Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday August 29, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

USC: Steve Sarkisian is delegating the majority of play-calling duties to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Clay Helton. Sarkisian will still have input, especially on third down and red zone plays. Sarkisian says the shift began in the spring.

Arizona State: Todd Graham says recently-promoted assistant Josh Martin will coach the tight ends, and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / deputy head coach Mike Norvell and tight ends / offensive special teams coach Chip Long will take care of the running backs in place of the departed Bo Graham.

Baylor: President Ken Starr has announced the creation of a new athletic department position responsible for oversight of student-athlete behavior. Starr said in a statement, “This officer-level position will report directly to the president and ensure our student-athletes maintain the high level of personal ethics and integrity that Baylor Nation demands.”

Alabama State: Former Garden City CC (KS) defensive coordinator Lou West has joined the ASU staff as co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach, and ASU safeties coach Ted Daisher has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. In addition, former Kent State cornerbacks coach Amp Campbell has also joined the staff as cornerbacks coach.

Sun Belt: The conference is targeting Eastern Kentucky and Coastal Carolina for expansion, but the league only plans to add one, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. The vote should come within the next few weeks, if not days.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday August 28, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Illinois: In a statement to the Associated Press, Tim Beckman denies allegations of player mistreatment, says his dismissal before the end of the review was a rush to judgment and says he will “vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights." Illinois has stated it will not pay Beckman the remainder of his contract nor buyout money.

LSU: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron has received treatment for prostate cancer, according to The Advocate. Cameron said Friday night that he's been given a clean bill of health and is good to go.

Illinois: Interim head coach Bill Cubit will receive an additional $100,000 per month over the next four months, on top of his $515,000 annual salary. Here is what AD Mike Thomas said about the search moving forward, and here are 10 factors for candidates to keep in mind.

Illinois: Head coach Tim Beckman has been dismissed. Athletic director Mike Thomas cites preliminary results of an external investigation into deterring injury reporting and pressuring players to postpone or avoid medical treatment. Offensive coordinator / running backs coach Bill Cubit has been named interim head coach for the 2015 season. Beckman will not receive the $3.1 million remaining on the last two years of his original contract, nor the $743,000 if his contract had been bought out. Here is our story.

Big Ten: Associate director, championships Eddie Thiebe has been promoted to associate director, football and basketball operations. In addition, SEC assistant commissioner for legislative services Gil Grimes has joined the Big Ten as assistant commissioner, compliance. 

Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley says family life for Oklahoma assistants was a big factor in his decision to join Bob Stoops' staff. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday August 27, 2015

Here are today's News, Notes & Quotes.

Nebraska: Mike Riley is “strongly considering” having offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf call plays from the field, according to the Omaha World-Herald. 

Limestone College (SC): Limestone’s coaching staff has been completed. Former North Port High School (FL) head coach Jared Powers has joined the Limestone staff as offensive line coach / recruiting coordinator, Reinhardt University (GA) assistant defensive backs coach Titus Graham has joined the staff in the same role, Dorman High School (SC) defensive line coach Jeff Clark has joined as assistant linebackers coach, Catawba College offensive assistant Dwyan Lucky has joined as running backs coach, and Byrnes High School (SC) wide receivers coach Roger Crowe has joined as assistant wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator.

Xavier: Maryland assistant director of compliance Jeff Poulard has joined Xavier as director of compliance. Poulard spent the past two years at Maryland after one year at Howard. 

Michigan: Tight ends coach / special teams assistant Jay Harbaugh and defensive backs coach Greg Jackson will coach from the coaches box in games, and the other seven assistants will be on the sideline, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Atlanta Falcons: Former Falcons front office consultant Joe Banner has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. Banner was the Cleveland Browns CEO from 2012-13 and served as president of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-12. 

Bill Cowher: The former Steelers head coach tells Newsday he’s had opportunities to return to coaching “pretty much every year,” but plans to stick with CBS, where he’s been for the last nine years.

Georgia: Mark Richt says offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will call plays from the sideline. Among offensive staff, Schottenheimer, tight ends coach / offensive special teams coordinator John Lilly and offensive line coach Rob Sale will be on the sideline.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday August 26, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Savannah State: Offensive coordinator Andy Siegal has added running backs duties. Former running backs coach Mister Askew left the staff last month. In addition, former Chickasaw High School (AL) offensive coordinator Courtney Williams has joined the staff as inside receivers coach.

Morgan State: Maryland graduate assistant Travis Manger has joined the Morgan State staff as offensive line coach. Manger spent three seasons at Maryland and has also served as a student assistant at Temple.

Texas A&M: Defensive coordinator John Chavis’ lawsuit against LSU has been dismissed in a Texas court on grounds it doesn’t belong in Texas, according to the Associated Press. LSU is pursuing a $400,000 buyout from Chavis for his departure with a lawsuit in Louisiana, but Chavis sued LSU, claiming the school owed him $200,000.

Lou Holtz: The former Notre Dame head coach has joined SiriusXM College Sports Nation and will co-host a college football show on Fridays and Saturdays during the season. Holtz will also debut a new golf show on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio. He starts this Friday.

Cal: Former Cal and NFL defensive end Andre Carter has joined the Cal staff as a student assistant. Carter played at Cal from 1997-2000 and played with five teams in the NFL from 2001-13.

IMG Academy (FL): Former Youngstown State cornerbacks coach Glenn Davis has joined the IMG staff as a defensive assistant. Davis coached at YSU from 2012-14 after two years as a graduate assistant at South Florida.

Appalachian State: Dayton director of athletics development Brian Tracy has been named Appalachian State senior associate athletic director for development. Tracy spent the past five years at Dayton.

UMass: Notre Dame associate director of premium seating and parking Ryan Boudway has been named UMass assistant athletic director for development. Boudway had been at Notre Dame since 2007.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday August 25, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Kansas: ESPN’s Jake Trotter notes Charlie Weis is expected to make $2.5 million in 2015 buyout money from KU after being dismissed last year, while current head coach David Beaty will make $800,000 in base salary. Trotter also notes Kansas was close to hiring Gus Malzahn before opting for Weis.

St. Louis Rams: Bud Sasser has been named Rams external football affairs coordinator. Sasser was drafted in the sixth round as a receiver out of Missouri this year, but he couldn’t pass a physical due to a heart condition. He reportedly has since been medically cleared to play, but was not picked up by a team and has moved into a new role. Sasser’s role will consist of assisting with alumni relations and community outreach. 

Mississippi State: Louisville director of student services Christine Jackson has been named Mississippi State assistant athletic director of academics. Jackson had been at Louisville since 2012.

Rutgers: Responding to the report of a university investigation into his contact with a professor, Kyle Flood told reporters, in part, “Any correspondence that I had with a professor in regard to a student-athlete would really be of this nature: One, to be in support of whatever decision that faculty member made, and two, to inquire as to whether or not there would be an opportunity to earn a better grade. Now, this practice is not unusual at Rutgers. Many students all over campus receive what are called 'T grades' (temporary grades) doing work outside of when the class ends that semester to earn a better grade."

Big 12: Conference athletic directors have unanimously supported the adoption of a transfer rule that would mimic the SEC’s rule banning transfers into the league with serious conduct problems, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The rule must still be approved by the Joint Council. It will be considered again by ADs at a meeting on Sept. 22 and will be presented to the board of directors on Oct. 26.

Villanova: USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson has been named Villanova athletic director. Jackson has been at USC since 2009 in his second stint, and he oversees all capital projects, the football program and support services. He previously served as USC’s director of football administration from 2001-04. Jackson served as the Oakland Raiders’ director of football development from 2007-08 and was Syracuse’s executive senior associate athletic director in 2005. He also has a football coaching background with the New England Patriots from 1998-2000 and at Trinity College.

Arizona State: Josh Martin’s promotion to running backs coach adds him to the list of graduate assistants promoted to full-time jobs this year.