Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday September 04, 2015

5 Burning Questions entering the weekend

Tennessee: Peyton Manning tells The Dan Patrick Show “absolutely not,” he would not want to be the head coach at Tennessee when he retires from playing, but he would be interested in being the quarterbacks coach. Though Manning said say he didn’t think he’d be good at coaching nor announcing.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh’s eight-day, seven-state satellite camp tour cost $211, 948, according to

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday September 03, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan told reporters, “This is my last stop in coaching, and then when my days are up, I’ll turn it over to the younger generation. I’m not going anywhere else.”

Georgia: Wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley has moved into a student assistant role this year, according to Mark Richt. Wesley is a senior and underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in July. He is doubtful to play this season. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday September 02, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

New Mexico: Clemson recruiting & external affairs associate Evan Barker has joined the New Mexico staff as assistant director of football operations. Barker spent one year at Clemson after working as an athletics intern at Alabama in 2013.

Idaho: On Idaho’s future in the Sun Belt, league commissioner Karl Benson tells the Idaho Statesman, "This is a performance-based business and performance counts."

Arizona State: Defensive analyst Danny Phillips has moved to on-campus recruiting manager. Phillips spent the past two years as an analyst on staff. Phillips spent the previous three years as the head coach / athletic director at Central High School in Tulsa.

NC State: South Florida recruiting operations coordinator Lauren Wilson has joined the NC State staff as a recruiting assistant. Wilson spent five months at USF and spent last season as a recruiting operations graduate assistant at Middle Tennessee State. Wilson was a recruiting intern at NC State in 2013.

North Carolina: Virginia football operations intern Brett Gazard has joined the UNC staff as a football operations assistant. Gazard spent one year as an operations intern after two years at UVA as the lead student recruiting assistant. 

Arizona Cardinals: Linebacker Larry Foote has retired from playing and will coach inside linebackers this season with the Cardinals, he told This possibility had been publicly talked about for months, and now the 35-year-old is deciding to hang up his cleats.

Rutgers: Kyle Flood responded to the latest reports about his contact with a professor, and he’s not happy.

Northern Iowa: Utah graduate assistant Nick Danielson recently joined the UNI staff as tight ends / offensive tackles coach. Previous tight ends / offensive tackles coach Ben Barkema has moved to offensive line coach.

Alabama: Nick Saban addresses his future in an interview with Paul Finebaum.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Penn State: Offensive coordinator / tight ends coach John Donovan will move to the coaches box to call plays. Quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator Ricky Rahne will be on the sideline.

UAB: Assistant defensive line coach Jeremy Hawkins has passed NCAA certification and is allowed to recruit, according to The UAB staff was allowed to hit the road recruiting today. Head coach Bill Clark tells that his three full-time assistants (defensive coordinator Duwan Walker, offensive line coach Mike Bennefield and defensive line coach David Reeves) will have contract extensions through Jan. 1, but nothing has been signed yet. Clark plans to fill out the rest of his full-time staff after the season.

UCF: In response to reports George O’Leary is looking at moving to the permanent AD role after this season, the coach tells the Orlando Sentinel that his coaching contract runs through 2020 and that he’s focused on doing both jobs.

Rutgers: Kyle Flood says his portion of the university’s investigative process is over, and he plans to lead the Scarlet Knights on Saturday. Flood’s contact with a professor is being reviewed by the school.

USC: Steve Sarkisian says one reason he gave play-calling to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Clay Helton is that Helton had several job offers elsewhere.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly says offensive play-calling will be a collaboration between Kelly, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford and wide receivers / associate head coach Mike Denbrock. Sanford will be in the coaches box, and Denbrock will be on the field.

NFL: Executive vice president of communications Paul Hicks is leaving the NFL for Glover Park Group, a firm that provides PR advice to the NFL, according to SportsBusiness Journal. Pro Football Talk adds that Hicks will contribute to projects with the NFL. 

UCF: George O’Leary has expressed a strong desire to assume the permanent athletic director job and step down as football coach at the end of this season, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. If O’Leary became the AD, offensive coordinator / running backs coach Brent Key would be promoted to head coaching job. The 69-year-old O’Leary became interim AD this summer. There were reports in August 2014 that O’Leary was considering stepping down and promoting Key, but it didn’t transpire.

Duquesne (PA): Dayton vice president for university advancement Dave Harper has been named Duquesne athletic director. Harper moved into his current role at Dayton in 2012 after working as Dayton’s associate vice president for athletics.

North Carolina: Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik will call plays from the coaches box, while defensive backs coach Charlton Warren, defensive line coach Tray Scott and linebackers coach John Papuchis will be on the sideline.

Tennessee Titans: Scouting consultant C.O. Brocato has passed away. The 85-year-old was in his 45th year with the franchise. 

Garden City CC (KS): Offensive coordinator Jason Brown is no longer with the staff, and former Texas high school coach Joel Berry is the new offensive coordinator. The change was made two weeks ago. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday August 31, 2015

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman have been dismissed. The Roughriders are 0-9 this season, two years removed from winning the Grey Cup in 2013. Chamblin had been head coach since 2012. Special teams coordinator Bob Dyce has been named interim head coach, and assistant general manager Jeremy O’Day has been named interim general manager.

Coastal Carolina: Coastal Carolina football will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2017-18, and all other sports will join in 2016-17, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. 

North Dakota State: Offensive intern Hank Jacobs has been promoted to full-time director of football recruiting. Jacobs played at NDSU from 2009-11 and spent the next two years as an undergraduate assistant. He became an offensive intern in 2014. Offensive quality control coach Josh Kittell, who joined the staff in July, will fill Jacobs’ previous role.

Texas Tech: Defensive coordinator David Gibbs will call plays from the field. 

Michigan: President Mark Schlissel tells the Detroit Free Press there is no search for a permanent athletic director, and interim AD Jim Hackett will remain in the role for the foreseeable future. Hackett earns more than $600,000 annually in his role.

Houston high schools: The Houston Chronicle has put together a list of salaries for more than 60 local high school coaches. You can see the full list here.

Illinois: Interim head coach Bill Cubit says new running backs coach Nathan Schleehaase will coach from the field and help with signals and substitutions. Quarterbacks coach Ryan Cubit will move to the coaches box and play a role in play-calling. Here is more from Bill Cubit on the transition.

LSU: Les Miles has gone to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, the school announced. His press conference was canceled, but he will be at practice and available to the media later today. Update: Miles tells WBRZ that he had too much coffee this morning. He is back at work.

Charlotte: Former strength and conditioning intern Kevin Donnalley has rejoined the staff as an analyst and will coach the offensive line with offensive graduate assistant Louis Swaba. Donnalley played 13 years in the NFL and served as an intern last year. Former offensive line coach Phil Ratliff passed away earlier this month.

Western Michigan: Asked about the open Illinois job, P.J. Fleck told, "If it has nothing to do with Western Michigan in 2015, I'm not going to discuss it whatsoever. This staff has put way too much work in to let any rumor or any speculation take us off of that. I don't comment on rumors or speculation."

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.