Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 22, 2017
Louisville: Assistant defensive backs coach Cort Dennison has moved to inside linebackers, and Lorenzo Ward will be the sole defensive backs coach. Dennison has been on staff since 2014, and Ward is entering his first year.
Toronto Argonauts: Marc Trestman’s staff has been completed. New assistants include former Bears assistant to the head coach Josh Moore (RB coach), former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell (WR coach), former Rutgers OL coach Mitch Browning (OL coach), IMG Academy director of football Steve Walsh (senior assistant), former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin (defensive coordinator), New Mexico State defensive line coach Kerry Locklin (DL coach), former Virginia linebackers coach Mike Archer (LB coach), former CFL player Tyron Brackenridge (assistant DB coach), former Amstetten Thunder (Austria) head coach Gavin Lake (defensive quality control), former CFL player Kevin Eiben (special teams coordinator) and former Savannah State head coach Wendell Avery (assistant special teams). Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady was also retained.
Western Illinois: Former Louisville linebackers coach Tony Grantham has joined WIU as defensive coordinator, and former Lindenwood defensive coordinator Deion Melvin has joined WIU as inside linebackers coach. Grantham spent three years at Louisville, and Melvin was at Lindenwood from 2011-16.
Kentucky: Mark Stoops has received a 2-year contract extension through 2021. The contract is worth $3.5 million this year, with $250,000 increases each year. Stoops is 19-30 in four years, coming off his first bowl appearance and a 7-6 record.
Texas A&M: Former Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has joined the A&M staff as a defensive analyst, according to TexAgs. Nix spent the last five years at MTSU and was previously the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. See the full list of full-time coaches moving to off-field jobs here.
Eastern Illinois: Former Hawaii director of player personnel Keith Uperesa has joined the EIU staff as offensive line coach. Uperesa worked at Hawaii from 2012-15 and was previously the offensive line coach at Nicholls State.
Yards per play: 10 FBS schools have produced four straight years of 6 yards per play. Read more here.
UConn: Former UConn and NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky has joined the staff as a student assistant for the spring.
Toledo: Head coach Jason Candle has received an extension through 2021. Candle went 9-4 in his first season as head coach and has been at the school since 2009.
South Dakota State: Offensive line coach Jason Eck has added the title of run game coordinator. Eck is entering his second year on staff.
Central Michigan: Defensive backs coach Archie Collins has added the title of defensive passing game coordinator, offensive line coach Derek Frazier has added the title of run game coordinator, and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has added the title of assistant head coach.
Washington State: Dayton linebackers coach Tee Overman has joined the Washington State staff as a special teams quality control assistant. Overman spent one year at Dayton and previously coached at Wingate University from 2007-15.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.