Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday November 27, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

UCF: Bruce Feldman notes that Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is getting strong support from key people at UCF. Collins is expected to interview this weekend, per

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive coordinator Bill Davis says Chip Kelly won’t leave the Eagles by his choice. "Chip isn't going anywhere," Davis told "Nope. I promise you that. … Absolutely (committed). Not kind of committed. All-in committed. I know it. He is a fighter. He don't run." The Eagles are 4-7.

Austin Peay: The school wants a head coach by Dec. 15, and some coaches who have expressed interest to The Leaf-Chronicle include Eastern Kentucky offensive line coach Walt Wells, former Central State head coach E.J. Junior and local high school coach Kurt Page. The paper notes Georgia Tech linebackers coach and former APSU player Andy McCollum would be the front-runner if he wants the job.

Howard Payne (TX): Offensive coordinator / assistant head coach Hunter Sims will take over as head coach at the start of the spring semester. Current head coach Roger Geise will retire at the end of this semester after four years as head coach.

Texas: Asked about staff changes after Thursday’s loss to Texas Tech, Charlie Strong told reporters he’ll wait until after the season and he hasn’t even thought about the staff. Here is more from Strong.

North Texas: One name to keep an eye on for the North Texas head coaching job is North Carolina assistant head coach for offense / tight ends coach Seth Littrell. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 26, 2015

The state of the coaching carousel entering the weekend.

UCF: reports that UCF’s search is focused on four candidates: Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and Florida co-defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. The site adds that interviews are expected to happen Saturday and Sunday.

LSU: LSU’s potential buyout for Les Miles could be $11 million or less, instead of $15 million, according to USA Today. Miles’ contract calls for him to be owed $15 million if he is dismissed by Dec. 31, but it also says that will be reduced by the amount he’s already been paid during his contract year, which is $4 million so far. It will also be offset by his potential next salary, as he would be required to seek related employment. Miles would receive his payments in equal monthly installments through an eight-year period.

Chip Kelly: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes that colleges are “more of a threat” to land Chip Kelly than NFL teams if he leaves the Eagles, but Rapoport added, “Nobody close to him actually knows what he’s going to do.”

Tulane: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman notes two possibilities for the Tulane head coaching job include LSU running backs / associate head coach / recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

Washington: Head coach Chris Petersen has signed a two-year extension through 2020, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. Petersen will continue to make $4 million per season. He is 13-12 in two seasons at UW.

Louisiana-Monroe: Southern Miss offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey is in the mix for the ULM head coaching job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.  

Fresno State: Offensive coordinator / quaterbacks coach Dave Schramm will not return next season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. He will still coach in Saturday’s finale. Schramm has been on staff since 2012 after seven years at Utah. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 25, 2015

Illinois: The school is considering a two-year deal for interim head coach Bill Cubit, according to the Chicago Tribune, as it also goes through a search for a new chancellor and athletic director.

Tulane: Head coach Curtis Johnson is expected to be dismissed after Friday’s game against Tulsa, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who adds that a new athletic director is expected to be hired next week. Outgoing AD Rick Dickson says a decision has not been made. Read more here.

Cal: Cal’s win over Grambling State has been approved as a sixth bowl-eligible victory, meaning the Bears will go to a bowl game regardless of Saturday's outcome.

Illinois: Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk tells the Tay and Jay Show in Urbana that a decision on interim head coach Bill Cubit’s future will be made on Sunday.

North Texas: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and Texas wide receivers coach Jay Norvell are no longer candidates for the North Texas head coaching job, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. The paper adds that remaining potential candidates include TCU co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonnie Cumbie and Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.

Broyles Award: Here are the 34 nominees for the top assistant coach.

Hawaii: Defensive coordinator Tom Mason and graduate assistant Randall Joyner have been reassigned to administrative duties, and defensive backs coach Abraham Elimimian will call defensive plays for Saturday’s finale, according to multiple reports.

Austin Peay: Athletic director Ryan Ivey tells The Leaf-Chronicle he hopes to hire a new head coach by Dec. 15.

Detroit Lions: Former NFL general manager Ernie Accorsi will consult the Lions in their general manager search.

Memphis: Justin Fuente expanded his thoughts on being linked to Virginia Tech, telling Sports 56 it's premature to say anything will or won't happen.

Minnesota: Tracy Claeys says Jerry Kill will be at Saturday’s finale against Wisconsin and will likely be on the field.

Michigan: Asked about a reported interview at Maryland, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin told reporters Wednesday, "To answer rumors and speculation right now and put something to it (isn't something I'll do). My total focus, 100 percent, is on Ohio State and nothing else this week."

Illinois: 670 The Score reports that Illinois is dealing with “considerable turmoil” as the school has an interim chancellor, interim AD and interim football coach. Trustees, boosters and alumni can’t agree on much. A source tells CoachingSearch that Colorado AD Rick George was the top choice for AD, but he has publicly stated he’s staying at CU. One name to keep an eye on for the AD job is Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, who was Illinois’ men’s tennis coach from 1992-2005. Men’s golf coach Mike Small is another possibility.

South Carolina: Houston head coach Tom Herman has withdrawn his name from consideration for the South Carolina head coaching job, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde. Herman had been the school’s top choice, and third-party talks had been extensive. Forde adds that the option of Herman staying at Houston is “a growing possibility.”

LSU: Les Miles says he hasn’t spoken to AD Joe Alleva about his job. Here is more from Miles.

South Carolina: Alabama defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Kirby Smart has emerged as the frontrunner for the South Carolina head coaching job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Memphis: If Justin Fuente leaves, the school is interested in UAB head coach Bill Clark, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom would also be expected to get a serious look.

Maryland: Michigan defensive coordinator / linebackers coach D.J. Durkin recently interviewed for the Maryland head coaching job, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde.

Illinois: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Bud Foster is a candidate for the Illinois head coaching job, according to

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Memphis: Justin Fuente was asked tonight about reports linking him to Virginia Tech. He wouldn't get detailed, but here was his response. 

Louisiana-Monroe: The school has announced its search committee. They will work with College Sports Solutions search firm. The committee’s voting members are: former ULM strength coach Al Miller, ULM police department corporal / former player Shaquille O’Neal Belson, ULM athletic foundation executive committee member Lee Denny, former player / local high school coach Van Lambert, former player Pat Mitchell, former baseball assistant Brian Moreau, ULM hall of famer Tag Rome and current defensive lineman Gerrand Johnson. Non-voting members include athletic director Brian Wickstrom, special assistant to the president Josh Brooks, faculity athletic rep Brett Bennett, compliance director Meghan Mazza and associate professor Mary Adams.

Iowa State: Athletic director Jamie Pollard explains how he will sell the program to candidates.

Tulane: Regarding his future, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said today, "Whenever they hire a new AD, I will meet with them. I will probably meet with (current Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson) sometime next week, when we usually have meetings. I think we did make some progress, but it's just unfortunate that the type of league we've been in has been very tough. I have 18 starters that are coming back next year and we didn't play as well as we wanted to, but I like some parts of this team.” Johnson is 15-33 in four seasons, including 3-8 this year.

Cal: Cal has asked the NCAA for a waiver that would count its win against Grambling State as a sixth win for bowl-eligibility, according to USA Today. FBS schools are allowed one win against FCS teams toward bowl-eligibility, but Grambling is trying to determine if it has awarded enough financial aid for the game to count without a waiver. At least 90 percent of the 63 permitted scholarships must be awarded. If Grambling doesn't meet the standard, Cal would need to beat Arizona State to reach a bowl.

Philadelphia Eagles: On SiriusXM, ESPN's Adam Schefter questioned if Chip Kelly will return to the Eagles next season, saying, “The momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip return to Philadelphia. I think both sides are sick of each other. I think the fans are tired of him, I think he’s tired of the situation there — just my read from afar. … I just think Chip Kelly, if given a choice, might be comfortable elsewhere. We’ll see how that shakes out. I certainly would include him in my question marks of coaches we’ll be tracking in January." The Eagles are 4-6, but only a game out of the division lead.

Tulane: University of San Francisco athletic director Scott Sidwell has removed himself as a Tulane athletic director candidate, according to WDSU. also reports UL-Monroe AD Brian Wickstrom is no longer a candidate.

Brown: Per source, tight ends coach Joseph Leslie is retiring, effective Nov. 30. Leslie has been on the staff for 11 years after spending the previous 11 seasons at Dartmouth. 

UCF: Nevada head coach Brian Polian is a possible candidate for the UCF head coaching job, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The paper adds that Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik have expressed interest in the job. The school is looking for a coach with “a long-term commitment” to UCF, so it doesn't want to be a stepping stone. In addition, athletic director Danny White's official start date has been moved up to Dec. 14 from January.

Iowa State: Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz has expressed interest in the Iowa State head coaching job, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

Clemson: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Brent Venables tells reporters, "I'm not interested in any other jobs. I got a great job here, family loves it here. We're just getting started."

Hawaii: Former head coach June Jones is the leading candidate for the Hawaii head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Tulsa co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Brian Norwood and Nevada offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich are also in the mix. Norwood and Rolovich are former UH players, and Rolovich is a former UH assistant.

Syracuse: 10 factors for candidates to keep in mind.

Norfolk State: Defensive coordinator Jerry Holmes will not return next season. Holmes spent one year on staff.

Central Methodist (MO): Defensive coordinator David Calloway has been promoted to head coach. Calloway spent one year at CMU after 10 seasons at Texas A&M-Kingsville, including two as head coach. Other stops in his career include Lane College and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Washington Redskins:’s Mike Silver reports that head coach Jay Gruden will return next season. Gruden is 8-17 in less than two seasons, including 4-5 this year.

Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech is expected to be the next school to hire a new head coach. Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde writes, “Word is that athletic director Whit Babcock has his man, and has for a while now, and (Justin) Fuente is that man.”

Montana State: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle notes some possible candidates for the Montana State job could include Oklahoma State tight ends coach Jason McEndoo and Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb. See the list here.

Maine: Head coach Jack Cosgrove is leaving his head coaching role to become a senior associate athletic director. The 60-year-old Cosgrove led the program for 23 years. He’s in the last year of his contract, but the school’s athletic director said last week they had been working on an extension for him to keep coaching. Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Joe Harasymiak will serve as interim head coach during the search. 

Iowa State: The school will use Parker Executive Search to help find its next football coach.

Buffalo: Deputy athletic director Allen Greene will be promoted to athletic director, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Greene has spent the past two years as deputy AD after one year as senior associate AD for administration. He worked at Notre Dame from 2003-09. Greene replaces Danny White, who left for the UCF athletic director job. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 23, 2015

Buffalo: The school will make an announcement Tuesday regarding the future leadership of the athletic department. An interim athletic director has yet to be named since Danny White accepted the AD job at UCF.

Austin Peay: Head coach Kirby Cannon has been dismissed. The Governors went 1-34 in Cannon’s three seasons. A buyout compensation figure has yet to be determined. 

Syracuse: LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron says he would be interested in the Syracuse head coaching job, according to Orgeron coached Syracuse’s defensive line from 1995-97.

Iowa State: Paul Rhoads explains the two factors Iowa State needs for the next coach to be successful.

Jones County JC (MS): Head coach David Thornton has resigned after two seasons. The Bobcats went 5-4 last year and 2-7 this season. Thornton was promoted to the head coaching job after two years as offensive coordinator.

UCF: ESPN’s Joe Schad notes that Lane Kiffin “could be a good fit” at UCF.

LSU: Here is everything Les Miles said about his job at his Monday press conference. 

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher tells reporters he won’t speak about any jobs, noting that the LSU job isn’t open. 

Montana State: Head coach Rob Ash has been dismissed, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Ash received a three-year contract extension in August. He went 70-38 in nine seasons, but this 5-6 season was his first losing season. He will be paid the remainder of his 2015 salary. The assistant coaches will be under evaluation and could have a chance to stay with the next coach.

LSU: LSU is “prepared” to dismiss Les Miles, but no decision is final at this point, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde. By all indications, the $15 million buyout is not an issue.

Texas: Charlie Strong has closed the door on Miami rumors, saying today, “I’ve told the players I’m not going anywhere,” that there’s nothing to worry about.

Iowa State: 10 factors for ISU candidates to keep in mind.

LSU: ESPN’s Joe Schad says on Sportscenter that the Les Miles situation could be resolved today.

Eastern Kentucky: Head coach Dean Hood has been dismissed. Hood went 55-38 in eight seasons, including 6-5 this year. EKU is the midst of a push to join FBS.

Ohio State: Urban Meyer says he plans to be more involved in play-calling for the rest of this season.

BC Lions: Search firms have contacted BC Lions head coach Jeff Tedford to gauge his interest in returning to college, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Tedford was Cal's head coach from 2002-12. The BC Lions went 7-11 this season.

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive coordinator Bill Davis criticized himself after a 45-17 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. Chip Kelly said Monday, “I’ve got tremendous faith in Bill Davis. He’s a tremendous coach.”

LSU: Les Miles is expected to have a “special meeting” with players this afternoon, according to Miles will hold his weekly press conference around lunchtime. 

Syracuse: Head coach Scott Shafer has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. He will coach the final game against Boston College. Shafer went 13-23 in three seasons, including 3-8 this year with eight straight losses. Read more here.

Cal: Sonny Dykes tells reporters that contract extension discussions are ongoing. He did not talk with athletic director Mike Williams on Sunday.

Stony Brook (NY): Ferrum College (VA) offensive coordinator Chris Bache has joined the Stony Brook staff as offensive line coach. Bache spent two seasons at Ferrum after three years as Kent State offensive line coach.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.