Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 06, 2014

Idaho: Director of football operations Mark Vaught has passed away after a battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. 

Michigan State: The school has received a $3 million donation from the Secchia family that will be “directed toward the endowment of the defensive coordinator position and capital improvements for the MSU men's basketball program.” Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, last year’s Broyles Award winner, received a raise this past offseason to $904,583 annually. 

USF: Athletic director Mark Harlan tells 620 WDAE, “It’s a situation where we’re disappointed with the results, especially the last two weeks, but certainly not disappointed in the effort. The effort’s been there. Coach (Willie Taggart) is working hard. The staff is working hard. … We’re the second-youngest team in the country, behind Tennessee, in terms of what we’re putting out there. All you can do in this situation is work, and that’s what we’re doing.” The Bulls are 3-6 this season.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 05, 2014

Florida A&M: Athletic director Kellen Winslow tells the Tallahassee Democrat he hopes to be close to making a decision on a new head coach by Nov. 22. He's looking for a head coach who is "a recruiter, a proven winner, a father figure. Someone with a track record of discipline. Academics a priority. I'm looking for the best coach I can possibly find at this time in the market.”

Alabama State: Head coach Reggie Barlow's attorney tells the Montgomery Advertiser that Barlow plans to coach the rest of the season, despite having been asked to resign. Read more in the Advertiser's story.

Kansas: According to the Kansas City Star, the school has hired former Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas to assist in the coaching search. Neinas currently heads Neinas Sports Services, a search firm. In addition, athletic director Sheahon Zenger tells the Lawrence Journal-World that a nationwide search committee of around 12 people has been formed, including colleagues, former football players and “stakeholders.”

Alabama State: Head coach Reggie Barlow tells the Montgomery Advertiser he has been asked to resign by athletic director Melvin Hines, either immediately or after the season. Barlow did not give an answer and has spoken with his attorney. Barlow received a contract extension and raise in September. He has been head coach since 2007.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 04, 2014

Syracuse: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tim Lester will return in the same role next season, Scott Shafer said Tuesday. Lester was promoted to the coordinator role last month. 

Green Bay Packers: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mike McCarthy’s contract extension is for three years and takes him through the 2018 season, the same as general manager Ted Thompson. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier tells The State he plans to return next season. Spurrier is 69 years old and in his 10th season at South Carolina.

Florida A&M: The school has announced a seven-member search committee to find a new head coach, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance will serve as the chairman. Other committee members include Tyrone Willingham, Valdosta State athletic director Herb Reinhard and former FAMU athletic director Nelson Townsend. For the full list, check out the Democrat’s story

Greg Schiano: Read Pete Thamel’s very revealing article on Greg Schiano at The MMQB.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 03, 2014

Troy: School chancellor Jack Hawkins detailed some factors in the coaching search, including a decrease in state funding, in an interview with the Dothan Eagle. He also talked about the right fit. "It's got to be business first, but it can’t all be business.”

LSU: According to The Advocate, defensive coordinator John Chavis received a one-year contract extension in January 2013, which takes him through the 2015 season. His salary remains $1.3 million.

Green Bay Packers: The team has announced a new “multi-year” contract for head coach Mike McCarthy. The coach, who is in his ninth year with the team, has guided the Packers to six playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl victory. Green Bay is 5-3 this year.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Outside linebackers coach David Saunders is leaving the program, citing personal reasons. Mark Hudspeth says former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, who joined ULL this month as a defensive consultant, will fill the role.

Kansas: On Saturday’s announcement that wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau would add co-coordinating and play-calling duties, interim head coach Clint Bowen said Monday, “We just kind of wanted to move our identity on offense to stuff Eric was more familiar with; the run-pass conflict that has taken over college football. He has experience doing it. We felt we needed a spark on that side of the ball and a chance for John (Reagan) to get more with the o-line. They’re still working close together. It’s not that John’s been kicked to the curb. Those two are working together. Maybe a different mindset on playing the calls could give us a different spark.” Bowen also said he doesn't view Saturday's game against Iowa State as a must-win for him to get the head coaching job.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday November 02, 2014

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier told reporters Sunday that his defensive assistants are safe through the end of the season.

LSU: The Advocate notes six LSU assistants have contracts that expire at the end of the season, including defensive coordinator John Chavis, running backs coach Frank Wilson, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, defensive line coach Brick Haley and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger. Previously, LSU assistants have had their contracts renewed following their expiration, and athletic director Joe Alleva says contracts will be discussed after the season.