Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday September 13, 2015

The Inside Zone — Key moments and takeaways from Week 2

Here are CoachingSearch’s Assistant Coaches of the Week for Week 2.

Virginia Tech: Injured quarterback Michael Brewer spent Saturday’s game against Furman in the coaches box up top. 

Indianapolis Colts: Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports head coach Chuck Pagano is “fighting for his job” this season, and the idea of such a situation has Colts players upset at management. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora adds that Pagano was "insulted" by a one-year extension offered after last season with a minimal pay raise.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The team announced that it has found no corroboration that tight ends coach James Daniel was involved in a physical altercation with a Patriots fan. The NFL is also looking into the allegations.

Baylor: Running backs coach / passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby called offensive plays in place of the suspended Kendal Briles. Baylor defeated Lamar 66-31.

Bowling Green: Head coach Dino Babers will receive a $12,500 bonus for beating a Power 5 opponent in Maryland, according to USA Today.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday September 11, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Baylor: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kendal Briles and wide receivers coach Tate Wallis have been suspended for Saturday’s game against Lamar due to an NCAA recruiting violation in the spring evaluation period. They are not allowed to attend the game. They will resume coaching duties next week. There is no word yet who will call offensive plays.

Texas A&M-Commerce: The school has announced four finalists for the Commerce athletic director job: Wisconsin-Stevens Point AD Daron Montgomery, Arkansas-Monticello AD Chris Ratcliff, Delta State senior associate AD for external affairs / operations Matt Jones and Rainmakers CEO Tim McMurray. The four will have open forums on campus over the next two weeks.

Fullerton College (CA): Assistant athletic director Scott Giles has been named permanent athletic director at Fullerton. He previously shared duties with football head coach Tim Byrnes, who would hold the role in the spring.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers will not file a complaint to the NFL about headset communication issues in New England last night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reports the NFL is already reviewing the incident.

Memphis: New Mexico State associate athletic director Steve Macy has joined Memphis as senior associate AD. Macy spent the past eight years at NMSU. He will head external relations at Memphis.

Pittsburgh Steelers: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the NFL is investigating an allegation that Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel kicked and yelled at a Patriots fan while on his way to the locker room before halftime. Daniel is in his 12th season with the Steelers.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday September 10, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Cleveland Browns: Assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone will move from the coaches box to the field for games as he replaces suspended offensive line coach Andy Moeller.

Rutgers: Regarding a Board of Governors meeting tomorrow, Kyle Flood said he doesn’t know what it’s about. Asked if he’s spoken with school leaders recently, Flood said, “I spoke with (President Robert Barchi) a couple days ago. We spoke about the game last week. He’s excited about the game this week. That was the extent of the conversation.” He added, "I'm not frustrated in any way."

SEC: Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin will chair a newly-formed SEC working group to review issues on student-athlete conduct. The group also includes Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Georgia law professor David Shipley, Vanderbilt athletic director David Wiliams, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin, Arkansas senior associate AD Julie Cromer and LSU associate dean of students Matt Gregory. The group is expected to submit a report and recommendations for the league to consider in the spring.

Special teams: CBS Sports’ Jon Soloman has an interesting piece on why most schools don’t have kicking or punting coaches.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday September 09, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Texas: The Tulsa World reports Texas and offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline refused a $250,000 settlement offer from Oklahoma State regarding Wickline’s buyout. OK State is suing Wickline for nearly $600,000, claiming his departure for Texas did not include play-calling duties, which would be a breach of his OSU contract. This situation comes to light again as Charlie Strong stripped Texas assistant head coach for offense Shawn Watson of play-calling duties and gave them to wide receivers coach Jay Norvell.

Rutgers: According to, Rutgers has called a Board of Governors meeting for Friday "regarding athletics matters and anticipated or pending litigation."

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 08, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Texas: Charlie Strong announced that wide receivers coach Jay Norvell will take over play-calling duties, and assistant head coach for offense / quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson will focus on quarterbacks. Here is more from Strong on the move.

Louisiana Tech: Per source, UAB assistant director of football operations Adam Young has joined the LA Tech staff as director of football operations. Young had been at UAB since July 2013 after four years in the operations department at Florida State.

LSU: Athletic director Joe Alleva says the cancelation of the LSU-McNeese State game due to storms last Saturday will cost the school between $1.2-$3.2 million, according to the The Advocate. The school is hoping to recoup some of the money with an insurance policy.

Illinois: Special assistant to the director of athletics Dee Brown has been promoted to a full-time position in the same role, which was temporary in the summer. Brown is a former UI basketball player.

Central Michigan: CoachingSearch spent last Thursday with John Bonamego for his head coaching debut. Here’s an inside look at his first game.

Texas: Austin American-Statesman reporter Brian Davis tweets, “In interview, Texas President Greg Fenves doesn't publicly support AD Steve Patterson. Says, ‘we are continuing to work through the issues."’

Charlie Weis: The former Kansas head coach tells the Little Rock Touchdown Club that he’s had opportunities to go back to the NFL, but he and his wife are choosing to live through their son, who is an offensive analyst at Alabama. Weis is still owed $5.6 million through 2016 in buyout money from Kansas and about $4 million through 2015 in buyout money from Notre Dame.

Utah: The Utes are ranked No. 25 this week, which means Kyle Whittingham gets a $15,000 bonus for being ranked at any time during the year, according to USA Today. That bonus becomes $100,000 if Utah is in the final AP or Coaches top 25 polls.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Special teams coordinator Pat Tracey has been dismissed. Head coach Mike O’Shea will oversee special teams for the remainder of the season. Tracey was in his third season on staff. 

New England Patriots: In a long report on Roger Goodell and the Patriots, ESPN notes that a low-level Patriots employee used to sneak into the visiting locker room during warm-ups and steal the play sheet listing the first 20 or so scripted calls. Read more in the lengthy report here.