Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

NFL: Executive vice president of communications Paul Hicks is leaving the NFL for Glover Park Group, a firm that provides PR advice to the NFL, according to SportsBusiness Journal. Pro Football Talk adds that Hicks will contribute to projects with the NFL. 

UCF: George O’Leary has expressed a strong desire to assume the permanent athletic director job and step down as football coach at the end of this season, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. If O’Leary became the AD, offensive coordinator / running backs coach Brent Key would be promoted to head coaching job. The 69-year-old O’Leary became interim AD this summer. There were reports in August 2014 that O’Leary was considering stepping down and promoting Key, but it didn’t transpire.

Duquesne (PA): Dayton vice president for university advancement Dave Harper has been named Duquesne athletic director. Harper moved into his current role at Dayton in 2012 after working as Dayton’s associate vice president for athletics.

North Carolina: Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik will call plays from the coaches box, while defensive backs coach Charlton Warren, defensive line coach Tray Scott and linebackers coach John Papuchis will be on the sideline.

Tennessee Titans: Scouting consultant C.O. Brocato has passed away. The 85-year-old was in his 45th year with the franchise. 

Garden City CC (KS): Offensive coordinator Jason Brown is no longer with the staff, and former Texas high school coach Joel Berry is the new offensive coordinator. The change was made two weeks ago. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday August 31, 2015

Saskatchewan Roughriders: Head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Taman have been dismissed. The Roughriders are 0-9 this season, two years removed from winning the Grey Cup in 2013. Chamblin had been head coach since 2012. Special teams coordinator Bob Dyce has been named interim head coach, and assistant general manager Jeremy O’Day has been named interim general manager.

Coastal Carolina: Coastal Carolina football will join the Sun Belt Conference in 2017-18, and all other sports will join in 2016-17, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. 

North Dakota State: Offensive intern Hank Jacobs has been promoted to full-time director of football recruiting. Jacobs played at NDSU from 2009-11 and spent the next two years as an undergraduate assistant. He became an offensive intern in 2014. Offensive quality control coach Josh Kittell, who joined the staff in July, will fill Jacobs’ previous role.

Texas Tech: Defensive coordinator David Gibbs will call plays from the field. 

Michigan: President Mark Schlissel tells the Detroit Free Press there is no search for a permanent athletic director, and interim AD Jim Hackett will remain in the role for the foreseeable future. Hackett earns more than $600,000 annually in his role.

Houston high schools: The Houston Chronicle has put together a list of salaries for more than 60 local high school coaches. You can see the full list here.

Illinois: Interim head coach Bill Cubit says new running backs coach Nathan Schleehaase will coach from the field and help with signals and substitutions. Quarterbacks coach Ryan Cubit will move to the coaches box and play a role in play-calling. Here is more from Bill Cubit on the transition.

LSU: Les Miles has gone to a local hospital for precautionary reasons, the school announced. His press conference was canceled, but he will be at practice and available to the media later today. Update: Miles tells WBRZ that he had too much coffee this morning. He is back at work.

Charlotte: Former strength and conditioning intern Kevin Donnalley has rejoined the staff as an analyst and will coach the offensive line with offensive graduate assistant Louis Swaba. Donnalley played 13 years in the NFL and served as an intern last year. Former offensive line coach Phil Ratliff passed away earlier this month.

Western Michigan: Asked about the open Illinois job, P.J. Fleck told, "If it has nothing to do with Western Michigan in 2015, I'm not going to discuss it whatsoever. This staff has put way too much work in to let any rumor or any speculation take us off of that. I don't comment on rumors or speculation."

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday August 30, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Jacksonville State: Former Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt has joined the Jacksonville State staff as a quarterbacks graduate assistant, and former Murray State safeties coach John Therrell has joined the JSU staff as a defensive graduate assistant. Stoudt finished his playing career last year, while Therrell spent one season at Murray State after a playing career at UNLV.

Illinois: Assistant director of football operations Nathan Schleehaase is expected to be promoted to running backs coach, according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans. Scheelhaase joined the staff in May after playing quarterback for the Illini from 2010-13. Interim head coach Bill Cubit had taken over running backs duties this year. 

USC: Steve Sarkisian is delegating the majority of play-calling duties to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Clay Helton. Helton will call plays from the sideline, and wide receivers coach / pass game coordinator Tee Martin will move to the coaches box. Read more on the decision here.

Arizona State: Todd Graham says Sun Devils' tight ends coach / recruiting coordinator Chip Long will now coach the running backs in place of the departed Bo Graham.  Graham has elevated grad assistant Josh Martin to assist with the tight ends.

Baylor: President Ken Starr has announced the creation of a new athletic department position responsible for oversight of student-athlete behavior. Starr said in a statement, “This officer-level position will report directly to the president and ensure our student-athletes maintain the high level of personal ethics and integrity that Baylor Nation demands.”

Alabama State: Former Garden City CC (KS) defensive coordinator Lou West has joined the ASU staff as co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach, and ASU safeties coach Ted Daisher has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. In addition, former Kent State cornerbacks coach Amp Campbell has also joined the staff as cornerbacks coach.

Sun Belt: The conference is targeting Eastern Kentucky and Coastal Carolina for expansion, but the league only plans to add one, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. The vote should come within the next few weeks, if not days.

Here are Saturday's News, Notes & Quotes.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday August 28, 2015

Here are today’s News, Notes & Quotes.

Illinois: In a statement to the Associated Press, Tim Beckman denies allegations of player mistreatment, says his dismissal before the end of the review was a rush to judgment and says he will “vigorously defend both my reputation and my legal rights." Illinois has stated it will not pay Beckman the remainder of his contract nor buyout money.

LSU: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron has received treatment for prostate cancer, according to The Advocate. Cameron said Friday night that he's been given a clean bill of health and is good to go.

Illinois: Interim head coach Bill Cubit will receive an additional $100,000 per month over the next four months, on top of his $515,000 annual salary. Here is what AD Mike Thomas said about the search moving forward, and here are 10 factors for candidates to keep in mind.

Illinois: Head coach Tim Beckman has been dismissed. Athletic director Mike Thomas cites preliminary results of an external investigation into deterring injury reporting and pressuring players to postpone or avoid medical treatment. Offensive coordinator / running backs coach Bill Cubit has been named interim head coach for the 2015 season. Beckman will not receive the $3.1 million remaining on the last two years of his original contract, nor the $743,000 if his contract had been bought out. Here is our story.

Big Ten: Associate director, championships Eddie Thiebe has been promoted to associate director, football and basketball operations. In addition, SEC assistant commissioner for legislative services Gil Grimes has joined the Big Ten as assistant commissioner, compliance. 

Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley says family life for Oklahoma assistants was a big factor in his decision to join Bob Stoops' staff. 

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday August 27, 2015

Here are today's News, Notes & Quotes.

Nebraska: Mike Riley is “strongly considering” having offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf call plays from the field, according to the Omaha World-Herald. 

Limestone College (SC): Limestone’s coaching staff has been completed. Former North Port High School (FL) head coach Jared Powers has joined the Limestone staff as offensive line coach / recruiting coordinator, Reinhardt University (GA) assistant defensive backs coach Titus Graham has joined the staff in the same role, Dorman High School (SC) defensive line coach Jeff Clark has joined as assistant linebackers coach, Catawba College offensive assistant Dwyan Lucky has joined as running backs coach, and Byrnes High School (SC) wide receivers coach Roger Crowe has joined as assistant wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator.

Xavier: Maryland assistant director of compliance Jeff Poulard has joined Xavier as director of compliance. Poulard spent the past two years at Maryland after one year at Howard. 

Michigan: Tight ends coach / special teams assistant Jay Harbaugh and defensive backs coach Greg Jackson will coach from the coaches box in games, and the other seven assistants will be on the sideline, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Atlanta Falcons: Former Falcons front office consultant Joe Banner has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. Banner was the Cleveland Browns CEO from 2012-13 and served as president of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-12. 

Bill Cowher: The former Steelers head coach tells Newsday he’s had opportunities to return to coaching “pretty much every year,” but plans to stick with CBS, where he’s been for the last nine years.

Georgia: Mark Richt says offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will call plays from the sideline. Among offensive staff, Schottenheimer, tight ends coach / offensive special teams coordinator John Lilly and offensive line coach Rob Sale will be on the sideline.