Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday September 26, 2016

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Houston: Tom Herman denied a report that there’s been any contact with LSU. “There’s certainly been no contact. I can firmly deny that. You know my stance. I’m never going to comment on another job during the season. That’s not fair to our players. That’s not fair to whatever university the reports are about. It’s not fair to anybody. I can say unequivocally that nobody’s contacted me. Beyond that, I’m never going to give it the time of day.”

Coaches of the Week: Here are CoachingSearch’s Assistant Coaches of the Week.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday September 25, 2016

LSU: Assistant director of football operations Dean Dingman has also been dismissed, and assistant offensive line coach Eric Mateos has been promoted to tight ends coach, according to Dingman was in his fifth year with the program, and Mateos joined the LSU staff in February. The Advocate also reports longtime college defensive line coach Pete Jenkins is expected to join the LSU staff. He previously coached at LSU from 1980-90 and from 2000-01.

LSU: Head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have been dismissed, according to The Advocate. In addition, Fox Sports reports defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will take over as interim head coach. Miles went 113-34 over 11-plus seasons, winning a national title and playing for another, but the Tigers went 8-5 in 2014 and 9-3 last year. The school was close to making a change after last season, but Miles returned, and the Tigers are 2-2 this year after Saturday’s 18-13 loss to Auburn. Read more here.

Notre Dame: Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder has been dismissed. Defensive analyst Greg Hudson will take over the role. VanGorder was in his third season at the school. The 134 points Notre Dame has allowed through its first four games are the most in school history. Read more here.

Florida International: Head coach Ron Turner has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. USA Today’s Dan Wolken first reported the news. Turner is 10-30 at FIU, including 0-4 this year. Defensive coordinator Ron Cooper will be the interim head coach. Read more here.

The Inside Zone: 17 takeaways from Week 4.

Northern Illinois: After a loss to Western Illinois dropped NIU to 0-4, Rod Carey was asked about job security. He responded, “I’ve got one-week lives in coaching, whether it’s one week, one year or you’ve got a 10-year contract. Your life as a coach is one week at a time. That doesn’t even come into my thought process.”

Auburn: Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee called offensive plays against LSU, and Gus Malzahn says Lashlee will continue to do so.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday September 23, 2016

Week 4: Here are this week’s Picks & Superlatives.

Oregon State: President Ed Ray tells Oregon Live he’s not yet sure when he’ll name an interim AD. When asked what he wants in the next AD, Ray said, “We need someone who's market-savvy, can work with new social media and other ways of communicating and reaching fans, can come up with some creative ways to market athletic events, to get more people involved. Somebody who can work well with donors and (that can) connect with and be supportive of the coaches and the players. And someone who understands that most student-athletes go on to do something very different in their life.”

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Thursday September 22, 2016

Oregon State: The school is owed nearly $2.15 million in buyout for AD Todd Stansbury leaving for Georgia Tech, according to USA Today. 

Georgia Tech: Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury has been named AD at Georgia Tech. He will begin work in late November or early December. Stansbury is a former Georgia Tech football player and worked at the school from 1988-95. He has been at Oregon State since 2015 and spent the previous three years as the AD at UCF. Keep track of 2016 AD changes here.

LA Rams: Cal director of recruiting operations Sophia Luoto has joined the Rams as manager of business and executive operations. Luoto spent three years at Cal, the first as a recruiting assistant. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Wednesday September 21, 2016

Buffalo Bills: Assistant quarterbacks coach Jason Vrable will move to work with running backs after Anthony Lynn’s promotion to offensive coordinator. Vrable has been on staff since 2013 and has also worked with the team’s wide receivers. He was the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at the University of Charleston (WV) from 2011-12. Vrable doesn’t have any prior running backs coaching experience. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 20, 2016

Florida: The Clarion-Ledger reports Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin has been offered the Florida AD job for a second time. The paper reports Stricklin turned down an offer earlier this month, but Florida returned with a better offer, which includes more than $1 million annually. He currently earns $500,000 at Mississippi State. ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports Stricklin hasn't been offered the job.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly says he will be in defensive meetings more moving forward but won’t be on the defensive headset during games.

Kansas State: Regarding a report that K-State athletic director John Currie is in Gainesville today, Currie has tweeted that he’s in Dallas at the Division I AD meetings.

Nicholls (LA): The four finalists for the Nicholls athletic director job are Eastern Kentucky deputy AD K. Matthew Roan, Queens College (NY) AD China Jude, Washington State associate AD Christopher Walker and Southern Miss senior associate AD Kent Hegenauer. 

Cleveland Browns: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the several scouts whom the Browns dismissed weeks before the draft preferred Carson Wentz to Jared Goff. The Brown traded their No. 2 overall pick for several other picks.  

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Monday September 19, 2016

Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll has been fined $200,000 and the Seahawks have been fined $400,000 for violating offseason workout rules. The Seahawks also lost their 2017 fifth-round pick and the first week of 2017 OTAs.

Texas: Charlie Strong says he will get more involved with the defense, and when asked if staff changes are coming, Strong said there are two weeks to look at it. The Longhorns are off this week. Read more here.

Oakland Raiders: Jack Del Rio says there “may have been a point” where he took over defensive play-calling in Sunday’s 35-28 loss to the Falcons.

Week 3: Here are the Assistant Coaches of the Week.


Sunday September 18, 2016

Buffalo Bills: Former offensive coordinator Greg Roman was set to make about $2.5 million this year and will be paid for the next two years after his dismissal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 

The Inside Zone: 16 takeaways from Week 3.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday September 17, 2016

Baltimore Ravens: Senior defensive assistant Clarence Brooks has passed away after battling esophageal cancer. Brooks had been on staff since 2005 and coached since 1976, also working for the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Arizona, Syracuse and UMass. He was 65 years old. 

Colonial Athletic Association: North Dakota State director of football operations and equipment services Brian Gordon has been named CAA associate commissioner for football. Gordon has spent the past 11 years at NDSU.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Week 3: Here are this week’s Picks & Superlatives.

Buffalo Bills: Offensive coordinator Greg Roman will be dismissed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Roman was the NFL’s highest-paid offensive coordinator and was in his second season with the Bills. The Bills are 0-2 with losses of 13-7 to the Ravens in Week 1 and 37-31 to the Jets last night. Schefter adds that running backs / assistant head coach Anthony Lynn will take over as offensive coordinator. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also says Rex Ryan has "full support" from team ownership.

Iowa: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Greg Davis, defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Phil Parker and head strength coach Chris Doyle will each earn $625,000 this season, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Marc Morehouse. They will have two-year deals, which are not yet finalized. They each earned $515,000 last year and were set to make $595,000 this season, before Kirk Ferentz’s new contract and increased salary pool earlier this month.

UCLA: Offensive line / associate head coach Adrian Klemm has received a two-year show-cause and UCLA was fined $5,000 due to Klemm paying for two prospects to receive private training, the NCAA announced. That’s in addition to self-imposed recruiting penalties and a two-game suspension that took effect last year. Klemm remains on staff as OL coach, but UCLA must submit a plan for compliance to the Committee on Infractions. 

Florida International: Athletic director Pete Garcia will step down on July 31, 2018. Garcia has been the AD since 2006.

Holy Cross: Per source, offensive line coach Bill Samko is no longer with the program. Samko was in his sixth season at Holy Cross.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Thursday September 15, 2016

Kentucky: As part of his increased involvement with the defense, Mark Stoops says he will be “more active” in the defensive play-calling. 

Los Angeles Rams: ESPN’s John Clayton reports head coach Jeff Fisher’s extension is expected to be a 3-year deal.

Here are News, Notes & Quotes.