Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday November 28, 2014

Nebraska: After Nebraska’s overtime win at Iowa, Bo Pelini was asked if he’s had any conversations with athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Pelini said, “I haven’t had any conversations. That’s furthest from my mind.” Read more from Pelini.

Texas A&M: Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder has been relieved of his duties, the school announced. Linebackers coach Mark Hagan will serve as interim defensive coordinator for the bowl game. Kevin Sumlin said Thursday night he would begin evaluating the staff on Friday. According to the Dallas Morning News, Snyder will be paid $700,000 through March 2016. Don't be surprised if Kevin Sumlin reaches out to Will Muschamp at some point. Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi turned the job down in 2012, and it’s very hard to see Narduzzi taking a non-head-coaching job. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

SMU: School president R. Gerald Turner tells the Dallas Morning News, regarding reports Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris will be the next SMU head coach: “When we have something to announce, we will, but we don’t. It’s one of those things; if you say something, it could cost you what you’re trying to do. The season’s not over. We really have to wait until the season is over.”

USF: Following a 16-0 loss to UCF, USF athletic director Mark Harlan tells the Tampa Bay Times that he is “committed” to Willie Taggart in 2015 and will sit down with the coach next week to discuss the future. The Bulls went 4-8 this year and are 6-18 in two years under Taggart.

Maryland: The school has announced the hiring of former Georgia athletic director Damon Evans as senior associate athletic director. Evans was the AD at Georgia from 2004-10 and most recently was a managing partner at Evolution Sports Partners.

Arizona State: In an interview with AZCentral, ASU offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach / deputy head coach Mike Norvell was asked about interest in head-coaching positions. Norvell said, “It’s flattering any time somebody mentions you or calls inquiring, but it shows where this program is going. … If I ever have an opportunity to be a head coach, that’s something, one day down the road, I’d like to do, but right now, the way to get to that is to be the best as what I’m doing now and being able to have 100 percent focus toward that.” Norvell received a raise and promotion to deputy head coach last December.

Texas A&M: After Thursday’s loss to LSU, Kevin Sumlin was asked about evaluating the staff and said, “I’ll sit down tomorrow and start — as we’ve done through the course of the year — looking where we are and what we need to do, from a big-picture standpoint, and then we’ll go from there.”

VMI: According to The Roanoke Times, Tennessee-Chattanooga offensive coordinator Jeff Durden has emerged as a leading candidate for the VMI head-coaching job.

SMU: Regarding reports that he will likely become SMU’s head coach, Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris tells The Clemson Insider, “Unreal, everyone thinks they know. Sorry completely focused on SC.”

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday November 27, 2014

SMU: According to Scout’s Chip Brown, Clemson offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Chad Morris has agreed to become SMU’s next head coach, with a contract averaging more than $3 million per year. Athletic director Rick Hart tells USA Today's Dan Wolken that SMU doesn't have a deal with anyone yet.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 26, 2014

Portland State: The school is searching for a new athletic director, and that hire will determine parameters for the coaching search. OregonLive has a list of potential candidates for the head-coaching job, including current Montreal Alouettes running backs coach Mark Speckman and former Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges. Both interviewed for the job in 2009. Read more in OregonLive’s story.

Broyles Award: There are 40 nominees for the award that honors the nation’s top assistant coach. Twenty current FBS head coaches have won or been named a finalist for the award.

Virginia: Head coach Mike London will return for the 2015 season, athletic director Craig Littlepage announced. London is 23-37 in five seasons, including 5-6 this year. In a statement, Littlepage said, "It was important to see improvement in our football program this season. I've seen signs of progress in many areas. Through the staff changes made over the last two years, we are better at teaching the game and in the overall development of the student-athletes.”

Portland State: Head coach Nigel Burton has been dismissed. Burton went 21-36 in five seasons. Offensive coordinator Bruce Barnum will serve as interim head coach. Burton will be paid the remaining $187,500 of his contract, unless he gets hired elsewhere, in which case, he would receive the difference between salaries.

Penn: Defensive line coach Jim Schaefer has stepped down, the school announced. Schaefer has worked for the past 33 years under head coach Al Bagnoli, who is retiring after 23 years at Penn.

Troy: According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Troy hopes to name a new head coach next week. 

Michigan: According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, signs are indicating interim athletic director Jim Hackett may keep the job on a full-time basis. When he was appointed to the position in October, Hackett said he would not be a candidate for the permanent position. 

Jackson State: Defensive coordinator Derrick Burroughs will not return next season, the school announced. Burroughs had a one-year contract.

Youngstown State: Athletic director Ron Strollo tells reporters he expects to interview at least six to eight candidates for the head-coaching job, and none of the current assistants will be considered.

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Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 25, 2014

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Troy: Per source, Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Matt Luke and LSU running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson are in the mix for the Troy head-coaching job.

Benedict College: Head coach James Woody has been dismissed, the school announced. Woody posted a 10-26 record in three-plus seasons.

Murray State: Defensive coordinator Dennis Therrell will not return next season.

SMU: Tom Mason describes the challenges that come from interim coaching changes and how it can be a "career-destroyer."

Michigan: Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison made a passionate case for Michigan to keep Brady Hoke.

Oregon: Former defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti tells John Canzano of The Oregonian that he’s been contacted by the other three NFC East teams about becoming a consultant to help them understand Chip Kelly’s offense with the Philadelphia Eagles. Aliotti turned down the requests. 

UAB: The new UAB Football Foundation tells AL.com they are prepared to raise more than $4 million in the next year if the school extends head coach Bill Clark’s contract, schedules non-conference opponents beyond 2016 and administration commits support to the program to compete for championships. The football program is under review as part of a university-wide study to evaluate various programs. Clark has said he may not return to UAB next year without an extension, given the uncertainty. Read more in AL.com’s story.

Florida: The Gainesville Sun’s Pat Dooley says to cross off Brian Kelly, Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy among potential candidates at Florida. 

Youngstown State: Vindy.com lists some potential candidates for the YSU job, including Stan Drayton and Brian Wright. For the full list, check out Vindy.com’s story.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday November 24, 2014

Alabama State: Head coach Reggie Barlow will not return next season, after the school’s trustees voted not to renew his contract. Barlow signed a contract extension in September, but it was rescinded by the trustees last week. Barlow went 49-42 in eight seasons as head coach, including 7-5 in 2014. Offensive line / associate head coach Antonio Bradford will serve as interim head coach. The Montgomery Advertiser has more on the fallout. 

Youngstown State: Head coach Eric Wolford will not return next season, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Wolford went 31-30 in five seasons at YSU. One name that could be considered for the job is Wisconsin-Whitewater's Lance Leipold. Former YSU and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel became YSU's president earlier this year. 

Norfolk State: Head coach Pete Adrian has announced his retirement after 10 seasons. Adrian posted a record of 54-60 during his tenure. All assistants’ contracts expire on Dec. 31, and running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Paul Macklin and defensive line coach Mark Thurston will work with athletic director Marty Miller in coordinating the program’s activities until a new head coach is hired. 

LSU: When asked at his weekly press conference about the Michigan job and its potential opening, Les Miles replied, “I have given little or no thought to any other jobs. I am so comfortable with my team and doing what I'm doing. I do not read the paper. I certainly respect and love Michigan and wish them the very best.”

Nebraska: Bo Pelini says, “Would I fire someone to save my own job? No.”

Albany: Per source, head coach Greg Gattuso will make a couple of changes on his staff.

VMI: Head coach Sparky Woods will not return next season. Woods went 17-62 in seven years as head coach. The 60-year-old Woods says he has no plans to retire.

Michigan: When asked at his weekly press conference to make a case for returning next season, Brady Hoke told reporters he would talk with interim athletic director Jim Hackett, and that a press conference is not the place to do that.

Will Muschamp: At his weekly press conference, Muschamp said no one has reached out to him yet about a job next season. Asked if that’s because he’s still working at Florida, Muschamp said he didn’t know. Muschamp also described the message to his staff, which will continue working after he leaves following this Saturday's game at FSU.

New Mexico State: According to WSIL’s Craig Choate, Southern Illinois athletic director Mario Moccia will be named AD at New Mexico State. Moccia is a 1989 graduate of NMSU.

Wagner: Head coach Walt Hameline is retiring from coaching after 34 years at the school, according to SILive.com. Hameline, who posted a record of 223-139-2, will remain as the school’s athletic director. Offensive coordinator / associate head coach Jason Houghtaling will be promoted to head coach.

Modesto JC (CA): Head coach Sam Young has decided to step down. He leaves with a 93-67 record in 15 years, the winningest coach in school history.