Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 08, 2015
Pitt: FIU linebackers coach Rob Harley will also join Pat Narduzzi’s staff at Pitt, according to the Miami Herald. When Narduzzi took the job last month, CoachingSearch said Harley was a name to watch. Harley is a former defensive graduate assistant at Michigan State. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.
Arkansas Tech: Auburn analyst Brent Dearmon will join the Arkansas Tech staff as offensive coordinator.
Michigan: Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will join the Michigan staff as passing game coordinator / wide receivers coach.
Louisiana-Lafayette: Melvin Smith’s title at ULL is co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs / assistant head coach. James Willis’ title will remain defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach.
Memphis: Former Tulsa defensive coordinator Brent Guy will join the Memphis staff and coach safeties, according to KOTV in Tulsa. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.
Houston: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite has been named offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Houston.
Pitt: FIU defensive coordinator Josh Conklin has accepted the same position at Pitt, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans.
Louisville: Louisville offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach / assistant head coach Garrick McGee will remain at the school and receive a raise, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad. CoachingSearch reported earlier Thursday that McGee was targeted by Oklahoma.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has been named to the same position with the Bucs. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Koetter will have a two-year deal with an option year.
Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy has announced the addition of former Houston running backs coach Dan Hammerschmidt as a defensive assistant and former Youngstown State head coach Eric Wolford as an offensive assistant. Their specific roles were not announced. In addition, wide receivers coach Jason Ray will not return. These hires fill the openings on Gundy's staff.
SMU: Per source, SMU may target former Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt for the open defensive line job.
Louisiana-Lafayette: Former Auburn cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith will join the ULL staff as defensive backs coach, according to the Daily Advertiser. CoachingSearch has confirmed the hire. In addition, per source, Mike Lucas will coach outside linebackers.
Arkansas: The Arkansas News reports six coaches have signed contract extensions with raises, with others in the process of finalizing deals. Coaches extended through June 2016 include tight ends coach Barry Lunney ($240,000) and defensive line coach Rory Segrest ($240,000). Coaches extended through June 2017 include defensive coordinator Robb Smith ($750,000 with $50,000 annual raise), defensive backs coach Clay Jennings ($350,000) and strength coach Ben Herbert ($330,000 with $10,000 annual raise). Offensive line coach Sam Pittman ($525,000) is extended through June 2018.
Kentucky: Tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow’s raise will pay him $350,000 in 2015, with $25,000 annual increases for the next two years, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Marrow turned down an offer to join the Michigan staff. He earned $275,000 in 2014.
Nebraska: Mike Riley said Thursday he still is looking at four or five candidates for the open wide receivers job and will continue interviews.
New York Giants: Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will interview for the Giants defensive coordinator job on Friday, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
Pitt: Per source, Michigan State football operations assistant Ben Mathers will be the director of football operations for Pat Narduzzi at Pitt.
Michigan: Scout.com’s Sam Webb reports Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley has been offered the running backs job on Jim Harbaugh’s staff. Wheatley is a former Michigan running back. Webb also reports Michigan cornerbacks coach Roy Manning is interviewing with Harbaugh on Thursday.
Chicago Bears: Saints director of player personnel Ryan Pace has been named general manager of the Bears.
Illinois: The school has announced that special teams coordinator Tim Salem and defensive line coach Greg Colby have been dismissed.
Penn State: Defensive coordinator / safeties coach Bob Shoop explains why he turned down LSU interest to remain at Penn State.
Albany: Per source, former Clarion University head coach Jay Foster has joined the Albany staff as defensive backs coach.
Oklahoma: Per source, Oklahoma is targeting Louisville assistant head coach Garrick McGee. McGee, who is in his first season as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Louisville, will interview with Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. The Cardinals finished 9-4 this season, while playing three different quarterbacks. McGee is a former Oklahoma quarterback.
Houston Texans: Offensive line coach Paul Dunn has been dismissed, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Utah: In a radio interview Thursday, Kyle Whittingham addressed reports of clashes with administration and if he’ll be back next season, along with updating the search for three new assistants.
Michigan: Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager reports former Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will be offered the pass game coordinator job at Michigan.
UConn: The Hartford Courant reports offensive line coach Mike Foley will not return next season. Foley has been at UConn for the past nine seasons.
Weber State: Head coach Jay Hill has withdrawn his name from consideration for the defensive coordinator at Utah, according to KSL in Salt Lake City.
New York Giants: The Giants have requested to interview Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive coordinator job, according to Newsday, which adds that Ravens defensive backs coach Steve Spagnuolo and Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson are also candidates.
Michigan: The school has announced that D.J. Durkin’s title will be defensive coordinator / linebackers coach.
Tulsa: SMU defensive line coach Bill Young will be named defensive coordinator at Tulsa, according to Scout.com’s SMU site. It’s Young’s second move this offseason and second stint at Tulsa, where he coached from 1980-84, including two years as defensive coordinator. Young was the head coach at Yukon HS (OK) last season. He has also served as defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, Miami (FL), Kansas, USC, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
Kansas: David Beaty explains why the strength coach was his most important hire.
Cleveland Browns: Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains will not return, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez, who adds that Shanahan requested his release. Shanahan is interviewing for the Bills head coaching job today. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora says Charlie Weis is a potential replacement for the Browns.
Georgia: Speed coach Sherman Armstrong is no longer with the program, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. New head strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke will earn $200,000 annually, and former strength coach Joe Tereshinski will remain with the program as a program coordinator.
Saint Augustine (NC): Running backs coach Timothy Chavous has added co-offensive coordinator duties, offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins has added the title of assistant head coach, and wide receivers coach Wayne Kelly will serve as special teams coordinator, with other coaching assignments to be determined.
Boise State: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford interviewed for the same job at Ohio State, but will remain with the Broncos, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans.
Michigan State: Former Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder is expected to join the Michigan State staff, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Snyder worked with Mark Dantonio on the Ohio State staff from 2001-03. Dantonio said earlier this week he was looking for a front-seven coach with special teams work.
Penn State: Defensive coordinator / safeties coach Bob Shoop will receive a new three-year contract worth nearly $1 million annually, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Shoop was in the mix for the LSU defensive coordinator job.