Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday November 28, 2015

LSU: Athletic director Joe Alleva announces that Les Miles will remain as head coach, following LSU's win over Texas A&M. Miles was told after the game. Miles also said staff changes will be considered.

Missouri: Defensive coordinator Barry Odom will have a second interview for the head coaching position, according to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez.

Auburn: Gus Malzahn said after Saturday’s loss to Alabama, “I am not talking about any staff changes. I am talking about the fact that we are disappointed. We are disappointed that we didn’t find a way to win at the end, and that’s what we are thinking about right now.”

USC: After beating UCLA and winning the Pac-12 South, interim head coach Clay Helton was asked if he’s done enough to get the full-time job. Players said absolutely. Helton said, “That is not my job. That’s y’all’s job. Like I told you when I took it, my job is to look over these kids and help them win every game we’re associated with. We’ve got another one in seven days. We’ll enjoy this one tonight, and then we’ve got an opportunity to be Pac-12 champions. That’s pretty big stuff. My only focus is on that. I’ll let guys who speculate speculate, but my job is this team right now.” Helton is 5-2 since taking over.

Memphis: Justin Fuente is expected to be introduced as Virginia Tech head coach on Monday, but a contract has not yet been signed as of Saturday night, according to The Commercial Appeal, which adds that co-offensive coordinator / running backs coach Darrell Dickey is expected to become Memphis' interim head coach.

Toledo: The school confirms it has made an offer to head coach Matt Campbell on a contract extension and raise as Iowa State makes its run at Campbell.

Michigan State: MSU’s Big Ten East title earns Mark Dantonio a $100,000 bonus, according to USA Today.

Virginia: Asked about his future, Mike London told reporters, “We’ll see what happens. I feel like this team is close, very close. I don’t make those decisions, but I’m mature enough to know this is the profession that we live in. … We’ll see. I’d love to be the head coach of this team, if the opportunities are afforded, but I feel proud about what goes on with this program, what I’ve done, and I hope that character and integrity mean a lot. I know W’s do as well. But I’m at peace with myself right now.” The Cavaliers finished 4-8 this year.

Rutgers: Asked about his job status, Kyle Flood told reporters, “I haven't spoken to anybody in the university. Nobody has given me any indication that I wouldn't be the football coach. I get those questions, and I think the shame of those type of questions is they lead other people to believe that there's some question about it. To my knowledge, there's no question about it. I'm the head football coach, been here for four years now. … I fully expect to be the head coach here for a long time.” The Scarlet Knights finished 4-8 this year.

Iowa State: Toledo head coach Matt Campbell is the front-runner for the Iowa State head coaching job, and a deal is expected in the next 48 hours, according to Sports Illustrated. However, Austin American-Statesman reporter Ryan Autullo reports Toledo is prepared to offer Campbell a deal to make him the highest-paid coach in the MAC. Autullo previously worked at the Toledo Blade newspaper.

Georgia: After Georgia’s win over Georgia Tech, Mark Richt told reporters, “The plan for me is to get on the recruiting trail and keep nailing down a great class, and getting prepared for this bowl game, and getting prepared for the future at Georgia.” He added that there’s been no conversation about his future.

Missouri: Quarterbacks coach Andy Hill will serve as interim head coach, according to multiple reports. Missouri finished the regular season at 5-7.

Virginia Tech: Fox 5 News DC reports that Memphis head coach Justin Fuente will be named Virginia Tech head coach, with defensive coordinator Bud Foster remaining on staff. ESPN's Brett McMurphy adds that running backs coach Shane Beamer will also remain on staff.

Tulane: reports LSU running backs / associate head coach / recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson will be a candidate for the Tulane head coaching job, saying that Wilson “will get a hard look” once the interview process begins. 

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher has told president John Thrasher that he has no intentions of leaving Florida State for the LSU job (or any other job), according to the Palm Beach Post.

Illinois: Interim head coach Bill Cubit has agreed to a two-year contract to be Illinois’ full-time head coach. Cubit is 5-6 this season since taking over a week before the season began. Cubit will earn $1.2 million per year. Read more here.

Open jobs: There have been 15 FBS head coaching changes already, matching last year’s total. Keep track of open jobs here.

Ohio State: Offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Ed Warinner will call plays from the press box today, according to Ohio State radio.

Tulane: Head coach Curtis Johnson has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. Johnson went 15-34 in four seasons, including 3-9 in each of the past two years. Read more here.

Maryland: Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel notes that Maryland has reached out to Tony Dungy and Mack Brown in its coaching search, but it’s possible it was for advice and philosophy. Other names expected to be in the mix include Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren, TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich and former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

Syracuse: Athletic director Mark Coyle is not using a search firm for Syracuse’s coaching search, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, who also notes that Coyle is expected to have interest in Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren, Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin, UConn head coach Bob Diaco, Toledo head coach Matt Campbell and Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday November 27, 2015

Rutgers: President Robert Barchi is leaning toward dismissing athletic director Julie Hermann, according to Hermann is expected to meet with Barchi before the end of the weekend. Head coach Kyle Flood is also expected to receive word on his fate not long after Saturday’s finale against Maryland.

Hawaii: Nevada offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich has been named Hawaii head coach. Rolovich played at Hawaii from 2000-01 and served as an assistant from 2008-11, including the final two years as offensive coordinator. Read more here.

North Texas: The Denton Record-Chronicle reports that some UNT boosters are pushing for former Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, who is a former UNT player. North Carolina assistant head coach offense / tight ends coach Seth Littrell and TCU co-offensive coordinator / inside receivers coach Doug Meacham remain names to watch.

San Jose State: Athletic director Gene Bleymaier tells the San Jose Mercury News that head coach Ron Caragher will return in 2016. The Spartans went 5-7 this year, and Caragher is 14-22 in three seasons. 

LSU: Asked what he said to the booster club, Les Miles tells SEC Network: “How much I enjoyed their contribution to our program. I do a weekly talk to them. That’s all it was. I had no suggestion this could be my last game.” What is Miles’ message to his players? “I tell them the truth. I tell them what I know. To this point, they seem to have handled it well.” What does Miles know about his future? “Do the job that I’m doing.”

LSU: ESPN’s Chris Low tweets, “Jimbo Fisher would clearly be LSU's top target. If he elected to stay at FSU, not out of the realm that (Les) Miles could survive.”

Hawaii: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports five candidates have interviewed for the head coaching job: Former Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones, Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, Tulsa co-defensive coordinator Brian Norwood, former Army head coach Rich Ellerson and former Kaiser High School (HI) head coach Rich Miano. No other candidates are expected to be considered.

Boise State: The Broncos’ 40-23 win over San Jose State is Boise State’s eighth win of the season, giving Bryan Harsin a one-year extension worth at least $1.85 million, according to USA Today. 

Missouri: The Tigers have finished 5-7. Gary Pinkel tells CBS that AD Mack Rhoades would decide who coaches the bowl game if the Tigers are invited.

Toledo: Head coach Matt Campbell tells reporters he hasn't talked to any other schools and his only interest is the Toledo football team right now. Toledo's next game will be its bowl game.

LSU: (Update above) reports that Les Miles told a booster club Friday that Saturday will be his final game at LSU, but The Advocate reports Miles did not say that at all. So there appear to be mixed signals. Both papers cite multiple people at the meeting. (UPDATE: LSU says he didn't indicate that he is resigning.) Miles has still not been told of a decision, but ESPN's Joe Schad reports LSU leadership is "heavily in favor" of a change, and Jimbo Fisher would be LSU's primary target.

UCF: Bruce Feldman notes that Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is getting strong support from key people at UCF. Collins is expected to interview this weekend, per

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive coordinator Bill Davis says Chip Kelly won’t leave the Eagles by his choice. "Chip isn't going anywhere," Davis told "Nope. I promise you that. … Absolutely (committed). Not kind of committed. All-in committed. I know it. He is a fighter. He don't run." The Eagles are 4-7.

Austin Peay: The school wants a head coach by Dec. 15, and some coaches who have expressed interest to The Leaf-Chronicle include Eastern Kentucky offensive line coach Walt Wells, former Central State head coach E.J. Junior and local high school coach Kurt Page. The paper notes Georgia Tech linebackers coach and former APSU player Andy McCollum would be the front-runner if he wants the job.

Howard Payne (TX): Offensive coordinator / assistant head coach Hunter Sims will take over as head coach at the start of the spring semester. Current head coach Roger Geise will retire at the end of this semester after four years as head coach.

Texas: Asked about staff changes after Thursday’s loss to Texas Tech, Charlie Strong told reporters he’ll wait until after the season and he hasn’t even thought about the staff. Here is more from Strong.

North Texas: One name to keep an eye on for the North Texas head coaching job is North Carolina assistant head coach for offense / tight ends coach Seth Littrell. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 26, 2015

The state of the coaching carousel entering the weekend.

UCF: reports that UCF’s search is focused on four candidates: Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and Florida co-defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. The site adds that interviews are expected to happen Saturday and Sunday.

LSU: LSU’s potential buyout for Les Miles could be $11 million or less, instead of $15 million, according to USA Today. Miles’ contract calls for him to be owed $15 million if he is dismissed by Dec. 31, but it also says that will be reduced by the amount he’s already been paid during his contract year, which is $4 million so far. It will also be offset by his potential next salary, as he would be required to seek related employment. Miles would receive his payments in equal monthly installments through an eight-year period.

Chip Kelly: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes that colleges are “more of a threat” to land Chip Kelly than NFL teams if he leaves the Eagles, but Rapoport added, “Nobody close to him actually knows what he’s going to do.”

Tulane: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman notes two possibilities for the Tulane head coaching job include LSU running backs / associate head coach / recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.

Washington: Head coach Chris Petersen has signed a two-year extension through 2020, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. Petersen will continue to make $4 million per season. He is 13-12 in two seasons at UW.

Louisiana-Monroe: Southern Miss offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey is in the mix for the ULM head coaching job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.  

Fresno State: Offensive coordinator / quaterbacks coach Dave Schramm will not return next season, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. He will still coach in Saturday’s finale. Schramm has been on staff since 2012 after seven years at Utah. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 25, 2015

Illinois: The school is considering a two-year deal for interim head coach Bill Cubit, according to the Chicago Tribune, as it also goes through a search for a new chancellor and athletic director.

Tulane: Head coach Curtis Johnson is expected to be dismissed after Friday’s game against Tulsa, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who adds that a new athletic director is expected to be hired next week. Outgoing AD Rick Dickson says a decision has not been made. Read more here.

Cal: Cal’s win over Grambling State has been approved as a sixth bowl-eligible victory, meaning the Bears will go to a bowl game regardless of Saturday's outcome.

Illinois: Interim athletic director Paul Kowalczyk tells the Tay and Jay Show in Urbana that a decision on interim head coach Bill Cubit’s future will be made on Sunday.

North Texas: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and Texas wide receivers coach Jay Norvell are no longer candidates for the North Texas head coaching job, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. The paper adds that remaining potential candidates include TCU co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonnie Cumbie and Houston offensive coordinator Major Applewhite.

Broyles Award: Here are the 34 nominees for the top assistant coach.

Hawaii: Defensive coordinator Tom Mason and graduate assistant Randall Joyner have been reassigned to administrative duties, and defensive backs coach Abraham Elimimian will call defensive plays for Saturday’s finale, according to multiple reports.

Austin Peay: Athletic director Ryan Ivey tells The Leaf-Chronicle he hopes to hire a new head coach by Dec. 15.

Detroit Lions: Former NFL general manager Ernie Accorsi will consult the Lions in their general manager search.

Memphis: Justin Fuente expanded his thoughts on being linked to Virginia Tech, telling Sports 56 it's premature to say anything will or won't happen.

Minnesota: Tracy Claeys says Jerry Kill will be at Saturday’s finale against Wisconsin and will likely be on the field.

Michigan: Asked about a reported interview at Maryland, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin told reporters Wednesday, "To answer rumors and speculation right now and put something to it (isn't something I'll do). My total focus, 100 percent, is on Ohio State and nothing else this week."

Illinois: 670 The Score reports that Illinois is dealing with “considerable turmoil” as the school has an interim chancellor, interim AD and interim football coach. Trustees, boosters and alumni can’t agree on much. A source tells CoachingSearch that Colorado AD Rick George was the top choice for AD, but he has publicly stated he’s staying at CU. One name to keep an eye on for the AD job is Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley, who was Illinois’ men’s tennis coach from 1992-2005. Men’s golf coach Mike Small is another possibility.

South Carolina: Houston head coach Tom Herman has withdrawn his name from consideration for the South Carolina head coaching job, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde. Herman had been the school’s top choice, and third-party talks had been extensive. Forde adds that the option of Herman staying at Houston is “a growing possibility.”

LSU: Les Miles says he hasn’t spoken to AD Joe Alleva about his job. Here is more from Miles.

South Carolina: Alabama defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Kirby Smart has emerged as the frontrunner for the South Carolina head coaching job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Memphis: If Justin Fuente leaves, the school is interested in UAB head coach Bill Clark, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. Missouri defensive coordinator Barry Odom would also be expected to get a serious look.

Maryland: Michigan defensive coordinator / linebackers coach D.J. Durkin recently interviewed for the Maryland head coaching job, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde.

Illinois: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator / inside linebackers coach Bud Foster is a candidate for the Illinois head coaching job, according to

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Memphis: Justin Fuente was asked tonight about reports linking him to Virginia Tech. He wouldn't get detailed, but here was his response. 

Louisiana-Monroe: The school has announced its search committee. They will work with College Sports Solutions search firm. The committee’s voting members are: former ULM strength coach Al Miller, ULM police department corporal / former player Shaquille O’Neal Belson, ULM athletic foundation executive committee member Lee Denny, former player / local high school coach Van Lambert, former player Pat Mitchell, former baseball assistant Brian Moreau, ULM hall of famer Tag Rome and current defensive lineman Gerrand Johnson. Non-voting members include athletic director Brian Wickstrom, special assistant to the president Josh Brooks, faculity athletic rep Brett Bennett, compliance director Meghan Mazza and associate professor Mary Adams.

Iowa State: Athletic director Jamie Pollard explains how he will sell the program to candidates.

Tulane: Regarding his future, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said today, "Whenever they hire a new AD, I will meet with them. I will probably meet with (current Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson) sometime next week, when we usually have meetings. I think we did make some progress, but it's just unfortunate that the type of league we've been in has been very tough. I have 18 starters that are coming back next year and we didn't play as well as we wanted to, but I like some parts of this team.” Johnson is 15-33 in four seasons, including 3-8 this year.

Cal: Cal has asked the NCAA for a waiver that would count its win against Grambling State as a sixth win for bowl-eligibility, according to USA Today. FBS schools are allowed one win against FCS teams toward bowl-eligibility, but Grambling is trying to determine if it has awarded enough financial aid for the game to count without a waiver. At least 90 percent of the 63 permitted scholarships must be awarded. If Grambling doesn't meet the standard, Cal would need to beat Arizona State to reach a bowl.

Philadelphia Eagles: On SiriusXM, ESPN's Adam Schefter questioned if Chip Kelly will return to the Eagles next season, saying, “The momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip return to Philadelphia. I think both sides are sick of each other. I think the fans are tired of him, I think he’s tired of the situation there — just my read from afar. … I just think Chip Kelly, if given a choice, might be comfortable elsewhere. We’ll see how that shakes out. I certainly would include him in my question marks of coaches we’ll be tracking in January." The Eagles are 4-6, but only a game out of the division lead.

Tulane: University of San Francisco athletic director Scott Sidwell has removed himself as a Tulane athletic director candidate, according to WDSU. also reports UL-Monroe AD Brian Wickstrom is no longer a candidate.

Brown: Per source, tight ends coach Joseph Leslie is retiring, effective Nov. 30. Leslie has been on the staff for 11 years after spending the previous 11 seasons at Dartmouth. 

UCF: Nevada head coach Brian Polian is a possible candidate for the UCF head coaching job, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The paper adds that Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik have expressed interest in the job. The school is looking for a coach with “a long-term commitment” to UCF, so it doesn't want to be a stepping stone. In addition, athletic director Danny White's official start date has been moved up to Dec. 14 from January.

Iowa State: Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz has expressed interest in the Iowa State head coaching job, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

Clemson: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Brent Venables tells reporters, "I'm not interested in any other jobs. I got a great job here, family loves it here. We're just getting started."

Hawaii: Former head coach June Jones is the leading candidate for the Hawaii head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Tulsa co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Brian Norwood and Nevada offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich are also in the mix. Norwood and Rolovich are former UH players, and Rolovich is a former UH assistant.

Syracuse: 10 factors for candidates to keep in mind.

Norfolk State: Defensive coordinator Jerry Holmes will not return next season. Holmes spent one year on staff.

Central Methodist (MO): Defensive coordinator David Calloway has been promoted to head coach. Calloway spent one year at CMU after 10 seasons at Texas A&M-Kingsville, including two as head coach. Other stops in his career include Lane College and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

Washington Redskins:’s Mike Silver reports that head coach Jay Gruden will return next season. Gruden is 8-17 in less than two seasons, including 4-5 this year.

Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech is expected to be the next school to hire a new head coach. Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde writes, “Word is that athletic director Whit Babcock has his man, and has for a while now, and (Justin) Fuente is that man.”

Montana State: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle notes some possible candidates for the Montana State job could include Oklahoma State tight ends coach Jason McEndoo and Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb. See the list here.

Maine: Head coach Jack Cosgrove is leaving his head coaching role to become a senior associate athletic director. The 60-year-old Cosgrove led the program for 23 years. He’s in the last year of his contract, but the school’s athletic director said last week they had been working on an extension for him to keep coaching. Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Joe Harasymiak will serve as interim head coach during the search. 

Iowa State: The school will use Parker Executive Search to help find its next football coach.

Buffalo: Deputy athletic director Allen Greene will be promoted to athletic director, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Greene has spent the past two years as deputy AD after one year as senior associate AD for administration. He worked at Notre Dame from 2003-09. Greene replaces Danny White, who left for the UCF athletic director job. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.