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.