Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 12, 2016

Search firms: FBS schools spent more than $750,000 on search firms for football head coaching searches this offseason, according to CBS Sports. Of the 28 changes, 11 provided records to CBS, and of those, the two most expensive were Parker Executive charging $120,000 for UCF’s search landing Scott Frost, and $97,552 for Iowa State’s search landing Matt Campbell. CBS Sports has more.

Arizona Christian: Offensive line / associate head coach / run game coordinator Jeff Bowen will be promoted to head coach, according to Sports360AZ.com. Bowen is entering his third season at ACU.

Arizona State: Arizona Christian head coach Donnie Yantis will join the Arizona State staff, according to Sports360AZ.com. Yantis spent two seasons at ACU and was the program’s first-ever head coach.

Texas Lutheran: Defensive line coach Jay Davern has been dismissed. He joined the staff in January. 

Illinois: Former head coach Tim Beckman will receive a one-time payment of $250,000 from the school after finalizing a settlement over his dismissal last August. The payment does not need board approval and will be paid from the university’s self-insurance plan.

Alabama: Nick Saban tells ESPN’s Chris Low, "I'm not looking to get out. I'm really not, even though I know that's going to start being talked about more now. What I have noticed is that it's the first time people are starting to say to recruits, 'He won't be there the whole time you're there,' because of my age. Does that really impact your ability to stay good? I don't know. But if it did, it would make you say, 'Well, what's up with this?' My philosophy is that I'm going to be here for as long as I feel like I can be effective, impact the players, help them be more successful in life and continue to have a successful program."

Clemson: The school has approved a new six-year contract for Dabo Swinney, per the Post & Courier. He will earn $4.55 million in 2016, with annual raises of at least $200,000, to $5.65 million in 2021. The contract averages $5.125 million annually. Swinney made $3.3 million last season, 26th nationally, not including bonuses. 

Kutztown (PA): Former Temple defensive graduate assistant Eric Fargo is the new defensive line coach at Kutztown. Fargo spent the past three seasons on the Temple staff.

California (PA): Former James Madison safeties coach Peter Davila has joined the California (PA) staff as defensive backs coach. Davila spent one season at JMU after three years at Otterbein (OH).

Wisconsin: St. Norbert College (WI) offensive coordinator Al Johnson will join the Wisconsin staff, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Johnson is a former UW player and is expected to help with the offensive line. He spent three seasons at St. Norbert.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 11, 2016

Michigan: UConn senior associate athletic director / CFO Doug Gnodtke has joined Michigan as executive associate athletic director. Gnodtke is a U-M alumnus and has previously worked with new Michigan AD Warde Manuel at Buffalo and UConn.

Boise State: New defensive coordinator Andy Avalos’ contract is for two years and worth $305,000 annually, according to the Idaho Statesman. In addition, offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Scott Huff’s deal will be two years and $285,000 annually, and tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Kent Riddle is two years and $275,000. The contracts are expected to be approved by the school’s board later this week.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson has rejoined the team as a scout, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. Wilson played 12 seasons with the Cardinals and was last in the league as a player in 2014. 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Tommy Condell has resigned. Condell spent the past three seasons with the Tiger-Cats.

NFL: Pro Football Talk reports NFL VP of football operations Merton Hanks has left the organization. Hanks has been an NFL executive since 2003. In addition, PFT reports manager of football development Joe Hurta and vice president of football strategy and business development Russ Giglio also have left.

Bowling Green: Athletic director Chris Kingston has resigned to take a vice president job at Learfield Sports. Kingston spent three years as AD and will conclude his duties on May 10. He made two football head coaching hires in Dino Babers and Mike Jinks.

Auburn: Defensive graduate assistant Brandon Wheeling has been promoted to defensive analyst, and offensive graduate assistant Johnny Brewer has been promoted to offensive analyst. Both have been on the staff since 2013. In addition, former Auburn players Jonathan Wallace and Craig Sanders have joined the staff as GA’s, and Hewitt-Trussville High School (AL) offensive coordinator Austin Tucker will also be a GA.

El Camino College (CA): Santa Monica CC (CA) offensive coordinator Tim Kaub has accepted the offensive coordinator job at El Camino College. Kaub spent three seasons at Santa Monica.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 10, 2016

Louisiana-Lafayette: Ryan Benoit has joined the ULL staff as assistant director of social media and graphic design for football. Benoit is a Lafayette native and previously worked as a professional graphic designer.

Hawaii: Former Pacific defensive coordinator/ linebackers coach Marc Moody has joined the Hawaii staff as a defensive line graduate assistant. Moody spent the past four seasons at Pacific and recruited Hawaii for the program.

Cleveland Browns: According to Inside The League, five of the six recently-dismissed Browns scouts are James Kirkland, Harrison Ritcher, Mike Hagen, Matt Holland, and Bobby DePaul.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Former Southern Miss player personnel analyst Tom Fratcher has joined the ULL staff as director of player personnel, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Fratcher spent the past two years at USM.

Open jobs: Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 08, 2016

Cincinnati Bengals: Head coach Marvin Lewis has agreed to an extension through 2017, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver. Lewis is entering his 14th season leading the Bengals.

Seton Hill (PA): Millersville (PA) defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Ralph Clark has joined the Seton Hill staff as defensive coordinator. Clark spent the past three years at Millersville.

NCAA: Satellite camps have been banned, effective immediately. Read more here.

Cleveland Browns: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora notes the Browns have dismissed “about a half-dozen scouts, including some veteran ones,” but he didn’t list any names.

Duke: Whether a promotion or an external hire, David Cutcliffe explains his hiring philosophy. 

LSU: Assistant director of player personnel Justin Vincent has stepped down and will take a position with the Tiger Athletic Foundation, according to NOLA.com. Vincent spent four years in the personnel role.

UT-Martin: Football head coach Jason Simpson has been named interim associate athletic director, and women’s basketball coach Kevin McMillan has been named interim AD. The plan is for each to handle more AD duties when the other one’s sport is in-season, until a permanent AD is hired. Simpson has been at UT-Martin since 2006.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 07, 2016

Arizona State: Chaparral High School (AZ) head coach Conrad Hamilton has joined the ASU staff as a senior defensive analyst. Hamilton spent the past two seasons as the head coach at Chaparral and eight total at the school. He also spent four seasons as an NFL player.

Western Carolina: Appalachian State graduate assistant Chris Collins has joined the WCU staff as linebackers coach. Collins spent one year at App State and is a former WCU player. In addition, Georgia Tech graduate assistant Zac Etheridge has officially joined WCU as cornerbacks coach, as previously reported.

Louisiana-Monroe: New head coach Matt Viator has a three-year deal that will pay him $400,045 annually, not including incentives, per The News Star. Viator’s contract will add a year for each winning season, up to two years. Previous head coach Todd Berry earned $360,600, the lowest among FBS head coaches. If Viator is dismissed, he would be owed the remaining months of his $350,000 base salary for the fiscal year. If Viator leaves for another head coaching job, he would owe the remaining base salary through the contract. In addition, offensive coordinator Matt Kubik and defensive coordinator Mike Collins will earn $150,000 on 1-year deals.

West Virginia Wesleyan: Del Smith has completed his staff. The additions are: Bryant University wide receivers coach Michael Engle (offensive coordinator), Clarion University defensive coordinator Dwayne Martin (defensive coordinator), Wroclaw Panthers assistant Mark Philmore (wide receivers), Virginia Tech graduate assistant Justin King (defensive line) and Bridgewater College safeties coach Harrison Bernstein (defensive backs / associate head coach / head strength coach). In addition, offensive line coach Tony Testa has been retained as director of operations.

NCAA: Dan Mullen has been added to the NCAA football oversight committee, replacing Mark Richt as the lone coaching representative. Mullen’s term expires in June 2017.

Maryland: The school paid Neinas Sports Services $50,000 for its help in UM’s coaching search that landed D.J. Durkin, according to the Baltimore Sun. 

Seton Hill (PA): Munich Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Newton has joined the Seton Hill staff. Newton spent one season with the Cowboys and previously worked at Juniata College (PA).

Minnesota State-Moorhead: Quincy University (IL) defensive backs coach Mitch Leppke has joined the Minnesota State-Moorhead staff as safeties coach. Leppke spent two seasons at Quincy, the first as a graduate assistant. 

Morehouse College (GA): Former Grambling State running back Cornelius Walker has joined the Morehouse staff as running backs coach. Walker most recently has been in the business world.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.