Posted by: Chris Vannini on Saturday December 03, 2016

Oregon: Gary Patterson won't be a candidate for the Oregon job, according to The Oregonian. 

Washington: Chris Petersen will receive a $100,000 bonus for winning the Pac-12, per USA Today.

Wyoming: Craig Bohl has agreed to a new 7-year contract through 2023. Bohl is 14-22 in three seasons, including 8-4 this year with a division title. The contract starts with a base salary of $1.4 million, up from $900,000. The buyout on Bohl's end begins at $6.5 million in the first year and decreases each following year.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday December 02, 2016

Championship Week: Here are this weekend’s picks.

Notre Dame: On his radio show, athletic director Jack Swarbrick again shot down reports that Brian Kelly would leave Notre Dame for another job.

Oregon: Athletic director Rob Mullens has temporarily headquartered Oregon’s coaching search in Texas, according to The Oregonian. Mullens will participate in the final Playoff committee meeting on Sunday in Dallas. The paper reports Gary Patterson is believed to be a candidate Oregon would like to talk with. Keep track of Oregon updates here.

Baylor: Colorado associate athletic director David Plati says a report that Mike MacIntyre will interview for the Baylor job tonight or tomorrow is not true.

Purdue: School officials believe it is unlikely they get a sitdown with P.J. Fleck and are prepared to focus their search on Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, who adds that WKU looks at Troy’s Neal Brown as a primary candidate if Brohm leaves, along with current WKU special teams coordinator Tony Levine. Brohm and Fleck have refused to talk to schools until their conference title games on Saturday.

Oregon: Mark Helfrich tells ESPN Radio that he recently reached out to Chip Kelly about returning to Oregon, in hopes of keeping the Duck staff, but Kelly wants to remain in the NFL.

Nevada: Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig is a candidate for the Nevada head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who adds Nevada would like to have a coach in place by next Friday.

Nebraska: Arizona cornerbacks coach Donté Williams is a strong candidate to join the Nebraska staff, according to Rivals.com. Williams spent one year at Arizona and previously coached at San Jose State. 

Houston: Lane Kiffin will interview for the Houston head coaching job, according to SB Nation.

Baylor: Jim McElwain is not a candidate for the Baylor job, according to ESPN’s Chris Low. 

Furman (SC): Head coach Bruce Fowler has resigned. Fowler went 27-43 in six seasons. He spent 28 years at the school as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Keep track of FCS head coaching changes here.

Nevada: Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin is a candidate for the Nevada head coaching job, according to ESPN. Baldwin is 83-31 in nine years at EWU.

Blinn JC (AL): Interim head coach Ryan Mahon has been named full-time head coach. Mahon join the staff in March as running backs coach and became interim head coach in July. Blinn went 5-4 this year.

Florida International: Per the Miami Herald, Butch Davis will make $900,000 in his first season, with a 5 percent raise in each following year of the 5-year deal. That doesn’t include bonuses. The assistant salary pool will be $1.6 million.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday December 01, 2016

Indiana: Defensive coordinator Tom Allen is the new permanent head coach at Indiana, following Kevin Wilson’s departure. Allen will have a 6-year contract. Salary has not been determined. Allen plans to keep the staff intact through the bowl game and remain as defensive coordinator. Wilson will receive one year's base salary, $542,000. Read more here.

LSU: Ed Orgeron received a one-time payment of $675,000 to serve as interim head coach, according to The Advocate. 

Houston: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is a candidate for the Houston head coaching job, according to ESPN.

Purdue: The school is aiming to announce a new head coach on Monday or Tuesday, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. The paper reports candidates believed to still be under consideration include Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck and LA Tech head coach Skip Holtz.

San Jose State: One name to watch for the SJSU job is Colorado offensive line coach Klayton Adams, who spent two years on Mike MacIntyre’s staff there. 

Utah State: Athletic director John Hartwell has issued a statement of support for head coach Matt Wells, but notes there will be changes made for 2017. 

Indiana: Head coach Kevin Wilson will be dismissed, according to the Indianapolis Star. SB Nation reports defensive coordinator Tom Allen will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game. A press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m. Read more here.

UNLV: Purdue running backs coach DeAndre Smith will join the UNLV staff in the same role, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Smith previously coached at UNLV in 2009. He spent 2016 at Purdue and was previously at Syracuse. 

Florida International: Georgia offensive quality control assistant Kevin Beard will join the FIU staff as wide receivers coach, according to CanesInSight.com. Beard is in his first year at UGA and was previously the wide receivers coach at Miami (FL).

Texas A&M: President Michael Young tells the Texas Tribune, “Kevin Sumlin is our coach and has my complete support and our athletic director's complete support.” When asked if Sumlin would be the coach next season, Young replied, “Kevin Sumlin has my complete support.”

Oregon: UCF head coach and former Oregon OC Scott Frost tells local media that he is “not a candidate” for the Oregon job, per Rivals.com’s UCF site. Keep track on our Oregon updates page.

Delaware: The school is making a strong run at Richmond head coach Danny Rocco, according to The News Journal. Rocco is in his fifth season at Richmond and plays in the second round of the FCS playoffs this weekend. Rocco said this week: “I think right now what I plan on doing is doing everything in my power to extend our season. And when the season is over, I want to sit down with all of the appropriate people to be able to make the best decision for me and my family moving forward. Tomorrow is promised to no one. And I do believe that I will have some options when the season is over.”

Florida Atlantic: AD Pat Chun would prefer candidates with head coaching experience, according to Fox Sports, and may target Jim Leavitt, Mario Cristobal or Randy Shannon. Chun also explained this week why he consults with Ohio State.

Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer will not coach in tonight’s game against the Cowboys after eye surgery on Wednesday. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as interim head coach.

San Jose State: One name to keep an eye on for the SJSU job is Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo, who is a former SJSU player and coach.

Purdue: Les Miles is no longer in the mix for the Purdue head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Houston: Lane Kiffin is a candidate for the Houston head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Nevada: The total buyout for the Nevada staff is approximately $950,000, but subject to offset or cancelation if coaches get other jobs, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Portland State: Athletic director Mark Rountree has resigned to take a deputy athletic director job at Georgia Tech. Rountree had been PSU’s AD since2015. 

Bryant (RI): Head coach Marty Fine has resigned. Fine had been the head coach since 2004, posting an 80-61 record.

Colorado: Athletic director Rick George tells ESPN he “absolutely” expects Mike MacIntyre remains at Colorado, and the two will talk about a contract extension after the Pac-12 title game.

Abilene Christian: One name to keep an eye on for the ACU job is Texas A&M-Commerce head coach Colby Carthel. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday November 30, 2016

Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer will have emergency eye surgery on Wednesday night. He previously had eye surgery after the Vikings’ Oct. 31 game against the Bears. Zimmer’s status for the Vikings’ Thursday night game is unknown. 

Nevada: UCLA quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo has had contact with Nevada about their head coaching job, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, which adds that Louisville co-offensive coordinator Chris Klenakis is not a candidate. Klenakis was a finalist for the job in 2013. 

Florida: Asked about the Oregon job, Jim McElwain said, "It's always interesting, this time of year, how whatever comes out. No, I haven't heard from Oregon. The things that get thrown out there, at times, I don't know how it does sometimes. I guess slow news day. I got my hunch there might be some recruiting things behind it. I don't know." Asked if he plans to stay at Florida, McElwain said, “Yeah.”

Oregon: South Florida head coach Willie Taggart is a strong candidate for the Oregon job, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.

Houston: Board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta tells the Houston Chronicle that the school is narrowing down a list of candidates to 5 or 6 names and could make a decision next week. The Chronicle reports the school plans to contact West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen and that Les Miles and Art Briles have interest. 

SMU: The school has announced an extension for Chad Morris through 2023.

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): Head coach Dale Carlson will not return. Carlson led the program for two years. 

Methodist (NC): Interim head coach Keven Williams has been named to the full-time job. Williams had been in the role since January. He’s been on staff since 2009. 

Oregon: Chip Kelly says there's no chance of him becoming the Oregon head coach, and he hasn’t spoken with anyone at Oregon other than Mark Helfrich. A few weeks ago, he said he’s not interested in returning to college football. Read more here.

Georgia Tech: New athletic director Todd Stansbury gave Paul Johnson a vote of confidence on Wednesday, saying, “There’s nobody out there that wants to play us. That tells a lot about the state of the program and fear that opposing coaches have of our head coach.” The Yellow Jackets rebounded from last year’s 3-9 season to go 8-4 this year. Johnson has reached 8 bowl games in 9 years. 

Lamar (TX): The Beaumont Examiner lists some potential candidates for the job: former LSU special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, Houston wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, Tulane wide receivers coach Jeff Conway, former Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Shultz and Florida director of player development Kevin Barbay.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Offensive coordinator Todd Monken says he hasn’t heard from college teams and is happy coaching in the NFL. Monken left the Southern Miss head coaching job last winter to join the Bucs. 

San Jose State: SJSU is interested in Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo for its head coaching job, according to Fox Sports. Arroyo is a former SJSU player and coached at the school from 2005-08.

Houston: President Renu Khator has tweeted that UH plans to fill the head coaching job within two weeks.

Vanderbilt: The school has started discussions with Derek Mason about a contract extension and raise, according to ESPN. 

Lafayette (PA): Offensive coordinator Mickey Fein has been named interim head coach. Fein has been on staff for nine years. 

Georgia State: Athletic director Charlie Cobb tells the AJC he hopes to name a new head coach by Dec. 15, but that no interviews have taken place yet. He hopes to speak with 10-12 candidates within the next week, before narrowing that to 4-5. The salary of the next head coach will be between $525,000-$550,000 and will have about $1 million to hire a staff.

Baylor: ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports Baylor is looking at Cal’s Sonny Dykes for its head coaching job, and that Chad Morris will remain at SMU. Dykes interviewed for the Houston job two years ago when current Baylor AD Mack Rhoades was the AD at UH.

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Oregon: Mark Helfich has been dismissed, CoachingSearch has confirmed. CSN first reported the news. Helfrich went 37-16 in four seasons, reaching the 2014 national championship game and producing a Heisman Trophy winner, but fell to 4-8 this year. Helfrich's buyout is $11.6 million. Read more here.

Baylor: AD Mack Rhoades says Baylor will accept a bowl invitation and Jim Grobe will coach in it, though the situation with assistants is fluid, according to 1660 ESPN. Baylor started 6-0 but has lost five straight. 

Fresno State: UNLV cornerbacks coach J.D. Williams and running backs coach Jamie Christian will join the Fresno State staff, according to Scout.com. Both spent two years at UNLV and are former Fresno State players. Keep track of new coaching staffs here.

Rice: Defensive coordinator / cornerbacks coach Chris Thurmond and safeties coach Larry Hoefer are expected to retire. Thurmond spent six seasons on staff, and Hoefer spent five. 

Texas: UT has officially announced the hiring of four coaches and two staffers from Houston. Among coaches, OL coach Derek Warehime, DL coach Oscar Giles, TE / FB coach Corby Meekins and CB coach / special teams coordinator Jason Washington. Their positions will be finalized after the staff is completed. In addition, Fernando Lovo will serve as assistant AD for football operations, and Derek Chang will be director of player personnel. 

Nevada: Washington State running backs coach Jim Mastro tells the Spokesman-Review, “Haven’t talked to Nevada. Not going back to Nevada.” Mastro was a Nevada assistant from 2000-10 and was listed as a possible candidate for the head coaching job.

LSU: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s new contract is believed to make him the highest-paid assistant in college football, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Aranda made $1.2 million this past season. In addition, Ed Orgeron's contract is a 5-year deal that pays him $3.5 million annually, per The Advocate. 

Nebraska Kearney: Defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Ken Gordon has resigned, according to KHGI. Gordon spent two seasons on staff. 

Lafayette (PA): Per source, head coach Frank Tavani will not return. Tavani spent 17 seasons as head coach and 30 seasons on the staff. Keep track of FCS head coaching changes here.

San Jose State: The school has reached out to former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill, according to Sports Illustrated. Hill last coached the Atlanta Falcons offensive line in 2013. 

Houston: Todd Orlando says he and offensive coordinator Major Applewhite will both interview for the Houston head coaching job. For the bowl game, offensive graduate assistant C.J. Irvin will coach the offensive line, defensive graduate assistant Dan Carrel will help with linebackers, defensive graduate assistant Roosevelt Maggitt will coach defensive line, offensive analyst James Casey will coach tight ends, and co-defensive coordinator Craig Naivar will have full defensive backs duties. 

Western Michigan: P.J. Fleck confirmed that he won’t talk to any schools until after the MAC championship game. He describes the message to his players.

Florida International: Former Memphis safeties coach Brent Guy has now officially be named FIU defensive coordinator. Guy spent one year at Memphis after four years as Tulsa’s defensive coordinator. He was also the head coach at Utah State from 2005-08.

Rice: Head coach David Bailiff will return, the school has announced. Bailiff is 56-69 in 10 seasons and just finished a 3-9 year, Rice's second straight losing season. He went to three straight bowl games from 2012-14, including a Conference USA title in 2013. In a release, AD Joe Karlgaard says the past two years do not meet the standard, but he believes Bailiff can get back to the expectations, and Bailiff says changes are coming.

Florida Atlantic: Here are 7 factors to keep in mind for the FAU search.

Florida International: Butch Davis says he hopes to have his staff complete by mid-December. Three spots are currently filled. 

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.