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).

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 22, 2015

BYU: Bronco Mendenhall tells KSL that BYU needs to get into a Power 5 conference, and he wants it to happen within three years.

Colgate: Former Syracuse graduate assistant Siriki Diabate has joined the Colgate staff as defensive backs coach, and former Buffalo graduate assistant Jordan Brown has joined the staff as outside linebackers coach. Both coaches served as graduate assistants at their respective schools for the past two seasons. 

UAB: Birmingham-Southern athletic director Joe Dean Jr. will interview for the UAB athletic director position, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon. Dean has been Birmingham-Southern’s AD since 1999. Solomon reports UAB's interviews with candidates are taking place this week.

Clemson: State lawmakers have approved plans by Clemson to buy a second aircraft for the athletic department, according to Greenville Online. Associate athletic director Graham Neff cited the unpredictable nature of coaches’ recruiting schedules as a reason for a second university-owned plane.

Michigan State: Tom Izzo shares a valuable lesson for young coaches looking to move up the ranks.

Cost of attendance: Dabo Swinney says cost of attendance has been “a nightmare” in recruiting and will be the No. 1 topic at coaches meetings.

Cincinnati Bengals: Head coach Marvin Lewis has signed a one-year extension through the 2016 season. Lewis has been head coach since 2003, posting a record of 100-96-2. The Bengals have reached the playoffs in five of the past six seasons, but have yet to win a playoff game under Lewis.

Stanford: On balancing winning against preparing players for the professional ranks, David Shaw says getting players to the pros is NOT a college coach’s No. 1 job.

Vanderbilt: Player development assistant Vavae Tata will be named head coach at Kahuku High School (HI), according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tata has previously coached at UCLA, Stanford, and San Jose State in defensive assistant and graduate assistant roles. He spent one season at Vanderbilt.