Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday April 27, 2015

Northern Iowa: Northern Iowa offensive line coach Rick Nelson will be named head coach at Ankeny High School (IA), pending board approval, Ankeny announced Monday. Nelson has been at UNI since 2000, and he spent the previous 11 seasons at Missouri State. Nelson is a former UNI player.

Houston: reports Houston associate vice president / chief operating officer for athletics Hunter Yurachek is one of two finalists for the Houston athletic director job. Yuracheck joined the Houston athletic department in February 2014 after four years as athletic director at Coastal Carolina.

Buffalo: Former Missouri State inside linebackers coach Taiwo Onatulo has joined the Buffalo staff as director of player personnel. Onatulo coached at Missouri State for four years after spending four years on the staff at Nebraska-Omaha.

Texas Tech: Washington State head coach Mike Leach tells 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge that he’s still in the process of trying to get his 2009 salary from Texas Tech, which was his last season at the school. He reportedly has only received $300,000 of the $2.6 million in salary.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday April 26, 2015

Arkansas State: For the first time since 2010, Arkansas State returns the same head coach. Blake Anderson describes how few on the team believed he’d return.

UAB: Interim athletic director Shannon James Ealy tweets that he is not a finalist for the UAB athletic director job. Ealy has been at UAB since 2007 as senior associate athletic director.

Nebraska Kearney: Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha HS (NE) assistant head coach Aaron Terry has joined the Nebraska Kearney staff as a graduate assistant. Terry played at Northwest Missouri State and graduated in 2013. He has also served as a sports performance coach at Warren Academy. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday April 25, 2015

Virginia: Running backs coach Chris Beatty has been promoted to assistant head coach for offense. Beatty joined the Virginia staff in January after two years as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin. He previously served as co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Illinois in 2012.

Open jobs: There are still three open FBS assistant jobs. Keep track here.

Spring games: There are 21 spring games today. Here’s when and how to watch them.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday April 24, 2015

Missouri: Head coach Gary Pinkel has received a one-year contract extension through the 2021 season with a raise to $4.02 million in base salary, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pinkel has posted a 113-66 record in 14 seasons and earned $3.4 million last year. It's the second straight year Pinkel has received an extension and raise. This means you can add Pinkel to CoachingSearch’s look at the rise in $4 million coaches.

Liberty: Youngstown State running backs coach Ron Brown will join the Liberty staff, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Brown spent 24 of the past 28 seasons as an assistant at Nebraska. After the Huskers coaching change this offseason, Brown followed Bo Pelini to Youngstown State, but he will now join Liberty and head coach Turner Gill, with whom Brown has previously worked at Nebraska.

Baylor: Art Briles earned more than $4.2 million in 2013, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today. Baylor is a private school, so contracts aren’t available through FOIA. In addition, USA Today reports defensive coordinator Phil Bennett earned $980,000 in 2013.

TCU: Gary Patterson earned more than $3.9 million in 2013, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today. 

Cal: Wide receivers coach / passing game / recruiting coordinator Pierre Ingram has been dismissed, as the school announced his contract will not be renewed. Ingram was arrested on April 16 and placed on administrative leave earlier this week. Ingram spent the past two seasons as running backs coach and followed Sonny Dykes from Louisiana Tech after three seasons there. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Arizona State: NFL director of player security services and player engagement Deana Garner Smith has joined Arizona State as senior associate athletic director / senior women’s administrator. Smith previously worked in the NCAA from 1999-2008 as associate director and agent for gambling and amateurism activities. 

Michigan: In response to satellite camp criticism, Jim Harbaugh just invited coaches from EVERY school to Michigan’s camp.

Spring games: There are 23 spring games this weekend. Here’s when and how to watch them.

LSU: The university has begun putting together paperwork for academic bankruptcy in response to the state’s budget crisis, according to In addition, LSU’s credit outlook has been lowered from positive to stable, meaning the school likely will have to pay more for building projects in the future. has the details.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday April 23, 2015

UAB: Consultant group OSKR released a study Thursday determining that UAB was “ill advised from a net cash-flow perspective” to drop football, bowling and rifle. The report states the sports effectively broke even from a financial perspective, noting that scholarships cost less than their listed prices. This contradicts the school’s stance, citing cost as a major reason for dropping the programs. CBS Sports has the details.

Ole Miss: Hugh Freeze reflects on his decision to take the Ole Miss job in 2012 and why some people told him to pass on it.

Iowa State: Athletic director Jamie Pollard will officially return to his full-time duties next week. Pollard suffered a heart attack on March 9 and underwent open heart surgery.

Auburn: Would Gus Malzahn be tempted to jump to the NFL? Here’s his response.

Pitt: Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes will be named athletic director at Pitt, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Barnes has been the AD at Utah State since 2008, overseeing the promotions of Gary Andersen and Matt Wells to head football coach. Banes previously served as senior associate athletic director at Washington.

Ole Miss: Georgia defensive quality control assistant Christian Robinson has joined the Ole Miss staff as a graduate assistant.. Robinson spent the 2013 season as a Georgia graduate assistant and 2012 as an assistant coach at Oconee Country High School (GA).