Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 20, 2017

Southern Oregon: Head coach Craig Howard has passed away. He was 64 years old. Howard had led SOU since 2011 and won the 2014 NAIA national championship. He was previously the head coach at Nease High School (FL), where he coached Tim Tebow.

Tennessee: The school has hired Turnkey Sports and Entertainment search firm to assist in its athletic director search. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the school’s search committee will include Peyton Manning, Jimmy Haslam and others connected to the school.

UMass: Defensive coordinator Tom Masella will not return, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Masella’s most recent stint at UMass began in 2014. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Denver Broncos: Former 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst is expected to join the Broncos as tight ends coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Chryst worked with the 49ers from 2001-15.

Penn: Former Dartmouth tackles / tight ends coach Kyle Metzler has joined the Penn staff. Metzler had been at Dartmouth since 2012.

Ottawa University (AZ): Former West Texas A&M head coach Mike Nesbitt has been named head coach at Ottawa, an NAIA startup program. Nesbitt went 25-17 in four years at West Texas A&M.

New Orleans Saints: Former 49ers head coach and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula is a candidate for the Saints defensive line job, per Alex Marvez.

Buffalo Bills: Former Chargers assistant Andrew Dees has joined the Bills as assistant offensive line coach. Dees worked with the Chargers from 2013-15.

New York Jets: Former Browns defensive line coach Robert Nunn has joined the Jets in the same role, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Nunn spent one year with the Browns.

Tennessee: Tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Larry Scott has been promoted to offensive coordinator, and Utah State running backs / associate head coach Mike Canales has joined Tennessee as quarterbacks coach. New defensive backs coach Charlton Warren will have special teams coordinator duties. Scott has spent one year at UT. Canales has 23 years of offensive coordinator experience, including stops at North Texas, USF, Arizona and more. 

Minnesota Vikings: Former Broncos offensive line coach Clancy Barone has accepted the tight ends job with the Vikings, according to KUSA. Barone had been with the Broncos since 2010.

Weber State: Head coach Jay Hill has agreed to a new 5-year contract. Hill is 15-20 in three seasons, including 7-5 this past season.

Calgary Stampeders: Head coach Dave Dickenson has signed a 3-year extension through 2020. Dickenson went 15-2-1 in his first year and was named CFL coach of the year.

Alabama: Mike Locksley’s promotion to a full-time assistant will include a co-offensive coordinator role, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Washington State: Former Minnesota defensive line coach Jeff Phelps has joined the Washington State staff as defensive line coach, according to CougFan.com. Phelps spent six years at Minnesota and previously worked at Northern Illinois from 2006-10. 

Presbyterian (SC): Mercer defensive backs coach / co-special teams coordinator Mitch Doolittle has joined Presbyterian as defensive coordinator, and offensive assistant Taylor Cornett has been promoted to tight ends coach. Doolittle spent five years at Mercer, and Cornett is entering his second year on staff.

Green Bay Packers: Director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst will remain in Green Bay and is no longer a candidate for the 49ers GM job, per Adam Schefter. 

Seattle Seahawks: Former Bears outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt has joined the Seahawks as defensive line coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Hurtt spent three years with the Bears and had previously been expected to join the Jets this offseason.

Middle Tennessee State: Former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer has been named defensive coordinator at MTSU. Shafer worked at from 2009-15, including the final three years as head coach. He’s also been the defensive coordinator at Michigan, Stanford and Western Michigan. Shafer briefly joined Maryland as defensive coordinator last year, but stepped down in April due to personal reasons. 

Oregon: According to the Eugene Register-Guard, the salaries for some Oregon assistants are as follows: Co-OC / OL coach Mario Cristobal (3 years, $700,000) DL / assistant head coach Joe Salave’a (3 years, $550,000), WR coach Jimmie Dougherty (2 years, $275,000), CB coach Charles Clark (2 years, $250,000), RB coach Donte Pimpleton ($195,000). See Oregon's full staff here.

Cal: USC strength and conditioning assistant Torre Becton has been named head strength coach at Cal. Becton spent one year at USC after five at Washington. 

LSU: Head strength coach Tommy Moffitt has signed a new 3-year deal with a raise to $400,000 annually, according to The Advocate. The salary will increase by $15,000 in each of the next two years. Moffitt has been at LSU since 2000.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday January 19, 2017

Eastern Michigan: Tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Aaron Keen has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Keen is entering his fourth year on staff. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Purdue: A source tells CoachingSearch that Denver Broncos assistant strength coach Dennis Love has joined the Purdue staff as an assistant strength coach. Love spent two years with the Broncos.

Florida: Defensive line coach Chris Rumph will remain at UF after receiving interest from Clemson, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Rumph worked at Clemson from 2006-10.

Oregon: USF assistant director of football operations Trae Hackett has followed Willie Taggart to Oregon as associate athletic director for football student services. Hackett spent three years at USF and was a teammate of Taggart’s at Western Kentucky.

Buffalo Bills: Former Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has joined the Bills as offensive coordinator. Dennison spent the last two years with the Broncos and also worked in Denver from 1995-2009.

Colorado: D.J. Eliot’s title at Colorado is defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. He is expected to have a 3-year deal, per the school’s release.

James Madison: Mike Houston has agreed to a restructured 5-year contract that includes a raise and additional bonuses. Details were not disclosed. 

Oregon: Former USF defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie has joined Willie Taggart’s staff in Oregon as special teams coordinator. Woodie worked with Taggart at USF and Western Kentucky and has won conference recruiter of the year honors three times. This fills the last spot on the Oregon staff. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Auburn: The Houston Chronicle reports Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone will not be leaving A&M for the same job at Auburn.

San Diego State: Head coach Rocky Long has received a 5-year extension through 2021. The 66-year-old Long is 54-26 in six years, with two straight Mountain West championships.

Auburn: Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone is in the mix for the Auburn offensive coordinator job, according to 247Sports. Mazzone was Auburn’s OC from 1999-2001. 

Miami Dolphins: Former Rams linebackers coach Frank Bush has accepted the linebackers / assistant head coach job with the Dolphins. Bush spent four years with the Rams. In addition, Dolphins special teams coordinator Daren Rizzo has been promoted to associate head coach, and offensive quality control assistant Chris Kuper has been promoted to assistant offensive line coach.

Notre Dame: The school has officially announced the additions of wide receiver coach DelVaugh Alexander from Arizona State and director of sports performance Matt Balis from UConn.

North Carolina: East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams will rejoin the UNC staff as defensive line coach, according to Inside Carolina. Adams worked at UNC in 2012, followed by three years at South Carolina and one at ECU. 

Green Bay Packers: Director of football operations Eliot Wolf has pulled out of the 49ers GM search, according to USA Today.

Tennessee: In a statement, the school says it is in the process of hiring a search firm and creating a committee for its AD search, and the search will begin after that. Recent reports have indicated Phil Fulmer is a strong candidate for the AD job.

Indiana State: Wyoming defensive backs coach Curt Mallory has officially accepted the Indiana State head coaching job, per Wyoming AD Tom Burman. Mallory has been at Wyoming for two years and previously spent four years at Michigan. He is the son of former Indiana head coach Bill Mallory. Keep track of FCS head coaching changes here.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have filed their paperwork to move to Las Vegas.

Baltimore Ravens: Former Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris has joined the Ravens as offensive line coach. D’Alessandris has coached for 40 years and worked with the Chargers from 2013-15.

Los Angeles Rams: The Sporting News reports Redskins assistant defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant and Broncos assistant defensive backs coach Samson Brown will join the Rams staff. Pleasant spent four years with the Redskins, and Brown spent two years with the Broncos.

Denver Broncos: Chiefs assistant special teams coach Brock Olivo will join the Broncos as special teams coordinator, according to KUSA. Olivo has spent the last three years with the Chiefs. In addition, The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reports former Raiders defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn will join the Broncos as assistant defensive backs coach. Lynn last coached in the NFL in 2014.

Florida Atlantic: FAUOwlAccess reports Lane Kiffin has spoken with FIU running backs coach Tim Harris Jr. about joining the FAU staff.

West Virginia: New offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital has a 3-year contract and will earn annual salaries of $450,000, $500,000 and $550,000, according to The Dominion Post.

Western Michigan: West Florida defensive coordinator Cory Sanders has joined the WMU staff as defensive backs coach, per his Twitter account. Sanders spent three years at West Florida and has previously worked with Tim Lester at Elmhurst (IL). 

Washington Redskins: Former 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver will interview today for the Redskins defensive coordinator job, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. In addition, former Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman is expected to interview for the job, according to WIVB.

Beloit (WI): Jordan High School (NC) offensive coordinator Kevin Canty has joined the Beloit staff as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. Canty previously coached at Brevard College (NC).

Tennessee: Utah State running backs / associate head coach Mike Canales will “imminently” become Tennessee quarterbacks coach, according to 247Sports, which adds that offensive line coach Don Mahoney and defensive line coach Steve Stripling have contracts that expire at the end of February. Tight ends coach Larry Scott is still expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator.

Western Kentucky: USF special teams analyst Brock Willis has joined the WKU staff as a quality control assistant. Willis spent four years at USF.

Buffalo Bills: Panthers quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey has interviewed for the Bills offensive coordinator job, according to the Charlotte Observer.

LSU: Offensive coordinator Matt Canada will earn $1.5 million annually on a 3-year deal, according to The Advocate. That makes Canada the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the country. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars: Clemson co-defensive coordinator / defensive ends coach Marion Hobby has been named defensive line coach for the Jaguars. Hobby has been at Clemson since 2011. He and Doug Marrone worked together on the New Orleans Saints staff from 2006-07.

North Texas: Head coach Seth Littrell will coach running backs, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. Notre Dame special teams analyst Marty Biagi has officially joined the UNT staff as special teams coordinator. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has been retained in the same role. Hackett was promoted to the role last season and has been with the Jags since 2015. 

Houston: Director of sports performance Rod Grace has a one-year deal worth $180,000, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Louisiana-Lafayette: With the addition of Will Hall as offensive coordinator, previous OC / quarterbacks coach Jorge Munoz will move to wide receivers, previous WR coach Michael Desormeaux will move to running backs, previous RB coach Marquase Lovings will move to defensive ends, and defensive line coach Levorn Harbin will move to defensive tackles. 

Cal: Eastern Washington wide receivers coach Nicholas Edwards will join the Cal staff in the same role, according to multiple reports. Edwards spent two years at EWU and becomes the fourth EWU coach to move to the Pac-12 this offseason. He will join former EWU head coach and new Cal OC Beau Baldwin. 

Colorado: A source confirms to CoachingSearch that Kentucky defensive coordinator / outside linebackers coach D.J. Eliot has accepted the defensive coordinator job at Colorado. Eliot has spent four years at Kentucky. 

Los Angeles Rams: Former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson is planning to become the Rams’ quarterbacks coach, according to Adam Schefter. Olson was also in the mix for the Bills offensive coordinator job. Olson spent less than two years with the Jags.

10th assistant: The Division I Council supports the proposal to add a 10th full-time assistant coach. It will be voted on in April and is expected to pass and become official at that point. Read more here.

Wake Forest: Former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel has officially been named defensive coordinator at Wake Forest. Sawvel spent one full season as Minnesota’s DC, producing the No. 21 scoring defense. He had been at Minnesota since 2011 and was on Jerry Kill’s staffs dating back to 2001. 

Oakland Raiders: Offensive line coach Mike Tice will return next season, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Tice has been with the Raiders for two years.

Auburn: Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich has taken his name out of consideration for the Auburn offensive coordinator job, according to Scout.com.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Per source, West Georgia head coach Will Hall will join the ULL staff as offensive coordinator. Hall has led West Georgia since 2014 and previously led West Alabama for three years. Hall played quarterback for Mark Hudspeth at North Alabama from 2002-03, reaching the Division II semifinals in 2003 and earning the award for top player in Division II. The Daily Advertiser reports previous OC Jorge Munoz will remain on staff and move to a different position. 

John Carroll University (OH): Michigan defensive analyst Rick Finotti has been named head coach at John Carroll. Finotti spent two years at Michigan and was previously a high school coach in the Cleveland area. He takes over a John Carroll team coming off a 12-2 season.

Buffalo Bills: Former Rams offensive coordinator Rob Boras has joined the Bills as tight ends coach, and Jaguars running backs coach Kelly Skipper has been named running backs coach. Boras spent five years with the Rams, and Skipper spent the past two years with the Jags and the previous eight with the Raiders.

Clemson: The Clemson Insider reports defensive analyst Mickey Conn has been promoted to co-defensive backs coach and is on the road recruiting. Conn joined Clemson’s staff last year after working as a high school coach in Georgia. He was a teammate of Dabo Swinney’s at Alabama. With the move, Swinney has two defensive backs coaches and would appear to move forward with one defensive line coach, whether or not Marion Hobby joins the Jaguars staff. 

Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien will not hire an offensive coordinator and will call plays himself moving forward, according to the Houston Chronicle. That’s how O’Brien did things in 2014. Wide receivers coach Sean Ryan will move to quarterbacks coach. 

Chicago Bears: Former 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins will join the Bears staff as running backs coach, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Modkins spent one year with the 49ers and previously coached running backs with the Lions from 2013-15. He’s coached in the NFL since 2008.

Furman: A source tells CoachingSearch that Charleston Southern inside linebackers coach Rod Wilson has turned down the CSU defensive coordinator job and will join the Furman staff as linebackers coach. Wilson had been at CSU since 2013.

Rushing: Here is a look at the most improved rushing teams of 2016.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former Bills defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich will interview for a job on the Jaguars staff today, per ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

Western Michigan: Ball State defensive coordinator Tim Daoust has joined the WMU staff as co-defensive coordinator, according to the Detroit News. Daoust spent one year at Ball State and worked with Tim Lester at Syracuse as well as WMU, where Daoust served as an assistant from 2006-09. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

San Francisco 49ers: Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf will be among the GM candidates that will meet with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta next week, according to USA Today. It’s widely believed Shanahan will accept the 49ers head coaching job when the Falcons season ends.

Nebraska Kearney: Former Eastern New Mexico defensive coordinator Scott Lewis and former Eastern New Mexico defensive line coach Levi Gallas will join the UNK staff, according to KHGI. Lewis spent the past two years at ENMU, and Gallas spent the last five.

Houston Texans: Linebackers coach Mike Vrabel will be promoted to defensive coordinator, and Romeo Crennel is expected to return as an assistant head coach, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. Vrabel began coaching in 2011 at Ohio State and has been with the Texans since 2014.

South Florida: Former FAU head coach Charlie Partridge is in the mix for the USF defensive line job, according to 247Sports.

Temple: Former Coastal Carolina student assistant Joe Battaglia has joined the Temple staff as an offensive graduate assistant. 

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): Urbana offensive line / assistant head coach Kevin Turco has been named head coach at Lindenwood-Belleville. Turco has spent two years at Urbana and previously worked at Northwestern Oklahoma State. 

Gus Bradley: NFL.com’s Mike Silver reports the former Jaguars head coach was interested in the 49ers defensive coordinator job if Tom Cable got the head coaching job. With Kyle Shanahan expected to be the next coach, Bradley isn’t interested, meaning he’s likely to end up with the Chargers. 

Fresno State: Stanford strength and conditioning assistant Andy Ward has been named head strength coach at Fresno State. Ward spent six years at Stanford.

McNeese State: Defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo will not return, according to his Twitter account.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday January 17, 2017

Oregon: Head strength coach Irele Oderinde has been suspended for one month without pay following workouts that hospitalized at least three players. Oderinde will now report to director of performance and sports science Andrew Murray, instead of Willie Taggart.

Indiana State: Wyoming defensive backs coach Curt Mallory is expected to be named Indiana State head coach, according to 247Sports and multiple reports. Mallory has been at Wyoming for two years and previously spent four years at Michigan. He is the son of former Indiana head coach Bill Mallory.

Minot State (ND): Minot State’s coaching search is down to three finalists: Former Missouri Western State head coach Jerry Partridge, Southwest Minnesota State associate head coach Mike Aldrich and former Lindenwood head coach Patrick Ross.

Minnesota: Defensive coordinator Robb Smith will coach linebackers, and Brian Callahan's title is tight ends coach. In addition, head strength coach Dan Nichol’s move from Western Michigan is official, and P.J. Fleck has brought three staffers from WMU: Gerrit Chernoff (general manager), Marcus Hendrickson (director of player personnel) and Matt Childers (director of video).

Oregon: David Reaves’ title at Oregon is co-offensive coordinator / passing game coordinator / tight ends coach. Reaves follows Willie Taggart from USF. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers plan to offer their head coaching job to Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan when their season ends, according to Adam Schefter. 

Baylor: Houston deputy athletic director Jeramiah Dickey has accepted the same position at Baylor, according to the Houston Chronicle. Dickey had been at Houston since 2010.

San Jose State: A source tells CoachingSearch that SJSU head strength and conditioning coach Gary Uribe will remain in the same role. Here’s a look at SJSU’s complete full-time staff. 

Wake Forest: Former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel is finalizing terms to become Wake Forest’s defensive coordinator, according to 247Sports. Sawvel spent one full season as Minnesota’s DC, producing the No. 21 scoring defense. He had been at Minnesota since 2011 and was on Jerry Kill’s staffs dating back to 2001. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Houston: Co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Clay Jennings has a 1-year deal worth $250,000, according to the Houston Chronicle.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner has withdrawn from the 49ers GM search, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Washington Redskins: Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky has interviewed for the defensive coordinator job.

Boise State: Former Fresno State offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has joined the Boise State staff as wide receivers coach. Kiesau spent one year at Fresno and was previously an analyst at Alabama. He has also coached at Kansas, Washington, Colorado and more.

Oregon State: According to The Oregonian, new wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Jason Phillips will earn $220,008 annually on a 2-year deal, and new safeties coach John Rushing will earn $200,004 annually on a 2-year deal.

Wisconsin: Paul Chryst will consider current assistants for the defensive coordinator job. Outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar interviewed for the job last year. 

Wingate University (NC): A source tells CoachingSearch that Washington State special teams graduate assistant Jack Taylor has joined the Wingate staff as outside linebackers coach / co-special teams coordinator. Taylor spent one year at Wazzu and previously served as defensive line coach at Tarleton State (TX).

Baldwin Wallace (OH): Cincinnati La Salle High School (OH) head coach Jim Hilvert has been named head coach at Baldwin Wallace. Hilvert spent two years at La Salle and won two state titles.

Coastal Carolina: Wide receivers coach Renato Diaz will not return. Diaz spent five years at Coastal Carolina.

Los Angeles Chargers: Anthony Lynn has confirmed that offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will remain in the same role.

Cleveland Browns: Former Rams assistant defensive line coach Clyde Simmons will join the Browns as defensive line coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Simmons spent five years with the Rams and worked with new Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Arizona State: Josh Henson’s title at Arizona State is offensive line / assistant head coach / run game coordinator. Henson spent one year as an Oklahoma State analyst and was Missouri’s offensive line coach from 2009-15. 

Utah: Eastern Washington running backs coach Kiel McDonald is expected to become Utah’s running backs coach, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. McDonald spent five years at EWU, working alongside new Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor.

Houston Texans: Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel’s contract expires next week, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Bill O’Brien wants the 69-year-old Crennel to return. 

Carolina Panthers: Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl will step down due to family reasons. Proehl spent six years on the Panthers staff.

Denver Broncos: Defensive backs coach Joe Woods has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Woods has spent the last two years with the Broncos. In addition, KUSA reports former Raiders defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson will join the Broncos as defensive backs coach.

College Football Playoff: Frank Beamer has been named to the Playoff selection committee, along with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Robert Morris president Chris Howard.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former Chargers linebackers coach Mike Nolan has interviewed for the Jaguars linebackers job, according to The Sporting News.

Buffalo Bills: Former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson will interview for the Bills offensive coordinator job today, according to the Buffalo News.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reports the Jaguars are expected to hire Clemson co-defensive coordinator / defensive ends coach Marion Hobby as defensive line coach. Fox Sports reports Hobby is "giving serious consideration" for the job. Hobby has been at Clemson since 2011. He and Doug Marrone worked together on the New Orleans Saints staff from 2006-07. Hobby’s departure would mean Clemson loses both of its defensive line coaches, following Dan Brooks’ retirement. 

Nebraska Kearney: Co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Holtzclaw will not return, according to Fox Nebraska. Holtzclaw spent two years at UNK.

Western Michigan: Davenport (MI) head coach Lou Esposito has resigned to take a job on Tim Lester’s staff, per multiple reports. Esposito has been at Davenport since 2014 and went 6-5 this year, which was the program’s first season. He has previously worked at WMU from 2010-12. At Davenport, offensive coordinator Steve Casula has been promoted to interim head coach. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

Keiser University (FL): Former Buffalo Bills offensive assistant Doug Socha will be the program’s first football coach, according to ESPN West Palm. Socha spent one year with the Bills and was previously a high school coach in South Florida. The Keiser program will begin play in 2018.

New Orleans Saints: Former 49ers special teams coordinator Derius Swinton is expected to interview for the Saints special teams coordinator job, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

Defense: Here are the FBS most improved scoring defenses in 2016.

Western Michigan: Former Indiana offensive coordinator Kevin Johns has joined the WMU staff, according to several Indiana players. Johns worked at Indiana from 2011-16.

Elon (NC): A source tells CoachingSearch that Penn State defensive graduate assistant Ryan Smith has joined the Elon staff as cornerbacks coach. Smith spent two years at PSU and previously was a graduate assistant at UTSA.

Lamar (TX): Faulkner (AL) defensive coordinator Cam Clark has joined the Lamar staff as outside linebackers / safeties coach. Clark spent two years at Faulkner and previously worked at Auburn.

VMI: A source tells CoachingSearch that Penn State graduate assistant Tommy Galt will join the VMI staff as offensive line coach. Galt spent two years at Penn State.

Tennessee: Utah State running backs / assistant head coach Mike Canales has interviewed for the Tennessee offensive coordinator job, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. 

Arkansas: Defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Rhoads has been on staff for one season after seven years as Iowa State head coach. He was previously the defensive coordinator at Auburn and Pitt.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday January 16, 2017

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North Carolina: Texas A&M defensive backs coach Terry Joseph will join the UNC staff in the same role, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Joseph spent three years at A&M and previously coached DB’s at Nebraska and Tennessee. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is the new running backs coach with the Jaguars. Wheatley was a finalist for the Western Michigan head coaching job and worked under Doug Marrone at Syracuse and with the Bills from 2010-14.

Albany: A source tells CoachingSearch that Albany defensive assistant Keith Dudzinski will be promoted to safeties coach / assistant head coach of defense. Dudzinski is entering his second season on staff and was previously Maryland’s defensive coordinator.

Washington Redskins: Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky will interview for the defensive coordinator job, according to ESPN’s John Keim.

Eastern Washington: Offensive line coach / run game coordinator Aaron Best and defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding will serve as co-interim head coaches, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Cal: Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin will be the new offensive coordinator at Cal. Baldwin went 83-32 in nine years at EWU, including six FCS playoff appearances. He went 12-2 this past season, and they finished third in FCS in scoring at 42.4 points per game. EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud led FCS with 5,160 passing yards. Baldwin was a candidate for the Nevada head coaching job, and becomes the second EWU coach to become a Pac-12 offensive coordinator this offseason, after EWU co-OC Troy Taylor was hired at Utah.

Chicago Bears: Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn will join the Bears as offensive line coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Washburn spent one year with the Dolphins and previously worked with the Lions.

Houston Texans: Offensive coordinator George Godsey will not return. Godsey had been with the Texans since 2014.

Offense: Here are the FBS most improved scoring offenses in 2016.

Tennessee: ESPN’s Chris Low reports Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a prime candidate for Tennessee’s athletic director job.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer interviewed for the 49ers general manager job today.

Washington Redskins: Former 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver will interview for the Redskins defensive coordinator job, according to the Washington Post.

Oakland Raiders: Midwest scout Trey Scott has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel. Scott has been with the Raiders for five years.

UConn: Albany wide receivers coach Aaron Smith has joined the UConn staff as wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator, and former Minnesota head strength coach Eric Klein has joined UConn as head strength coach. Smith spent four years at Albany, and Klein spent six years at Minnesota.

Gus Bradley: NFL Network’s Mike Silver reports Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is pressing Bradley for a decision on the Chargers defensive coordinator job, but Bradley is waiting to see if Tom Cable gets the 49ers head coaching job.

Colorado State-Pueblo: Rhode Island linebackers coach Mark Criner will join the CSU-Pueblo staff as co-defensive coordinator, according to the Pueblo Chieftan. Criner spent one year at Rhode Island and has previously coached at Lamar, Eastern Michigan, Idaho and Minnesota.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Chip Kelly is interviewing for the Jaguars offensive coordinator job today, according to 1010XL and NFL Network.

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Stefanski is expected to remain on staff and move to a different role, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Stefanski has been with the Vikings for 11 years.

Tennessee Titans: Temple wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Frisman Jackson has joined the Titans as wide receivers coach, and former Chargers special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman has joined the Titans as assistant special teams coach. Jackson had been retained at Temple by Geoff Collins. He played under Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie with the Browns, and he worked with Glenn Thomas at Temple — Thomas worked with Mike Mularkey and Robiskie with the Falcons. 

Denver Broncos: Former Jaguars offensive line coach John Benton has joined the Broncos as assistant offensive line coach. Benton spent one year with the Jaguars an previously coached with the Dolphins, Texans and Rams.

Cleveland Browns: Former Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator Blake Williams will join the Browns as linebackers coach, and former Southeastern Louisiana special teams coordinator Jerod Kruse will join the Browns as assistant defensive backs coach, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Williams is the son of new Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Arizona State: Oklahoma State offensive analyst Josh Henson is expected to join the Arizona State staff as offensive line coach, according to The Arizona Republic. Henson spent one year at OK State and was Missouri’s offensive line coach from 2009-15.

Washington State: Former Minnesota defensive line coach Jeff Phelps is a strong candidate for the Washington State defensive line job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner will interview for the 49ers general manager job today, according to multiple reports.

Alabama: Offensive analyst Mike Locksley has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant. Locksley has spent one year at Alabama and was previously Maryland’s offensive coordinator. The spot opened when Mario Cristobal left for Oregon. In addition, athletic director Bill Battle will move to the role of special assistant to the president, as Greg Byrne takes over as athletic director on March 1.

San Francisco 49ers: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is stepping away from the 49ers head coaching search to focus on the playoffs, according to multiple reports. This likely makes Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable the remaining finalists for the job. Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are "honing in" on Shanahan.

Washington Redskins: Former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan will interview for the Redskins defensive coordinator job, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

Tennessee: North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren has joined the Tennessee staff in the same role, and previous UT defensive backs coach Willie Martinez will not return. Warren spent two years at UNC and previously coached at Nebraska and Air Force. 

Central Arkansas: Head coach Steve Campbell has received a new four-year contract worth $200,587 annually, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Campbell is 23-13 in three seasons.

Minnesota Vikings: Former UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu will join the Vikings staff as running backs coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Polamalu spent three years at UCLA. He previously coached running backs in the NFL from 2004-09 with the Browns and Jaguars. 

Penn State: Princeton assistant director of football operations Andrew Goodman has joined the Penn State staff as assistant recruiting coordinator. Goodman spent two years at Princeton.

Chattanooga: Former Minnesota assistant strength coach Chad Pearson has joined the Chattanooga staff as head strength coach. Pearson spent six years at Minnesota.

UC Davis: Cornerbacks coach Wes Nurse has been retained by Dan Hawkins and moved to the role of director of football operations. Nurse has been at UC Davis in his current stint since 2015.

Western Michigan: Tim Lester will earn $800,000 annually, according to MLive.com. That’s the same salary P.J. Fleck made and is the highest in the MAC. Bonuses can take it up to $1.1 million.

Eastern Illinois: Former Oklahoma State player and student assistant Victor Irokansi has joined the Eastern Illinois staff as a defensive graduate assistant. 

San Diego State: New athletic director John David Wicker will earn $340,000 annually, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. That’s $75,000 more than the previous AD.

UCLA: Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will not return, according to Scout.com. Klemm was suspended in 2015 for recruiting violations and was given a two-year show-cause penalty in September. He was the highest-paid public school assistant in the Pac-12 last year.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.