Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 29, 2015

Arizona: The school has proposed a one-year extension for Rich Rodriguez through May 31, 2020, along with a $175,000 base salary increase on top of a $100,000 annual increase, according to USA Today. Rodriguez's new annual salary would be between $3.5 million and 3.6 million. The proposal must be approved by the school’s board of trustees next week. Rodriguez is 26-14 in three years at Arizona.

Auburn: Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson will earn $575,000 annually, and outside linebackers coach Lance Thompson will earn between $450,000 and $500,000, according to The salaries, along with Will Muschamp’s $1.6 million salary, would create an estimated salary pool of at least $6.1 million, which would have led the nation last season. In addition, the school is paying $2.8 million to three assistant dismissed after last season.

Eastern Kentucky: Per source, EKU offensive line coach Carson Jeffers has left the staff to move into private business. Jeffers has spent the past seven years at EKU, including six as offensive line coach.

SEC: Greg Sankey will take over as conference commissioner on Monday, June 1, the conference announced. Mike Slive’s contract ends on July 31, and he will begin a role as a consultant to the conference on Aug. 1 on a four-year deal.

Big 12: The Big 12 distributed approximately $25.6 million per school in full share of revenue, according to multiple reports. Eight schools received full shares, TCU received about $24 million, and West Virginia received about $23 million. 

SEC: The SEC will distribute $31.07 million per school in revenue, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. The league made a record $455 million last year.

South Florida: Central Missouri defensive graduate assistant Jim Nelson has joined the USF staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Nelson spent two years at Central Missouri after one season at Montana State.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Director of pro scouting Chris Polian has been promoted to director of player personnel, pro scout Chris Diggers has been promoted to director of pro personnel, former New York Jets general manager John Idzik has been named special assistant to the general manager, and scouting intern Casey Belongia has been promoted to scouting assistant. Polian served as the Indianapolis Colts’ general manager from 2009-11, and Idzik has been serving as a consultant with the Jaguars for the past three months.

South Dakota: Middle Georgia State club football head coach Jeremy Hawkins has joined the South Dakota staff as assistant defensive line coach. Hawkins spent one season at Middle Georgia State, going 6-2. He previously served one year as a graduate assistant at Troy and one year as the running backs / tight ends coach at Central Oklahoma.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 28, 2015

Purdue: Arizona operations coordinator Andrew Warsaw has been named director of football operations at Purdue. Warsaw spent the past three years at Arizona and has also worked at Fordham, Penn, Villanova and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. 

Northern Arizona: Oregon defensive graduate assistant Cha’pelle Brown has been named defensive backs coach at Northern Arizona. Brown spent two years with Oregon after two years as a defensive backs graduate assistant at Colorado.

Urbana University: (OH): Per source, Indiana University of Pennsylvania offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tyler Haines has agreed to become the next head coach at Urbana. Haines has spent the past two years at IUP after five years as an assistant at Adrian College (MI). Haines will replace Dave Taynor, who became the head coach at Lock Haven University (PA) in April.

American Athletic Conference: The league’s first-ever football conference championship game will be held on Dec. 5 at noon, the conference has announced. The game will be played at the home site of the division winner with the best conference record. The East division will include Cincinnati, East Carolina, Temple, UCF, UConn and USF, and the West division will include Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.

New Orleans Saints: Assistant director of college scouting Brian Adams and combine scout Ryan Hollern have been dismissed, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Both had been with the Saints since 2008.

Chicago Bulls: The Bulls were very blunt about their decision to fire a winning coach.

Chicago Bears: Per source, Northwestern assistant director of player personnel Scott Hamel has accepted a position in the Chicago Bears’ personnel department. Hamel has been at Northwestern since 2011, serving as an offensive quality control coach for two years, an offensive graduate assistant for two years and as assistant director of player personnel since February.

Florida State: The Tallahassee Democrat has received amended contract information for FSU assistant coaches, all of whom are signed through Jan. 31, 2018. The eight returning assistants all received raises, and FSU’s salary pool increased by $1.2 million up to $4.6 million. The new salaries are as follows: Defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Charles Kelly ($583,000), offensive line / assistant head coach Rick Trickett ($583,000), co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders ($583,000), co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey ($463,000), defensive tackles / associate head coach Odell Haggins ($463,000), tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster ($433,000), running backs coach / special teams coordinator Jay Graham ($403,000), linebackers coach Bill Miller ($338,000) and new defensive ends / outside linebackers coach Brad Lawing ($415,000). If any assistant leaves for another job, their buyout will be $75,000 after the 2016 season and $50,000 after 2017.

Shorter University (GA): Campbell University (NC) associate athletic director for operations Kim Graham has been named athletic director at Shorter. Graham had been at Campbell since 2008 and served as athletic director at Liberty University from 1997-2005.

Mississippi State: Running backs coach Greg Knox is visiting New Orleans Saints OTA practice today.

Philadelphia Eagles: Miami Dolphins assistant director of pro personnel Chris Shea has joined the Eagles as director of scouting administration / strategic management, according to CSN Philly. Shea had been with the Dolphins since 2008 in various roles. He has also worked with the NFL, as a clerk at a law firm, as a scout with the Cowboys and as an assistant at Boston College and Harvard.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh shares Bo Schembechler’s three keys to being a successful coach and other advice.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 27, 2015

SEC: The SEC has announced it will drop its conference restrictions on satellite camps in 2016 if the NCAA does not ban the camps, as the SEC will propose. Here's what it means.

Auburn: Athletic director Jay Jacobs told reporters that defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s annual salary is $1.6 million, making him the highest-paid assistant coach in college football. Muschamp’s annual salary at Florida was $2.7 million last year. 

Florida: Jeremy Foley explains why there’s no second-guessing about the Will Muschamp era.

Athletic departments: Oregon led all public athletic departments in revenue, with $196,030,398 brought in in 2013-14, according to USA Today. The paper reports 24 of 230 Division I departments met the NCAA’s definition of self-sufficiency, but all 50 public Power 5 departments were self-sufficient when accounting for various money paid to schools. Read more at USA Today.

Georgia Tech: reports San Diego State senior associate athletic director John David Wicker will be named associate athletic director for operations at Georgia Tech. He previously served as an associate athletic director at Washington State from 2001-11.

Houston Texans: The Texans will appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this fall. Here are some of the personalities you’ll get to see: head coach Bill O’Brien, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and head strength coach Craig Fitzgerald, he of shirtless warm-ups in the rain fame.

Elizabethtown College (PA): Kean University (NJ) athletic director Chris Morgan has been named athletic director at Elizabethtown. Morgan has been at Kean since 2011 and previously worked at Goldey-Beacom College.

Memphis: West Georgia defensive graduate assistant Rod Ojong has joined the Memphis staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Ojong spent 2013 as the outside linebackers coach at Lindsey Wilson College (KY).

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday May 26, 2015

New York Giants: Per source, Grambling State quarterbacks coach Kendrick Nord has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Giants. Nord is a former Grambling player and coached tight ends last year in his first season on the staff.

New York Jets: Assistant director of pro personnel Matt Bazirgan has been promoted to director of pro personnel, according to the New York Daily News. Bazirgan has been with the Jets since 2004, serving as a college scout and scouting supervisor until 2013, when he was promoted to the assistant pro personnel director position.

Fumble Pro: The top rushing teams in the NFL and NCAA use the Fumble Pro to reduce turnovers. Shouldn’t you? Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton says, "Cameron Artis-Payne, 2013 SEC leading rusher, used the Fumble Pro every day and had 350 touches. He only fumbled two times!” Teach all your players the correct way to carry the football with the Fumble Pro. Check out the Fumble Pro at, check out the videos on YouTube, or call at 321-406-0556.

Georgia Tech: West Virginia director of sports marketing Markeisha Everett has joined Georgia Tech as director of marketing and fan development. Everett spent one year at West Virginia and has previously worked at Gonzaga, Missouri and North Dakota State.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 25, 2015

Ohio State: Where does athletic director Gene Smith see Urban Meyer in five years? Smith gives his answer

NFL: Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will serve as a consultant for the NFL’s officiating department for the 2015 season, according to Fox Sports. Schwartz’s role will be to help provide a coach’s perspective with decisions made by the officiating office. Schwartz served as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-13.

Philadelphia Eagles: Former Chicago Bears college scouting director Marty Barrett has joined the Eagles as a West Coast scout, according to the Chicago Tribune. Barrett worked for the Bears for the past 18 seasons, but his contract was not renewed earlier this month.

Valdosta State: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Bubba Walker has accepted the outside linebackers / special teams coordinator job at Colquitt County High School (GA), according to the Moultrie Observer. Walker spent the past five years at Valdosta and the previous three years at Georgia Southern.

Matt Millen: ESPN college football analyst Matt Millen will join Fox Sports to serve as the lead football analyst on Big Ten Network and take part in other Fox shows, according to Sports Business Journal.