Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 18, 2014
South Florida: Head coach Willie Taggart will also serve as offensive coordinator, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. This means the open spot on the staff is for a defensive backs coach. In addition, former Manatee HS head coach Joe Kinnan may join the staff in a consultant-type role.
Virginia: Tight ends coach Tom O’Brien will not return next season, according to The Roanoke Times. The 66-year-old is set to retire from coaching, meaning two jobs are open on the Virginia staff. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.
Colorado State: According to Scout.com, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has interviewed for the head-coaching job at Colorado State.
Nebraska: According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Mark Banker will earn $550,000 with the Huskers, a $45,000 raise from what he made as Oregon State defensive coordinator. In addition, special teams coordinator Bruce Read will earn $450,000 (earned $315,000 at OSU), offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh will earn $400,000 in 2015 and $450,000 in 2016, and Trent Bray will earn $250,000 (earned $154,500 at OSU). Bray’s contract is a one-year deal, while the others have two-year deals.
Nicholls State: Per source, defensive line coach Brandon Nowlin will not be retained. Nowlin and offensive line coach Matt Clark were temporarily retained by Tim Rebowe to recruit for the program.
Western Michigan: Head coach P.J. Fleck has officially signed a six-year extension through 2020. Fleck’s guaranteed compensation is $800,000 per year, making him the highest-paid coach in the MAC.
Missouri State: Head coach Dave Steckel has quickly assembled his first staff. The hires are as follows: Northern Iowa co-offensive coordinator Mario Verduzco (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Lindenwood defensive line coach Marcus Yokeley (defensive coordinator / cornerbacks), Drake inside receivers coach Munir Prince (running backs), Mizzou graduate assistant John Egorugwu (wide receivers), Mizzou graduate assistant Mack Brown (tight ends / special teams), Wisconsin-Stout defensive line coach Chris Morton (defensive line), Mizzou graduate assistant Peter Badovinac (linebackers) and Northwestern graduate assistant Kenji Jackson (safeties). Offensive line coach Sean Coughlin has also been retained.
Missouri: Memphis defensive coordinator / safeties coach Barry Odom has emerged as likely candidate for the defensive coordinator role at Missouri, according to multiple reports. Odom is a former Missouri player and was on Gary Pinkel’s staff from 2003-11.
Michigan: Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports the numbers of six years and $48 million for Jim Harbaugh are not accurate and that a formal offer has not been made. Feldman also reports it’s more likely Harbaugh remains in the NFL.
B.C. Lions: Former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford has agreed to become the new head coach of the B.C. Lions, according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo. Tedford was the offensive coordinator the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, but dealt with some health issues and went on a leave of absence.
Jim Harbaugh: Asked at his presser about the reported Michigan offer, Jim Harbaugh said he only talks about the job he has, a long-standing policy.
Texas A&M: Offensive line coach B.J. Anderson will not return. Graduate assistant Chris Smith will coach the line for the Aggies' bowl game. Billy Liucci of TexAgs reports Anderson could end up on David Beaty’s staff at Kansas. That makes three open jobs on the A&M staff.
Florida A&M: Interim athletic director Nelson Townsend tells The Tallahassee Democrat he’s setting a Christmas deadline to name a new head coach. Townsend previously said a coach could be named as early as Friday.
Michigan: Les Miles reacts to the reports about Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.
Boston College: Head coach Steve Addazio has agreed to a new contract through 2020. Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel reports Addazio was a candidate at Michigan after Jim Harbaugh. In a statement, Addazio said, “We have a lot more work to do, but I believe we are building the foundation for a great football program."
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Florida State: Rivals.com’s Florida State site reports the school is expected to announce a new eight-year deal for Jimbo Fisher that will likely put him in the top five of highest-paid college coaches.
Northeast Mississippi CC: Offensive coordinator Greg Davis has been promoted to head coach.
Wisconsin: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Dave Aranda will remain on staff, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Oregon State: Wisconsin director of football operations Jason Thomas will join Gary Andersen’s staff at Oregon State, according to The Oregonian.
Nebraska: The school has dismissed much of the support staff. The Lincoln Journal Star has the full list.
Houston: Kentucky safeties coach / special teams coordinator Craig Naivar will join Tom Herman’s staff at Houston, according to 247Sports.
UNLV: Tony Sanchez has completed his staff. On Colin Cowherd’s show, Sanchez confirmed the hiring of Houston inside receivers / tight ends coach Jamie Christian as running backs coach, Georgia State defensive backs coach J.D. Williams as cornerbacks coach, Oregon State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo in the same role and USC assistant strength and conditioning coach Keith Belton as the head strength coach. He will announce his defensive coordinator and safeties coaches on Friday. Sanchez says, "We're off and running." Keep track of new coaching staffs here.
Memphis: Head coach Justin Fuente has agreed to a contract extension. No details were announced, but Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports the deal pays Fuente about $1.4 million in a five-year deal, with a buyout of $500,000 and an increase of $150,000 in assistant salary pool. Fuente made about $1 million in 2014. In a statement, athletic director Tom Bowen said, “The future of Tiger football is very bright and we look forward to the opportunity to build upon our success in the days and years ahead.” Fuente is 16-20 in three years, including 9-3 this season with an AAC championship.
West Florida: Former Saint Joseph’s College head coach Cory Sanders has been named defensive coordinator at West Florida.
South Carolina: Steve Spurrier explains why he’s back on the 4-5-year plan. Regarding his assistants, Spurrier says, “If there’s some help we need somewhere along the way, then I need to do that.”
South Florida: Former Purdue head coach Danny Hope is expected to be named offensive line coach at USF, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans.
Bethune-Cookman: The school has received permission to talk with Tennessee State head coach Rod Reed, according to the Tennessean. B-CU athletic director Lynn Thompson has said a hire could be made as early as Friday.
Benedict College: According to WALB, former Albany State head coach Mike White is expected to be named head coach at Benedict. Earlier this week, White retired at Albany State after 15 years as head coach and 31 years with the program.