Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday December 21, 2014

Bethune-Cookman: The school will announce its new football coach Monday. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Texas A&M: According to The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Texas A&M has reached out to LSU defensive coordinator / linebackers coach John Chavis about its defensive coordinator opening. Chavis reportedly has been offered a new contract with an extension at LSU, but it has not been signed. Chavis’ current deal ends in December 2015. 

Chicago Bears: With head coach Marc Trestman likely to be let go, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Bears are unlikely to match Jim Harbaugh’s salary demands. In addition, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to be asked for an interview, and former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has interest in the job.

Georgia: Alabama co-associate strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke has been hired at Georgia for the head strength and conditioning job. 

Miami Dolphins: Owner Stephen Ross tells reporters head coach Joe Philbin will return next season, with one year left on his contract. 

Northern Colorado: Offensive graduate assistant / assistant offensive line coach Jeremy Hayden has been promoted to running backs coach. Hayden served as interim running backs coach for the final four weeks of the season. 

Florida: Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin denied reports he has accepted a job at Texas A&M or anywhere and addressed his mindset as interim head coach.

Colorado State: Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has interviewed for the CSU head-coaching job, according to The Coloradoan. On Saturday, interim head coach / offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin addressed the future for him and the staff

Houston: Take a behind-the-scenes look at Tom Herman’s first day as head coach.

San Francisco 49ers: Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports Jim Harbaugh's tenure with the 49ers will end within 24-48 hours of the team's regular season finale next Sunday. Glazer also reports Michigan officially reached out to the 49ers about their interest in Harbaugh, but he hasn't made a decision on his future. Glazer also noted the Chicago Bears could be a landing spot for Harbaugh.

Pitt: Dave Wannstedt explains what Pitt needs in its new coach and athletic director

Stanford: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Stanford head coach David Shaw is not expected to take an NFL head-coaching job this year.

NFL: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports UCLA’s Jim Mora and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn are garnering interest from NFL teams. 

Auburn: Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp will be given the freedom to build his own defensive staff, but potential changes have not yet been discussed, according to 

Michigan: CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports other coaches on Michigan’s radar include Saints head coach Sean Payton, Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. La Canfora also reports Jim Harbaugh initially accepted the Michigan job in 2011, before changing his mind. In addition, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has made it clear he has no interest in leaving Baltimore. 

Atlanta Falcons: Head coach Mike Smith is not expected to return. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons are doing their due diligence on Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

Tennessee State: Head coach Rod Reed has agreed to a contract extension, according to The Tennessean. Reed did not disclose details. He previously agreed to a five-year deal through 2018 in April.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday December 20, 2014

Colorado State: After the Las Vegas Bowl, interim head coach Dave Baldwin told reporters the entire staff has received their termination papers. The school clarified that this is a human resources step, giving them information on how much longer they'll be paid and receive benefits. They could still be retained by the next coach. In addition, The Coloradoan reports Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford is no longer in the mix for the head-coaching job. 

Lawrence University: Per source, coaches who have interviewed for the Lawrence head-coaching job include: Hope College linebackers coach Bill Lund, St. Patrick’s HS (IL) head coach Dan Galante, Appleton East HS (WI) head coach Pat Schwanke, Lakeland College (WI) offensive coordinator Tyler Wellman and Knox College athletic director Chad Eisele. 

Pitt: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the school’s committee plans to interview five to seven candidates. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi reportedly has already interviewed, according to 

Colorado State: Ohio State co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Chris Ash and former USC special teams coordinator / associate head coach John Baxter have interviewed for the Colorado State head-coaching job, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Ash was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2013. 

Houston: According to’s James Madison site, JMU co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Drew Mehringer will join Tom Herman’s staff at Houston. Keep track of new coaching staffs here

San Francisco 49ers: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the 49ers are expected to look for a young offensive specialist to replace Jim Harbaugh, mentioning Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. 

Wisconsin: While defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Dave Aranda appears set to return to Wisconsin, nothing can be official until after the Dec. 29 deadline for assistant applications. Aranda recently discussed his future

Mississippi State: Dan Mullen tells reporters he will determine who will call defensive plays when the team gets to Miami for the Orange Bowl. Mullen also doesn’t expect to have a new coordinator hired before the game, which is on Dec. 31.

Texas Southern: Offensive coordinator Mark Orlando has accepted the offensive coordinator job at Alabama State. Orlando was the offensive coordinator at Prairie View A&M last season and joined the Texas Southern staff earlier this month. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday December 19, 2014

Pitt: Interim athletic director Randy Juhl tells TribLive the school will hire a football coach before a new athletic director, citing the importance of recruiting. The AD search will begin after Jan. 1, 2015. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, head-coaching experience is not a requirement, and a pro-style offense is ideal. reports Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has interviewed for the job. 

Montana: Head coach Bob Stitt will earn $175,000 annually in a three-year deal, according to The Missoulian. 

Missouri State: According to the News-Leader, head coach Dave Steckel will earn a base salary of $270,000, with up to an additional $135,000 in potential incentives. Former head coach Terry Allen made around $150,000. Steckel’s buyout is $200,000 in the first year, dropping $50,000 each year after. As for assistants, offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco will earn $100,000, defensive coordinator Marcus Yokeley will earn $85,000, offensive line coach Sean Coughlin will earn $60,000, defensive line coach Chris Morton will earn $55,000, safeties coach Kenji Jackson will earn $40,000, and running backs Munir prince will earn $40,000. The six assistants' total of $380,000 is nearly as much as the 2014 group of nine assistants ($413,971).

Oregon State: The program’s graduate assistants and student interns can remain with Gary Andersen and the program through the spring, but the future past that is undetermined, according to The Oregonian. The GAs include Keaton Kristick, Dorian Smith, Tavita Thompson and Lyle Moevao. Several of last season’s student interns were sons of assistant coaches no longer on the staff. 

Louisiana College: Per source, Evangel Christian Academy (LA) assistant Darren Drago is a candidate for the defensive coordinator job at Louisiana College. Drago has previously coached at Stephen F. Austin and Northwestern State. 

Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald will not make any staff changes, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

West Virginia: Dana Holgorsen reacts to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson’s impending departure and explains his timetable for finding a replacement. 

Vanderbilt: Derek Mason has expressed interest in Michigan State quarterbacks coach / recruiting coordinator Brad Salem for Vanderbilt’s offensive coordinator job, according to 

South Florida: The school has officially announced the hiring of former Purdue head coach Danny Hope as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, overseeing the running game. In addition, quarterbacks coach David Reaves has added the title of co-offensive coordinator and will oversee the passing game. Head coach Willie Taggart will call all the offensive plays after previously sharing the duties. 

Houston: Will Muschamp and Cal head coach Sonny Dykes were candidates at Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

Michigan: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports some of Jim Harbaugh’s family and friends have encouraged him to take the Michigan job, but he is torn because he wants to remain in the NFL. Schefter reports Harbaugh would like to finish this season and see what NFL opportunities come available before giving Michigan an answer. 

Houston: Tom Herman says he will do what he can to retain defensive coordinator David Gibbs. Here’s everything you need to know from Herman’s introduction Friday. 

Pitt: Rich Walsh of KDKA reports Pitt will talk to Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi about the head-coaching position. 

Arkansas: Athletic director Jeff Long tells Arkansas News that he will talk with Bret Bielema soon about his contract, but wouldn’t say a pay raise is imminent. Bielema did say recently that he expects increased compensation for his assistants. 

Nicholls State: Archbishop Rummel HS (LA) offensive line coach Lee Roussel will join the Nicholls State staff in the same role. 

Kansas: Northern Illinois linebackers coach Kevin Kane is expected to accept the same position at Kansas, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Keep track of new coaching staffs here

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 18, 2014

South Florida: Head coach Willie Taggart will also serve as offensive coordinator, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. This means the open spot on the staff is for a defensive backs coach. In addition, former Manatee HS head coach Joe Kinnan may join the staff in a consultant-type role. 

Virginia: Tight ends coach Tom O’Brien will not return next season, according to The Roanoke Times. The 66-year-old is set to retire from coaching, meaning two jobs are open on the Virginia staff. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.  

Colorado State: According to, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has interviewed for the head-coaching job at Colorado State.

Nebraska: According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Mark Banker will earn $550,000 with the Huskers, a $45,000 raise from what he made as Oregon State defensive coordinator. In addition, special teams coordinator Bruce Read will earn $450,000 (earned $315,000 at OSU), offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will earn $400,000 in 2015 and $450,000 in 2016, and Trent Bray will earn $250,000 (earned $154,500 at OSU). Bray’s contract is a one-year deal, while the others have two-year deals.  

Nicholls State: Per source, defensive line coach Brandon Nowlin will not be retained. Nowlin and offensive line coach Matt Clark were temporarily retained by Tim Rebowe to recruit for the program. 

Western Michigan: Head coach P.J. Fleck has officially signed a six-year extension through 2020. Fleck’s guaranteed compensation is $800,000 per year, making him the highest-paid coach in the MAC. 

Missouri State: Head coach Dave Steckel has quickly assembled his first staff. The hires are as follows: Northern Iowa co-offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Lindenwood defensive line coach Marcus Yokeley (defensive coordinator / cornerbacks), Drake inside receivers coach Munir Prince (running backs), Mizzou graduate assistant John Egorugwu (wide receivers), Mizzou graduate assistant Mack Brown (tight ends / special teams), Wisconsin-Stout defensive line coach Chris Morton (defensive line), Mizzou graduate assistant Peter Badovinac (linebackers) and Northwestern graduate assistant Kenji Jackson (safeties). Offensive line coach Sean Coughlin has also been retained. 

Missouri: Memphis defensive coordinator / safeties coach Barry Odom has emerged as likely candidate for the defensive coordinator role at Missouri, according to multiple reports. Odom is a former Missouri player and was on Gary Pinkel’s staff from 2003-11.

Michigan: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports the numbers of six years and $48 million for Jim Harbaugh are not accurate and that a formal offer has not been made. Feldman also reports it’s more likely Harbaugh remains in the NFL. 

B.C. Lions: Former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has agreed to become the new head coach of the B.C. Lions, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. Tedford was the offensive coordinator the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, but dealt with some health issues and went on a leave of absence. 

Jim Harbaugh: Asked at his presser about the reported Michigan offer, Jim Harbaugh said he only talks about the job he has, a long-standing policy. 

Texas A&M: Offensive line coach B.J. Anderson will not return. Graduate assistant Chris Smith will coach the line for the Aggies' bowl game. Billy Liucci of TexAgs reports Anderson could end up on David Beaty’s staff at Kansas. That makes three open jobs on the A&M staff. 

Florida A&M: Interim athletic director Nelson Townsend tells The Tallahassee Democrat he’s setting a Christmas deadline to name a new head coach. Townsend previously said a coach could be named as early as Friday. 

Michigan: Les Miles reacts to the reports about Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Boston College: Head coach Steve Addazio has agreed to a new contract through 2020. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reports Addazio was a candidate at Michigan after Jim Harbaugh. In a statement, Addazio said, “We have a lot more work to do, but I believe we are building the foundation for a great football program."

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Florida State:’s Florida State site reports the school is expected to announce a new eight-year deal for Jimbo Fisher that will likely put him in the top five of highest-paid college coaches.  

Northeast Mississippi CC: Offensive coordinator Greg Davis has been promoted to head coach. 

Wisconsin: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Dave Aranda will remain on staff, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. 

Oregon State: Wisconsin director of football operations Jason Thomas will join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State, according to The Oregonian

Nebraska: The school has dismissed much of the support staff. The Lincoln Journal Star has the full list

Houston: Kentucky safeties coach / special teams coordinator Craig Naivar will join Tom Herman’s staff at Houston, according to 247Sports

UNLV: Tony Sanchez has completed his staff. On Colin Cowherd’s show, Sanchez confirmed the hiring of Houston inside receivers / tight ends coach Jamie Christian as running backs coach, Georgia State defensive backs coach J.D. Williams as cornerbacks coach, Oregon State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo in the same role and USC assistant strength and conditioning coach Keith Belton as the head strength coach. He will announce his defensive coordinator and safeties coaches on Friday. Sanchez says, "We're off and running." Keep track of new coaching staffs here.

Memphis: Head coach Justin Fuente has agreed to a contract extension. No details were announced, but Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports the deal pays Fuente about $1.4 million in a five-year deal, with a buyout of $500,000 and an increase of $150,000 in assistant salary pool. Fuente made about $1 million in 2014. In a statement, athletic director Tom Bowen said, “The future of Tiger football is very bright and we look forward to the opportunity to build upon our success in the days and years ahead.” Fuente is 16-20 in three years, including 9-3 this season with an AAC championship. 

West Florida: Former Saint Joseph’s College head coach Cory Sanders has been named defensive coordinator at West Florida. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier explains why he’s back on the 4-5-year plan. Regarding his assistants, Spurrier says, “If there’s some help we need somewhere along the way, then I need to do that.”

South Florida: Former Purdue head coach Danny Hope is expected to be named offensive line coach at USF, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. 

Bethune-Cookman: The school has received permission to talk with Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed, according to the Tennessean. B-CU athletic director Lynn Thompson has said a hire could be made as early as Friday. 

Benedict College: According to WALB, former Albany State head coach Mike White is expected to be named head coach at Benedict. Earlier this week, White retired at Albany State after 15 years as head coach and 31 years with the program.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday December 17, 2014

Pitt: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the school has reached out to gauge the interest of Greg Schiano and Marshall head coach Doc Holliday. 

Nebraska: The Omaha World-Herald has released the audio of Bo Pelini’s final conversation with his players, criticizing the athletics administration and saying his final goodbyes to players. 

Alabama State: The Montgomery Advertiser reports new head coach Brian Jenkins is expected to earn around $140,000 annually, which is less than the $265,000 he earned at Bethune-Cookman. Jenkins has a five-year deal, with the first three years guaranteed. 

Oregon State: Former SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum will join Gary Andersen’s staff, according to The Oregonian. Keep track of new coaching staffs here

Saskatchewan Roughriders: According to News Talk 650, Simon Fraser University head coach Jacques Chapdelaine will be named offensive coordinator for the Roughriders. 

Vanderbilt: Nebraska strength and conditioning coach James Dobson will join the Vanderbilt staff in the same role, according to 247Sports

Kentucky: West Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson has accepted the same job at Kentucky, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Dawson will call the plays at Kentucky. The Charleston Daily Mail reports Dawson will coach WVU in the Liberty Bowl. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here

Florida: Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson has been offered to stay on the Florida staff — the only defensive coach with the opportunity to be retained, according to The Gainesville Sun. Robinson could join Will Muschamp at Auburn. The report indicates Robinson is waiting to see who Jim McElwain hires on defense before determining his future. The Gators hired Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator on Tuesday. 

Bethune-Cookman: Athletic director Lynn Thompson tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that a new head coach could be named as early as Friday. Former head coach Brian Jenkins accepted the Alabama State job on Tuesday. 

Troy: Former North Carolina associate head coach for defense / safeties coach Vic Koenning has officially been named defensive coordinator at Troy. Koenning previously held the role from 2003-04. 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Defensive coordinator Etcheverry has been dismissed. 

Wisconsin: Paul Chryst’s contract is for five years and $2.3 million per season, according to reports. Gary Andersen made about $2.2 million, according to USA Today’s database. Here's everything you need to know from Chryst's introduction. 

Colorado State: Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford has interviewed for the Colorado State head-coaching job, according to The Coloradoan. In addition reports Texas defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Vance Bedford has interviewed. 

West Virginia: The Charleston Daily Mail has a list of potential athletic director candidates at West Virginia, including Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock and interim AD / executive senior associate AD Keli Cunningham. 

Pitt: The school has announced that Steve Pederson is out as athletic director. Vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance Randy Juhl will serve as interim athletic director. According to TribLive, Pederson will be owed more than $2 million as part of his buyout. In addition, offensive coordinator / tight ends coach Joe Rudolph will serve as interim head coach in the Armed Forces Bowl, making him Pitt's seventh head coach since 2010.

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a Q&A with athletic director Greg McGarity on Mark Richt and coaching changes. Asked if Richt can win a championship, McGarity said, “Until I’m convinced he is not, then I believe he can.”

Michigan: According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Michigan has made another run at Jim Harbaugh, offering him a deal for six years and $48 million. Several reports indicate Harbaugh has recently decided that a return to college football is at least a possibility. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier tells reporters he’s “back on the 4-5 year plan” and regrets his comments about two or three more years. A one-year extension to Spurrier’s contract is expected. 

Nebraska: In his final meeting with players, former head coach Bo Pelini lashed out at the administrative support within the athletic department in an expletive-laced talk. The Omaha World-Herald has the story. The school has also issued a response

Wisconsin: The school will introduce Paul Chryst at a press conference at 7 p.m. ET. Here’s what Chryst is bringing to Wisconsin

Virginia Tech: Defensive coordinator Bud Foster tells reporters he hasn’t been contacted by other schools. In addition, Foster says head coach Frank Beamer will return to practice soon after recent throat surgery.  

Nicholls State: Don’t be surprised if Missouri State offensive coordinator Rob Christophel emerges as a candidate for the same position at Nicholls State. Christophel worked with Tim Rebowe at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2003-06. 

North Texas: Buffalo defensive line coach Chris Cosh will join the North Texas staff as defensive coordinator, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Cosh had been retained by new Buffalo head coach Lance Leipold. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Youngstown State: Bo Pelini says YSU isn’t a stepping-stone job for him, and if he was looking to move quickly, he would have taken another opportunity. Here’s everything you need to know from Pelini’s introduction. 

Missouri State: Per source, Wisconsin-Stout defensive line coach Chris Morton will join Dave Steckel’s staff at Missouri State, and UW-Stout cornerbacks coach Kody Morgan will be promoted at Stout.

Missouri: One reason Gary Pinkel has long staff continuity? He gets his assistants home by 7 p.m.

Youngstown State: According to The Vindicator, Bo Pelini’s salary is expected to be similar to that of previous head coach Eric Wolford, who earned just under $260,000 per year. Pelini is earning $150,000 per month for 51 months from his Nebraska buyout. The Vindicator has a good story on the local reaction to YSU landing Pelini. 

Florida: Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun has an in-depth look at how the Florida coaching search went down. 

West Virginia: According to the Charleston Daily Mail, athletic director Oliver Luck is leaving the school for a position with the NCAA. ESPN's Brett Murphy reports the position will be second-in-command to NCAA president Mark Emmert. Update: The position is titled vice president of regulatory affairs. As a result, Luck will no longer be on the College Football Playoff committee. 

Colorado State: Georgia AD Greg McGarity tells The Macon Telegraph that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo will interview for the Colorado State head-coaching job.