Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 04, 2015

Purdue: Darrell Hazell will return for a fourth season, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde. Hazell is 6-26 in three seasons, but defeated Nebraska 55-45 last week, which was his first Big Ten home win. Hazell earns $2 million annually as part of a contract that goes through 2018. The Indianapolis Star reports Hazell's buyout would be $6.6 million if he was dismissed before Jan. 1. That decreases to $4.45 million next year and $2.25 million the next. 

Minnesota: Jerry Kill said today on Saluki Radio, “I’m very hopeful and positive (Tracy Claeys) will be hired as the next head coach permanently. We’ll see.” Kill also said he's going on a short vacation to Florida soon. Here is more from Kill.

Indianapolis Colts: Rob Chudzinski was promoted to offensive coordinator in part to be evaluated as a potential successor to head coach Chuck Pagano, according to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, who adds that Chudzinski won’t entertain the possibility of the Miami (FL) job until late in the Colts’ season or after it.

North Texas: President Neal Smatresk tells the Denton Record-Chronicle that the next UNT head coach will be the highest-paid individual at the school. Smatresk will be heavily involved in the search process.

Graduation success rate: Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson and Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter will receive $125,000 bonuses for GSR scores, and Nick Saban will receive $100,000 for a combination of Alabama's GSR and APR scores, according to USA Today.

Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan said Wednesday that the Miami Dolphins blocked his request in the offseason to interview then-tight ends coach Dan Campbell to join his Bills staff. Campbell is now the Dolphins’ interim head coach.

Minnesota: Jerry Kill will receive $800,000 in buyout compensation after stepping down, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Kill’s 2015 salary was set to be $2.5 million, and he had $10.6 million remaining on his full deal.

Michigan: Former longtime Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson has been named head coach at Ypsilanti Community High School (MI). He had been serving as dean of students. The 65-year-old Jackson coached at Michigan from 1992-2014.

Texas: Former athletic director Steve Patterson will be paid about $3 million over the next two years in buyout compensation. 

Minnesota: Interim head coach Tracy Claeys says defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator Jay Sawvel has taken over much of the defensive coordinator duties, while promoted special teams quality control assistant Jay Nunez is handling more special teams. 

North Texas: The Denton Record-Chronicle notes another name that could be in the mix at UNT is Arizona State offensive line / assistant head coach Chris Thomsen, who served as Abilene Christian’s head coach for seven years.  

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 03, 2015

Hawaii: Former Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones will apply for the Hawaii job, he tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Jones went 76-41 in nine years as Hawaii’s head coach from 1998-2007, including reaching the Sugar Bowl in his final season. He resigned as SMU’s head coach after two games last season, but said he’d still like to coach. The paper reports Jones returned to Hawaii and has been working a quarterback at Saint Louis School.

UAB: The school has announced the formation of the UAB Athletics Foundation to support the athletic department by building fundraising efforts. This is a key part in the foundation for the return of UAB football, as the organization will help support facility renovations. 

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have dismissed offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Associate head coach Rob Chudzinski will assume the role of offensive coordinator.

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity began a process of waiving buyout clauses for veteran head coaches in 2012. The details of Mark Richt’s latest contract are not known, but his previous deal called for about $1 million owed per each remaining year. The paper also cited multiple sources saying defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has been a “source of friction” in the department. Both Pruitt and Richt have denied that.

Southwest Baptist (MO): Interim head coach Robert Clardy has been named full-time head coach. Clardy became interim head coach in July after the resignation of former head coach Craig Schuler. SBU is 3-6 this season. Clardy is in his ninth season at the school.

Assistants: USA Today’s Dan Wolken has a list of assistants who could be in line for head coaching jobs soon.

Tennessee Titans: Controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk will be in charge of the Titans’ coaching search. General manager Ruston Webster will also be involved. The team currently has an interim president in Steve Underwood.

Tennessee Titans: Offensive coordinator Jason Michael will call plays. Former head coach Ken Whisenhunt previously called plays. Assistant tight ends coach Arthur Smith will serve as tight ends coach.

Georgia: Mark Richt says there is no change in coaching responsibilities this week. He also said he has not had any conversations with administration about his future. Here is more from Richt.

West Virginia: President E. Gordon Gee told the Charleston Gazette-Mail about Dana Holgorsen’s status, "Well, we’re in the middle of the season. We’ve had a tough road here. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference with four teams in the top 15 — and we’ve played them all. We’re a little bruised and battered, but I have every expectation we’ll play great in the coming weeks.” West Virginia is 3-4, losing four straight, but that includes losses to three straight undefeated teams. Holgorsen is 31-27 in five years at WVU.

Tennessee Titans: Head coach Ken Whisenhunt has been dismissed. Whisenhunt went 3-20 in less than two seasons, including a 1-6 start to this season. Tight ends / assistant head coach Mike Mularkey has been named interim head coach. “We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction,” controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a release. 

Virginia Tech: 10 factors for Virginia Tech head coaching candidates to keep in mind.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 02, 2015

Hawaii: Athletic director Dave Matlin will not put together a search committee for Hawaii’s coaching search, he told KHON.

Nebraska: In a statement, athletic director Shawn Eichorst expressed support for Mike Riley. Eichorst wrote, in part, “While many are understandably disappointed in the current record of the football team and the heartbreakingly close losses we have suffered, I am confident the future is bright because I see it in the eyes of our players, coaches and staff and I am impressed by what I know is going on behind the scenes. Our coaches are developing our student-athletes and, though the consistent victories are not there yet, I am confident they will come. …  Coach Riley has a vision and a plan and is committed to providing the Husker faithful with a sustained winner which will compete annually for championships.”

Texas: Asked if he's considering changing offensive play-callers again, Charlie Strong said, “It’s not about the play-caller. It’s about executing the play-call.”

Minnesota: Interim head coach Tracy Claeys tells the Star Tribune he will assign somebody on staff to clock management after running four plays in the final 1:27 against Michigan. Claeys said he talked to Jerry Kill about clock management after the loss and didn’t get the role figured out during the whirlwind of last week.

North Texas: Some names in the mix at UNT include Baylor offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kendal Briles, Arizona State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / deputy head coach Mike Norvell and James Madison head coach Everett Withers, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer’s contract includes several post-coaching provisions, including an eight-year appointment as special assistant to the athletic director, according to USA Today. That role would pay Beamer $250,000 annually for eight years as he performs fundraising and booster appearances. The paper also notes defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Bud Foster is the only assistant working under contract.

Hawaii: Norm Chow will be owed $337,499 in buyout money, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Stats: The 10 most interesting stats from Week 9.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday November 01, 2015

Open jobs: There are already 10 FBS head coaching openings. Keep track here.

Hawaii: Norm Chow has been dismissed as head coach. Offensive line / assistant head coach Chris Naeole will serve as interim head coach. The Rainbow Warriors are 2-7 this season, and Chow was 10-36 in four years as head coach. Read more here.

Virginia Tech: Defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Bud Foster could be owed as much as $1.3 million in buyout if he is not retained, according to USA Today. Foster is in the first year of a five-year deal.

Coaches of the Week: Here are CoachingSearch’s Week 9 Coaches of the Week.

Virginia Tech: Head coach Frank Beamer will retire at the end of this season, as first reported by Fox Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki. Virginia Tech is 4-5 this season. The 69-year-old Beamer went 235-120-2 in Blacksburg since 1987. Athletic director Whit Babcock says he will not speak on a search until the season is over. Read more here.

Detroit Lions: After the Lions fell to 1-7, head coach Jim Caldwell told reporters, “I fully anticipate being able to continue to do my job.”

Kansas City Chiefs: Chairman Clark Hunt tells reporters that head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey will return in 2016, regardless of how this season finishes. The Chiefs are 3-5.

Indianapolis Colts: Owner Jim Irsay is considering shaking up the coaching staff and front office in the Colts’ Week 10 bye in a few weeks, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, who adds that a change in offensive coordinators from Pep Hamilton to associate head coach Rob Chudzinski is also a consideration. 

NC State: Running backs coach Des Kitchings apologized to Clemson coaches and DeShaun Watson after shoving the QB on the NC State sideline. The ACC says there will be no further punishment. Dave Doeren said, “As far as I know, everything has been settled in that way. I haven’t seen it, don’t know much about it, but he did come up and tell me that he apologized to their staff and DeShaun. It was a heat-of-the-battle moment and unfortunate. I think he handled it the right way.” 

Miami (FL): Asked if Butch Davis would be considered for the head coaching job, Miami athletic director Blake James told the Miami Herald, “I’m considering everyone.” 

Texas A&M: The Aggies’ win over South Carolina gives Kevin Sumlin a bonus of at least $50,000 for bowl eligibility and athletic director Eric Hyman a bonus of at least $30,000, according to USA Today.

The Inside Zone: 14 key moments and takeaways from Week 9.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 30, 2015

USC: Athletic director Pat Haden has stepped down from his role on the College Football Playoff selection committee, citing health reasons. The committee will not replace Haden for this season, sticking with the 12 remaining members. 

Kentucky: Asked about his name floating around for the Miami (FL) job, Mark Stoops told reporters, “What do you say? Come on. Let me just go try to win a game. I hope you have to ask that question as the year goes on. That means you’re winning games. What can I say? I really don’t have any answer other than I’m trying desperately to win a football game this week. I certainly don’t need that question, and I don’t know, because we probably haven’t won enough to have that question like other people have. I’ve got to find a patent answer. Maybe I’m just going to comment on this job. I need to win some football games, and then I’ll have experience answering that question.” Stoops was a Canes assistant from 2001-03.

Pearl River CC (MS): Head coach William Jones has resigned. He was 11-16 in three seasons. He spent the previous five years as East Mississippi CC's defensive coordinator.

South Carolina: The school’s search advisory committee will include former player Marcus Lattimore, former player and donor Ken Wheat, provost Joan Gable, local attorney I.S. Leevy Johnson, trustee Gene Warr, Gamecock Club board of directors member Chip Cromer and former faculty athletics representative Susie VanHuss, according to The State, which adds that the search firm Eastman & Beudine will assist. 

Minnesota: Here are 10 factors for potential Minnesota head coaching candidates to keep in mind.

Idaho: Athletic director Rob Spear denied a report that he is being considered for the AD job at Carroll College, according to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Spear told the paper one of his “associates” was a candidate. Spear is up for a contract renewal at Idaho this year, and the UI president said it would be renewed this fall.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.