Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday March 24, 2017

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Eastern Illinois: Maine cornerbacks coach Alvah Hansbro has joined the EIU staff as cornerbacks coach / special teams coordinator. Hansbro spent one year at Maine and was previously a quality control assistant at Syracuse.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday March 23, 2017

San Diego Mesa: Former Seton Hill (PA) wide receivers coach Rich Yahner has joined the San Diego Mesa staff. Yahner spent two years at Seton Hill and previously coached at Penn State in an off-field coaching role.

Wichita State: ESPN’s Andy Katz reports Wichita State will accept an invitation to the American Athletic Conference if offered. The league is expected to make a decision on a possible invitation in the coming weeks. Last summer, the school conducted a study on the feasibility of restarting a football program, which would cost more than $50 million.

Yards per play D: 18 FBS schools have allowed fewer than 5.5 yards per play for four straight years. Read more here.

Syracuse: Edinboro (PA) head coach Justin Lustig will join the Syracuse staff as a full-time assistant, according to the Erie Times-News. Lustig led Edinboro to 9-2 in his first year after taking over an 0-11 team. He spent the previous five years as a Ball State assistant. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

IUP: University of Charleston offensive coordinator / QB / RB coach Tate Gregory has joined the IUP staff as offensive coordinator. Gregory spent three years at UC.

Albany: Head coach Greg Gattuso has added Robert Morris defensive backs coach Bill Hurley (WR coach), St. John Fisher College quarterbacks coach Will Fiacchi (offensive assistant) and Holy Cross outside linebackers coach Bill Nesselt (defensive assistant). In addition, current defensive assistant Keith Dudzinski will serve as safeties / assistant head coach, and defensive assistant Dave Plungas will serve as outside linebackers coach.

Western Illinois: Quarterbacks coach Jared Elliott has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, running backs coach / special teams coordinator Ben Hodges has moved to outside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator, and offensive line coach Ty Howle has added recruiting coordinator duties. All three are entering their second years on the staff.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 22, 2017

Louisville: Assistant defensive backs coach Cort Dennison has moved to inside linebackers, and Lorenzo Ward will be the sole defensive backs coach. Dennison has been on staff since 2014, and Ward is entering his first year.

Toronto Argonauts: Marc Trestman’s staff has been completed. New assistants include former Bears assistant to the head coach Josh Moore (RB coach), former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell (WR coach), former Rutgers OL coach Mitch Browning (OL coach), IMG Academy director of football Steve Walsh (senior assistant), former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin (defensive coordinator), New Mexico State defensive line coach Kerry Locklin (DL coach), former Virginia linebackers coach Mike Archer (LB coach), former CFL player Tyron Brackenridge (assistant DB coach), former Amstetten Thunder (Austria) head coach Gavin Lake (defensive quality control), former CFL player Kevin Eiben (special teams coordinator) and former Savannah State head coach Wendell Avery (assistant special teams). Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Marcus Brady was also retained.

Western Illinois: Former Louisville linebackers coach Tony Grantham has joined WIU as defensive coordinator, and former Lindenwood defensive coordinator Deion Melvin has joined WIU as inside linebackers coach. Grantham spent three years at Louisville, and Melvin was at Lindenwood from 2011-16.

Kentucky: Mark Stoops has received a 2-year contract extension through 2021. The contract is worth $3.5 million this year, with $250,000 increases each year. Stoops is 19-30 in four years, coming off his first bowl appearance and a 7-6 record.

Texas A&M: Former Middle Tennessee defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has joined the A&M staff as a defensive analyst, according to TexAgs. Nix spent the last five years at MTSU and was previously the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss. See the full list of full-time coaches moving to off-field jobs here.

Eastern Illinois: Former Hawaii director of player personnel Keith Uperesa has joined the EIU staff as offensive line coach. Uperesa worked at Hawaii from 2012-15 and was previously the offensive line coach at Nicholls State.

Yards per play: 10 FBS schools have produced four straight years of 6 yards per play. Read more here.

UConn: Former UConn and NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky has joined the staff as a student assistant for the spring.

Toledo: Head coach Jason Candle has received an extension through 2021. Candle went 9-4 in his first season as head coach and has been at the school since 2009.

South Dakota State: Offensive line coach Jason Eck has added the title of run game coordinator. Eck is entering his second year on staff.

Central Michigan: Defensive backs coach Archie Collins has added the title of defensive passing game coordinator, offensive line coach Derek Frazier has added the title of run game coordinator, and tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has added the title of assistant head coach.

Washington State: Dayton linebackers coach Tee Overman has joined the Washington State staff as a special teams quality control assistant. Overman spent one year at Dayton and previously coached at Wingate University from 2007-15.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 21, 2017

Florida State: FSU is one of three Power 5 schools to return the same nine assistants for a third straight year. Jimbo Fisher explains why.

North Texas: Several UNT assistants have received raises, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. That includes offensive coordinator Graham Harrell ($10,000 increase to $235,000), defensive coordinator Troy Reffett ($55,000 increase to $215,000), head strength coach Zack Womack ($30,000 increase to $120,000), WR coach Joel Filani ($10,000 increase to $110,000) and CB coach Nate Brown ($15,000 increase to $95,000). In addition, new special teams coordinator Marty Biagi will earn $130,000.

Alabama: Former Ole Miss offensive coordinator / quarterbacks Dan Werner will officially join Alabama as an offensive analyst, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Werner spent the last five years at Ole Miss, including two wins over Alabama in the last three years.

Nebraska: Former Notre Dame tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Scott Booker has joined the Nebraska staff as a special teams analyst, according to multiple reports. Booker worked at Notre Dame from 2010-16, where he worked with new Nebraska assistants Bob Diaco and Bob Elliott.

Atlanta Falcons: President / CEO Rich McKay has received a 5-year extension through 2022. McKay has been with the team since 2004.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have added Maryland assistant strength coach Niko Palazeti as an assistant strength coach and former OSU wide receiver Brian Hartline as a coaching intern. Palazeti spent one year at Maryland and also worked at Mississippi State. In addition, intern Louie Addazio has been promoted to graduate assistant.

Scoring D: Only 10 FBS schools have allowed fewer than 25 points per game in each of the last four years. Read more here.

Southern (LA): Head coach Dawson Odums has signed an extension through 2019, according to The Advocate. It also includes a $5,000 raise to $180,000 in 2017. Odums is 32-16 since taking over full-time in 2013.

Iowa: Tight ends coach LeVar Woods has added special teams coordinator duties. Woods has been on staff since 2008 and in a full-time coaching role since 2012.

Washington State: Former Michigan linebacker Joe Bolden has joined the Washington State staff, according to his Twitter account. Bolden played at U-M from 2012-15, and he played under current WSU outside linebackers coach Roy Manning. Bolden worked on the U-M staff last season.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 20, 2017

Missouri: Defensive line coach Brick Haley has a 2-year contract worth $400,000 annually, and outside linebackers coach Brian Odom has a 1-year deal worth $240,000, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Butler: Per source, Tennessee quality control assistant Derek Day has joined the Butler staff as linebackers coach. Day spent two years at Tennessee after three years at Iowa State and is a former Butler player.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Per source, North Texas graduate assistant Thomas Sheffield has accepted the special teams coordinator job at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Sheffield spent two years at UNT and was previously a GA at Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX).

Washington State: Former Texas Tech and NFL defensive back Darcel McBath has joined the Washington State staff. McBath played at Texas Tech under Mike Leach from 2005-08.

Tarleton State (TX): Running backs coach Jonathan Beasley has added the duties of quarterbacks coach / co-offensive coordinator / passing game coordinator. He is entering his sixth year on the staff. Offensive line coach Bryson Oliver has added co-offensive coordinator and run game coordinator duties, entering his second year. In addition, graduate assistant Marc Martinez has been promoted to linebackers coach.

McMurry University (TX): Per source, Northwestern State graduate assistant Bradley Oh has joined the McMurry staff as offensive line coach. Oh spent two years at NSU.

Scoring: 17 schools have scored 30 points per game in 4 straight years. Read more here.

Cornell: Running backs coach John Kuceyeski has moved to offensive line coach. Kuceyeski is entering his second season on staff and was previously the director of scouting at Iowa State.  

IUP: Carnegie Mellon (PA) wide receivers coach Christian Bryan has joined the IUP staff as wide receivers coach. Bryan spent one year at Carnegie Mellon and was previously a student assistant at Youngstown State. 

Pitt: Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke has accepted the AD job at Pitt, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Lyke has been at EMU since 2013 and previously worked at Ohio State from 1998-2013. Keep track of AD changes here.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.