Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 08, 2016

Arizona Cardinals: Former NFL quarterback Byron Leftwich and former NFL cornerback Willie Williams have joined the Cardinals staff as a coaching interns. Both were Steelers players when Bruce Arians was an assistant in Pittsburgh. They will be with the Cardinals through training camp.

Philadelphia Eagles: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles are expected to name Bears scout Joe Douglas for their head personnel job. Douglas interviewed last week. He’s spent one year with the Bears after 15 with the Ravens.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are restructuring the front office and scouting staff, and at least one unnamed scout will not return, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez.

Open jobs: There are still two open FBS assistant jobs.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 06, 2016

Delaware: Cornerbacks coach Henry Baker has been selected for the Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship Program with the New York Giants. Baker has been at Delaware since 2011.

South Carolina: Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore has joined the staff at Heathwood Hall (SC) as an offensive assistant and B-team head coach, according to The State. Lattimore had planned to join the Gamecocks staff in an off-field role, but the NCAA wouldn’t allow it.

Houston: Alabama director of ticketing Peter Heim has joined Houston as associate athletic director for ticket sales and operations, according to the Houston Chronicle. Heim spent one year at Alabama and previously spent six years at Duke.

Houston Texans: Area scout Rob Kisiel has been promoted to national scout, following the retirement of national scout Ed Lambert, according to the Houston Chronicle. Kiesel has been with the Texans since 2012 in his second stint. In addition, former Patriots area scout Frantzy Jourdain has been named Texans southeast area scout. Jourdain worked for the Patriots from 2003-16.

Arkansas-Monticello: Per source, Cordova High School (TN) defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Dominique Bowman has joined the Arkansas-Monticello staff as defensive backs coach.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: McMaster University (Canada) head coach Stefan Ptaszek has been named offensive coordinator for the Tiger-Cats. Ptaszek has spent the last 10 seasons at McMaster.

Nicholls State (LA): Louisiana College defensive line coach Brock Hays has accepted the running backs job at Nicholls State, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Hays spent one season at Louisiana College.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 05, 2016

SEC: There are 16 new coordinators in the SEC for 2016. Here’s a breakdown of the changes. 

NFL: Former News Corp Chief of Staff Natalie Ravitz has joined the NFL as senior vice president of communications, according to Politico. Ravitz worked at News Corp from 2012-15.

New Mexico State: NMSU will be a football independent after its Sun Belt membership expires in 2017, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Idaho announced last week it will drop to FCS when it leaves the Sun Belt.

Alabama: Nick Saban said Thursday he has interviewed multiple candidates for the defensive line job, but didn’t indicate a hire would be made official soon. reported last week that former NFL defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is expected to get the job.

Southeastern University (FL): Per source, former SMU graduate assistant A.J. Smith has joined the Southeastern staff as quarterbacks coach. Smith worked at SMU in 2014 and previously worked at Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State. 

Virginia State: Sidney Lanier High School (AL) head coach Reggie Barlow has accepted the head coaching job at Virginia State. Barlow was Alabama State’s head coach from 2007-14. He became the head coach at G.W. Carver High School (GA) in January, but later moved to Sidney Lanier. 

Detroit Lions: Kansas City Chiefs regional scout Jay Muraco has joined the Lions as a regional scout. Muraco spent the past four years with the Chiefs and previously worked with Bob Quinn with the Patriots. In addition, former Wofford on-campus recruiting coordinator Steve Neal has been named BLESTO scout with the Lions. Neal is a former assistant at Wayne State (MI).

Trinity Bible College (ND): University Christian School (FL) inside linebackers coach Darren Jackson has been named head coach at Trinity Bible. Jackson spent one season at University Christian and previously coached at The Apprentice School (VA).

Southern Illinois: Warhill High School (VA) assistant Carl Franks has joined the Southern Illinois staff as cornerbacks coach. Franks coached with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013, coached at Western Illinois from 2009-11 and has also coached at Northern Arizona, Utah State and Montana.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 04, 2016

Detroit Lions: BLESTO scout Alan Anderson has been promoted to area scout, according to MLive. Anderson joined the Lions in 2010 and spent three seasons as a pro personnel assistant before promotion to scouting.

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians tells The Arizona Republic that he doesn’t know how much longer he will coach, but the Cardinals job will be his last job. Arians is 34-14 in three seasons with the Cardinals.

Texas: The school will begin a search for a permanent athletic director in the fall, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Mike Perrin has been the interim AD since last fall. It’s unknown if Texas will use a search firm.

NFL: Head of security Jeff Miller will leave the league at the end of the month, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora. Miller has been with the NFL since 2008.

Missouri: Barry Odom says defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross will have full control of the defense and call plays.

Tennessee Titans: Panthers assistant college scouting director Ryan Cowden has accepted the director of player personnel job with the Titans, according to the Charlotte Observer. Cowden had been with the Panthers since 2000.

Carolina Panthers: College scout John Peterson will retire, according to the Charlotte Observer. The 67-year-old Peterson has been with the Panthers since 2008 and has been in football for four decades, including stints as head coach at Frostburg State and Bemidji State. 

Mississippi State: Dan Mullen tells the Daily Journal that he has “no intention of ever leaving” Mississippi State. Mullen is 55-35 in seven seasons at MSU.

Tennessee Titans: Scouts Mike Yowarsky and Marv Sunderland will not return, according to ESPN. Yowarsky spent the last three seasons with the Titans. Sunderland spent the past nine with the Titans and has scouted for nearly 40 years.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday May 03, 2016

San Francisco 49ers: ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer shot down rumors he could join the 49ers organization. Dilfer is expected to leave ESPN, but he tells the San Jose Mercury-News that he plans to continue in broadcasting. 

Kentucky: Charlotte tight ends / assistant head coach Dean Hood has declined an offer to join the Kentucky staff, according to WKYT. Hood joined Charlotte in December and spent the previous eight seasons as Eastern Kentucky head coach. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Stonehill (MA): Head coach Robert Talley has stepped down after nine seasons and accepted a job at California State Chico as director of development for the athletic department. Talley posted a record of 48-46. Defensive coordinator / defensive backs / assistant head coach Eli Gardner has taken over as interim head coach.

Montana State: New athletic director Kyle Brennan will earn $185,000 annually, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Previous AD Peter Fields earned $155,000.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.