Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday July 28, 2015

South Dakota Mines: Per source, Eastern Oregon wide receivers coach / special teams coordinator Justin Udy has joined the South Dakota Mines staff as wide receivers coach / recruiting coordinator. Udy spent three years at Eastern Oregon. In addition, Air Force assistant strength and conditioning coach Bret Miguez has joined the Mines athletic department as its first strength and conditioning coach.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday July 27, 2015

Arizona Cardinals: Texas Revolution (Indoor Football League) assistant Jen Welter has joined the Cardinals as a training camp / preseason intern, working with inside linebackers. Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. In addition, former Florida A&M defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Levon Kirkland has joined the staff to work with outside linebackers under the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship, a new two-year program that helps retired players get into NFL coaching.

Oregon State: UCF senior associate athletic director for external operations Zack Lassiter has been named Oregon State deputy athletic director for external operations. Lassiter follows new Oregon State AD Todd Stansbury from UCF, where the two worked together since March 2012.

Cal: Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett has joined the Cal staff as cornerbacks coach. CoachingSearch first reported earlier Monday that Lovett was in the mix at Cal. Lovett spent the past two years as the Eagles’ defensive backs coach before being moved into the scouting department this offseason. He worked with Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. Lovett has also served as defensive coordinator at Auburn, Clemson and Miami (FL) since 1999. This means there are no more open full-time assistant jobs for the 2015 season. Defensive backs coach Greg Burns will focus on safeties, and Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans reports head coach Sonny Dykes will coach wide receivers with inside receivers coach Jacob Peeler.

Georgia: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer will likely call plays from the field, Mark Richt told reporters. Former offensive coordinator Mike Bobo previously called from the press box.

American International College (MA): Linebackers coach Kris Kulzer has added the title of assistant head coach. Kulzer has been with AIC since 2011.

Michigan State: Head equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker will retire on June 30 after 32 years at MSU, and men’s basketball equipment manager have Pruder has been promoted to director of athletic equipment. Pruder has been with MSU since 1989. In addition, football equipment manager Dylan Marinez has been promoted to head football equipment manager, and assistant equipment manager Juan Moreno will move from Olympic sports to the football program.

Notre Dame: The South Bend Tribune provides an update on Lou Holtz, who left his role as an ESPN analyst and recently saw his house burn down following a lightning strike. But don’t worry, Holtz still has his sense of humor.

Olivet College (MI): Head athletic trainer Ryan Shockey has been named interim athletic director at Olivet. Shockey has been at Olivet since January 2013 and will continue to serve as head athletic trainer.

Buffalo Bills: Bills president Russ Brandon will add the duties of president of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, according to the Associated Press. Brandon has been with the Bills since 1997 and has served as president since 2013. The Pegula family, which owns the teams, also revealed that Brandon holds the title of Bills Managing Partner.

Duke: North Carolina assistant director of player personnel Terrell Smith has returned to Duke as director of football operations. Smith spent a few months at UNC this year after spending the past two years at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has previously served as assistant director of football relations at Duke from 2006-10 and is a former Duke player. In addition, director of football operations Kevin Lehman has been promoted to executive director of football administration / football chief of staff. Lehman has been with Duke football since 2012 and previously spent three years with the women’s basketball program.

Coffeyville CC (KS): Per source, Coffeyville defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach James Colzie III will join the University of British Columbia (Canada) staff to be defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach. Colzie had been at Coffeyville since February 2014 and has previously coached at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Louisville: Bobby Petrino tells ESPN’s Joe Schad that he believes he will finish his career at Louisville. Petrino is 54 years old, and his current contract has six years remaining and includes a $10 million buyout that decreases after 2017. 

SEC: Here is CoachingSearch’s breakdown of the SEC special teams coordinators.

Cal: Cal is the only school still with a full-time coaching position open for the 2015 season. One name CoachingSearch has heard Sonny Dykes was interested in over the last few weeks was Philadelphia Eagles defensive scouting coordinator John Lovett. Lovett and Cal defensive coordinator Art Kaufman worked together at Texas Tech in 2012 and at Ole Miss from 1995-98. It will be interesting to see if anything is announced before Pac-12 Media Days later this week.

Nebraska-Kearney: Former Texas A&M-Commerce wide receivers coach Kevin Bleil has joined the Nebraska-Kearney staff. Bleil spent two years at Commerce after working as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2012.

Michigan State: Athletic director Mark Hollis will earn at least $917,000 this year, according to CollegeAD.com. This includes a base salary of $667,000 a stay bonus of $197,000 and an $53,000 contribution to a retirement plan. Hollis signed an amended contract in February. He has been in MSU’s athletic department since 1995 and became athletic director in 2008. 

Miami (OH): Miami will likely pay consulting firm Isaacson, Miller Inc. at least $150,000 to find the school’s next president, according to the Dayton Daily News. The paper also reports the firm estimates Miami will pay its next president at least $450,000.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Sunday July 26, 2015

Play-callers: More than 30 FBS head coaches will call plays in 2015. Here’s the list, and here’s why they do it.

Pittsburgh Steelers: General manager Kevin Colbert has received a contract extension through 2018, matching the length of Mike Tomlin’s new deal. Colbert has been with the Steelers since 2000, serving as general manager since 2011 after 11 years as director of football operations.

Eastern Michigan: Head coach Chris Creighton has penned a letter for the National Football Foundation directed toward football moms. Creighton writes, “Football taught me what it means to be a part of something bigger than myself. Success in football requires selflessness and true teamwork. It is impossible to have any kind of personal success without your teammates – impossible." You can read the whole letter here.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday July 24, 2015

Group of Five: According to CBS Sports, the postseason payouts to the Group of Five conferences were as follows: Mountain West ($23.5 million), Conference USA ($16.3 million), American ($15.2 million), MAC ($14.1 million) and Sun Belt ($12 million). The Mountain West received an extra $6 million for Boise State reaching a College Football Playoff bowl.

IMG Academy (FL): Per source, former Jacksonville University defensive line coach Ernie Logan has joined the IMG staff as defensive line coach. Logan was at Jacksonville from 2004-15.

Missouri: New athletic director Mack Rhoades will earn an annual salary of $600,000 on a contract that has not yet been finalized, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Former Missouri athletic director Mike Alden earned $674,317 in 2014, but only $301,971 of that was base salary. Deputy athletic director Wren Baker will make $230,000 annually.

Colorado: Former South Florida and NFL linebacker Tyrone McKenzie has joined the Colorado staff as a defensive graduate assistant. McKenzie played at USF under current Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt. In addition, former Texas defensive back Ben George has also joined the staff as a defensive graduate assistant, assistant director of quality control Joe Bleymaier has been promoted to director of quality control, and graduate assistant Nate Taye has been promoted to assistant director of quality control.

Seton Hill (PA): Per source, former Virginia director of player development Steve Atkinson has joined the Seton Hill staff as linebackers coach. Atkinson worked at Virginia from 2010-15 after one year as the director of football operations at Richmond. He has also coached at Fitchburg State, George Mason and in the high school ranks. 

Kansas: David Beaty explains how a conversation with Todd Graham as a high school coach changed his career.

Texas: The Austin American-Statesman reports Texas offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Joe Wickline and Oklahoma State are likely to begin trial in late October in Oklahoma over his buyout from when he left OK State for Texas last year.

NFL: Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) chief executive officer Tod Leiweke has resigned to become the chief operating offer of the NFL. Leiweke has spent the past five years with the Lightning. He has also worked with NBA teams. 

UAB: Bill Clark tells AL.com that defensive coordinator Duwan Walker, defensive line coach David Reeves and offensive line coach Mike Bennefield remain on staff. CBS Sports had previously reported remaining assistant contracts expired in June. Clark is still in negotiations for a multi-year extension. 

Philadelphia Eagles: The Washington Post has a profile story on Chip Kelly that includes some interesting details and why he’s so unknown. You can read the piece here.

South Florida: Linebackers / assistant head coach Raymond Woodie has added the title of special teams coordinator. Woodie has been on the USF staff since 2013 and previously added the title of assistant head coach this offseason.

Miami (FL): Athletic director Blake James tells the Miami Herald there isn’t a specific win total he is looking for from Al Golden in 2015, but the team needs to improve. “Our conversation (this offseason) was I expect us to be a winning program," James told the paper. "He understands those expectations and I’m confident he will get us in position to win Coastal championships, win ACC championships and ultimately win national championships. Let’s start with winning the Coastal. That’s something we need to do. If you win the ACC, I’ve always said, you've got a great chance of winning the national championship in any sport…. Let’s go out and win the Coastal because I would feel very good about where we are nationally.”

Lindenwood-Belleville (IL): North Park University (IL) assistant head coach Dale Carlson has been named head coach at Lindenwood-Belleville. Carlson spent 2010-13 as head coach at Valparaiso and has also served as head coach at Trine and Ohio Dominican.

Big 12: Here is CoachingSearch’s comparison of the Big 12 defensive coordinators.

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Thursday July 23, 2015

South Alabama: Defensive graduate assistant Colin Hitschler has been promoted to director of football operations. Hitschler previously served as a defensive graduate assistant at Arkansas State in 2013 and the defensive backs coach at Widener (PA) in 2012. He has also served as a player personnel with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010.

Pittsburgh Steelers: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports Mike Tomlin’s new contract extension through 2018 will pay him at least $7 million annually. That would put him in the top five in NFL head coaching salaries. 

South Florida: Per source, former USF and Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas has joined the USF staff as a quality control coach. Nicholas played at USF from 2002-05 and most recently played in the NFL in 2013.

Defensive coordinators: Here is a look at the nation’s highest-paid defensive coordinators.

Florida A&M: The Tallahassee Democrat reports new head coach Alex Wood has not yet signed his three-year contract, which is worth $200,000 annually. Wood, the former Buffalo interim head coach / offensive coordinator, was announced as FAMU's new head coach back in December. 

Georgia Southern: Per source, Sam Houston State assistant strength and conditioning coach Kelsey Hite has joined the Georgia Southern staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Hite joined the SHSU staff in 2012 and spent two years there under current GSU director of strength and conditioning Kyle Speer.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Head coach Mike Tomlin has signed a two-year extension through the 2018 season. Tomlin is 87-50 in eight seasons as Steelers head coach, reaching the playoffs five times and winning the Super Bowl in the 2008 season.

Saint Anselm College (N.H.): Wide receivers coach Zach Dickson has added the title of pass game coordinator / assistant head coach for offense. Dickson joined the Saint Anselm program in July 2012 and previously coached at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.). Head coach Patrick Murphy will still be the acting offensive coordinator and call plays.

Big Ten: Comparing the Big Ten defensive coordinators by salary, points per game and more.