac-12. He previously served as director of officiating for the NFL since 2010. Coleman’s role is a newly-created position in the Pac-12, overseeing the football officiating program and developing practice programs and training. 

Clemson: Dabo Swinney opened up to Paul Finebaum about being fired as an Alabama assistant and unable to find a job, including lessons on how things turned around for him

Florida Tech: Former Michigan defensive line coach Mark Smith has joined the Florida Tech staff as defensive line / associate head coach. Smith previously served as linebackers coach at San Diego State from 2009-10 and defensive coordinator at Ball State from 2003-08. Other stops in his career include Indiana State, Bowling Green and more.

Arkansas: Bret Bielema will serve as a draft analyst for the NFL Network on Saturday from noon-2 p.m. ET. He joins David Shaw, Charlie Strong and Pat Fitzgerald as current college coaches who will be part of the NFL Network’s coverage.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 28, 2015

NFL: The NFL is giving up its tax-exempt status, with commissioner Roger Goodell calling it a “distraction.” This will not change the function of the league, as the 32 teams already pay taxes. The AP has more details.

Gavilan CC (CA): Head coach Spencer Gilford has stepped down, citing personal reasons. Gilford served as head coach for four seasons, posting a 10-20 record.

Andrew Luck: The former Stanford quarterback told a group of DePauw students that playing football helped him in school and with time management.

Kansas: Texas A&M assistant athletic director for academic services Troy Kema has joined the Kansas staff as director of player personnel and student services, and Cal recruiting assistant Matt Russi has joined the Kansas staff as director of recruiting / scouting.

UAB: The school is down to three finalists for the athletic director job, according to The finalists are Arkansas senior associate athletics director for administration and governance Jon Fagg, Iowa State senior associate athletics director-student services David Harris and Temple associate vice president / executive senior associate athletic director Mark Ingram.

Youngstown State: Head coach Bo Pelini’s contract is a four-year deal with a similar salary as former head coach Eric Wolford, according to WFMJ’s Dana Balash. Wolford earned around $260,000 last season.

Stanford: Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch notes that, “Every television executive I’ve spoken with is interested in (David) Shaw should he ever leave coaching for broadcasting.” Don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, but Shaw will be a part of the NFL Network’s draft coverage this weekend for the fourth straight year. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 27, 2015

Houston: The Houston Chronicle reports Houston associate vice president / chief operation officer for athletics Hunter Yurachek is expected to be promoted to athletic director. Yuracheck joined the Houston athletic department in February 2014 after four years as athletic director at Coastal Carolina.

BYU: Russell Tialavea has been named assistant director of football operations at BYU. Tialavea is a former BYU defensive lineman, playing from 2005-09 and in 2012 after an LDS mission. He spent last season as an academic specialist in the BYU student athlete academic center. 

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Washington State: Mike Leach describes the five traits he looks for in a quarterback, and why two of them are vital.

Northern Iowa: Offensive line coach Rick Nelson will be named head coach at Ankeny High School (IA), pending board approval, Ankeny announced Monday. Nelson has been at UNI since 2000, and he spent the previous 11 seasons at Missouri State. Nelson is a former UNI player.

Houston: reports Houston associate vice president / chief operating officer for athletics Hunter Yurachek is one of two finalists for the Houston athletic director job. 

Buffalo: Former Missouri State inside linebackers coach Taiwo Onatulo has joined the Buffalo staff as director of player personnel. Onatulo coached at Missouri State for four years after spending four years on the staff at Nebraska-Omaha.

Texas Tech: Washington State head coach Mike Leach tells 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge that he’s still in the process of trying to get his 2009 salary from Texas Tech, which was his last season at the school. He reportedly has only received $300,000 of the $2.6 million in salary.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 26, 2015

Arkansas State: For the first time since 2010, Arkansas State returns the same head coach. Blake Anderson describes how few on the team believed he’d return.

UAB: Interim athletic director Shannon James Ealy tweets that he is not a finalist for the UAB athletic director job. Ealy has been at UAB since 2007 as senior associate athletic director.

Nebraska Kearney: Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha HS (NE) assistant head coach Aaron Terry has joined the Nebraska Kearney staff as a graduate assistant. Terry played at Northwest Missouri State and graduated in 2013. He has also served as a sports performance coach at Warren Academy. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday April 25, 2015

Virginia: Running backs coach Chris Beatty has been promoted to assistant head coach for offense. Beatty joined the Virginia staff in January after two years as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin. He previously served as co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2012.

Open jobs: There are still three open FBS assistant jobs. Keep track here.

Spring games: There are 21 spring games today. Here’s when and how to watch them.