Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 06, 2015

SMU: Chad Morris describes the pitch SMU’s big guns made to him that led to him taking the job.

Bowl games: The NCAA has certified three new bowl games in Tuscson, Austin and Orlando, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. That brings us to a total of 42 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff championship game. The Tucson bowl will match up the Mountain West and Conference USA, while the Austin and Orlando bowls will match up the American and the Sun Belt. Last season, six bowl-eligible teams were left out of a bowl game.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday May 05, 2015

NCAA: The process in which coaches are informed and polled about potential rule changes could be changing. Surveys would be sent out on Feb. 1 to make sure coaches are around the office, rather than January. Sports Illustrated has the details.

Carolina Panthers: Former Jaguars special teams coordinator Russ Purnell has joined the Panthers staff to coach special teams while special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven takes a medical leave of absence with an undisclosed illness. Purnell has previously coached with the Colts, Ravens, Titans and Seahawks and most recently served as the special teams coordinator of the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks in 2012.

Houston: Tom Herman explains why you can’t change the culture as a nice coach.

Carolina Panthers: Black and Blue Review reports special teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven is taking a leave to deal with an undisclosed medical issue and that the Panthers will name a new special teams coordinator as early as this week.

Youngstown State: Bo Pelini’s contract at Youngstown State is a four-year deal worth $213,894 annually in base salary, according to WFMJ’s Dana Balash. Former head coach Eric Wolford earned the exact same base salary last season, while Pelini made $3.07 million as Nebraska head coach last year, not including his buyout. Bonuses include $3,000 for the Missouri Valley Conference championship, $3,000 for every postseason game and $20,000 for an FCS national championship.

Rick Trickett: All three of Rick’s sons are now in coaching, and they each took a different path. Here is our feature story.

Chicago Bears: Director of college scouting Marty Barrett will not return, according to the Chicago Tribune. Barrett had been in the Bears’ front office since 1997. Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reports there is a “good chance” Barrett will join the New York Jets’ front office.

Texas Tech: Kansas State senior associate athletics director for development Chad Weiberg has been named deputy athletics director at Texas Tech. Weiberg spent nine years at Kansas State, serving in his current role since 2013, and he was named the 2014 National Association of Athletic Development Directors Fundraiser of the Year.

Ave Maria (FL): Binghamton assistant athletic director for leadership, counseling and life skills Kimberly King has been named athletic director at Ave Maria. At Binghamton, King also served as assistant athletic director for academic and student services, associate athletic director / senior woman administrator and head cross country coach.

Fordham: Colby College (ME) offensive coordinator Shane Fogarty has joined the Fordham staff. Fogarty spent 2013 at UConn as safeties coach after previously coaching at Fordham in 2012 as tight ends coach / special teams coordinator. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 04, 2015

Samford: Former Troy running backs coach Jeff Beckles has joined the Samford staff as running backs coach. Beckles coached at Troy from 2010-14 and previously coached the running backs at Central Michigan from 2007-09. Other stops in his career include Georgia and Georgia Southern.

Cal: The San Francisco Chronicle reports Cal interim athletic director Mike Williams is expected to be named to the permanent position. Williams has been in the interim role since July 2014. He was elected to the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees in 2007.

Springfield College (MA): Former Citadel slotbacks coach Lou Conte has joined the Springfield staff as quarterbacks coach. Conte spent the past two seasons at Citadel after two years at Lenoir-Rhyne. 

The Citadel: Presbyterian wide receivers coach Brian Rucker has joined the Citadel staff as wide receivers coach, according to his Twitter account. Rucker had been at Presbyterian since 2010 after two years at Lenoir Rhyne. Previous Citadel wide receivers coach J.P. Gunter has moved to slotbacks coach.

Philadelphia Eagles: Director of college scouting Anthony Patch, pro personnel director Rick Mueller and area scout Brad Obee have been dismissed, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The three were close with former general manager Howie Roseman, who is now the executive vice president of football operations, as Chip Kelly took over player personnel control in January. 

New York Jets: The Jets have announced the dismissals of director of pro personnel Brendan Prophett and college scouts Rick Courtright, David Hinson, Cole Hufnagel, Chris Prescott and Seth Turner. All six were holdovers from the previous front office regime. 

Furman: Athletic director Gary Clark will step down, but remain for a period of time to assistant in the transition to a new AD. Clark has served as AD at Furman since 2000.

Colorado State: Per source, Mississippi State intern Mike Stacchiotti will join the CSU staff as a graduate assistant strength coach.

Southern Illinois: Western Illinois athletic director Tommy Bell has been named athletic director at Southern Illinois. Bell previously served as associate director of institutional advancement for SIU from 2001-07 and has been at WIU since 2013.

Presbyterian: Per source, intern Eric Miller has been promoted to a full-time position and will coach wide receivers. Miller joined the Presbyterian staff last August after three seasons as an assistant at Tucker High School (GA), where he worked with receivers, defensive backs and special teams.

Cal: Sonny Dykes tells the AP that special teams quality control / assistant inside receivers coach Burl Toler III has been activated to recruit off-campus as Dykes looks for a new wide receivers coach. Dykes added that he’s not yet sure if the new hire will have the open recruiting coordinator title. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

UNLV: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports former head coach Bobby Hauck was paid $400,000 for his buyout and paid $2,515.39 in gross pay for Dec. 1, 2014, which was the final day of his contract following his resignation. Hauck has indicated he wants to be paid for the full month of December.

Grambling State: Director of kinesiology, sport and leisure studies Obadiah Simmons has been named interim athletic director. Simmons has been in his current role at the school since 2008. His interim AD term is from May 1 to June 30. A new president is expected to be hired by then and will hire a new permanent athletic director.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 03, 2015

Open jobs: There remain three open FBS assistant jobs.

NFL Draft: Nearly 90 percent of 2015 NFL Draft picks were multi-sport athletes in high school. Remember what JJ Watt said in March?

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday May 02, 2015

UAB: Temple senior associate athletics director Mark Ingram has been named athletic director at UAB. Ingram had been at Temple since 2012. Other stops in his career include Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri.

NFL Draft: Through three rounds, 62 percent of picks were rated three-stars or fewer as recruits. Here’s the breakdown.