Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 18, 2015
UAB: A new report commissioned by the school has determined that reinstating football or keeping it cut are both “viable” options, and reviving it could be a “unique opportunity” to capitalize off interest in the program, according to CBS Sports. Conference USA leaders will meet June 8 to vote on the future of UAB in the conference. Read CBS Sports’ story for more.
San Diego Chargers: Executive vice president / chief executive officer A.G. Spanos has been promoted to president of business operations, and executive vice president of football operations John Spanos has been promoted to president of football operations, according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter. The two will take over the day-to-day operations from chairman of the board / president and father Dean Spanos, who will remain in his current position.
Temple: Deputy athletic director Patrick Kraft has been promoted to athletic director. Kraft has been at Temple since 2013 and will replace current athletic director Kevin Clark, who is likely moving into a university administrator role.
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USC: The school paid former head coach Lane Kiffin $725,000 in 2013 buyout money, according to USA Today, but it’s unknown if he is due additional buyout compensation. The paper reports Kiffin, who was dismissed in September 2013, made a total of $3.4 million in his final season. In addition, the paper reports athletic director Pat Haden earned more than $2.5 million in 2013, likely making him the nation’s highest-paid AD.
Michigan: Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has an interesting story on how Jim Harbaugh hired director of player development Gwendolyn Bush, who had been a teacher in Ft. Lauderdale and whose son recently transferred from Stanford to U-M as a graduate player.
Delta State: Southern Arkansas wide receivers graduate assistant Tyler Hasty has accepted a position at Delta State. Hasty spent two seasons at Southern Arkansas and previously coached at Randleman High School (NC).
Cleveland Browns: Director of player personnel Jon Sandusky will not return, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports Sandusky’s contract was not renewed. Sandusky spent two seasons with the Browns after nine seasons on the personnel staff with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Massachusetts Maritime: Assistant athletic director / senior woman’s administrator / women’s cross country coach Trish O’Brien will assume interim athletic director duties on July 1, replacing outgoing athletic director Bob Corradi. O’Brien has been at Massachusetts Maritime for the past two years.
Texas State: Per source, Louisville director of high school relations Andrew Blaylock has joined the Texas State staff as director of player personnel. Blaylock spent four years at Louisville, including the first three as a graduate assistant in the recruiting office.
Army: Former Army fullback Mike Viti has joined the Army staff as director of high school and alumni relations. After graduation in 2008, Viti served in Afghanistan. Following his retirement from the military, he participated in a cross-country walk to honor fallen soldiers.
Iowa: One year after leaving coaching to move into the restaurant business, former Iowa assistant Eric Johnson tells HawkeyeNation.com that he has no regrets about the move. He also details what went into the decision to leave after 15 years with the Hawkeyes, including how the program changed. Read more at HawkeyeNation.com.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Former New Orleans Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish has joined the Steelers as Senior Assistant, College Scouting. Reiprish was with the Saints for 11 years after eight years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been involved in NFL scouting since 1979.
Modesto Junior College (CA): Offensive coordinator Rusty Stivers has been promoted to head coach. Stivers has led the offense for the past four years, and he will retain the offensive coordinator title and call plays. Former head coach Sam Young, who retired in November, will remain on staff as a defensive volunteer.