Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 30, 2015
Tulne: The Advocate reports Houston Nutt and Akron head coach Terry Bowden are interested in the Tulane head coaching job, but the school isn’t looking at them at the moment. The school could name a new AD this week.
Hawaii: New head coach Nick Rolovich will not call the offensive plays. He wants to hire an offensive coordinator to do that.
Memphis: Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom is in Memphis tonight meeting with schools officials, according to Rivals.com.
Kentucky: The Lexington Herald-Leader notes that Mark Stoops’ buyout before Dec. 1, 2017 would be all of his remaining salary, meaning it’s $15.5 million right now and about $12 million after next season.
Missouri: Rivals.com’s Mizzou site reports Utah State head coach Matt Wells will interview for the Mizzou head coaching job.
Iowa State: AD Jamie Pollard explains how “fate” led to his hiring of Matt Campbell.
Iowa State: Toledo linebackers coach Tyson Veidt and cornerbacks coach D.K. McDonald Jr. will join Matt Campbell’s staff at Iowa State, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Campbell’s staff is coming together quickly. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.
Mark Richt: The coach said on his weekly radio show that he was contacted by “about five” schools today about jobs. Here is more from Richt.
Miami Dolphins: Assistant wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan has been promoted to wide receivers coach.
Nebraska: The school will accept a bowl bid at 5-7 if offered, but coaches wouldn’t receive bonuses totaling more than $435,000, according to the Omaha World-Herald.
USC: Don’t be surprised if Clay Helton makes several staff changes after the season, especially on the defensive side of the ball, per the LA Daily News.
Maryland: The school has spoken with Mark Richt, according to 247Sports and SB Nation.
Memphis: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Memphis “will go all-in” for Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom, who is a former Memphis assistant. Odom is also in the mix at Missouri.
Illinois: Interim chancellor Barbara Wilson tells the Champaign News-Gazette that she never considered hiring a new coach to replace then-interim head coach Bill Cubit, saying she wants the new athletic director make the call. Wilson adds that she hopes to announce a search committee by the end of the week and hasn’t yet decided if she will use a search firm.
North Texas: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has changed its report. The paper previously reported that TCU co-offensive coordinator / inside receivers coach Doug Meacham would be named head coach at North Texas, but now says North Carolina assistant head coach for offense / tight ends coach Seth Littrell is expected to get the job, but not until after the ACC Championship Game. This situation is obviously still up in the air.
Hawaii: New head coach Nick Rolovich has a four-year deal that will pay him $400,008 in each of the first two seasons and $425,004 in the final two.
UW-La Crosse: Head coach Joel Dettwiler has resigned. He went 16-34 in five seasons.
Western Kentucky: Head coach Jeff Brohm has turned down two interview opportunities this week and is “totally focused on (the C-USA) title game,” according to Scout.com.
Florida A&M: Director of student activities Melvin Green has been named associate athletic director for sports administration. He will watch over five athletic teams and the department’s strength and conditioning program
USC: The LA Daily News reports USC contacted Jon Gruden about their head coaching job, but he was not interested. Reminder: Gruden is making a reported $6.5 million to call Monday Night Football. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that USC wanted to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, but the timing did not work out during the NFL season.
Southern Illinois: Head coach Dale Lennon will not return, according to The Southern Illinoisan. Lennon had been head coach since 2008, posting a 51-42 record.
Georgia: UGA has changed plans and sent assistant football coaches on the road to recruit, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Previously, only wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon and running backs coach Thomas Brown were going to go out after Mark Richt was dismissed.
Philadelphia Eagles: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tells 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia “not to rule out a trade” of Chip Kelly to the Tennessee Titans, a deal that could include a first-round pick.
Tulane: Athletic director interviews took place on Sunday, according to The Advocate.
Houston: Here’s what Tom Herman said about agreeing in principle to remain at Houston.
USC: Clay Helton says the staff will be evaluated after the season. His contract is a guaranteed five-year deal, Pat Haden announced. Haden says he considered 17 different head coaches for the job, but says he did not interview Chip Kelly.
South Carolina: Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is getting consideration for the South Carolina head coaching job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
Mark Richt: The coach says he’d like to keep coaching, and admitted he’d do several things differently.
Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly tells reporters he wasn’t in Philadelphia on Friday and never had any contact with USC. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport previously reported that USC reached out to gauge interest. Kelly added that he hopes this will stop the college rumors.
Illinois: Tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Alex Golesh will join the Iowa State staff, according to the Champagne News-Gazette. Golesh spent four years on the Illinois staff and previously worked with Matt Campbell at Toledo.
Bowling Green: Regarding UCF reports, Dino Babers told reporters today, “I have not signed anything. I am not going anywhere, OK. I have no secret deals, no above deals, no verbal deals. … I will not lie to my guys. And they know that when I tell them something, it’s gospel. So everybody else can speculate. But when I talked to senior leadership, and when I talked to those young men last night and I told them why I told them, the story was done.”
Houston: Tom Herman says he has “agreed in principle” on a new contract at Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. The school recently offered Herman a raise to $3 million annually. Herman says details are being worked out, but they're moving in the right direction.
Maryland: San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich has interviewed for the Maryland head coaching job, according to 247Sports.
USC: The school reached out to Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio to gauge his interest in the USC head coaching job, but the USC alumnus Del Rio opted to stay with the Raiders, according the San Jose Mercury News.
Texas: Charlie Strong is targeting TCU co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Sonnie Cumbie for the Texas offensive coordinator job, according to OrangeBloods.com. Strong said at his Monday press conference that he has not contacted Cumbie.
Maryland: Interim head coach Mike Locksley will interview for the head coaching job, according to the Washington Post. The Terps went 1-5 under Locksley this season.
Philadelphia Eagles: Peter King tells the Dan Patrick Show that Chip Kelly is resolute about finishing the job in Philly, and King says Kelly will likely return next season. He declined interest from USC.
USC: Interim head coach Clay Helton has been named full-time head coach. Helton is 5-2 since taking over for Steve Sarkisian. The Trojans play in the Pac-12 Championship Game this weekend. Don't be surprised if Helton makes staff changes next season. Read more here.
Georgia: Mark Richt says he has several options to weigh about his future, including the possibility of coaching. Richt notes he’d love to coach offense and quarterbacks again. He has been offered a staff role at Georgia, but hasn’t accepted it. Athletic director Greg McGarity says Richt's new contract approved by the board last January will be the basis for compensation, even though Richt hadn't signed it. McGarity adds that he will use a search firm to find the next coach.
Minnesota: Senior associate athletic director Dan O’Brien has been named assistant defensive backs coach / co-special teams coordinator / assistant to the head coach. O’Brien served as the program’s director of football operations from 2008-14, and he fills the open defensive spot created when Tracy Claeys became head coach.
Miami (FL): Regarding reports he interviewed for the Miami head coaching job, Butch Davis told 790 The Ticket, “I think making any comments at this particular time is inappropriate. People are going to have to live with rumors for the time being, and we’ll see how this thing plays out.”
Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente’s contract is a six-year deal paying him $3.2 million in the first year, according to the Virginian-Pilot, and it will rise to $3.65 million by the end of the deal. Frank Beamer earned $2.7 million in 2015. Fuente's salary pool for assistants will be $3.4 million. If the school wants to buy Fuente out of the deal, they would owe him $15 million before Dec. 15, 2016, dropping each year to $12 million, $9 million, $5 million, $3 million and $1.5 million in 2021. On Fuente’s end, he would owe $7 million before Dec. 15, 2016, dropping each year to nothing in 2021.
Miami Dolphins: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has been dismissed, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Lazor has been with the Dolphins since 2014. Quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor will serve as interim OC. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes that “massive changes are on the way.” The Dolphins now have an interim head coach, OC and DC right now.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.