Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 30, 2015

Michigan State: Co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs / assistant head coach Harlon Barnett will call plays from the coaches box, and co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Mike Tressel will coach and make suggestions from the sideline.

Shorter University (GA): Per source, Brevard College (N.C.) defensive line coach Justin Jefferson has joined the Shorter staff as defensive line coach. Jefferson spent the past four years on the Brevard staff and graduated from Brevard in 2009.

South Alabama: Former Wyoming graduate assistant Cory Sullivan, former UAB graduate assistant Alex Shepherd and former Jones County JC (MS) graduate assistant Darius Buck have joined the South Alabama staff as graduate assistants.

Oakland Raiders: East River HS (FL) head coach Doug Gabriel will intern with the Raiders, according to NFL Draft Diamonds. Gabriel became head coach in November. He played for the Raiders from 2003-05 and had another stint in 2006.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Furman: Wake Forest senior associate athletic director for administration / development Mike Buddie has been named athletic director at Furman. Buddie spent the past 10 years at Wake Forest in various roles.

New Orleans Saints: Director Khai Harley has been given the title of president of football administration. Harley, who has been with the Saints since 2008, deals with the Saints’ salary cap management. In addition, assistant manager John Baumgartner has been promoted to equipment manager.  

Miami (OH): Head coach Chuck Martin, who called offensive plays last year, tells CoachingSearch he has yet to decide his role for this fall after spending all spring with the defense. Martin has previously been an offensive and a defensive coordinator in his career. Here is more from Martin.

Indiana: Per source, Indiana running backs coach Deland McCullough has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Atlanta Falcons. McCullough participated in the program with the Seahawks in 2014 and Saints in 2013. He has been at Indiana since 2011.

Lamar: Per source, Lamar defensive line / assistant head coach Carey Bailey has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the New York Giants. Bailey has been at Lamar since 2011 and previously spent four years as the head coach at Howard University.

Springfield College (MA): Bloomsburg University director of athletic operations Kevin Wood has joined Springfield as associate athletic director. Wood has been at Bloomsburg since 2007 after three years as a graduate assistant in the athletic department at Springfield from 2004-06.

Cal: Head coach Sonny Dykes will specifically work with the outside receivers, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Cal had recently announced he would be working with the receivers. Inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler was promoted from graduate assistant this offseason.

Alabama: Nick Saban told reporters Tuesday night that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, called him “about 15 times” about the Texas job last winter, but Saban always told Sexton he wasn’t interested.

Utah State: Willamette (OR) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Kelly Bills has joined the Utah State staff as an offensive assistant. Bills spent the past two years at Willamette after five years at BYU.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 28, 2015

Iowa: Kirk Ferentz tells the Des Moines Register, "If it gets to the point where I really can't do this job successfully, somebody is going to let me know. I know that. Somebody that has that decision-making authority. That's how sports works." Iowa is 26-25 since 2011. Ferentz's current contract goes through 2020.

Mountain West: Boise State has the league’s highest full-cost-of-attendance stipend, at $5,100, while Colorado State is the lowest at $2,400, according to the Idaho Statesman. New Mexico, Nevada and UNLV aren’t fully funding cost of attendance this year.

Pac-12: Former Portland State head coach Nigel Burton has joined the Pac-12 Network as a football analyst. Burton spent the past five years at Portland State and was a three-year starter at Washington in the late 1990s.

South Florida: Stephen Nicholas’ title at USF is defensive analyst. CoachingSearch first reported last Thursday that the former USF and NFL linebacker had joined the USF staff. In addition, Cardinal Mooney High School (FL) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers coach Jared Clark has joined the USF staff as an offensive analyst, and senior offensive consultant Joe Kinnan, who joined the staff in the offseason, has been elevated to a full-time position.

Mississippi State: Defensive / recruiting assistant Kevin Roberts has been promoted to defensive graduate assistant. Roberts joined the staff in February. He spent last season as a player personnel / recruiting intern at Southern Miss.

Duke: David Cutcliffe tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy he’s had “six serious offers” from NFL and college teams to leave Duke, but he’s turned them down, and finishing what he’s building at Duke is important. Cutcliffe is 40-48 in seven years at Duke, but has reached three straight bowl games. Here is more from Cutcliffe.

Georgia: Ole Miss associate athletic director for development Monica LeBron has been named to the same position at Georgia. LeBron spent 2012-14 at Ole Miss and has previously worked in the athletic departments at Cal and Florida.

Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer tells ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that, when he retires, he hopes the next head coach is an internal promotion. Beamer is 68 years old and has been Virginia Tech’s head coach since 1987.

Furman: The three finalists for the Furman athletic director job are Wake Forest senior associate athletic director Mike Buddie, North Carolina-Asheville athletic director Janet Cone and former Jacksonville athletic director Alan Verlander, according to GreenvilleOnline. Each candidate interviewed last week, and a decision is expected by the end of this week.

Arizona Cardinals: Per source, former UCF wide receivers coach David Kelly has joined the Cardinals staff as an intern for training camp and preseason games. Kelly coached at UCF from 2007-11.

South Dakota Mines: Per source, Eastern Oregon wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator Justin Udy has joined the South Dakota Mines staff as wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator. Udy spent three years at Eastern Oregon. In addition, Air Force assistant strength and conditioning coach Bret Miguez has joined the Mines athletic department as its first strength and conditioning coach.

Middle Tennessee State: Former LaGrange College quarterbacks coach / football operations Tyler Boyles has joined the Middle Tennessee State staff as an offensive graduate assistant.

Auburn: Basketball coach Bruce Pearl explains why he made Auburn wait after being offered the job, and why it helped him.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 27, 2015

Arizona Cardinals: Texas Revolution (Indoor Football League) assistant Jen Welter has joined the Cardinals as a training camp / preseason intern, working with inside linebackers. Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. In addition, former Florida A&M defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Levon Kirkland has joined the staff to work with outside linebackers under the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship, a new two-year program that helps retired players get into NFL coaching.

Oregon State: UCF senior associate athletic director for external operations Zack Lassiter has been named Oregon State deputy athletic director for external operations. Lassiter follows new Oregon State AD Todd Stansbury from UCF, where the two worked together since March 2012.

Cal: Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett has joined the Cal staff as cornerbacks coach. CoachingSearch first reported earlier Monday that Lovett was in the mix at Cal. Lovett spent the past two years as the Eagles’ defensive backs coach before being moved into the scouting department this offseason. He worked with Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. Lovett has also served as defensive coordinator at Auburn, Clemson and Miami (FL) since 1999. This means there are no more open full-time assistant jobs for the 2015 season. Defensive backs coach Greg Burns will focus on safeties, and Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans reports head coach Sonny Dykes will coach wide receivers with inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.

Georgia: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will likely call plays from the field, Mark Richt told reporters. Former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo previously called from the press box.

American International College (MA): Linebackers coach Kris Kulzer has added the title of assistant head coach. Kulzer has been with AIC since 2011.

Michigan State: Head equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker will retire on June 30 after 32 years at MSU, and men’s basketball equipment manager have Pruder has been promoted to director of athletic equipment. Pruder has been with MSU since 1989. In addition, football equipment manager Dylan Marinez has been promoted to head football equipment manager, and assistant equipment manager Juan Moreno will move from Olympic sports to the football program.

Notre Dame: The South Bend Tribune provides an update on Lou Holtz, who left his role as an ESPN analyst and recently saw his house burn down following a lightning strike. But don’t worry, Holtz still has his sense of humor.

Olivet College (MI): Head athletic trainer Ryan Shockey has been named interim athletic director at Olivet. Shockey has been at Olivet since January 2013 and will continue to serve as head athletic trainer.

Buffalo Bills: Bills president Russ Brandon will add the duties of president of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, according to the Associated Press. Brandon has been with the Bills since 1997 and has served as president since 2013. The Pegula family, which owns the teams, also revealed that Brandon holds the title of Bills Managing Partner.

Duke: North Carolina assistant director of player personnel Terrell Smith has returned to Duke as director of football operations. Smith spent a few months at UNC this year after spending the past two years at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has previously served as assistant director of football relations at Duke from 2006-10 and is a former Duke player. In addition, director of football operations Kevin Lehman has been promoted to executive director of football administration / football chief of staff. Lehman has been with Duke football since 2012 and previously spent three years with the women’s basketball program.

Coffeyville CC (KS): Per source, Coffeyville defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach James Colzie III will join the University of British Columbia (Canada) staff to be defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach. Colzie had been at Coffeyville since February 2014 and has previously coached at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Louisville: Bobby Petrino tells ESPN’s Joe Schad that he believes he will finish his career at Louisville. Petrino is 54 years old, and his current contract has six years remaining and includes a $10 million buyout that decreases after 2017. 

SEC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the SEC special teams coordinators.

Cal: Cal is the only school still with a full-time coaching position open for the 2015 season. One name CoachingSearch has heard Sonny Dykes was interested in over the last few weeks was Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett. Lovett and Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman worked together at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. It will be interesting to see if anything is announced before Pac-12 Media Days later this week.

Nebraska-Kearney: Former Texas A&M-Commerce wide receivers coach Kevin Bleil has joined the Nebraska-Kearney staff. Bleil spent two years at Commerce after working as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2012.

Michigan State: Athletic director Mark Hollis will earn at least $917,000 this year, according to CollegeAD.com. This includes a base salary of $667,000 a stay bonus of $197,000 and an $53,000 contribution to a retirement plan. Hollis signed an amended contract in February. He has been in MSU’s athletic department since 1995 and became athletic director in 2008. 

Miami (OH): Miami will likely pay consulting firm Isaacson, Miller Inc. at least $150,000 to find the school’s next president, according to the Dayton Daily News. The paper also reports the firm estimates Miami will pay its next president at least $450,000.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday July 26, 2015

Play-callers: More than 30 FBS head coaches will call plays in 2015. Here’s the list, and here’s why they do it.

Pittsburgh Steelers: General manager Kevin Colbert has received a contract extension through 2018, matching the length of Mike Tomlin’s new deal. Colbert has been with the Steelers since 2000, serving as general manager since 2011 after 11 years as director of football operations.

Eastern Michigan: Head coach Chris Creighton has penned a letter for the National Football Foundation directed toward football moms. Creighton writes, “Football taught me what it means to be a part of something bigger than myself. Success in football requires selflessness and true teamwork. It is impossible to have any kind of personal success without your teammates – impossible." You can read the whole letter here.