Friday October 31, 2014
Michigan: Dave Brandon will receive $3 million – the same amount he’d be due if he was fired – through the expiration of his contract in 2018.
Michigan: Jim Hackett has been named interim AD at Michigan. Hackett, a UM alum and former football player, ran a furniture manufacturing company, Steelcase, for nearly twenty years.
Kentucky: Athletic director Mitch Barnhart has announced that Mark Stoops has agreed to a contract extension keeping him at UK through the 2019 season. Stoops will earn $2.6 million this season and will be making $3.85 million in 2019 (steps go by year: $2.6M, $2.85M, $3.1M, $3.35M, $3.6M & $3.85M). Stoops’ new contract includes a provision that pays him an additional $250,000 for each win beginning with the seventh victory of each season. So, if Kentucky goes 8-4 in any particular season, Stoops will collect an additional $500,000. This amendment does not add any buyout language upon Stoops should he leave choose to leave (has not been addressed in prior contracts either). // For what it’s worth, we don’t believe Mark Stoops has any plans to leave Kentucky anytime soon. He’s very happy there.
Alabama State: Head coach Reggie Barlow has received a new contract and raise (from $140,400 to $172,420) taking him through December 31, 2017. Barlow is 46-41 in his eight seasons at ASU.
Missouri S&T (D-II): Missouri S&T is looking to schedule September 5th and October 10th 2015 open dates. Would prefer to have a home game for both dates if possible. We will play D2, NAIA or D3 schools to fill these dates. Will consider all options. Please contact Head Coach Tyler Fenwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michigan: Michigan will hold a press conference to discuss athletics director Dave Brandon this afternoon, according to Mark Snyder and David Jesse of the Detroit Free-Press. Update: And now Brett McMurphy is reporting that Brandon will resign. Read more here. Yesterday on local ESPN radio Scott said there is “complete belief” from several sources that Brandon was done. Full audio below about the 14-minute mark:
University of Incarnate Word (FCS – TX): Per source, this will be head coach Larry Kennan’s final season as head coach at UIW. Kennan’s career has seen him serve as everything from a high school assistant, to several college programs (including as head coach at Lamar), to multiple different stops in the NFL, in London as the head coach of the Monarchs and everywhere possible in between. For more than ten years, Kennan served as head of the NFL Coaches Association. UIW, which went 6-5 last season, is currently 1-7 playing a full FCS schedule. Sources tell us that Ricky Williams is a strong candidate to become the new head coach following the season. Williams, the former Heisman Trophy winner, worked with the UIW program last season but we hear he is spending this Fall in Austin working with the Longhorn Network.
Thursday October 30, 2014
Please join us in praying for the family of former Iowa State head coach Clay Stapleton who has passed away. Stapleton served as the Cyclones head coach from 1958-1967.
Mack Brown: At a College Football Playoff luncheon on Wednesday, Mack Brown told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “I’m not going to call anybody. I’m not going to pursue any jobs. If somebody calls me, I’ll talk to them.”
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Wednesday October 29, 2014
Please join us in praying for the family of former USC assistant Jim Stangeland who passed away on Saturday at 92. Stangeland coached on the Trojans’ 1967 national title team under John McKay.
Northeastern State (D-II – OK): Northeastern State University has an opening for an offensive graduate assistant position. The primary coaching role will be with TE/Fullbacks. The position pays for graduate classes (6 hrs a semester) and a $6,000 stipend over 10-Months. Candidates need to have an undergrad GPA of at least 2.5 in HPK. Email resumes to email@example.com. No phone calls please. The position will begin after Jan 1.
June Jones: June plans to “do one more turn-around somewhere and am going to coach five-to-seven more years” per Bruce Feldman. June attempted to explain a few things to Sports Illustrated as well saying, “I just kind of had a couple of weird things happen, but that was just because I hadn’t been sleeping.”
Ferrum College (D-III – VA): Defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian has stepped down due to health concerns.
Georgia: The Bulldogs have added Samford to their 2017 schedule for a $500,000 guarantee
Northern Colorado (FCS): Running backs Terrance Robinson is no longer with the team. The athletics director has declined to comment on the reason for his departure. We are told he stepped down Sunday.
SMU: UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey made the following statement on Larry Coker’s name being attached to interest at the SMU coaching vacancy; “Since I don’t know anything about it, I don’t know that I have a level of concern. I am confident that Larry’s made a commitment to finish the program here and to reach some certain goals. I also know that any human being is going to make decisions that are best for his family, and he has a right to do that.” — Larry is a very good coach but to be honest, hiring Coker doesn’t seem like the path Rick Hart is headed down.
Virginia State (D-II): Virginia State University is seeking a home football game on Sept. 12 2015. We would be willing to do a home and home with an interested school. If a one year game can be agreed upon a small guarantee could be negotiated. Please contact Vatel Dixon, Director of Player Personnel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-524-5600 if there is any interest.
Tuesday October 28, 2014
Florida A&M (FCS): Expect defensive backs coach Corey Fuller to be named the interim head coach. We’ll allow FAMU to announce everything and then we’ll update further. This has been something. Update> The University, this afternoon, has now announced that Earl Holmes has been let go and that Coach Fuller will serve as interim head coach. Under Holmes, the Rattlers were 5-15 in two seasons.
West Texas A&M (D-II): Wide receivers coach Joel Hinton is no longer part of the staff, the school’s president announced today. Hinton was implicated in an academic fraud investigation involving a West Texas A&M wide receiver.
Menlo College (NAIA – CA): Menlo College an NAIA college in Atherton, CA (centrally located between San Jose and San Francisco) is seeking home contests for the 2015-16 season. We are looking for any of the following:1) 2-year deal with a home and home exchange starting at Menlo College, or 2) 1-year deal with a GUARANTEE to come to Menlo College in 2015. We prefer NAIA or D3 opponents, but open to all possibilities. The following dates are available: Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Oct. 31., Nov. 7, and Nov. 14.
Sun Belt Conference: The Sunbelt has announced a number of reprimands stemming from last Tuesday’s Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette game.
Monday October 27, 2014
Former Montana State head coach Cliff Hysell passed away Sunday at the age of 72. A 1966 MSU graduate, Hysell is a member of the Bobcats’ Athletics Hall of Fame. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Pac-12: The Pac-12 has announced sweeping reform that will now include guaranteed four-year scholarships, improved health care, liberalized transfer rules and more.
Michigan: Stephen Ross, the Miami Dolphins owner, a prominent U-M alum and a strong supporter of athletics director Dave Brandon, said today he won’t interfere if president Mark Schlissel decides to fire Brandon. “I don’t think alumni should control universities,” Ross told the Wall Street Journal. “We have a great president and he is running the university and not me.” Coaches tell us Michigan now has a Dave Brandon dilemma.
Chicago Bears: With the franchise off to a 3-5 start, Marc Trestman was asked if there would be any changes to his coaching staff and responded by saying “there will be no staff changes midseason”.
Alderson Broaddus (D-II – WV): Alderson Broaddus University is seeking games and has the following open dates: 1.) October 3, 2015 and October 1, 2016 2.) October 31, 2015 and October 29, 2016 Please contact Denny Creehan at 304-457-6404 or by email at email@example.com.