Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday October 25, 2016

Mississippi State: Senior associate AD for external affairs Scott Wetherbee has been named interim athletic director. Before joining Mississippi State, Wetherbee was an assistant athletic director at ECU, Fresno State and San Diego State.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly was asked about AD Jack Swarbrick saying he will be the coach next season and responded, “I was disappointed actually. Anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you're disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made. … He was probably sick and tired of being sick and tired, too. But for me it's disappointing, certainly, that you have to make those comments.”

Michigan State: Mark Dantonio said today of his staff, “I’m going have great faith and loyalty in our coaches.”

Birmingham Southern (AL): Head coach Eddie Garfinkle will not return next season. The team’s final game is on Nov. 5. Garfinkle has been the Division III program’s head coach since 2008 and has a 41-45 record.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday October 24, 2016

Western Michigan: Athletic director Kathy Beauregard tells The Detroit News that the school is working to increase P.J. Fleck’s salary, saying, “Don’t just assume we can’t keep him.” Fleck earned $800,000 in 2015, the highest salary in the MAC by more than $200,000.

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Texas:’s Anwar Richardson reports Charlie Strong and AD Mike Perrin had a closed-door meeting today “to get on the same page and express administration’s expectations.” But a UT spokesman tells reporters it was simply a visit to "say hi to the folks in football" and that it wasn't a meeting with Strong.

UNLV: Athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy will leave her position after the fiscal year ends June 30, 2017, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Kunzer-Murphy has been the AD since 2013.

San Diego State: Georgia Tech senior associate athletic director John David Wicker has been named athletic director at SDSU. Wicker had been at Georgia Tech since July 2015 and was previously the deputy AD at SDSU from 2011-15. He was also an associate AD at Washington State from 2001-11.

Fresno State: Here are 8 factors to keep in mind for Fresno State’s search.

San Francisco 49ers: Chip Kelly says he’s not considering defensive staff changes after a 34-17 loss to the Buccaneers. The 49ers are 1-6.

Fresno State: The school won’t use a search firm in its coaching search, according to the Fresno Bee.

Cleveland Browns: Quarterbacks / assistant head coach Pep Hamilton took over play-calling from head coach Hue Jackson for the final five minutes of the Browns’ 31-17 loss to the Bengals.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday October 23, 2016

Fresno State: Head coach Tim DeRuyter has been dismissed as head coach, and Eric Kiesau will serve as interim head coach. Read more here.

Troy: Neal Brown will receive a $50,000 bonus for reaching bowl-eligibility, according to USA Today.

The Inside Zone: 23 takeaways from Week 8

San Diego State: Rocky Long will receive a $50,000 bonus for reaching bowl-eligibility, according to USA Today.

Texas: Athletic director Mike Perrin declined comment after Texas’ 24-21 loss at Kansas State. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 21, 2016

Week 8: Here are this weekend’s Picks & Superlatives.

Notre Dame: Athletic director Jack Swarbrick tells ESPN, “Brian (Kelly) will lead this team out of the tunnel opening day next year. … I can tell you I continue to have complete confidence in Brian. I think you really see what you’ve got in a coach with how they manage times like this, and I think he has done a great job of it.”

Troy: Neal Brown will receive a $50,000 bonus for becoming bowl-eligible with Thursday’s win over South Alabama, according to USA Today.

Washington State: Mike Leach has been fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 for his comments about Arizona State and stealing signals. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 20, 2016

Purdue: Asked about the Purdue job, Illinois State head coach (and former Purdue player/assistant) Brock Spack tells The Pantagraph: “I don’t see it happening. I’ve kind of moved on from that a long time ago. … I just don’t see Purdue going after an FCS head coach right now. It’s difficult for me. It’s the same record that keeps playing over and over again. I don’t think it’s healthy for me to go through all that stuff so I don’t really think about it." Keep track of Purdue updates here.

Cleveland Browns: Art Briles’ stint as a guest coach with the Browns is over, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Briles joined the Browns last week to offer offensive insight, and Hue Jackson said he didn’t know how long Briles would be around. Briles spent a few days in meetings and practices. 

San Francisco 49ers: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora writes, “Several coaches I spoke to expect (Chip Kelly) to hit the eject seat button after this season and return to college before his stock continues to drop, given the horrible roster he has in San Francisco.” Update: Kelly said Thursday, "I'm not going anywhere."

Alcorn State: The program will vacate its 13 wins from 2012-13 after the school failed to monitor its certification process. The penalties affect 11 sports at the school.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.