News, Notes & Quotes - March 7

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 07, 2017


- Seven schools open spring practice today.

That includes Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State and USC.

The Gophers begin the P.J. Fleck era, Ohio State has a new offensive coordinator in Kevin Wilson, and USC is coming off a Rose Bowl year and will be a popular national championship pick.

Keep track of key spring dates here.

- Matt Rhule shared a valuable message during the combine.

Rhule tweeted, “Message for players everywhere, all 4 Temple players at NFL combine changed positions in college. 3 moved O to D. #TrustYourCoaches”

The four players were offensive lineman Dion Dawkins, defensive back Nate Hairston, defensive lineman Haason Reddick and running back Jahad Thomas.

Reddick had a great Combine performance, with the fasted 40 time among all defensive linemen and linebackers and set the record for broad job by a DL.

- Dalvin Cook ran a 4.50 forty-yard dash, but Jimbo Fisher wants you to remember that it’s actually accurate, unlike most timings.

Asked about Cook on Monday, Fisher took a shot at the idea of times at recruiting camps.

“Turn the tape on. How come all those fast guys couldn't catch him? How did he run away from all those guys?” Fisher said. “Combine, guys, we make too much of the combine. All the combine does is reassure. They need to watch the tape. That's the main thing and they're going to look at it and for the glaring thing that jumps out. …

“Usually you don't go up in the combine by great wheels, but you usually drop it. I know you all in Rivals and all this recruiting stuff, you all believe those 4.3s and 4.2s and 4.4s. I'll give you numbers. The average DB time is 4.49. You know what it is in backs? 4.46. Tight ends, 4.78. Linebackers, 4.72. Inside backers is 4.8, around 4.6 something. I'm talking about real electronic numbers. In recruiting it's amazing, kid's the fastest he ever is when he's 16. Fastest they every are. Just read the recruiting report.”

- Bryan Harsin promoted offensive coordinator Zak Hill to play-caller, giving Boise State its fourth play-caller in four years under Harsin.

Mike Sanford left for Notre Dame after year one, Eliah Drinkwitz left for NC State after year two, and Harsin decided to call plays himself last year. Now he hands that to Hill, who is entering his second year on staff.

“He’s calling plays, he’s organizing everything, designing our practice plans, he’s been doing it for a while, since the end of the season,” Harsin said, per the Idaho Statesman.

“In the situation, he called them he did a really good job. ... Now he takes the next step, will run the offense, and I feel completely confidence in him doing that.”

- Chris Collins has Northwestern basketball on the brink of their first NCAA Tournament, and Mike Krzyzewski told him to take the job in 2013.

Collins played at Duke under Coach K and coached under him for 13 years. What’s it like when you go to Krzyzewski about leaving?

“At first, you ask,” Collins said on The Dan Patrick Show. “It’s funny, he was the biggest champion for this situation for me. No one knows me like he does. He’s been around me, he coached me, he knows my personality, my strengths and weaknesses.

“When Northwestern contacted me and I went to him for advice, he said I had to do it. He said, ‘This one is perfect for you. It’s everything you’re looking for. It’s a place where you can leave a mark and leave a legacy.' He said, ‘You’ve got to go do this,’ which made me feel good, because that’s what I was feeling as well.”

- Here’s a look at Cincinnati’s first spring practice under Luke Fickell.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 07, 2017


Missouri: Per source, West Georgia wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator Matt O’Brien has joined the Mizzou staff as a graduate assistant. O’Brien has been on the West Georgia staff since 2011, after his playing career there.

Alabama: New athletic director Greg Byrne will make $900,000 annually, according to The Tuscaloosa News. 

Chattanooga: Syracuse linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Tom Kaufman will join the Chattanooga staff as defensive coordinator, according to the Syracuse Post-Dispatch. Kaufman spent the last five years with Dino Babers at Syracuse, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. He played with Chattanooga head coach Tom Arth at John Carroll. Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward will now coach the linebackers. 

Tiffin University (OH): Iowa State graduate assistant Phillip Ely has joined the Tiffin staff as quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator, according to WTOL. Ely spent one year at ISU and was previously a quarterback at Toledo.

Minnesota Crookston: Saint John’s University (MN) quarterbacks coach Michael Orts has joined the Minnesota Crookston staff as quarterbacks / wide receivers coach. Orts spent five years at Saint John’s. 

Support staff: More than 30 support staffers and coaches were hired to full-time FBS coaching jobs this offseason. Here is the full list.

Arizona: Rich Rodriguez says new special teams coordinator Brian Knorr will also work with the defense, but won’t have a position group.

Oregon: Former co-offensive coordinator David Reaves earned $63,750 in his two weeks on staff before his dismissal, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. That included $3,750 for 26 hours of work and a $60,000 lump-sum payment that the school did not detail. He had a two-year deal worth $300,000 annually.

Troy: Head coach Neal Brown has agreed to a new 4-year extension through 2021, according to the Dothan Eagle. Salary and other details will be released when the deal is finalized. Brown has gone 4-8 and 10-3 in his two seasons.

Missouri: Georgetown offensive line coach Brian Miller has joined the Mizzou staff as an offensive analyst. Miller has been at Georgetown since 2012 and previously worked at Kansas.

West Virginia State: Fort Valley State (GA) offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Travis Everhart has joined the WVSU staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line / assistant head coach. Everhart spent one year at Fort Valley State and previously spent three years at the University of Charleston.

Boise State: Graduate assistant Nate Potter and director of program development Chris Ross are working with the offensive line in spring practice until a new OL coach his hired. Bryan Harsin tells the Idaho Statesman he hopes to have a new OL coach soon.

Colgate (NY): Wake Forest recruiting assistant Aaron Foster has joined the Colgate staff as safeties coach. Foster spent two years at Wake Forest and played at Bowling Green under Dave Clawson.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

Tuesday March 7, 2017

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 07, 2017


Missouri: Per source, West Georgia wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator Matt O’Brien has joined the Mizzou staff as a graduate assistant. O’Brien has been on the West Georgia staff since 2011, after his playing career there.

Alabama: New athletic director Greg Byrne will make $900,000 annually, according to The Tuscaloosa News. 

Chattanooga: Syracuse linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Tom Kaufman will join the Chattanooga staff as defensive coordinator, according to the Syracuse Post-Dispatch. Kaufman spent the last five years with Dino Babers at Syracuse, Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois. He played with Chattanooga head coach Tom Arth at John Carroll. Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward will now coach the linebackers. 

Tiffin University (OH): Iowa State graduate assistant Phillip Ely has joined the Tiffin staff as quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator, according to WTOL. Ely spent one year at ISU and was previously a quarterback at Toledo.

Minnesota Crookston: Saint John’s University (MN) quarterbacks coach Michael Orts has joined the Minnesota Crookston staff as quarterbacks / wide receivers coach. Orts spent five years at Saint John’s. 

Support staff: More than 30 support staffers and coaches were hired to full-time FBS coaching jobs this offseason. Here is the full list.

Arizona: Rich Rodriguez says new special teams coordinator Brian Knorr will also work with the defense, but won’t have a position group.

Oregon: Former co-offensive coordinator David Reaves earned $63,750 in his two weeks on staff before his dismissal, according to the Eugene Register-Guard. That included $3,750 for 26 hours of work and a $60,000 lump-sum payment that the school did not detail. He had a two-year deal worth $300,000 annually.

Troy: Head coach Neal Brown has agreed to a new 4-year extension through 2021, according to the Dothan Eagle. Salary and other details will be released when the deal is finalized. Brown has gone 4-8 and 10-3 in his two seasons.

Missouri: Georgetown offensive line coach Brian Miller has joined the Mizzou staff as an offensive analyst. Miller has been at Georgetown since 2012 and previously worked at Kansas.

West Virginia State: Fort Valley State (GA) offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Travis Everhart has joined the WVSU staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line / assistant head coach. Everhart spent one year at Fort Valley State and previously spent three years at the University of Charleston.

Boise State: Graduate assistant Nate Potter and director of program development Chris Ross are working with the offensive line in spring practice until a new OL coach his hired. Bryan Harsin tells the Idaho Statesman he hopes to have a new OL coach soon.

Colgate (NY): Wake Forest recruiting assistant Aaron Foster has joined the Colgate staff as safeties coach. Foster spent two years at Wake Forest and played at Bowling Green under Dave Clawson.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

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