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 Scout.com 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 Scout.com 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.