Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday October 09, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

The Lead Block: 5 questions to follow this weekend.

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.

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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.

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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.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday October 07, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Wisconsin: Denver Broncos supervising producer Chris Hall has joined Wisconsin as director of video services, and Jason Frausto has joined as video coordinator. Frausto spent the last 19 months with the United States Tennis Association. Hall spent the last seven years with the Broncos and will oversee Wisconsin’s video services office, which includes coaches video and includes 11 full-time staff members. 

IUPUI: Finalists for the IUPUI athletic director job are: Duke assistant athletic director Joe Manhertz, UTSA deputy athletic director Jim Sarra and Wright State deputy athletic director Roderick Perry.

Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly’s name is always thrown around in the coaching carousel, but Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman writes, “According to a team source, Kelly has told people in the Eagles organization that he isn't moving back to college, and the idea that he would now is ridiculous.”

South Carolina: Saturday’s home game against LSU has been moved to Baton Rouge due to local flooding in South Carolina. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.

Texas: Chip Brown of reports Texas has contacted attorneys for Oklahoma State to begin the process of settling the contract dispute between OK State and Texas offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline. OK State has been seeking $600,000 from Wickline, claiming his move to Texas last year was a lateral move, because Wickline doesn’t call plays. Brown reports the suit is expected to be settled for about $300,000.

Miami Dolphins: Former Oakland Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders has joined the Dolphins as senior offensive assistant, assistant quarterbacks coach Ben Johnson has moved to tight ends to fill interim head coach Dan Campbell’s previous role, and wide receivers coach Ken O'Keefe has been re-assigned to senior offensive assistant. The 68-year-old Saunders spent 2011-14 with the Oakland Raiders. He has head coaching experience with the San Diego Chargers from 1986-88, and NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Dolphins discussed bringing in former NFL head coaches Mike Smith, Jim Schwartz and/or Greg Schiano to help on defense, adding that the situation is still fluid.

Ohio State: The nine Ohio State assistants are making about $500,000 more than the staff last year, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The salaries are as follows: Offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Ed Warinner ($600,000, up from $364,000), co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Tim Beck ($525,000), defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Luke Fickell ($640,000), co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Chris Ash ($550,000), defensive line coach Larry Johnson ($410,000), running backs coach Tony Alford ($400,000), cornerbacks coach / special teams coordinator ($350,000), tight ends / fullbacks coach Tim Hinton ($286,000) and wide receivers coach Zach Smith ($220,000). Head strength coach Mickey Marotti still makes $380,000 annually.

Texas: Chip Brown of reports former football SID Mike Bianco recently helped Charlie Strong with an ESPN interview, but hasn’t yet been rehired. 

Wheeling Jesuit University (WV): University of Mary (ND) associate athletic director Kevin Forde has been named athletic director at Wheeling Jesuit. Forde had been at U-Mary since 2005.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday October 06, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Texas: Interim athletic director Mike Perrin was asked by Austin American-Statesman reporter Kirk Bohls if Charlie Strong would definitely be back in 2016, and Perrin said, “I assume so.”

Jackson State: Head coach Harold Jackson has been dismissed, as first reported by the Clarion-Ledger. Jackson was 6-11 since taking over as head coach last year. JSU went 5-7 last year and was off to a 1-4 start this year. This move comes less than a week after athletic director Robert Walker stepped down. Wide receivers coach Derrick McCall has been named interim head coach. McCall is in his eighth season on staff.

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South Carolina: Athletic director Ray Tanner says there have been discussions about moving Saturday’s game against LSU, due to flooding throughout the state. The field and stadium are fine, but the concern is for the fans. Moving the game to LSU is “not out of the realm of possibility.”

Rutgers: A law firm that deals exclusively with potential NCAA violations is conducting a “top-to-bottom” review of the Rutgers football program, according to The firm was hired in August. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday October 05, 2015

Southern Utah: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / associate head coach Gary Crowton has resigned, citing personal reasons. Crowton will be temporarily reassigned as special advisor to the athletic director. Assistant offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Justin Walterscheid will handle the coordinator duties. In a release, Crowton said, “The timing is unfortunate, but I have some issues that need to be dealt with at this time.” Southern Utah is 3-2 this season, winning three straight, and is off this week. The 58-year-old Crowton joined the Southern Utah staff in 2014 and has previously coached at Maryland, LSU, Oregon, BYU (head coach), the Chicago Bears, Louisiana Tech (head coach) and more. 

Miami Dolphins: Interim head coach Dan Campbell says he hasn’t made a decision about the team's coordinator situation. Owner Steve Ross says Campbell is "certainly" a candidate for the permanent job, and Ross consulted Bill Parcells about it. Here's what Campbell said on Monday.

Texas: Charlie Strong has plenty of support and “a lot of breathing room” with school officials and boosters, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad. The Longhorns are 1-4 this season. Here’s what Strong said about the struggles on Monday.

Miami Dolphins: Head coach Joe Philbin has been dismissed, as first reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which adds that tight ends coach Dan Campbell will serve as interim head coach. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle is also expected to be dismissed, though NFL Network's Albert Breer notes Coyle was in today's staff meeting, and his future hasn't been addressed. Philbin went 24-28 in three-plus years. Campbell is 39 years old, and his coaching career began as an intern with the Dolphins in 2010. He has served as tight ends coach since 2011. Here is more on the move.

Cleveland Browns: General manager Ray Farmer’s four-game suspension ended on Monday, and he has returned with the Browns. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.