Thursday April 12, 2012
Today's Radio Schedule: 620AM Jackson, MS (7:05 am CST), 94.5 WJOX Birmingham, AL (10:35 am CST), Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly Show - statewide Arkansas (2:30 pm CST).
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New Orleans Saints: Joe Vitt will take over for Sean Payton on April 16th. As mentioned earlier today as a strong possibility (see below), ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Aaron Kromer is now expected to coach the team in the first six weeks of the regular season.
Arkansas: Sources tell me this afternoon that if Jeff Long stays in-house for the 2012 season, Arkansas assistant coaches are in favor of running backs / recruiting coordinator Tim Horton. I'm told that Jeff Long has asked the opinion of the current staff. Long has not decided whether he will stay in-house or go outside at this point.
Oklahoma State: Here are the raises for the Oklahoma State staff, according to the Tulsa World. Todd Monken (from $400,000 to $600,000), offensive line coach Joe Wickline ($400,000 to $440,000), defensive coordinator (from $400,000 to $430,000), co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer ($315,000 to $360,000), receivers coach Doug Meachem ($275,000 to $305,000), corners coach Jason Jones ($210,000 to $240,000), receivers coach Kasey Dunn ($185,000 to $210,000), running backs coach Jemal Singleton ($185,000 to $210,000), safeties coach Van Malone ($210,000).
East Mississippi Community College: Sources tell me that Mississippi State offensive grad assistant DJ Looney has accepted the centers & guards job at East Mississippi CC.
New Orleans Saints: I'm told that Sean Payton has allowed Joe Vitt to address the team each Saturday during the season. Vitt would definitely have the locker room support. With such a veteran offensive line group, don't be surprised if offensive line coach Aaron Kromer serves as the interim head coach for the first six weeks before Vitt would likely take over the interim head coaching role. Some people still, however, believe Parcells remains a candidate.
San Diego State: Rocky Long has promoted offensive grad assistant Mike Schmidt to offensive line coach.
Arkansas: A report surfaced on another site yesterday afternoon that citing 2 different sources telling them Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long had already spoken with Garrick McGee about becoming the head coach of the Razorbacks. UAB athletic director Brian Mackin shortly thereafter denied it. Late last night, Long tweeted, "At this point I have not spoken to anyone about the Head Coaching position." Not really a tough call on who to believe here. FYI: Scot Loeffler still hasn't arrived at Akron.