Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday April 18, 2015

Notre Dame: Head coach Brian Kelly called the plays in Saturday’s spring game. Kelly said that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford is focusing on learning the offense and working with the quarterbacks, and wide receivers / associate head coach Mike Denbrock is running the offense. Kelly said he will remain the play-caller until Sanford and Denbrock are in a position to take more of a role.

Ursinus College (PA): Assistant defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Shane Eachus has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Eachus joined the staff last season after two years at James Madison, where he served as a defensive graduate assistant in 2012 and GA / director of player relations in 2013. Eachus graduated from Ursinus in 2012.

Spring games: There are nearly 40 spring games today. Here’s how to watch them.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 17, 2015

BYU: In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Bronco Mendenhall says he will remain as BYU head coach for “as long as I feel like I am supposed to be,” and that he looks at his future at BYU on a year-to-year basis.

NC State: Athletic director Debbie Yow’s contract has been extended through July 2019, along with a raise from $516,000 to $690,000 annaully. Yow has been in her current position since June 2010.

Ole Miss: Athletic director Ross Bjork’s contract has been extended through 2019, with a base salary of $650,000 annually and $100,000 in potential incentives. Bjork has been athletic director since March 2012 and is the youngest AD among Power 5 conferences, at 42 years old. Bjork earned $400,000 in 2013, according to USA Today.

Elmhurst College (IL): Offensive line coach / run-game coordinator Mike Heffernan has been promoted to offensive coordinator, part-time assistant Kristopher Norton has been promoted to full-time quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator, and Nathan Bell defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator Nathan Bell has been moved to defensive line coach. Heffernan has spent the past two seasons at Elmhurst, Norton worked with wide receivers last season, and Bell is entering his second season on staff.

Big Ten: The conference has released a 12-page report presenting the idea of freshmen ineligibility and looking to create a national discussion on academics in college athletics, while also addressing some criticism. CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon has the details.

NCAA: The Division I Council has appointed the members of its seven committees. The Division I Football Oversight Committee includes Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby as chair, and members include Georgia head coach Mark Richt, Miami (FL) athletic director Blake James, Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, Colgate athletic director Vicky Chun, Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander, Northern Arizona athletic director Lisa Campos, UCF athletic director Michael Todd Stansbury and Conference USA senior associate commissioner Alfred White. You can see the members of all seven committees here.

Missouri State: Per source, tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Mack Brown will move to wide receivers, and Missouri State will look to hire a tight ends coach for the open position.

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Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 16, 2015

Reinhardt University (GA): Head coach Danny Cronic has stepped down, citing health concerns, and offensive coordinator / assistant head coach Drew Cronic has been promoted to head coach. Danny Cronic served as head coach for four seasons. Drew Cronic was originally set to take over after the 2015 season.

Houston: Tom Herman says he won’t be involved in every-down play-calling.

Miami (OH): Offensive graduate assistant Israel Woolfork has been promoted to running backs coach. Woolfork has been on the Miami staff for the past 18 months, working with wide receivers and special teams units. He played football at Grand Valley State from 2008-12. Woolfork replaces Autry Denson, who left the program in January. Woolfork joins the group of graduate assistants promoted to full-time roles this offseason. Woolfork’s promotion means there remain two open FBS assistant jobs.

Nichols College (MA): Furman associate athletic director Chis Colvin has been named athletic director at Nichols. Colvin spent the past 19 years at Furman, including the last eight in his current role.

Southeastern Louisiana: Former William Jewell College (MO) head coach Jerod Kruse has joined the Southeastern Louisiana staff as defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator / associate head coach. Kruse spent the past seven seasons at William Jewell, including the last five as head coach, and was the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

Baltimore Ravens: Missouri State wide receivers coach John Egorugwu has accepted a defensive assistant job with the Ravens. Egorugwu spent the previous four seasons as a graduate assistant at Missouri, working on both sides of the ball, and he joined the Missouri State staff this offseason.

Mercyhurst: Per source, Fordham running backs coach Tim Zetts has joined the Mercyhurst staff as quarterbacks coach. Zetts spent the past three seasons at Fordham.

Cal Poly: The school has announced the addition of former Stanford player Terrence Brown as assistant defensive backs coach, former San Diego State graduate assistant Dorian Keller as tight ends coach and Cal Lutheran assistant defensive line coach James Emma as linebackers coach. Brown graduated from Stanford in 2013, Keller spent the past three seasons at SDSU, and Emma spent the past two seasons at Cal Lutheran.

North Carolina Central: Per source, quarterbacks coach T.C. Taylor has added co-offensive coordinator duties, defensive coordinator / safeties coach Granville Eastman has added the title of assistant head coach, and offensive line coach Jason Onyebuagu has added run game coordinator duties. All three joined the staff in January 2014.

Southern Illinois: The four finalists for the SIU athletic director job include Western Illinois athletic director Tommy Bell, former Northern Iowa athletic director Rick Hartzell, Illinois senior associate athletic director for development Rick Darnell and South Dakota State deputy athletic director Leon Costello. The Southern Illinoisan reports all four have public forums scheduled this month.

QB Country: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports former UCF offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe and former South Alabama offensive coordinator Greg Gregory have been hired by QB County, a year-round training company. Taaffe will run the program in Orlando, and Gregory will run the program in Virginia.

Liberty: The school has announced it will offer full cost-of-attendance scholarships for all 20 sports, the first FCS program to do so. USA Today’s Dan Wolken explains how this is part of a plan to move to FBS.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 15, 2015

Lock Haven University (PA): Urbana University (OH) head coach Dave Taynor has been named head coach at Lock Haven. Taynor spent the past seven seasons at Urbana, leading the program from NAIA to Division II. Taynor has previously served as an assistant at Tiffin, Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Culver-Stockton and Louisville.

Syracuse: Rutgers assistant athletic director of creative services and fan experience Drew Robinson has joined the Syracuse staff as director of football operations, according to MSG Varsity and Scout.com. Robinson has been at Rutgers since 2012, serving as director of branding until June 2014, when he moved to his current role. Robinson is a Syracuse graduate.

Northwestern: Per source, former Southern University tight ends coach Justin Poindexter, former Alabama player personnel assistant Steven Pursley and former Towson assistant recruiting coordinator Steven Schrum have joined the Northwestern staff as recruiting assistants. Poindexter spent two seasons at Southern after an internship with the Big Ten, Pursley spent two seasons at Alabama, and Schrum spent one season at Towson.

Navy: Head coach Ken Niumatalolo explains to CoachingSearch why he canceled the final week of spring practice.

Tennessee State: Per source, former graduate assistant Nick Davison will join the staff as defensive ends coach / recruiting coordinator, and former Youngstown State running backs coach Eric Gallon will join the staff as running backs coach. In addition, co-defensive coordinator Osita Alaribe has moved to defensive coordinator / assistant head coach. Davison is a former Chattanooga player, graduating in 2012, and worked with the Tennessee State defensive line last season. Gallon spent the past two seasons at Youngstown State.

Northern Illinois: Athletic director Sean Frazier tells HuskieWire that he is not in the mix for the Pitt athletic director job and he didn’t apply for the position, despite a report (see below).

Illinois: The Illini spring game will begin with one team leading 17-0. Tim Beckman explains.

Pitt: The school has identified five athletic director candidates, according to KDKA’s Richie Walsh, who reports four of the candidates are Villanova athletic director Vince Nicastro, Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle, Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier and Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes. Walsh reports the school plans to bring them in over the next couple of weeks and narrow it down to three finalists. 

Tulane: Assistant strength and conditioning coach Stephanie Sharpe has been dismissed, according to NOLA.com. Sharpe had worked at Tulane since 2007.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday April 14, 2015

Illinois: Director of alumni and former player relations Juice Williams is leaving the staff and will join the athletic development staff at Georgetown, according to the Champaign News-Gazette. Williams, a former Illinois player, joined the staff in March 2014.

Tennessee: 247Sports has received new salary info for the eight returning Tennessee assistants. All received raises totaling $250,000, with the biggest raises ($50,000) going to wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Zach Azzanni and running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie, who will both earn $350,000 annually. Defensive coordinator John Jancek received a $40,000 raise to $520,000 annually. The remaining salaries are as follows: Defensive line / associate head coach Steve Stripling ($405,000), linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen ($400,000), defensive backs coach Willie Martinez ($375,000), offensive line coach Don Mahoney ($360,000) and tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Mark Elder ($240,000).

Pittsburgh Steelers: Retired defensive back Ike Taylor tells PFT Live he has two primary options moving forward: a coaching internship with the Steelers or broadcasting.

Gerry DiNardo:The days of a bowl game saving your job are long gone.”

Lou Holtz: The former coach and ESPN analyst described his post-retirement plans to Cleveland.com, saying he’d like to go to games of some coaches he mentored, incuding Urban Meyer, Charlie Strong and his son Skip Holtz.

West Alabama: Former Army running backs coach Lamont Seward has joined the West Alabama staff as wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator / associate head coach. Seward spent one year at Army, following Jeff Monken there after three seasons at Georgia Southern. Seward and West Alabama head coach Brett Gilliland worked together at Georgia Southern. 

Central Michigan: Head coach John Bonamego explains why he retained six assistants and why he’s trying to create more head coaching opportunities for special teams coordinators.