Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday June 02, 2015

Lock Haven (PA): Per source, Kent State graduate assistant Bill Nickell has joined the Lock Haven staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach. Nickell previously coached at Urbana University with new Lock Haven head coach Dave Taynor after a playing career there. In addition, Urbana offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers coach Stephen Pribble has joined the Lock Haven staff as co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach, and Wisconsin-Whitewater linebackers coach John Miech will join the Lock Haven staff as linebackers / assistant head coach. Miech served as the head coach at Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1988-2011. 

UAB: Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky tells he expects the conference to allow UAB to remain in the league. The school likely would have been kicked out of the conference if football didn’t return, because C-USA bylaws dictate each member must play FBS football.

Troy: South Carolina graduate assistant Justin Keown has joined the Troy staff as an offensive line graduate assistant. Keown spent two seasons at South Carolina after one year as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.

Michigan: Former Michigan athletic director David Brandon has been named CEO at Toys ‘R’ Us. Brandon served as U-M’s athletic director from 2010-14.

ACC: Here’s CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the ACC offensive line coaches.

Moravian College (PA): Athletic director Scot Dapp has announced his retirement, effective July 31. Dapp became athletic director in 2011 after 24 years as head football coach.

Texas State: Per source, Old Dominion quality control assistant Jeff McDaniels will join the Texas State staff as an offensive graduate assistant. McDaniels has spent one year at ODU.

Cincinnati Christian University: Cincinnati Christian High School (OH) head coach David Fulcher has been named head coach for Cincinnati Christian University’s new football program, which will begin play in 2016. Fulcher led the high school team from 2011-14 and played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1986-92.

Southeastern Louisiana: Per source, Southern Arkansas defensive line coach Cordell Upshaw will join the Southeastern Louisiana staff to work with safeties. Upshaw has been at Southern Arkansas since 2012 and has also coached at Fort Scott Community College.

North Greenville (SC): Per source, Wheeler High School (GA) defensive backs coach Maurice Duncan will join the North Greenville staff to work with defensive backs. Duncan spent one year at Wheeler after three years as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 01, 2015

Army: The Times Herald-Record reports Todd Spencer has rejoined the Army staff. Spencer spent 2013 as Army's offensive line coach and has previously coached at Georgia Tech, Navy, Oregon State, Northern Illinois, UTEP and Southern Utah.

UAB: President Ray Watts has officially announced that the school is taking steps to reinstate the football program and that it hopes to remain in FBS and Conference USA. Athletic director Mark Ingram says the school would like to start play as soon as possible, "which may be 2016." Bill Clark remains the school's head coach, but what's next? And what's left?

Northwestern: Per source, former Michigan director of football operations Nolan Jones will rejoin the Northwestern staff. Jones served as Northwestern’s director of football operations from 2006-2010, followed by two seasons at Kentucky, five months at Southern Miss and one year at Michigan.

Utah State: WSFA reports Troy athletic director John Hartwell will be named athletic director at Utah State. Hartwell spent three years at Troy after nine years at Ole Miss as senior executive associate athletic director.

Mary Hardin Baylor (TX): Offensive line coach Joe George has announced his retirement after 16 years at the school. George’s coaching career spanned 48 years. Running backs coach Nathaniel Hogge will move to offensive line coach, and the school will fill the open running backs job.

UAB: reports UAB will reinstate its football program. President Ray Watts tells the Associated Press that donors have pledged to make up the estimated $17.2 million deficit over the next five years. The school will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET.

Offensive line: It’s Offensive Line Week on CoachingSearch. Here’s a breakdown of the SEC offensive line coaches and a look at the nation's highest-paid offensive line coaches.

Troy: WTVY reports athletic director John Hartwell will leave the university and could end up at Utah State. Hartwell has been at Troy since 2012 and hired new football head coach Neal Brown.

Chicago Bulls: Former NBA and college head coach P.J. Carlesimo explains how the expectations are different when you’re a professional coach, and they'd better know that.

Houston Texans: Cincinnati recruiting assistant Blaise Taggart has accepted a position with the Houston Texans. Taggart spent one season at Cincinnati after one year as a video assistant with the Bengals.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 31, 2015

Virginia Tech: Basketball coach Buzz Williams explains why he reaches out to so many football coaches for wisdom.

The Apprentice School (VA): Per source, Jireh Prep Post Grad (NC) head coach Scott McConnell has joined the Apprentice School staff as defensive coordinator. McConnell has spent the past two-and-a-half years at Jireh Prep and has also coached at Hargrave Military Academy, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Southern Virginia.

UAB: What are the odds the football program will return? describes it as a coin flip, which starts Monday.

Texas A&M: Former Texas A&M and Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman has been named head coach at Nauset Regional High School in Massachusetts. Sherman is a Massachusetts native and most recently served as Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator from 2012-13. He served as Texas A&M’s head coach from 2008-11.

Oklahoma Baptist: Northeastern State (OK) wide receivers coach Bradley Thomas has been named offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma Baptist. Thomas spent two years at Northeastern State. In addition, offensive line coach Greg Gothard has been promoted to running game coordinator. 

West Georgia: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M outside linebackers / assistant strength coach Colby Ellis has joined the West Georgia staff. Ellis spent two years on the NEO staff.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday May 30, 2015

Arkansas-Monticello: Per source, Arkansas-Monticello wide receivers coach Kyle Manning has accepted the offensive coordinator job at Prairie View High School (LA). Manning spent two seasons at Arkansas-Monticello. He joins Prairie View High School head coach Matt Middleton, who is a former offensive coordinator at Arkansas-Monticello.

First-time play-callers: There will be 10 first-time play-callers in FBS in 2015.

Minot State (ND): Wide receivers coach Clay Baynard has been promoted to passing game coordinator, and offensive line coach Cole Popovich has been promoted to run game coordinator. Both are entering their second seasons on staff.

Southern Miss: Per source, former Southern Miss assistant head coach / director of player personnel Steve Buckley has accepted the head coaching job at Olive Branch High School (MS). Buckley coached at Southern Miss over three stints since 1987 and stepped down in May 2014. In addition, Buckley has hired former Coffeyville CC (KS) defensive coordinator Mitchell Pate as his defensive coordinator and former Coffeyville CC offensive line coach Will Peagler as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

Alabama: Charlie Weis Jr.’s title at Alabama is offensive analyst. Weis joined the Alabama staff in March after three years as a team manager at Kansas. He also served as an offensive quality control coach at Florida in 2011.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 29, 2015

Arizona: The school has proposed a one-year extension for Rich Rodriguez through May 31, 2020, along with a $175,000 base salary increase on top of a $100,000 annual increase, according to USA Today. Rodriguez's new annual salary would be between $3.5 million and 3.6 million. The proposal must be approved by the school’s board of trustees next week. Rodriguez is 26-14 in three years at Arizona.

Auburn: Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson will earn $575,000 annually, and outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson will earn between $450,000 and $500,000, according to The salaries, along with Will Muschamp’s $1.6 million salary, would create an estimated salary pool of at least $6.1 million, which would have led the nation last season. In addition, the school is paying $2.8 million to three assistant dismissed after last season.

Eastern Kentucky: Per source, EKU offensive line coach Carson Jeffers has left the staff to move into private business. Jeffers has spent the past seven years at EKU, including six as offensive line coach.

SEC: Greg Sankey will take over as conference commissioner on Monday, June 1, the conference announced. Mike Slive’s contract ends on July 31, and he will begin a role as a consultant to the conference on Aug. 1 on a four-year deal.

Big 12: The Big 12 distributed approximately $25.6 million per school in full share of revenue, according to multiple reports. Eight schools received full shares, TCU received about $24 million, and West Virginia received about $23 million. 

SEC: The SEC will distribute $31.07 million per school in revenue, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. The league made a record $455 million last year.

South Florida: Central Missouri defensive graduate assistant Jim Nelson has joined the USF staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Nelson spent two years at Central Missouri after one season at Montana State.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Director of pro scouting Chris Polian has been promoted to director of player personnel, pro scout Chris Diggers has been promoted to director of pro personnel, former New York Jets general manager John Idzik has been named special assistant to the general manager, and scouting intern Casey Belongia has been promoted to scouting assistant. Polian served as the Indianapolis Colts’ general manager from 2009-11, and Idzik has been serving as a consultant with the Jaguars for the past three months.

South Dakota: Middle Georgia State club football head coach Jeremy Hawkins has joined the South Dakota staff as assistant defensive line coach. Hawkins spent one season at Middle Georgia State, going 6-2. He previously served one year as a graduate assistant at Troy and one year as the running backs / tight ends coach at Central Oklahoma.