Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 22, 2015

San Diego Chargers: Boston College volunteer assistant Justin Manning has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Chargers, according to his Twitter account. Manning worked with the running backs at Boston College.

Texas Tech: Managing director of public media / play-by-play commentator Robert Giovannetti has been promoted to senior associate athletics director for external operations and strategic communications. Giovannetti has spent the past four years at Texas Tech.

Miami (FL): Take a look inside a recruiting meeting with the Miami staff.

Dallas Cowboys: East Texas Baptist cornerbacks coach Brandon Smith has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Cowboys. Smith is entering his third year on the ETBU staff after three years at West Texas A&M.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 21, 2015

San Diego State: If the San Diego Chargers move to a new stadium in the city, it could result in SDSU paying more than double its current rent at the new stadium, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. SDSU currently pays about $500,000 per season for Qualcomm Stadium. A proposal for the new stadium includes annual rent of $1.25 million per year for SDSU. The school declined comment.

Bemidji State: Wide receivers graduate assistant Craig Bagnell has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Bagnell previously played quarterback at University of Mary from 2010-13, where he also coached youth camps.

Michigan: The Detroit Free Press has obtained salary information for Michigan’s off-field staffers. Those salaries are as follows: associate athletic director for football Jim Minick ($250,000), strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert ($250,000 annually on a five-year deal), director of operations Rick Finotti ($120,000), recruiting coordinator Matthew Doherty ($107,000), director of player development Gwendolyn Bush ($106,000), assistant strength and conditioning coach Nathan Barry ($80,000), recruiting operations assistant Chris Partridge ($80,000), offensive analyst T.J. Weist ($70,000), defensive analyst Matthew Barnes ($50,000), recruiting assistant Anthony Binker ($41,000) and operations assistant Erik Campbell ($45,000).

Pac-12: Commissioner Larry Scott earned a total of $3.5 million in 2013-14, according to CBS Sports, making him the highest-paid commissioner in the country. CBS reports the Pac-12 led all conferences in revenue, but only distributed 67 percent of its revenue to member schools, while the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 each distributed more than 87 percent. Read more on the Pac-12’s financial situation at CBS Sports

Colorado State: Mike Bobo explains why he’s going to call the offensive plays at CSU.

UAB: An Alabama state representative says there are “strong indications” that UAB will not reinstate football, according to A recent report commissioned by the school stated it would be financially viable to bring back the cut sports or leave them gone. The representative says two meetings are scheduled for Thursday morning to try to convince president Ray Watts to bring back football.

Florida Atlantic: Former Wisconsin cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland has joined the FAU staff as defensive backs coach. Here is our story. Strickland spent six years with the Badgers as a quality control assistant, graduate assistant and three years as a defensive backs coach. He also played for Wisconsin when FAU head coach Charlie Partridge was the defensive coordinator. Strickland’s hire means there remain two open assistant jobs in FBS.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 20, 2015

Oregon State: Outgoing athletic director Bob De Carolis says the school’s president informed him his contract would not be extended beyond 2016. De Carolis announced earlier this month he will step down on June 30. He has served as AD since 2002.

Pac-12: reports Conference USA director of sports services Chris Grant will be named associate commissioner for sports management and championships with the Pac-12. Grant joined C-USA in 2012 and previously worked at Wright State.

Duke: Head coach David Cutcliffe earned $2.05 million in total compensation in 2013, according to USA Today. That includes just under $1.5 million in base salary. In addition, the paper reports athletic director Kevin White earned about $950,000 in 2013.

Michigan State: Mark Dantonio describes the No. 1 thing he sells to recruits.

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St. Louis Rams: Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has joined the Rams as an offensive assistant, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Garcia previously interviewed for their quarterbacks coaching job this offseason. He served as the quarterbacks coach with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in 2014. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday May 19, 2015

NFL: The NFL has changed its rules on extra points, but it could end up having a greater effect on lower levels of football.

Illinois: Former Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has joined the staff as assistant director of football operations. Scheelhaase played at Illinois from 2010-13.

Middlebury College (VT): Offensive coordinator Joe Early is stepping down to accept a position at Brunswick School, a prep school in Connecticut. Early has spent the past 14 years at Middlebury, including the past six as offensive coordinator.

Marquette: Ball State deputy athletics director for external affairs Brian Hardin has joined Marquette as deputy athletic director. Hardin spent two years at Ball State, including five months as interim athletic director. Hardin is a graduate of Marquette. 

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly earned around $1.2 million in 2013, according to tax returns obtained by USA Today, but he is permitted to receive outside compensation that is not reported on the return. Former head coach Charlie Weis earned $2.1 million in 2013 from Notre Dame as part of his buyout from 2009. In addition, athletic director Jack Swarbrick earned more than $1.3 million in 2013.

Youngstown State: WFMJ’s Dana Balash reports YSU strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Cochran will step down for personal reasons, with his last day being May 31.

Memphis: Southwest Mississippi CC defensive line coach / co-special teams coordinator Cason Bicknell has joined the Memphis staff as a defensive intern working with linebackers. Bicknell spent one season at Southwest. 

NC State: Nick Kray’s title at NC State is assistant director of operations. Kray joined the NC State last month after one year as Ball State’s director of football operations. He previously spent two years at Yale.

Wisconsin: South Dakota State director of football operations Kadero Watson has joined the Wisconsin staff, according to Wisconsin's directory. Watson spent one year at SDSU after two years at Oklahoma as assistant director of event management & operations. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 18, 2015

UAB: A new report commissioned by the school has determined that reinstating football or keeping it cut are both “viable” options, and reviving it could be a “unique opportunity” to capitalize off interest in the program, according to CBS Sports. Conference USA leaders will meet June 8 to vote on the future of UAB in the conference. Read CBS Sports’ story for more.

San Diego Chargers: Executive vice president / chief executive officer A.G. Spanos has been promoted to president of business operations, and executive vice president of football operations John Spanos has been promoted to president of football operations, according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter. The two will take over the day-to-day operations from chairman of the board / president and father Dean Spanos, who will remain in his current position.

Temple: Deputy athletic director Patrick Kraft has been promoted to athletic director. Kraft has been at Temple since 2013 and will replace current athletic director Kevin Clark, who is likely moving into a university administrator role. 

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USC: The school paid former head coach Lane Kiffin $725,000 in 2013 buyout money, according to USA Today, but it’s unknown if he is due additional buyout compensation. The paper reports Kiffin, who was dismissed in September 2013, made a total of $3.4 million in his final season. In addition, the paper reports athletic director Pat Haden earned more than $2.5 million in 2013, likely making him the nation’s highest-paid AD.

Michigan: Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has an interesting story on how Jim Harbaugh hired director of player development Gwendolyn Bush, who had been a teacher in Ft. Lauderdale and whose son recently transferred from Stanford to U-M as a graduate player.

Delta State: Southern Arkansas wide receivers graduate assistant Tyler Hasty has accepted a position at Delta State. Hasty spent two seasons at Southern Arkansas and previously coached at Randleman High School (NC).

Cleveland Browns: Director of player personnel Jon Sandusky will not return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports Sandusky’s contract was not renewed. Sandusky spent two seasons with the Browns after nine seasons on the personnel staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Massachusetts Maritime: Assistant athletic director / senior woman’s administrator / women’s cross country coach Trish O’Brien will assume interim athletic director duties on July 1, replacing outgoing athletic director Bob Corradi. O’Brien has been at Massachusetts Maritime for the past two years.

Texas State: Per source, Louisville director of high school relations Andrew Blaylock has joined the Texas State staff as director of player personnel. Blaylock spent four years at Louisville, including the first three as a graduate assistant in the recruiting office.

Army: Former Army fullback Mike Viti has joined the Army staff as director of high school and alumni relations. After graduation in 2008, Viti served in Afghanistan. Following his retirement from the military, he participated in a cross-country walk to honor fallen soldiers. 

Iowa: One year after leaving coaching to move into the restaurant business, former Iowa assistant Eric Johnson tells that he has no regrets about the move. He also details what went into the decision to leave after 15 years with the Hawkeyes, including how the program changed. Read more at

Pittsburgh Steelers: Former New Orleans Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish has joined the Steelers as Senior Assistant, College Scouting. Reiprish was with the Saints for 11 years after eight years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been involved in NFL scouting since 1979.

Modesto Junior College (CA): Offensive coordinator Rusty Stivers has been promoted to head coach. Stivers has led the offense for the past four years, and he will retain the offensive coordinator title and call plays. Former head coach Sam Young, who retired in November, will remain on staff as a defensive volunteer.