Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday January 17, 2017

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

VMI: A source tells CoachingSearch that Penn State graduate assistant Tommy Galt will join the VMI staff as offensive line coach. Galt spent two years at Penn State.

Tennessee: Utah State running backs / assistant head coach Mike Canales has interviewed for the Tennessee offensive coordinator job, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel. 

Arkansas: Defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Rhoads has been on staff for one season after seven years as Iowa State head coach. He was previously the defensive coordinator at Auburn and Pitt.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday January 16, 2017

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North Carolina: Texas A&M defensive backs coach Terry Joseph will join the UNC staff in the same role, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. Joseph spent three years at A&M and previously coached DB’s at Nebraska and Tennessee. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is the new running backs coach with the Jaguars. Wheatley was a finalist for the Western Michigan head coaching job and worked under Doug Marrone at Syracuse and with the Bills from 2010-14.

Albany: A source tells CoachingSearch that Albany defensive assistant Keith Dudzinski will be promoted to safeties coach / assistant head coach of defense. Dudzinski is entering his second season on staff and was previously Maryland’s defensive coordinator.

Washington Redskins: Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky will interview for the defensive coordinator job, according to ESPN’s John Keim.

Eastern Washington: Offensive line coach / run game coordinator Aaron Best and defensive coordinator Jeff Schmedding will serve as co-interim head coaches, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Cal: Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin will be the new offensive coordinator at Cal. Baldwin went 83-32 in nine years at EWU, including six FCS playoff appearances. He went 12-2 this past season, and they finished third in FCS in scoring at 42.4 points per game. EWU quarterback Gage Gubrud led FCS with 5,160 passing yards. Baldwin was a candidate for the Nevada head coaching job, and becomes the second EWU coach to become a Pac-12 offensive coordinator this offseason, after EWU co-OC Troy Taylor was hired at Utah.

Chicago Bears: Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn will join the Bears as offensive line coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Washburn spent one year with the Dolphins and previously worked with the Lions.

Houston Texans: Offensive coordinator George Godsey will not return. Godsey had been with the Texans since 2014.

Offense: Here are the FBS most improved scoring offenses in 2016.

Tennessee: ESPN’s Chris Low reports Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a prime candidate for Tennessee’s athletic director job.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer interviewed for the 49ers general manager job today.

Washington Redskins: Former 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver will interview for the Redskins defensive coordinator job, according to the Washington Post.

Oakland Raiders: Midwest scout Trey Scott has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel. Scott has been with the Raiders for five years.

UConn: Albany wide receivers coach Aaron Smith has joined the UConn staff as wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator, and former Minnesota head strength coach Eric Klein has joined UConn as head strength coach. Smith spent four years at Albany, and Klein spent six years at Minnesota.

Gus Bradley: NFL Network’s Mike Silver reports Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is pressing Bradley for a decision on the Chargers defensive coordinator job, but Bradley is waiting to see if Tom Cable gets the 49ers head coaching job.

Colorado State-Pueblo: Rhode Island linebackers coach Mark Criner will join the CSU-Pueblo staff as co-defensive coordinator, according to the Pueblo Chieftan. Criner spent one year at Rhode Island and has previously coached at Lamar, Eastern Michigan, Idaho and Minnesota.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Chip Kelly is interviewing for the Jaguars offensive coordinator job today, according to 1010XL and NFL Network.

Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Stefanski is expected to remain on staff and move to a different role, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Stefanski has been with the Vikings for 11 years.

Tennessee Titans: Temple wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator Frisman Jackson has joined the Titans as wide receivers coach, and former Chargers special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman has joined the Titans as assistant special teams coach. Jackson had been retained at Temple by Geoff Collins. He played under Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie with the Browns, and he worked with Glenn Thomas at Temple — Thomas worked with Mike Mularkey and Robiskie with the Falcons. 

Denver Broncos: Former Jaguars offensive line coach John Benton has joined the Broncos as assistant offensive line coach. Benton spent one year with the Jaguars an previously coached with the Dolphins, Texans and Rams.

Cleveland Browns: Former Southeastern Louisiana defensive coordinator Blake Williams will join the Browns as linebackers coach, and former Southeastern Louisiana special teams coordinator Jerod Kruse will join the Browns as assistant defensive backs coach, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Williams is the son of new Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Arizona State: Oklahoma State offensive analyst Josh Henson is expected to join the Arizona State staff as offensive line coach, according to The Arizona Republic. Henson spent one year at OK State and was Missouri’s offensive line coach from 2009-15.

Washington State: Former Minnesota defensive line coach Jeff Phelps is a strong candidate for the Washington State defensive line job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner will interview for the 49ers general manager job today, according to multiple reports.

Alabama: Offensive analyst Mike Locksley has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant. Locksley has spent one year at Alabama and was previously Maryland’s offensive coordinator. The spot opened when Mario Cristobal left for Oregon. In addition, athletic director Bill Battle will move to the role of special assistant to the president, as Greg Byrne takes over as athletic director on March 1.

San Francisco 49ers: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is stepping away from the 49ers head coaching search to focus on the playoffs, according to multiple reports. This likely makes Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable the remaining finalists for the job. Adam Schefter reports the 49ers are "honing in" on Shanahan.

Washington Redskins: Former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan will interview for the Redskins defensive coordinator job, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

Tennessee: North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren has joined the Tennessee staff in the same role, and previous UT defensive backs coach Willie Martinez will not return. Warren spent two years at UNC and previously coached at Nebraska and Air Force. 

Central Arkansas: Head coach Steve Campbell has received a new four-year contract worth $200,587 annually, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Campbell is 23-13 in three seasons.

Minnesota Vikings: Former UCLA offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu will join the Vikings staff as running backs coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Polamalu spent three years at UCLA. He previously coached running backs in the NFL from 2004-09 with the Browns and Jaguars. 

Penn State: Princeton assistant director of football operations Andrew Goodman has joined the Penn State staff as assistant recruiting coordinator. Goodman spent two years at Princeton.

Chattanooga: Former Minnesota assistant strength coach Chad Pearson has joined the Chattanooga staff as head strength coach. Pearson spent six years at Minnesota.

UC Davis: Cornerbacks coach Wes Nurse has been retained by Dan Hawkins and moved to the role of director of football operations. Nurse has been at UC Davis in his current stint since 2015.

Western Michigan: Tim Lester will earn $800,000 annually, according to MLive.com. That’s the same salary P.J. Fleck made and is the highest in the MAC. Bonuses can take it up to $1.1 million.

Eastern Illinois: Former Oklahoma State player and student assistant Victor Irokansi has joined the Eastern Illinois staff as a defensive graduate assistant. 

San Diego State: New athletic director John David Wicker will earn $340,000 annually, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. That’s $75,000 more than the previous AD.

UCLA: Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm will not return, according to Scout.com. Klemm was suspended in 2015 for recruiting violations and was given a two-year show-cause penalty in September. He was the highest-paid public school assistant in the Pac-12 last year.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday January 15, 2017

Alabama: AL.com reports athletic director Bill Battle will step aside this week, and the Arizona Daily Star reports Arizona AD Greg Byrne will be named Alabama AD. Battle's contract ends in March. Byrne has been at Arizona since 2010.

Elon (NC): A source tells CoachingSearch that Ohio Dominican running backs coach / special teams coordinator Matt Merritt will join the Elon staff as running backs coach / special teams coordinator. Merritt spent one year at Ohio Dominican and was previously an intern / graduate assistant at Ohio State from 2013-15.

East Carolina: Northern Iowa defensive backs coach / assistant head coach for defense Brandon Lynch has joined the ECU staff in the same role. Lynch spent fur years at UNI. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Western Michigan: A source tells CoachingSearch that Purdue assistant strength coach Grant Geib has accepted the head strength job at Western Michigan. Geib had been at Purdue since 2012 and worked with Tim Lester there.

Temple: Kansas video assistant Kyle Lane has joined the Temple staff as video coordinator. Lane spent one season at Kansas. Here is the full-time Temple staff.

UConn: Former Cincinnati offensive line coach J.B. Grimes will join the UConn staff, according to AL.com. Grimes was Auburn’s offensive line coach from 2013-15, where he worked with Rhett Lashlee. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

TCU: Former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes will join the TCU staff in an undetermined role, according to 247Sports’ TCU site and ESPN. A full-time staff spot opened when Doug Meacham left for Kansas, but Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen is also joining the TCU staff. 

Memphis: Running backs / assistant head coach Darrell Dickey has been promoted to offensive coordinator, quarterbacks graduate assistant Kenny Dillingham has been promoted to quarterbacks / tight ends coach, and offensive line coach Ryan Silverfield has added the title of run game coordinator. Dickey was Memphis’ co-offensive coordinator from 2014-15 under Justin Fuente and was retained by Mike Norvell. Dillingham has been at Memphis for one year and previously worked with Norvell at Arizona State.  

NC State: Rutgers assistant defensive backs coach Aaron Henry will join the NC State staff, according to NJ.com. Henry spent one year at Rutgers and was previously a graduate assistant at Arkansas. 

Central Michigan: A source tells CoachingSearch that Northern Michigan wide receivers coach Marcus Knight has joined the Central Michigan staff as wide receivers coach. Knight spent five years at NMU and previously coached at Valpo. 

Indianapolis Colts: Jay Glazer reports Colts owner Jim Irsay made a strong push to hire Peyton Manning to lead football operations, but it’s very unlikely to happen.

Cal: Justin Wilcox will not retain any of the full-time assistants, according to Scout.com.

Buffalo Bills: Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress and former Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson are candidates for the Bills offensive coordinator job, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Adam Schefter reports the Jaguars interviewed Chip Kelly for their head coaching job, before hiring Doug Marrone. 

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable will interview for the 49ers head coaching job today, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Patriots offensive Josh McDaniels are also strong candidates, but their teams won on Saturday. However, as the only remaining opening, the 49ers can wait. 

Cal: Former Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood will join the Cal staff in the same role, according to CSN Bay Area. In addition, CoachingSearch is told that Cal head strength coach Damon Harrington will not be retained. Greatwood spent 30 years on the Oregon staff. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday January 14, 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reports Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley will join the Jaguars staff, but Scout.com's Sam Webb reports it's premature, and all options are being considered. Wheatley was a finalist for the Western Michigan head coaching job and worked under Doug Marrone at Syracuse and with the Bills from 2010-14.

Los Angeles Chargers: Former Bills offensive assistant Pat Meyer will follow Anthony Lynn to LA as offensive line coach, according to Alex Marvez. Meyer spent two years with the Bills.

Minnesota: MLive.com reports Western Michigan head strength coach Dan Nichol has resigned, meaning he’s expected to join the Minnesota staff.

Georgia Southern: Tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Chad Lunsford has added the title of assistant head coach.

Lafayette (PA): Florida graduate assistant Christian Pace has joined the Lafayette staff as running backs coach. Pace worked at UF with new Lafayette head coach John Garrett.

Buffalo Bills: Former Rams defensive line coach Mike Waufle will join the Bills staff as defensive line coach. Waufle spent five years with the Rams and has coached in the NFL since 1998.

Louisville: With the addition of Mike Summers, co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Chris Klenakis will move to tight ends. In addition, Inside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Tony Grantham is no longer with the program. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Washington Redskins: CBS Sports reports quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, with head coach Jay Gruden calling plays.

Boise State: Azusa Pacific (CA) linebackers coach Spencer Danielson has joined the Boise State staff as a defensive assistant. Danielson spent four years at Azusa Pacific.

Minnesota: Western Michigan offensive graduate assistant Greg Harbaugh has joined the Minnesota staff as an offensive quality control coach. Harbaugh spent two years at WMU.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former 49ers offensive line coach Pat Flaherty has joined the Jags in the same role. Flaherty spent one year with the 49ers and worked under Tom Coughlin with the Giants from 2004-15.

TCU: Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen will join the TCU staff, per multiple reports. Thomsen is a former TCU player.

Louisville: Florida offensive line coach Mike Summers will be the new offensive line coach at Louisville, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Summers has been at Florida since 2014, and he was previously Louisville’s offensive line coach under Bobby Petrino from 2003-06. 

Western Michigan: Tim Lester will make “as much as $1.1 million annually,” according to the Lansing State Journal. P.J. Fleck’s $800,000 salary at WMU was already the highest in the MAC, not including bonuses. Lester’s assistant salary pool will also be $1.1 million. Here’s what Lester said at his introduction. 

Clemson: Dabo Swinney says defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks is retiring. Brooks has been at Clemson since 2009 and previously worked at Tennessee for 15 years. He was named the 2016 AFCA assistant coach of the year. 

Delaware: Buffalo running backs coach / special teams coordinator Matt Simon has been named offensive coordinator at Delaware. Simon spent six years at Buffalo.

Los Angeles Rams: Former Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson will join the Rams in the same role, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Johnson was with the Saints from 2009-16. In addition, former Redskins defensive coordinator Joe Barry will join the Rams as linebackers coach, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Barry spent the last two years with the Redskins.

Lehigh (PA): Wide receivers coach Scott Brisson will be promoted to offensive coordinator. Brisson has spent the past three years at Lehigh.

Georgetown: Safeties coach / special teams coordinator Kevin Doherty has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Dohety has been on staff for five years. 

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have decided to file paperwork to move to Las Vegas, according to NFL Network.

Indianapolis Colts: Adam Schefter reports owner Jim Irsay did pursue Jon Gruden, but Gruden will stay in TV.

Old Dominion: The Virginian-Pilot reports head coach Bobby Wilder’s new 5-year contract remains unsigned. The deal would increase Wilder’s salary from $554,900 to about $660,000, but Wilder wants more security for his assistants. 

UConn: New defensive coordinator Billy Crocker will earn $300,000 annually on a 3-year deal, according to the school. Crocker previously coached at Villanova for 12 years.

Houston Texans: Bill O’Brien tells the Houston Chronicle that he isn’t leaving and will continue to coach the Texans, amid reports of friction with the organization.

Cleveland Browns: Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive line coach Bob Wylie will join the Browns as offensive line coach, according to The Sporting News’ Alex Marvez. Wyle has spent the past three years in the CFL and has been coaching since 1980.

Denver Broncos: Running backs coach Eric Studesville will be retained, according to The Denver Post.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday January 13, 2017

Cal: Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has accepted the Cal head coaching job and will have a 5-year contract, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Read more here.

West Virginia: Cal offensive coordinator Jake Spavital will join West Virginia as offensive coordinator, and current OC Joe Wickline will move to offensive line coach, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Spavital was WVU’s quarterbacks coach from 2011-12. Keep track of open FBS assistant jobs here.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Defensive coordinator Todd Wash will be retained by Doug Marrone, according to multiple reports. Wash has spent three years with the Jags and was promoted to coordinator last year.

UConn: Villanova defensive coordinator Billy Crocker will join the UConn staff as defensive coordinator, according to NBC Connecticut and the Hartford Courant. Crocker has spent the last 12 years at Villanova, including five as defensive coordinator. 

Cleveland Browns: Former Jaguars defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker has joined the Browns as defensive backs coach, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Walker spent four years with the Jags and was previously New Mexico State’s head coach.

Chattanooga: North Alabama wide receivers coach Ryan Aplin has joined the Chattanooga staff in the same role. Aplin spent one year at North Alabama and was previously a GA at Auburn.

Western Michigan: Former Purdue quarterbacks coach Tim Lester has been named head coach at Western Michigan. Read more here.

Nebraska: Former UConn head coach Bob Diaco is expected to be named Nebraska defensive coordinator, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Diaco spent the last three years at UConn. Before that, Diaco won the Broyles Award in 2012 as the nation’s top assistant coach while Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator. He's a former Iowa player with all of his coaching experience on the East Coast or in the Midwest. Diaco was also in the mix for the same job at Arkansas.

Buffalo Bills: Former Chargers linebackers coach Bob Babich has joined the Bills in the same role. Babich spent one year with the Chargers and has previously coached with the Jaguars, Bears and Rams. 

Iowa State: Michigan State offensive graduate assistant Colby Kratch has joined the Iowa State staff as a defensive assistant. Kratch spent two years at MSU.

UConn: Coastal Carolina cornerbacks coach Curome Cox has joined the UConn staff as defensive backs coach. Cox spent four years at CCU and was previously a graduate assistant at Maryland under Randy Edsall. Keep track of new FBS staffs here.

College Football Playoff: Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith will replace Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez on the selection committee, according to ESPN. The three-year terms of Alvarez, Bobby Johnson and Condoleeza Rice have expired. 

Minnesota: Northern Iowa defensive line coach Bryce Paup will join the Minnesota staff as defensive line coach, according to Sports Illustrated. Paup has been at UNI since 2013. In addition, Western Michigan running backs coach Kenni Burns will follow P.J. Fleck to Minnesota, according to multiple reports. This completes Fleck's staff. 

Independence CC (KS): Minnesota graduate assistant Lee Grimes has joined the Independence staff as offensive line coach. Grimes spent one year at Minnesota. 

Western Kentucky: Former Fresno State head strength and conditioning coach Thomas Stallworth has been named WKU director of football strength and conditioning. Stallworth spent one season at Fresno and previously worked at Texas Tech, NC State and Mississippi State. 

Los Angeles Rams: Head coach Sean McVay says he will call offensive plays. 

Elon (NC): A source tells CoachingSearch that Lehigh (PA) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Drew Folmar will join the Elon staff as offensive coordinator. Folmar spent three years at Lehigh, winning the Patriot League in 2016.

Denver Broncos: According to 9News, former Chargers offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will join the Broncos as offensive coordinator, and former Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will join the Broncos as quarterbacks coach. McCoy spent the past four years leading the Chargers and was the Broncos OC from 2009-12. Musgrave spent the past two years with the Raiders.  

Toledo: Mississippi State offensive quality control assistant Mike Bellamy will join the Toledo staff as wide receivers coach, CoachingSearch has confirmed. WTOL first reported the news. Bellamy spent one year at Mississippi State and was previously Illinois’ wide receivers coach from 2012-15. 

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are interested in talking to former Rams wide receivers coach Mike Groh about their wide receivers job, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. 

Buffalo Bills: Special teams coordinator Danny Crossman will be retained by Sean McDermott. Crossman has been with the Bills since 2013.

San Francisco 49ers: Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough will interview for the 49ers general manager job today.

Kansas: Michigan State defense / special teams intern Brett Allen will join the Kansas staff as a graduate assistant. 

Alabama: Offensive analyst Mike Locksley is expected to be promoted to an on-field role, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Locksley has been at Alabama for one year and was previously the offensive coordinator at Maryland from 2012-15.

Oregon: Alabama offensive tackles / tight ends coach Mario Cristobal will join the Oregon staff as co-offensive coordinator, according to 247Sports and multiple reports. Cristobal has been at Alabama since 2013 and was previously the head coach at FIU from 2007-12. ESPN's Brett McMurphy adds that assistant David Reaves will be the other co-offensive coordinator. 

Oakland Raiders: Assistant quarterbacks coach Jake Peetz will be promoted to quarterbacks coach, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. Previous quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was moved up to offensive coordinator. Peetz has been with the Raiders for two years.

Cabrillo College (CA): Humboldt State (CA) linebackers coach Darren Arbet has been named head coach of Cabrillo College. Arbet is the former San Jose SaberCats head coach and GM from 1999-2015.

Purdue: Former Western Kentucky running backs coach Chris Barclay has joined the Purdue staff as offensive quality control, and WKU football character coach Sean Pugh has joined Purdue as director of player development. Barclay spent one year at WKU, and Pugh was at WKU from 2008-16. Both are following Jeff Brohm to West Lafayette. 

Los Angeles Rams: The Dolphins have blocked offensive line coach Chris Foerster from interviewing for the Rams offensive coordinator job, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Houston: UH has denied that former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson has joined the staff. Major Applewhite says further decisions haven’t been made. Jefferson deleted a tweet saying he had joined the staff. Applewhite told ESPN Radio Baton Rouge, “Any job announcement will come out of my mouth, we don't have to worry about Twitter.”  

Mount Union (OH): Mason High School (MI) head coach Jerry VanHavel has stepped down and will join the Mount Union staff, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Los Angeles Chargers: Anthony Lynn’s contract is a 4-year deal.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former Broncos special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has joined the Jaguars in the same role. DeCamillis spent two years with the Broncos and has previously directed special teams for the Bears and Cowboys. He was a Jags special teams coach from 2007-08.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Outside linebackers coach Joey Porter has been reinstated after his arrest last weekend, and he will coach in the playoff game this weekend. 

San Jose State: Former Fresno State tight ends coach Joe Bernardi has joined the SJSU staff as offensive line coach, Contra Costa (CA) head coach Alonzo Carter has joined SJSU as running backs coach, and Oregon State quality control assistant Bojay Filimoeatu has joined as linebackers coach. Bernardi spent one year at Fresno in his first full-time coaching job, Carter led Contra Costa for seven seasons, winning four conference titles, and Filomoeatu spent one year at OSU with Brent Brennan. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.