Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday October 04, 2015

The Inside Zone: 17 key moments and takeaways from Week 5

Week 5: Here are CoachingSearch’s Assistant Coaches of the Week.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are considering shaking up the staff if they lose to the New York Jets, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 02, 2015

The Lead Block: Brian Schottenheimer, Tony Elliott among five questions to follow this weekend.

Week 5: Here are the CoachingSearch Picks & Superlatives.

Miami (FL): The Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro writes, “Although a trustee told the Miami Herald recently they didn’t believe a coaching change would be realistic in-season, two Golden Canes said there were a lot of angry phone calls made by donors and boosters Friday to school administrators. One said the feedback they received from the administration made them feel like ‘for the first time, Golden’s job really is in jeopardy.’”

Cal: Asked if Sonny Dykes will get a new contract, Cal athletic director Michael Williams told Bay Area News Group there are always ongoing talks, but he didn’t sound like anything is on the horizon just yet. Dykes earns $2 million annually in base salary on a five-year deal signed in December 2012, which is near the bottom of the Pac-12. The Bears are 4-0 this season and ranked No. 24.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 01, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Texas A&M-Commerce: Tim McMurray has been named athletic director at Texas A&M-Commerce. McMurray most recently was the founder and CEO of Rainmakers 123, helping the career advancement of those in intercollegiate athletics. He previously served as senior associate athletic director - external affairs at Maryland in 2013 and has worked at SMU, Northern Illinois, Texas State and Lamar.

Alabama: Nick Saban shares the greatest lesson he learned from Bill Belichick.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have hired former Houston Texans offensive line coach Paul Dunn as offensive line coach, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez. Dunn replaces Andy Moeller, who parted ways with the team earlier this week. Dunn worked with the Texans in 2014 after six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Browns assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone will remain in the assistant role. 

Jackson State: Interim athletic director Robert Walker has resigned, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Associate athletic director of compliance Wheeler Brown will move into the interim AD role. Walker had taken over the role in March.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday September 30, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

UAB: UAB students have voted to increase student fees by $25 per semester to support the return of football, rifle and bowling. The fee will result in an increase of $700,000 per year to support the three sports, according to

East Mississippi CC: Head coach Buddy Stephens has been suspended for two games following an altercation with an official last Saturday. According to the Clarion-Ledger, the game administrator threw his clipboard at Stephens and appeared to swing at him. Stephens appeared to swing back before being restrained. After the incident, the game administrator was kicked out of the stadium, while Stephens voluntarily moved to the press box. It is unclear what type of discipline the official received. 

Saint Augustine (N.C.): Head coach Michael Morand has been dismissed. Running backs coach Tim Chavous will serve as interim head coach for the rest of the season. Morand had been coach since 2014 and had been placed on administrative leave without pay two weeks ago for undisclosed reasons. 

Texas State: Cornerbacks coach Ashley Ambrose has taken over the entire defensive backfield, following the resignation of former defensive coordinator John Thompson earlier this week. Graduate assistant Tomas Luna is also assisting with the defensive backs. Here is more from Dennis Franchione on promoting Brad Franchione to interim defensive coordinator..

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 29, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Texas State: Linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Brad Franchione has been promoted to interim defensive coordinator. Franchione is the son of head coach Dennis Franchione and has been at Texas State since 2011. He was the head coach at Blinn College from 2006-10.

Texas: Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell says he “absolutely” wants the full-time offensive coordinator job. Norvell took over play-calling duties after the first game this season and has been the de facto coordinator.

Idaho: Idaho players and coaches dismissed allegations of vulgar language, unequal treatment and NCAA practice violations following an anonymous e-mail sent to local media and members of the team. The team captains released a statement defending head coach Paul Petrino, and the university says is it looking into the allegations. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News has more.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns and offensive line coach Andy Moeller have parted ways. Moeller wasn't charged after a recent domestic violence investigation, but the NFL’s review is still ongoing, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo, who adds that Moeller met with NFL officials Monday. Assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone has been leading the position group.

Rutgers: Booster Jeff Towers told Gannett New Jersey that booster support for Kyle Flood remains strong, saying, “The boosters I have spoken to believe the long-term interests of the football program are best served by retaining Coach Flood. Coaching continuity is a keystone of long-term success in any sport, let alone a Division I, Power Five football program. A change in the head coaching position at Rutgers now will set the program back for years, if not permanently.” Flood spoke with Towers in the offseason about joining the program as recruiting coordinator, but it didn’t transpire.

Texas: The Associated Press reports a judge has denied a summary judgment involving Oklahoma State and Texas offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline, meaning it is set to move to trial in 2016. Oklahoma State is seeking a buyout fee of $593,000 for when Wickline left for Texas, claiming it was a lateral move without play-calling duties. 

Western Michigan: Texas State assistant SID Rob Beuerlein has joined Western Michigan as associate director of marketing, communications and engagement with the football program. Beuerlein spent the past five years at Texas State.

Stats: Through four weeks, here are some stats that jump out.