Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 24, 2015
Memphis: Justin Fuente was asked tonight about reports linking him to Virginia Tech. He wouldn't get detailed, but here was his response.
Louisiana-Monroe: The school has announced its search committee. They will work with College Sports Solutions search firm. The committee’s voting members are: former ULM strength coach Al Miller, ULM police department corporal / former player Shaquille O’Neal Belson, ULM athletic foundation executive committee member Lee Denny, former player / local high school coach Van Lambert, former player Pat Mitchell, former baseball assistant Brian Moreau, ULM hall of famer Tag Rome and current defensive lineman Gerrand Johnson. Non-voting members include athletic director Brian Wickstrom, special assistant to the president Josh Brooks, faculity athletic rep Brett Bennett, compliance director Meghan Mazza and associate professor Mary Adams.
Iowa State: Athletic director Jamie Pollard explains how he will sell the program to candidates.
Tulane: Regarding his future, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said today, "Whenever they hire a new AD, I will meet with them. I will probably meet with (current Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson) sometime next week, when we usually have meetings. I think we did make some progress, but it's just unfortunate that the type of league we've been in has been very tough. I have 18 starters that are coming back next year and we didn't play as well as we wanted to, but I like some parts of this team.” Johnson is 15-33 in four seasons, including 3-8 this year.
Cal: Cal has asked the NCAA for a waiver that would count its win against Grambling State as a sixth win for bowl-eligibility, according to USA Today. FBS schools are allowed one win against FCS teams toward bowl-eligibility, but Grambling is trying to determine if it has awarded enough financial aid for the game to count without a waiver. At least 90 percent of the 63 permitted scholarships must be awarded. If Grambling doesn't meet the standard, Cal would need to beat Arizona State to reach a bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles: On SiriusXM, ESPN's Adam Schefter questioned if Chip Kelly will return to the Eagles next season, saying, “The momentum and signs seem to be piling up against a Chip return to Philadelphia. I think both sides are sick of each other. I think the fans are tired of him, I think he’s tired of the situation there — just my read from afar. … I just think Chip Kelly, if given a choice, might be comfortable elsewhere. We’ll see how that shakes out. I certainly would include him in my question marks of coaches we’ll be tracking in January." The Eagles are 4-6, but only a game out of the division lead.
Tulane: University of San Francisco athletic director Scott Sidwell has removed himself as a Tulane athletic director candidate, according to WDSU. CollegeAD.com also reports UL-Monroe AD Brian Wickstrom is no longer a candidate.
Brown: Per source, tight ends coach Joseph Leslie is retiring, effective Nov. 30. Leslie has been on the staff for 11 years after spending the previous 11 seasons at Dartmouth.
UCF: Nevada head coach Brian Polian is a possible candidate for the UCF head coaching job, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The paper adds that Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik have expressed interest in the job. The school is looking for a coach with “a long-term commitment” to UCF, so it doesn't want to be a stepping stone. In addition, athletic director Danny White's official start date has been moved up to Dec. 14 from January.
Iowa State: Georgia Southern head coach Willie Fritz has expressed interest in the Iowa State head coaching job, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.
Clemson: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Brent Venables tells reporters, "I'm not interested in any other jobs. I got a great job here, family loves it here. We're just getting started."
Hawaii: Former head coach June Jones is the leading candidate for the Hawaii head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Tulsa co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Brian Norwood and Nevada offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Nick Rolovich are also in the mix. Norwood and Rolovich are former UH players, and Rolovich is a former UH assistant.
Syracuse: 10 factors for candidates to keep in mind.
Norfolk State: Defensive coordinator Jerry Holmes will not return next season. Holmes spent one year on staff.
Central Methodist (MO): Defensive coordinator David Calloway has been promoted to head coach. Calloway spent one year at CMU after 10 seasons at Texas A&M-Kingsville, including two as head coach. Other stops in his career include Lane College and Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Washington Redskins: NFL.com’s Mike Silver reports that head coach Jay Gruden will return next season. Gruden is 8-17 in less than two seasons, including 4-5 this year.
Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech is expected to be the next school to hire a new head coach. Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde writes, “Word is that athletic director Whit Babcock has his man, and has for a while now, and (Justin) Fuente is that man.”
Montana State: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle notes some possible candidates for the Montana State job could include Oklahoma State tight ends coach Jason McEndoo and Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb. See the list here.
Maine: Head coach Jack Cosgrove is leaving his head coaching role to become a senior associate athletic director. The 60-year-old Cosgrove led the program for 23 years. He’s in the last year of his contract, but the school’s athletic director said last week they had been working on an extension for him to keep coaching. Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Joe Harasymiak will serve as interim head coach during the search.
Iowa State: The school will use Parker Executive Search to help find its next football coach.
Buffalo: Deputy athletic director Allen Greene will be promoted to athletic director, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Greene has spent the past two years as deputy AD after one year as senior associate AD for administration. He worked at Notre Dame from 2003-09. Greene replaces Danny White, who left for the UCF athletic director job.
Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.