Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 25, 2015

Ohio State: Where does athletic director Gene Smith see Urban Meyer in five years? Smith gives his answer

NFL: Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will serve as a consultant for the NFL’s officiating department for the 2015 season, according to Fox Sports. Schwartz’s role will be to help provide a coach’s perspective with decisions made by the officiating office. Schwartz served as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-13.

Philadelphia Eagles: Former Chicago Bears college scouting director Marty Barrett has joined the Eagles as a West Coast scout, according to the Chicago Tribune. Barrett worked for the Bears for the past 18 seasons, but his contract was not renewed earlier this month.

Valdosta State: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Bubba Walker has accepted the outside linebackers / special teams coordinator job at Colquitt County High School (GA), according to the Moultrie Observer. Walker spent the past five years at Valdosta and the previous three years at Georgia Southern.

Matt Millen: ESPN college football analyst Matt Millen will join Fox Sports to serve as the lead football analyst on Big Ten Network and take part in other Fox shows, according to Sports Business Journal.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday May 24, 2015

Georgia: Athletic director Greg McGarity has received an extension through June 2019 and a raise to $575,000 annually, according to the Athens Banner-Herald. The salary will increase each year to $650,000 in 2019, along with a $50,000 retention bonus each year. McGarity has served as athletic director since August 2010.


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Iowa: Offensive graduate assistant D.J. Hernandez has left coaching, according to multiple reports. Hernandez spent two years with the Hawkeyes, working with tight ends. He previously served as a graduate assistant at Miami (FL) and quarterbacks coach at Brown.

Ottawa University (KS): Pittsburg State wide receivers coach Neal Phipot has been named offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / wide receivers coach at Ottawa. Philpot spent the past 10 years at Pittsburg State, including the last seven as a full-time coach.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 22, 2015

San Diego Chargers: Boston College volunteer assistant Justin Manning has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Chargers, according to his Twitter account. Manning worked with the running backs at Boston College.

Texas Tech: Managing director of public media / play-by-play commentator Robert Giovannetti has been promoted to senior associate athletics director for external operations and strategic communications. Giovannetti has spent the past four years at Texas Tech.

Miami (FL): Take a look inside a recruiting meeting with the Miami staff.

Dallas Cowboys: East Texas Baptist cornerbacks coach Brandon Smith has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship position with the Cowboys. Smith is entering his third year on the ETBU staff after three years at West Texas A&M.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 21, 2015

San Diego State: If the San Diego Chargers move to a new stadium in the city, it could result in SDSU paying more than double its current rent at the new stadium, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. SDSU currently pays about $500,000 per season for Qualcomm Stadium. A proposal for the new stadium includes annual rent of $1.25 million per year for SDSU. The school declined comment.

Bemidji State: Wide receivers graduate assistant Craig Bagnell has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Bagnell previously played quarterback at University of Mary from 2010-13, where he also coached youth camps.

Michigan: The Detroit Free Press has obtained salary information for Michigan’s off-field staffers. Those salaries are as follows: associate athletic director for football Jim Minick ($250,000), strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert ($250,000 annually on a five-year deal), director of operations Rick Finotti ($120,000), recruiting coordinator Matthew Doherty ($107,000), director of player development Gwendolyn Bush ($106,000), assistant strength and conditioning coach Nathan Barry ($80,000), recruiting operations assistant Chris Partridge ($80,000), offensive analyst T.J. Weist ($70,000), defensive analyst Matthew Barnes ($50,000), recruiting assistant Anthony Binker ($41,000) and operations assistant Erik Campbell ($45,000).

Pac-12: Commissioner Larry Scott earned a total of $3.5 million in 2013-14, according to CBS Sports, making him the highest-paid commissioner in the country. CBS reports the Pac-12 led all conferences in revenue, but only distributed 67 percent of its revenue to member schools, while the Big Ten, SEC and Big 12 each distributed more than 87 percent. Read more on the Pac-12’s financial situation at CBS Sports

Colorado State: Mike Bobo explains why he’s going to call the offensive plays at CSU.

UAB: An Alabama state representative says there are “strong indications” that UAB will not reinstate football, according to A recent report commissioned by the school stated it would be financially viable to bring back the cut sports or leave them gone. The representative says two meetings are scheduled for Thursday morning to try to convince president Ray Watts to bring back football.

Florida Atlantic: Former Wisconsin cornerbacks coach Ben Strickland has joined the FAU staff as defensive backs coach. Here is our story. Strickland spent six years with the Badgers as a quality control assistant, graduate assistant and three years as a defensive backs coach. He also played for Wisconsin when FAU head coach Charlie Partridge was the defensive coordinator. Strickland’s hire means there remain two open assistant jobs in FBS.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday May 20, 2015

Oregon State: Outgoing athletic director Bob De Carolis says the school’s president informed him his contract would not be extended beyond 2016. De Carolis announced earlier this month he will step down on June 30. He has served as AD since 2002.

Pac-12: reports Conference USA director of sports services Chris Grant will be named associate commissioner for sports management and championships with the Pac-12. Grant joined C-USA in 2012 and previously worked at Wright State.

Duke: Head coach David Cutcliffe earned $2.05 million in total compensation in 2013, according to USA Today. That includes just under $1.5 million in base salary. In addition, the paper reports athletic director Kevin White earned about $950,000 in 2013.

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St. Louis Rams: Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has joined the Rams as an offensive assistant, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Garcia previously interviewed for their quarterbacks coaching job this offseason. He served as the quarterbacks coach with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes in 2014.