Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday April 01, 2015

Head coach salaries: Here is a comparison between the salaries of new head coaches hired this offseason and their predecessors. 

Minnesota Morris: Former Augustana College (IL) head coach Rob Cushman has been named head coach at Minnesota Morris. Cushman was the head coach at Augustana from 2011-14, after three years as defensive coordinator. He also served as Feather River College’s (CA) first head coach in school history from 2002-06.

Nebraska: Chancellor Harvey Perlman will step down on June 30, 2016, the school announced. Perlman has been the school’s chancellor since 2001, overseeing three football head coaching changes.

Indiana State: Georgia State defensive line coach Shannon Jackson has officially joined the Indiana State staff in the same role, and Boise State offensive quality control coach Kriss Proctor has officially joined as wide receivers coach. Both begin their duties this week. This fills the last openings on the Indiana State staff.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday March 31, 2015

Missouri Southern State: Former Tulsa offensive line coach Denver Johnson will be named head coach at Missouri Southern, according to multiple local reports. Johnson spent four years at Tulsa and served as head coach at Murray State from 1997-99 and Illinois State from 2000-08. CoachingSearch first reported Johnson was in the mix at Missouri Southern.

UCLA: Graduate assistants Blake Bentz and Dave Marsh will handle offensive line duties this spring in place of suspended offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.

Arizona State: Per source, former Minnesota Vikings assistant offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield has joined the Arizona State staff in an off-field role. Silverfield worked with the Vikings from 2008-13.

UCLA: Oceanside HS (CA) linebackers coach and former UCLA player Robert Johnson has joined the UCLA staff, Jim Mora said Tuesday. In addition, former UCLA player Ian Taubler has joined the staff and will work with the defensive ends. Taubler medically retired from football last year. Former UCLA defensive back Librado Barocio, who recently graduated, is also working with defensive backs.

North Texas: Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) graduate assistant / recruiting coordinator Thomas Sheffield has joined the North Texas staff and will work with special teams. Sheffield spent three seasons at Mary Hardin-Baylor, most recently with tight ends.

Analytics: Asked if a coach’s use or interest in analytics is a factor in hiring a coach, Oliver Luck says, “There’s a new generation of coaches.”

Louisville: Former Woodbridge HS (VA) head coach Karibi Dede has joined the Louisville staff as a defensive quality control coach. Dede stepped down from Woodbridge in December after two seasons, citing a desire to get back into college football. Dede served as a graduate assistant at Auburn in 2012.

Bethel College (KS): Independence CC (KS) defensive coordinator Morris Lolar has been named head coach at Bethel. Lolar previously was the head coach of the Wichita Wild of the Indoor Football League, winning the league championship in 2013.

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

SEC salaries: How much have the top SEC assistant salaries changed over the last five years? Here’s a look.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday March 30, 2015

Edinboro University: Former Georgetown offensive coordinator Vinny Marino will join the Edinboro staff as offensive coordinator. Marino spent last season at Boston College in an off-field role.

Alabama A&M: Georgia Military College linebackers coach Marlon Watson has joined the Alabama A&M staff as nickel / defensive backs coach, and former SMU basketball strength and conditioning coach Karl Jordan has joined the staff as head strength and conditioning coach. In addition, defensive coordinator Reggie Johnson will coach defensive line, nickel coach Brent Pradia will move to linebackers coach / special teams coordinator, assistant head coach Andy Fuller will coach tackles / tight end, and wide receivers coach Ashley Lelie will serve as passing game coordinator.

North Carolina: Graduate assistant Gerald McRath has stepped down, he said in a statement. McRath was arrested Monday morning for driving while impaired.

IMG Academy: Cardinal Newman HS (FL) head coach Steve Walsh has been named director of football at IMG Academy in Florida, and Carmel HS (IN) head coach Kevin Wright has been named IMG head coach. Both replace Chris Weinke, who held both roles and left for the quarterbacks coaching job with the St. Louis Rams.

Alabama: As coaching salaries have increased in recent years, here’s a comparison of the Alabama staff salaries in 2010 and 2014.

Cleveland Browns: General manager Ray Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season for sending text messages to personnel during games in the 2014 season. The Browns were also fined $250,000. Reports indicate Farmer texted an assistant coach and team representative about strategy and use of personnel.

Penn State: UTSA graduate assistant Ryan Smith has joined the Penn State staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Smith previously played at William & Mary from 2009-13. 

Stanford: Northern Arizona cornerbacks coach T.J. Rushing has joined the Stanford staff as a defensive assistant. Rushing is a former Stanford player and served as a graduate assistant at Arizona State from 2012-13.

Northern Arizona: Former SMU assistant offensive line coach Tim Davis has joined the Northern Arizona staff as offensive line coach. Davis has more than 30 years of coaching experience and joined the SMU staff last September, after June Jones stepped down. Davis previously coached Florida’s offensive line from 2012-13.

Northern Illinois: St. Francis (IL) assistant Adam Siwicki has joined the NIU staff as a defensive line graduate assistant. Siwicki spent two seasons at St. Francis after serving as a graduate assistant at Montana Tech in 2012. In addition, Nick Brautigam will serve as a defensive backs graduate assistant.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday March 29, 2015

Ellsworth CC (IA) Per source, Itasca CC (MN) wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator Donny Diaz has joined the Ellsworth staff as defensive backs coach / recruiting coordinator.

Assistant salaries: How much have assistant salaries increased? Here’s a comparison of the top 10 assistant salaries in 2010 and 2014.

Western Carolina: Tight ends coach Pat Mills has added special teams coordinator duties, defensive ends coach Mark Rhea has added the title of assistant head coach, running backs coach De’Rail Sims has added the title of director of player development, offensive line coach John Holt had added the title of director of player personnel, and defensive tackles coach Dennis Thomas had added the title of director of housing and pro liaison.

Northern Colorado: Alabama A&M defensive line coach / special teams coordinator Bryan Cummings has joined the Northern Colorado staff as special teams coordinator. Cummings spent one season at Alabama A&M after previously serving as a quality control assistant at Texas A&M.

Michigan State: Per source, former Wartburg College linebackers coach Andrew Hawken has joined the Michigan State staff as an offensive graduate assistant. Hawken joined the Wartburg staff in 2013 after one season at Augustana College and is a former MSU player from 2005-09.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday March 28, 2015

Indianapolis Colts: Regarding his contract situation, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said in a statement, “Be where your feet are. What do I mean? Cancer taught me to be thankful for today. All I’m concentrating on is today. Then tomorrow. My focus right now is on the draft, bringing in players that can help us continue to grow, get better and continue to ‘Build the Monster.’ I look forward to coaching the Colts this season and for many years to come.” Pagano is entering the final season of his original four-year deal.

Stanford: Former Oakland Raiders defensive quality control assistant Eric Sanders has joined the Stanford staff a defensive assistant. Sanders spent five seasons with the Raiders in various quality control roles. In addition, assistant director of football operations Ryan Devlin has been promoted to coordinator of player personnel, and administrative associate Callie Seidman has been promoted to assistant director of football operations.