Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday October 13, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

USC: Interim head coach Clay Helton will remain as offensive coordinator and play-caller, tight ends / associate head coach offense Marques Tuiasosopo will move to quarterbacks coach, and offensive administrative assistant Lenny Vandermade will coach tight ends.

USC: President Max Nikias has released a statement supporting athletic director Pat Haden: "As president of USC I am very, very fortunate to have Pat Haden as our Athletic Director - as is the entire Trojan Family.  He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority. Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him. I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come."

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier says he is “resigning, not retiring” from coaching. Quarterbacks / tight ends coach G.A. Mangus will run the offense and be the primary play-caller, and offensive quality control coach Travelle Wharton will work with the offensive line. Athletic director Ray Tanner says an advisory committee is being formed for the search, and a search firm will be involved. Here are the six key quotes from Spurrier’s press conference, including why he did this mid-season.

Michigan State: Asked about the South Carolina job, Mark Dantonio said Tuesday, “Coach Spurrier has had an outstanding career, it's my alma mater, and we're here to talk about Michigan.”

Maryland: President Wallace Loh tells The Baltimore Sun that he wants a wide-open coach and says Maryland can be the next Oregon, without a history of being a blue-blood program. “A coach that plays an exciting brand of football, wide open, that has the personality to relate to the kids. And they are kids — 17, 18 when they arrive. The personality to project themselves well vis-a-vis the boosters, vis-a-vis the media.”

North Texas: Interim head coach Mike Canales will call plays from the field, and wide receivers coach Mike Grant will move to the coaches box. Canales still can’t explain Saturday’s 66-7 loss to Portland State and has immediately implemented some changes.

Maryland: Graduate assistant A.J. Reisig will help coach outside linebackers, graduate assistant Cody Catalina will help with tight ends, and tight ends coach John Dunn will help with offensive coordinator duties, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley is serving as interim head coach.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday October 12, 2015

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier is retiring, effective immediately, as first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. The 70-year-old Spurrier’s team is off to a 2-4 start this season. CoachingSearch can confirm that he informed the team Monday night, and Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Shawn Elliott will serve as interim head coach. Read more here.

USC: Steve Sarkisian has been dismissed as head coach. AD Pat Haden says, "After careful consideration of what is in the best interest of the university and our student-athletes, I have made the decision to terminate Steve Sarkisian, effective immediately.” Sarkisian had been ordered to take a leave of absence on Sunday after reportedly being intoxicated at work and missing practice. He went 12-6 in less than two seasons. SB Nation reports Sarkisian has checked himself into “a residential treatment facility.” Read more here.

Southern Illinois: Illinois State director of development Jason Fairfield has joined Southern Illinois as assistant athletic director for operations. Farifield is a former SIU player and graduate assistant. He had been at Illinois State since 2013.

UCF: With George O’Leary stepping down as interim athletic director, what is UCF’s future?

Louisiana-Lafayette: Mark Hudspeth’s program has been hit with major violation allegations by the NCAA. Former assistant David Saunders is the focus of the allegations for some actions with recruits. Saunders was dismissed last October. As a result, ULL has vacated the 2011 season, including nine wins. The Advertiser reports the NCAA doesn't believe Hudspeth or other assistants had any knowledge, and the paper has more of the self-imposed penalties here

Miami Dolphins: Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reports the Dolphins will not pursue Jim Harbaugh in their coaching search. Owner Stephen Ross is a major financial supporter of Michigan and an alumnus. 

UCF: George O’Leary has stepped down as interim athletic director but will remain as football coach. Executive senior associate athletic director / chief financial officer Brad Stricklin will serve as the new interim athletic director. O’Leary took over the interim AD role in June and planned to have it through the end of the year. The football team is 0-6 this season.

Texas: Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News reports offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline’s lawyers can file a motion to take a request for summary judgment to a higher court, and they won’t consider settling the buyout lawsuit from Oklahoma State until giving that motion a shot.    

North Texas: Here are 10 factors for North Texas head coaching candidates to keep in mind.

Miami Dolphins: Special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi has been promoted to assistant head coach. Rizzi has been with the Dolphins since 2010. He served as the head coach at New Haven from 1999-2001 and at Rhode Island in 2008.

Maryland: Athletic director Kevin Anderson says the next head coach should have a wide-open offense

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday October 11, 2015

Detroit Lions: Head coach Jim Caldwell said he won't consider any coaching changes after a 42-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Lions are 0-5.

USC: Head coach Steve Sarkisian will take an indefinite leave of absence at the request of athletic director Pat Haden, and offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Clay Helton will serve as interim head coach. The LA Daily News reports Sarkisian is "expected to seek treatment" and that some assistants believed he was intoxicated during the Arizona State game on Sept. 26. He didn't show up to practice Sunday. Read more here, including Haden's comments.

Maryland: Here are 10 factors for Maryland head coaching candidates to keep in mind.

Coaches of the Week: Here are CoachingSearch’s Assistant Coaches of the Week.

Maryland: Head coach Randy Edsall and outside linebackers / assistant head coach Lyndon Johnson have been dismissed. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley has been named interim head coach. Edsall went 22-34 in four-plus seasons, including 0-12 against ranked teams, and the Terps started 2-4 this year. His buyout will reportedly be about $3.1 million. Sports Illustrated reports director of football operations Fran Foley has also been dismissed. Read more here.

The Inside Zone: 15 key moments and takeaways from Week 6.

North Texas: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Canales will be the only interim head coach, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who reports that UNT initially decided on Canales and defensive coordinator Chris Cosh as co-interim head coaches.

New Orleans Saints: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports multiple NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, are expected to inquire about Sean Payton's availability after this season.

North Texas: Head coach Dan McCarney has been dismissed, as first reported by the Denton Record-Chronicle. North Texas is 0-5 and lost to Portland State 66-7 on Saturday. McCarney went 22-32 in four-plus seasons. Read more here. 

Miami (FL): Athletic director Blake James tells the Miami Herald that nothing has changed in terms of Al Golden’s status, and that everything will be evaluated at the end of the year.

Maryland: After losing to Ohio State. Randy Edsall was asked if he expects to coach Maryland’s next game. He says he has had no conversations with administration about his future. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 09, 2015

Appalachian State: The school has announced a new five-year contract for head coach Scott Satterfield through 2020. The deal will begin on Jan. 1, 2016. Satterfield is 14-14 in two-plus seasons at App State. He went 4-8 in 2013, 7-5 in 2014 and is 3-1 this year. The Mountaineers moved up to FBS in 2014.

Louisiana Tech: The assistant pool salary increased by $55,300 to a total of $1.05 million, according to The News Star. The new salaries are as follows: offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen ($200,000), defensive coordinator / safeties coach Blake Baker ($140,000), offensive line coach Robert McFarland ($120,000), defensive line coach Rick Petri ($120,000), cornerbacks coach / special teams coordinator Ronnie Bradford ($110,000), running backs coach Jabbar Juluke ($110,000), inside receivers coach Joe Sloan ($90,000), outside receivers coach Tim Rattay ($90,000) and safeties coach Karl Scott ($70,000). In addition, head strength and conditioning coach Kurt Hester received a $27,800 raise to $97,800.

Notre Dame: The defensive backs coaching position has received a $3 million endowment from former player Pat Eilers and his wife. Notre Dame says, “This latest gift will underwrite the salary of the defensive backs assistant coach, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.” Todd Lyght is in his first season as the defensive backs coach.

New Mexico: Nova Southeastern University athletics communications manager Eugene Canal has been named associate director of communications at New Mexico. Canal spent four years at NSU.

Auburn: Former Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson tells The State he had some opportunities to “help out” teams this fall, but he didn’t want to do that. He hopes to get another coaching job this offseason.

New Mexico State: Documents obtained by SB Nation note NMSU’s football-only membership in the Sun Belt is a four-year deal through 2017, but it is subject to an extension or termination after this year. NMSU and fellow football-only member Idaho are a combined 1-8 this season.

Picks: Here are the Week 6 Picks & Superlatives.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday October 08, 2015

Memphis: Athletic director Tom Bowen has received a two-year extension through June 30, 2019. Bowen has been in the role since 2012 and has seen the football program improve greatly, and the school recently revealed a new facilities project for multiple sports.

Salaries: Here are 13 takeaways from the head coaching salary database.

Maryland: Regarding the report Randy Edsall could be dismissed after this weekend’s game, the coach said on his teleconference, "The only reaction that I have to anything is what I said on Tuesday. That's all I'm worried about. I don't read anything, see anything and I'm just more worried about playing Ohio State." The school said in a release, “Randy Edsall is our football coach, and he will be on sideline Saturday for Ohio State.”

Miami Dolphins: Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has been dismissed, as first reported by NFL Network’s Albert Breer. Coyle had been in the role since 2012. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo has been promoted to interim defensive coordinator, and he also has been with the Dolphins since 2012. He previously coached Purdue's defensive backs from 2004-11. Assistant defensive backs coach Blue Adams will coach the safeties, and defensive assistant Jeff Burris has been promoted to assistant defensive backs coach. Breer adds that the Dolphins had negotiations with former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith about joining the staff as a senior assistant.

Salaries: USA Today has released its annual database of head coaching salaries

Maryland: 247Sports reports Randy Edsall is expected to be dismissed after this weekend’s game against Ohio State, “barring an unexpected last-minute reversal.” The Terrapins are off next week. Edsall received a three-year extension in June after going 7-6 last year, but Maryland is 2-3 this season, No. 99 in scoring offense (23.6 points per game) and No. 96 in scoring defense (31.8). The buyout would reportedly be $2.6 million plus the remainder of this season. Just $500,000 of the $7.5 million extension is guaranteed. 

George Washington: Binghamton senior associate athletic director Ed Scott and Northern Arizona senior associate athletic director Tanya Vogel have joined George Washington as senior associate athletic directors. Scott will oversee compliance, academics and diversity, and Vogel will oversee Title IX, strength and conditioning, sports medicine and more.

Alabama: Nick Saban says he’d like staffs to add a 10th full-time assistant, but not at the expense of losing graduate assistants

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.