Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday June 23, 2017

Yale: Former Villanova quality control assistant Matt Wiesner has joined the Yale staff as director of player personnel. Wiesner spent one season at Villanova and previously worked with the Bucs, Browns and Jacksonville Sharks.

Mesa CC (AZ): Former Fort Scott CC (KS) running backs / tight ends coach Kory Vaught has joined the Mesa staff as running backs coach / run game coordinator. Vaught spent two years at Fort Scott and has been working as a scout for the Arizona Rattlers.

Albany State: Texas State graduate assistant Adam Hollifield has joined the Albany State staff as offensive line coach. Hollifield spent two years at Texas State and previously worked at Birmingham Southern.

Oklahoma: Inside receivers coach Cale Gundy and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh have been promoted to co-offensive coordinators. Lincoln Riley will continue to call plays.

Arkansas State: Former Baylor head strength coach Kaz Kazadi has been named director of athletic performance at Arkansas State. Kazadi spent nine years at Baylor and had been reassigned in March.

Cal: Justin Wilcox’s assistant salary pool will be about $350,000 more than the $2.67 million Cal paid last year, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Maryville College (TN): Ohio Dominican H-backs / tight ends coach Matt Kelleher has joined the Maryville staff as offensive line coach. Kelleher spent one year at Ohio Dominican and previously worked at Capital University (OH).

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday June 22, 2017

AAC: There were more than 50 staff changes in the AAC this offseason. Here is the full list.

Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid has signed an extension. Details were not disclosed. Reid is 43-21 in four seasons. In addition, general manager John Dorsey will not return, after four seasons.

Ohio State: Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs has added the title of assistant coordinator, defense. Coombs is entering his sixth season on staff.

The Citadel: Per source, William Penn offensive coordinator Charlie Hopkins has joined The Citadel as tackles / tight ends coach, and Valdosta State defensive backs intern Allen Tucker has joined as a defensive quality control coach. Hopkins spent one year at William Penn, and Tucker was previously a player at Mississippi State.

Michigan State: Athletic director Mark Hollis has received a 1-year extension through 2022. His base salary is $688,000, according to The State News. Hollis has been AD since 2008 and part of the athletic department since 1995.

New York Jets: Southeast Missouri State cornerbacks coach Salim Powell has joined the Jets as a scouting intern. Powell spent seven years at Southeast Missouri State.

Here are today’s News, News, & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday June 21, 2017

Virginia: Graduate assistant Vic So’oto has been promoted to defensive line coach. So’oto is entering his second year at UVA and was previously a project coordinator at BYU, where he also played. In addition, former Wisconsin punter Drew Meyer has joined UVA as a graduate assistant.

Cal: Head coach Justin Wilcox’s salary has been finalized. Per the San Jose Mercury News, Wilcox has a 5-year deal that will average $1.9 million annually, the lowest in the Pac-12. That includes a $250,000 annual base salary and a guaranteed talent fee that starts at $1.25 million and increases annually to $2.5 million, along with a $100,000 hiring bonus. The buyout owed if Wilcox is dismissed is 100 percent of the remaining base salary and talent fee. Among the bonuses, there is a $25,000 bonus if he beats Stanford and $325,000 if he wins eight games.

Michigan: Former NFL running back Alfonso Smith has joined the Michigan staff as a coaching intern. Smith played in the NFL from 2010-14, including the final year under Jim Harbaugh with the 49ers.

Central Michigan: Director of player personnel Ben Presnell has moved to director of football operations, according to his Twitter account. Presnell has been at CMU for five years. 

Wheeling Jesuit (WV): The Division II school has announced it will create a football team, beginning play in exhibition games in 2018 and a full schedule in 2019.

Oklahoma: Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has received a $20,000 raise to $920,000, running backs coach / special teams coordinator Jay Boulware received a $45,000 raise to $400,000, inside linebackers coach Tim Kish received a $15,000 raise to $370,000, defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks received a $35,000 raise to $485,000, inside receivers coach Cale Gundy received a $40,000 raise to $430,000, and defensive ends coach Calvin Thibodeaux received a $10,000 raise to $260,000. Boulware, Kish and Thibodeaux have one-year deals, while the others have two-year deals.

Waldorf (IA): Doane (NE) offensive coordinator Josh Littrell has been named head coach at Waldorf. Littrell spent four years at Doane, where the team went 25-7 in NAIA.

Wisconsin-Whitewater: Buffalo senior associate athletic director for external affairs Todd Garzarelli has been named athletic director at UW-Whitewater. Garzarelli had been at Buffalo since 2013.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Missouri assistant athletic director for major gifts Nico Yantko has been named deputy athletic director for external operations at ULL. Yantko spent six years at Missouri.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday June 20, 2017

Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley’s head coaching contract is a 5-year deal worth $3.1 million in 2017, with a $200,000 raise each year and a $500,000 retention bonus each June 1. Fox Sports reports the deal is fully guaranteed. In addition, offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has received a $110,000 raise to $535,000 annually on a deal through 2019, and new defensive tackles coach Ruffin McNeill's contract is a 2-year deal worth $560,000 annually. Bob Stoops will earn $325,000 as a special assistant to the athletic director.

Nebraska: Safeties coach Bob Elliott will step down from the role for personal reasons and serve as an analyst, and special teams consultant Scott Booker has been promoted to the role. Both joined Nebraska this offseason from Notre Dame. Booker was Notre Dame’s tight ends coach / special teams coordinator. Booker will coach safeties and special teams.

SEC: Every SEC school made at least one coaching staff change this offseason. See the full list here.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Per source, LSU player personnel analyst Brian Squeglia has accepted a scouting assistant job with the Jaguars. Squeglia spent one year at LSU after two years at Mississippi State.

Ohio Dominican: Valparaiso linebackers coach Ryan Manalac has joined the Ohio Dominican staff as defensive coordinator. Manalac spent one year at Valpo and was previously a graduate assistant and operations assistant at Michigan State.

Valparaiso (IN): Franklin & Marshall College (PA) tight ends coach Matt Ford has joined the Valpo staff as tight ends coach. Ford spent one year at Franklin & Marshall after his playing career at Lehigh

Virginia Union: Quarterbacks coach Troy Taylor has moved to defensive ends coach. Taylor is entering his fourth season on staff.

San Diego State: Per source, SDSU cornerbacks coach Tony White has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship position with the Vikings. White has been at SDSU since 2009.

New Mexico: Safeties coach / defensive passing game coordinator Charles McMillian has stepped down to become the head coach at St. Francis Episcopal in Houston. McMillian spent three years at UNM.

Southern Utah: Athletic director Jason Butikofer has stepped down to take the deputy athletic job at Purdue. Butikofer spent two years at SUU. Senior associate athletic director Deborah Curum has been named interim athletic director. She has been at SUU since May 2016.

Virginia Tech: Running backs coach Zohn Burden has accepted a Bill Walsh Minority Fellowship position with the Redskins. Burden has spent two years at Virginia Tech and previously coached at Old Dominion.

Tennessee: Former head coach Phillip Fulmer has been hired as special advisor to the president for community, athletics and university relations. The role will see Fulmer serve as an ambassador for the university at various events. WNML reports Fulmer will earn $100,000 annually. A former player, Fulmer coached at UT from 1980-2008, serving as head coach from 1992-2008 and winning the 1998 national title.

Oklahoma State: Mike Gundy’s contract includes a $3 million buyout if he takes another job, according to the Stillwater News Press. But that drops to $2 million if the athletic director doesn't provide written approval of a 1-year rollover within seven days of OK State's last game.

Houston Baptist: Sioux Falls (SD) safeties coach Luke Jarzynka is the new director of football operations at Houston Baptist. Jarzynka spent two years at Sioux Falls.

Independence CC (KS): Chaffey College (CA) offensive line coach Kiyoshi Harris has joined the Independence staff as offensive line coach.

Western Michigan: Davenport (MI) assistant Matt Zanellato has joined the WMU staff as an offensive / special teams quality control assistant. Zanellato spent one year at Davenport, working under new WMU defensive line coach Lou Esposito.

Virginia Union: Former Bay City High School (TX) pass game coordinator Jared Taylor has joined the VUU staff as quarterbacks coach.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday June 19, 2017

Wayne State: Former Malone (OH) defensive coordinator Alex Gray has joined the WSU staff as wide receivers coach. Gray spent one year at Malone and previously worked at Notre Dame College (OH).

Minnesota Vikings: Head strength and conditioning coach Brent Salazar has left the Vikings for a job with the U.S. Tennis Association, according to ESPN. Salazar spent one year with the Vikings after nine as a Chiefs assistant. He played tennis at New Mexico from 1998-2003 before taking a strength internship with the Broncos.

San Francisco 49ers: Regional scout Chip Flanagan has been promoted to national scout, scouting assistant R.J. Gillen has promoted to pro scout, scouting assistant Jacob Nierob has been promoted to player personnel assistant, scouting assistant John Stevenson has been promoted to regional scout, and pro personnel scout Josh Williams has been promoted to regional scout. Williams is entering his seventh year with the Niners, Flanagan is entering his sixth, and Gillen, Nierob and Steven are entering their third.

Baylor: Trainer Mike Sims will leave the university this month after 42 years, according to the Waco Tribune. Sims worked under eight football coaches and has accepted a job at Southwest Sports Medicine.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh expects the associate athletic director for football and associate head coach positions to be filled internally.

Chattanooga: Senior associate athletic director Scott Altizer has been named interim AD. Altizer has spent three years at UTC.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.


Sunday June 18, 2017

Michigan State: Operations intern Cody Cox has been promoted to assistant director of football operations after three years, and graduate assistant Steve Gardiner has been promoted to defensive analyst after three years. In addition, assistant director of football technology Justin Martin has been promoted to creative director.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M: Director of football operations Chad Davis has left for the athletic director job at Miami public schools (OK), according to the Miami News-Record. Davis spent nine years at NEO.

Michigan: Special advisor / associate head coach Biff Poggi has accepted the head coaching job at St. Frances Academy HS in Baltimore, associate athletic director for football Jim Minick has left the program, and director of football operations & analytics Tony Defeo has left to become the president of an analytics firm, according to his LinkedIn account. Minick and Defeo spent two years at U-M, while Poggi spent one year.