Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday October 03, 2016

Alabama: Steve Sarkisian will earn $35,000 this year as an offensive analyst, according to He does not have a contract, and he began work on Sept. 4.

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Oklahoma State: Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer moved to the press box for Saturday’s win over Texas. The Cowboys allowed 25 points in the first half and six in the second.

Tennessee Titans: Special teams coordinator Bobby April has been dismissed. Assistant special teams coach Steve Hoffman will take over. April was in his first season with the Titans. Hoffman has been with the Titans since 2013. The Titans are 1-3 this year.

Texas: Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has been demoted to defensive backs coach, and Charlie Strong will take over the defense. Here were 10 key quotes from Strong's press conference.

Ohio State: Offensive coordinator / tight ends coach Ed Warinner will earn $650,000 on a one-year deal this season, according to Eleven Warriors. That’s up from $600,000 last year.

Arkansas State: Head coach Blake Anderson has received a one-year extension through 2019. His salary of $700,000 remains the same. Anderson is 16-14 in two-plus years, including a Sun Belt title last season, but the Red Wolves are 0-4 this year. In addition, defensive coordinator Joe Cauthen received a $30,000 raise to $210,000 annually and an extension through 2017, and new offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner will earn $210,000 annually through 2017. Athletic director Terry Mohajir also received an extension through June 2020 with a $305,000 salary.

Texas: reports Charlie Strong will take over full defensive play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. Strong said Saturday that he called “a few” plays in the 49-31 loss at Oklahoma State. In addition, Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reports the school is “very close” to making a head coaching change at the end of the season. ESPN reported Saturday that the school will not make a change during the season.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Inside Zone: 16 takeaways from Week 5.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday October 01, 2016

Texas: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports Texas will not make a head coaching change during the season. The Longhorns are 2-2 and play Oklahoma next week. Strong is in the third year of a five-year deal, and McMurphy reports Strong’s buyout is $10 million if Texas makes a change after the season. 

Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy was asked about T. Boone Pickens’ recent comments that he doesn’t talk to Gundy. The coach’s reaction? “I didn’t have any. I just want everybody to get along. I’m for Oklahoma State.” Asked about Pickens saying Gundy doesn’t handle people relationships well, Gundy replied jokingly, “You like me, don’t you? OK then. Everybody in here loves me.” Pickens released a statement Saturday morning saying he supports Gundy and the program and won't talk about their relationship moving forward.

Texas: Athletic director Mike Perrin was asked about Charlie Strong’s future by and said, “We need to evaluate what happened here.” Perrin also told ESPN, “I’m not evaluating Charlie per se. I’m evaluating everything.” Texas lost to Oklahoma State 49-31 to fall to 2-2.

LSU: Les Miles says in an interview on College Gameday that he wants to coach again and, "I’m ready to call plays.” Read more here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday September 30, 2016

Week 5: Here are this Saturday’s Picks & Superlatives.

Houston Texans: Fox 26 reports Bill O’Brien has taken over offensive play-calling duties. The Texans are 2-1, but have yet to score more than 23 points in a game and were shut out by the Patriots last week.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday September 29, 2016

Florida International: Special teams coordinator Kirk Doll has moved to defense, and special teams will be a group-coaching situation, according to the Miami Herald. 

Penn State: Athletic director Sandy Barbour tells the Altoona Mirror that James Franklin is “not on the hot seat, and he's not going to be on the hot seat in December. James is going to be our football coach. I believe in where this football program is going under James Franklin, and I think he's going to be our football coach, period."

LSU: Asked if there will be a search committee, athletic director Joe Alleva told ESPN Radio Baton Rouge, “I’m the search.” Read more here.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday September 28, 2016

Oregon State: Deputy athletic director for administration Marianne Vydra has been named interim athletic director. She previously served as interim AD in July 2015 and has been at the school since 1992. She will begin on Nov. 4. In addition, the 13-person search committee includes former football player Steven Jackson and baseball coach Pat Casey. College Sports Solutions has been hired as the search firm to assist in the process.

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday. “I love this university and I plan on being here for a long time.”

Tennessee: The Knoxville News Sentinel reports athletic director Dave Hart’s retirement next June is in part because school officials determined Hart would not receive an extension and raise. Hart will be paid $645,454 after his retirement.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.