Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday May 05, 2016
SEC: There are 16 new coordinators in the SEC for 2016. Here’s a breakdown of the changes.
Nicholls State (LA): Louisiana College defensive line coach Brock Hays has accepted the running backs job at Nicholls State, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Hays spent one season at Louisiana College.
NFL: Former News Corp Chief of Staff Natalie Ravitz has joined the NFL as senior vice president of communications, according to Politico. Ravitz worked at News Corp from 2012-15.
New Mexico State: NMSU will be a football independent after its Sun Belt membership expires in 2017, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. Idaho announced last week it will drop to FCS when it leaves the Sun Belt.
Alabama: Nick Saban said Thursday he has interviewed multiple candidates for the defensive line job, but didn’t indicate a hire would be made official soon. AL.com reported last week that former NFL defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is expected to get the job.
Southeastern University (FL): Per source, former SMU graduate assistant A.J. Smith has joined the Southeastern staff as quarterbacks coach. Smith worked at SMU in 2014 and previously worked at Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State.
Virginia State: Sidney Lanier High School (AL) head coach Reggie Barlow has accepted the head coaching job at Virginia State. Barlow was Alabama State’s head coach from 2007-14. He became the head coach at G.W. Carver High School (GA) in January, but later moved to Sidney Lanier.
Detroit Lions: Kansas City Chiefs regional scout Jay Muraco has joined the Lions as a regional scout. Muraco spent the past four years with the Chiefs and previously worked with Bob Quinn with the Patriots. In addition, former Wofford on-campus recruiting coordinator Steve Neal has been named BLESTO scout with the Lions. Neal is a former assistant at Wayne State (MI).
Trinity Bible College (ND): University Christian School (FL) inside linebackers coach Darren Jackson has been named head coach at Trinity Bible. Jackson spent one season at University Christian and previously coached at The Apprentice School (VA).
Southern Illinois: Warhill High School (VA) assistant Carl Franks has joined the Southern Illinois staff as cornerbacks coach. Franks coached with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013, coached at Western Illinois from 2009-11 and has also coached at Northern Arizona, Utah State and Montana.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.