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Wednesday January 15, 2014

Awful news to report as Iowa State defensive line coach Curtis Bray has passed away this morning at age 43. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Please lift your thoughts and prayers toward Ames today.

Memphis: Memphis has hired Ricky Hunley as defensive line coach. 

EightLaces: Building Championship Caliber Football Programs - Inside the minds of locker room of state champion football coaches. Best coaching book of 2014. "The contents of this book will start to lead you in the path of obtaining multiple championships," Mike Kuchar, X and O Labs. "The book is fully loaded with championship ideas that will help your team win more games!," Mike Podoll, AFCA Editor in Chief. "Whether you are coaching at the NFL level of anywhere below you will take something back from this book," Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Check it out now!

Florida International: Sources tell us Shannon Moore is joining the staff as special teams coordinator from South Dakota State. We also have been told that former FAU running backs coach Kerry Dixon will head to FIU in the same position. 

Arkansas State: Sources tell us Trooper Taylor will be the new cornerbacks coach. 

Massachusetts: Offensive line coach Dave Johnson and DFO Jordan Jarry will not return, but defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo, inside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Ted Daisher and strength and conditioning coach Mike Golden will be retained by new head coach Mark Whipple according to 247Sports.

Southern Miss: Luke Meadows was officially named as offensive line coach today. 

Georgia: Georgia beat writer reports inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is headed back to the Washington Redskins, where he spent 11 years before joining Mark Richt's staff. Sources tell us defensive line coach Chris Wilson is leaving for USC, meaning the Bulldogs will have an entirely new defensive staff in 2014. 

Temple: Elijah Robinson has been hired from Penn State as defensive line coach. 

Oregon: Erik Chinander has been named outside linebackers coach. He spent three years in the Oregon program before serving as assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. 

Texas: The Longhorns have finally announced Charlie Strong's coaching staff, led by offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and assistant head coach for defense/defensive line coach Chris Rumph. The rest of the staff includes running backs coach Tommie Robinson, wide receivers coach Les Koenning, tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary and defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator Chris Vaughn. 

Penn State: Quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will follow James Franklin to Penn State, according to their respective Twitter accounts. 

The Citadel (FCS - SC): Sources tell us East Carolina defensive GA (corners) Tripp Weaver will accept a job on The Citadel's defensive staff. 

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will retain special teams coaches Nate Kaczor and Steve Hoffman as well as secondary coach Steve Brown according to Fox Sports. 

Washington Redskins: New York Jets special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica will take the same position with the Redskins. 

Washington: Washington will pay former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi $300,000 as part of a mutual separation agreement according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.

Ball State: Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman is expected to take the same position at Army according to Bruce Feldman.

Houston: The Cougars have hired former Texans offensive assistant Dan Hammerschmidt as running backs coach according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. 

Tennessee Titans: Quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone has been relieved of duties according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Larry Marmie will coach the Bucs' nickel defensive backs this season. Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford also noted today the club is close to hiring an offensive line and tight ends coach, the final two spots on Lovie Smith's staff. 

LSU: Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will take the same position at LSU according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate. 

Alabama: Defensive backs coach Greg Brown will step down and Kirby Smart will move from linebackers to defensive backs, allowing Kevin Steele to switch from director of player personnel to linebackers coach. 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have received permission to interview Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same position according to Adam Schefter. 

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals will promote Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator. 

New York Giants: The Giants have announced that tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram will not return. 

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D-III): UWSP is needing to fill one game in the 2015 season on either Sept 12, 2015 or Sept 26, 2015. Prefer a home game with a guarantee but will consider all options. If interested please contact Head Coach Tom Journell at [email protected]

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have finalized a deal with offensive coordinator Sean McVay according to the Washington Post. 

Louisville: Former Louisville players Kolby Smith and L.D. Scott have been added to Bobby Petrino's staff. Smith will coach running backs and Scott will coach outside linebackers. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier is expected to receive a raise from $3.3 million to $4 million according to The State.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht and the Falcons' Lionel Vital interviewed for the Bucs' GM job on Tuesday according to Adam Schefter. 

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator. 

N.C. State: Vanderbilt defensive backs coach George Barlow has accepted a job with N.C. State according to multiple outlets. 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings and Mike Zimmer are working toward finalizing a deal and hope to complete negotiations today according to Chris Mortensen. Update: The hire is complete according to Adam Schefter. Here's what you need to know.

Valparaiso (FCS - IN): New head coach Dave Cecchini has announced his coaching staff: offensive coordinator Jason Miran, defensive coordinator Ernest Moore, offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Vinny Giacalone, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Justin Stovall, tight ends coach Steven Donovan, running backs coach John Snyder, defensive line coach Kasey Teegardin and assistant defensive line coach Eric Deutsch. 

Florida Atlantic: Former Miami DFO Corey Bell and Arkansas GA Nick Caley will round out the FAU coaching staff. Caley will coach defensive backs and Bell will coach linebackers according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 

Virginia Union (D-II): Sources tell us Georgia Southern defensive backs coach Orlando Mitjens, Jr., has been offered the head coaching job at Virginia Union.  

University of Redlands (D-III - CA): Redlands is looking for a D-III opponent to fill a home/home for the 2015-2016 seasons for the following dates: Redlands Home:  9/12/15, Redlands Away:  9/10/16. If interested please contact Defensive Coordinator Joey Mariani at [email protected]

West Hills College (JC - CA): Former Boise State assistant Robert Tucker has been hired as head coach, according to the Fresno Bee. Interim head coach Mark Gritton will return to his post as athletics director and associate dean of student services. 

Penn (FCS): Penn has formed a 14-person advisory committee in search of the school's new athletics director. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.

Louisville: Tony Grantham, the brother of Todd Grantham, will leave his post as Navy's linebackers coach for the same position at Louisville. 

New Mexico State: The Aggies have announced the hiring of Steve Marshall as offensive line coach. He served as Colorado's offensive line coach from 2011-12. 

Robb Smith: Sources tell us Robb Smith is still a strong candidate at both Arkansas and Rutgers. He is on the Rutgers campus today. Will update. 

Mississippi Valley State (FCS): The Delta Devils have targeted former Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy for their vacant head coaching position according to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. The paper reports the school will announce a hire on Tuesday. 

Vanderbilt: St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will interview for the Vanderbilt head coaching job today according to Adam Schefter. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will interview Thursday according to Bruce Feldman. 

Arkansas State: Head coach Blake Anderson has officially announced the hiring of Keith Heckendorf as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Heckendorf comes from North Carolina, where he served as offensive quality control for the past three years. 

Weber State (FCS - UT): Head coach Jay Hill has announced the hiring of Brent Myers as associate head coach and offensive line coach. 

Northern Illinois: The school has announced that former player and GA Craig Harmon will return as tight ends and fullbacks coach. 

Washington Redskins: The Redskins will interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach and former Redskins running back Earnest Byner for their running backs position according to the Washington Post. 

Utah: Former Wyoming offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Jim Harding will join Dave Christensen at Utah as offensive line coach. 

UAB: Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran will interview for the head coaching job according to Drew Champlain of AL.com. 

Notre Dame: Wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Mike Denbrock will be elevated to offensive coordinator but Brian Kelly will call plays in 2014 according to multiple outlets.

Washington Redskins: Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Brian Baker has accepted the same position with Washington. 

Texas State: Brad Bedell will be the offensive line coach at Texas State. 

Texas: Mississippi State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Les Koenning is expected to become the Texas wide receivers coach according to 247Sports.

San Diego Chargers: Quarterbacks coach Frank Reich has been promoted to offensive coordinator. 




Tuesday January 14, 2014 presented by: 

Gametime

The AFCA convention rolls on again Tuesday. For live, on-site updates from Indianapolis make sure you follow @FootballScoop, @CoachSamz and @Zach_Barnett

New York Giants: Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has accepted the offensive coordinator job, according to Alex Marvez.

Southern Arkansas (D-II): Southern Arkansas is seeking a full time Linebackers or Defensive Backs Coach / Special Teams Coordinator. Experience recruiting student athletes and coaching Special Teams preferred. Necessary Qualifications: Master's Degree, Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, and experience with Hudl. Please send a letter of application, a resume, and at least three references to Josh Lawson [email protected]

Arizona State: New AD Ray Anderson's base salary will be $600,000 and he can earn up to an additional $1.2 million per year through various bonuses. The deal also provided a $200,000 signing bonus, country club membership, 2 cars, etc...

Arkansas: Coaches here at the AFCA tell us to expect Bret Bielema to bring former Tampa Bay linebackers coach (and former Rutgers defensive coordinator) Robb Smith on staff. Sources tell us that Smith was meeting with Kyle Flood today when word of Chris Ash leaving broke. Will update...

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have signed defensive coordinator John Pagano to a new contract. 

North Texas: Defensive line coach Mike Nelson will retire according to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle. 

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have agreed to a new contract with defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.

Rutgers: Sources tell us offensive coordinator Ron Prince is leaving for a position with the Detroit Lions. 

Albany (FCS - NY): Sources tell us Albany has hired four assistants - defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Bob Benson, offensive coordinator/running backs coach Joe Bernard, assistant head coach/linebackers coach Bernard Clark and offensive line coach Jim Sweeney. 

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Montana State running backs coach Demo Odems will be the wide receivers coach at SFA. 

Lenoir-Rhyne (D-II - NC): Former Army offensive coordinator Ian Shields has been named the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Houston: Houston has officially announced Gordy Shaw as offensive line coach. 

Oregon: The school has officially announced the promotion of Don Pellum to defensive coordinator. 

Georgia: Georgia will hire defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt away from Florida State, multiple outlets are reporting. Here's what you need to know.

Ohio State: Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is joining Urban's staff as co-defensive coordinator / secondary coach. We're also hearing that longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson has accepted the same position with the Buckeyes. Why coaches love the hires.

Detroit Lions: Jim Caldwell has been hired as head coach. What you need to know.

North Dakota: Joel Schwenzfeier has been added to the staff and will coach the outside linebackers.

Dean College (CC - MA): Sources tell us that Chris Skurka has joined the staff as special teams coordinator / linebackers coach and Frank Salisbury will coach the tailbacks.

St. Cloud State (D-II - MN): St. Cloud State is seeking applicants for an assistant football coach offensive co-coordinator / Quarterbacks (75% coaching & Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 25% duties assigned). Required: Bachelor’s degree, Progressive coaching and/or playing experience, Evidence of ability to coordinate offense / call offensive plays. Preferred: Master’s degree, Working knowledge of HUDL (or similar) recruiting and scouting software, Background in strength and conditioning philosophy and applied techniques. To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/stcloudstate/default.cfm. Application Review begins January 31, 2014; position is open until filled. A complete application will include the following: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Contact information for three (3) current, professional references, Copies of official Transcript(s).

Paine College (D-II - GA): Sources tell us that former Alma College (D-III - MI) and North Park University (D-III - IL) offensive coordinator Nate Cochran has accepted a job as an assistant coach on staff.

Colby College (D-III - ME): The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a full-time assistant coach of football, beginning March 1, 2014. This is an adjunct faculty position with benefits. This position will work with the head coach in all phases of the football program. Specific responsibilities include overseeing all phases of offensive preparation (development of weekly game plans, planning practices, compilation of self and opponent reports). Recruiting proficiency is a must, and the position involves academic counseling and oversight of campus and community involvement. A secondary responsibility within the Department of Athletics will be added depending on the qualifications of the applicant. Previous coaching and recruiting experience on the college level is desirable. A complete application includes a cover letter, resume and three written letters of professional reference. To apply, please send material electronically to [email protected]; attention: Jonathan Michaeles, Head Coach of Football. 

Texas: Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline has joined the Texas staff. 

Washburn: Fort Hays State defensive line coach Zach Watkins is the new co-defensive coordinator / safeties / special teams coordinator at Washburn. 

Birmingham Southern: Sources tell us Navarro JC defensive line coach Rudy Griffin will join the staff at Birmingham Southern. 

Washington Redskins: Sources tell us that Aubrey Pleasant has been retained and will move to the defensive side of the ball. 

FIU: Michigan State defensive / special teams grad assistant Rob Harley will be the new linebackers coach at FIU per sources. 

Western Kentucky: JaMarcus Shephard has been promoted to receivers coach. 

Tim Brando: Tim Brando has announced he is leaving CBS Sports entirely. 

Aurora: Sources tell us that UT Martin running backs / tight ends coach Eric Stuedemann will be the new offensive coordinator at Aurora. 

Southern Illinois (FCS): Head coach Dale Lennon will take over defensive coordinator duties in 2014, and offensive line coach Bill O'Boyle will take over offensive coordinator duties, replacing Kalen DeBoer, who left for Eastern Michigan. The Salukies have hired Nick Hill as quarterbacks coach, Todd Auer as linebackers coach and David Elson as defensive backs coach. The staff still has one opening, likely for a special teams coordinator. 

Washington: Chris Petersen's will earn more than $3.25 million in 2014, up from $2.8 million in 2013. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski will earn $485,000, followed by offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, offensive line coach Chris Stausser and linebackers coach Bob Gregory ($425,000), defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake ($375,000), wide receivers coach Brent Pease and defensive line coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Choate ($345,000) and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Keith Bhonapha ($250,000). Each coach is scheduled to receive a $15,000 raise in year two of their two-year deals. 

UT-Martin (FCS): Julio Friere was officially hired as UT-Martin's athletics director on Monday. 

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are close to finalizing a deal with longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson according to Pete Thamel of SI.com. 

North Texas: UNT regents are expected to approve a contract extension for head coach Dan McCarney on Thursday according to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle. 




Monday January 13, 2014 presented by: 

ProGrass

Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker has passed away. Please keep his family in your thoughts. 

Penn State: Larry Johnson will not remain on staff at Penn State. 

Tennessee Titans: Ken Whisenhunt will be the Titans' new head coach according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Here's what you need to know.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have focused in on Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell according to Schefter and Mortensen. 

Virginia: Virginia has announced the hiring of Jerome Oliver as defensive line coach. 

New York Giants: Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo interviewed for the Giants' offensive coordinator position today. 

Iowa State: Offensive coordinator Mark Mangino has signed a two-year contract paying $350,000 in 2014 and $375,000 in 2015. 

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have parted ways with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, associate head coach/running backs coach Bobby Turner, quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur, wide receivers coach Mike McDaniel, offensive quality control coach Richmond Flowers, linebackers coach Bob Slowik, defensive assistant Bobby Slowik, special teams coach Keith Burns, special teams assistant Richard Hightower and advance scout Larry Coyer. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, defensive line coach Jacob Burney, offensive line coach Chris Foerster and tight ends coach Sean McVay will be retained. McVay has will be promoted to offensive coordinator, according to the Washington Post. 

Alabama: Bo Davis will be the next defensive line coach at Alabama according to 247Sports. Davis was introduced at USC a week ago, and worked at Alabama from 2007-10. 

Notre Dame: The school has made Brian VanGorder's hiring as defensive coordinator official. 

West Georgia: Sources tell us Arkansas Tech defensive coordinator Scott Symons will be the new defensive coordinator at UWG. 

Jackson State: New head coach Harold Jackson will make $260,000 per year per his new three year agreement. 

University of Chicago: Sources tell us the defensive backs job is open. 

Chuck Smith: Sources tell us former Kentucky linebackers coach Chuck Smith will be the new head coach at Madison Central HS (KY). 

Buffalo Bills: The Bills have let linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach go. 

Eastern Michigan: The Eagles officially announced the hiring of Kalen DeBoer as offensive coordinator. 

Iowa State: Mark Mangino's contract will pay him $350,000 in year one and $375,000 in year two.

Villanova (FCS): Former Rhode Island head coach Joe Trainer will return to Villanova as the Wildcats' defensive line coach/special teams coordinator according to URI beat writer Bill Koch. 

Texas: The Texas Board of Regents has approved Charlie Strong's contract: five years, starting at $5 million a year and rising $100,000 each season. The deal is fully guaranteed. Strong's buyout, which Texas is paying, was $4.37 million. Bonuses include $250,000 for a national title win, 3 percent of his salary for a top 5 finish, 2 percent of his salary for a top 10 finish, $100,000 for winning the Big 12 and $100,000 for reaching the national title game. 

Vanderbilt: Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason will interview in the coming days Joe Schad reports. Sources tell us that David Williams would love to make this hire if he gets the right feel during the interview. 

North Dakota: Sources tell us Minnesota defensive grad assistant Shawn Kostich will be the new special teams coordinator at UND. 

Alabama: Georgia defensive line coach Chris Wilson is interviewing with Saban today.

UAB: Sources at UAB tell us they consider Clark a strong candidate but they have additional meetings planned with other coaches this week. We will keep you updated. 

FootballScoop Coaches Party: Please join us tonight at 5pm at Kilroys as we gather to congratulate the 2013 Coaches of the Year. Huge thanks to our sponsors: ProGrass, JumpForward and the SledHammer

Georgia Southern: Former UAB defensive line coach Kevin People is taking a position on Willie Fritz's staff at Georgia Southern, according to AL.com.

Be sure to follow @FootballScoop, @CoachSamz and @Zach_Barnett on Twitter for on-site updates throughout the day.

Duke: Associate head coach / pass game coordinator Scottie Montgomery will be elevated to offensive coordinator, according to Jeremy Fowler.

Cleveland Browns: Former Titans head coach Mike Munchak is interviewing for the head coaching job today in Cleveland, according to Alex Marvez.

Alabama A&M: James Spady has decided to retain tight ends coach / video coordinator Andy Fuller and strength and conditioning coach James Hester. The rest of the staff has been let go, according to AL.com

Winston-Salem State (D-II - NC): Defensive coordinator Kienus Boulware will be named the head coach on Tuesday according to the Winston-Salem Journal. 

Azusa Pacific University (D-II): Azusa Pacific is looking to fill its open dates on September 5, 2015 and October 24, 2015. Preferably against Division II opponents. Azusa Pacific is centrally located in the Los Angeles basin. If interested, contact head coach Victor Santa Cruz at [email protected].

UAB: Sources tell us Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark is expected to accept the head coaching job at UAB. We understand that no formal offer has been made yet.




Sunday January 12, 2014 presented by: 

Collegiate Sports Travel

The Scoop staff is traveling to Indy today. Good day to follow @FootballScoop on Twitter (although they all are, aren't they). For those there already, Kilroy's (official FootballScoop after hours spot) is a great place to watch the games. 

                        The FootballScoop Guide to the AFCA

Texas: Shawn Watson was introduced as Texas' quarterbacks coach at a team meeting tonight. No offensive coordinator was introduced. 

Washington: Foothill College offensive line coach Joshua Taufalele has joined the Washington staff as an offensive grad assistant. 

Chicago Bears: The Bears have announced that defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will return but defensive line coach Mike Phair and linebackers coach Tim Tibesar will not. 

Cincinnati: Sources tell us offensive grad assistant Marc Nudelberg will be promoted to special teams / tight ends coach at Cincinnati. 

                     Pat Ivey - 2013 FootballScoop Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year

Louisville: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has accepted the same position at Louisville according to Joe Schad of ESPN. Grantham will make $1 million per year. Here's what you need to know.

Mississippi Valley State: Sources tell us former Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy will be the new head coach at MVSU.

Texas: Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline will accept a position on Charlie Strong's staff according to 247. 

Oregon: Sources confirm to us that Philadelphia Eagles assistant defensive line coach (and former Oregon defensive grad assistant) Erik Chinander will join the staff coaching the outside linebackers. The Oregonian has reported the hire as well. 

Buffalo: Offensive coordinator Alex Wood will shift to quarterbacks, Marty Spieler will move to wide receivers and offensive grad assistant Keegan Jones is being promoted to tight ends. Corners/recruiting coordinator Maurice Linguist is adding the co-defensive coordinator role. 

Virginia: Sources tell us Buffalo defensive line coach Jappy Oliver will be the new defensive line coach at UVA.

UMass: Sources tell us two assistants will be leaving Brown University to join Whipple's staff. Brown quarterbacks coach Liam Coen will come in the same capacity and defensive line coach Neil McGrath will come in the same capacity as well. Update> We have been told this AM that McGrath is not expected to go now. Sources tell us UMass defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo will be retained. 




Saturday January 11, 2014 presented by: 

Gametime

We'd like to thank everyone for their viewership and support. Each of the past 5 days has been a massive record for the site. We'll be posting updates all weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone in Indy beginning tomorrow. 

Houston: Tony Jeffery will be Houston's new outside receivers coach, replacing Brandon Middleton, who was not retained following the season. 

Atlanta Falcons: Bryan Cox will be the Falcons' defensive line coach according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Florida Atlantic: Arkansas GA Nick Caley will follow Charlie Partridge to FAU and coach defensive backs according to Scout.com. 

Georgia Southern: Offensive coordinator Doug Ruse will follow Willie Fritz from Sam Houston State to Georgia Southern according to Josh Aubrey of the Statesboro Herald. Fritz has let the entire Georgia Southern coaching staff go except for co-defensive coordinator Jack Curtis according to WJCL. 

Texas: Former USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson and Memphis cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn to the same positions according to Fox Sports. 

Arkansas State: Sources tell us Lamar assistant head coach / defensive backs Allen Johnson is joining Blake Anderson's staff. We also hear that former Jacksonville Jaguar Larry Hart is joining the staff as a defensive grad assistant. 

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UMass: Sources tell us Wagner associate head coach / offensive coordinator Tom Masella will be the new defensive coordinator at UMass. 

Utah: Sources tell us offensive line coach Dan Finn will not return. 

Western Kentucky: Sources tell us Cincinnati tight ends coach Tyson Helton will be the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at WKU. 

Texas: Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph has accepted a position at Texas according to 247Sports.

Minnesota Vikings: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is expected to have a second interview with the Vikings early next week according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. 

Illinois State (FCS): Sources tell us New Mexico GA Kane Keirnan has accepted a position as an offensive assistant coach in a position to be determined at Illinois State. Keirnan is an Illinois State graduate. 

Penn State: James Franklin's deal is reportedly for 6 years and worth $27 million ($4.5 million per year).

Oregon: At Oregon, sources tell us to expect Mark Helfrich to promote linebackers / recruiting coordinator Don Pellum to defensive coordinator. Pellum knows that defense and the players as well as anyone. At Oregon it's all about the fit and Pellum is certainly loved by the players and staff. 

New Mexico: Sources tell us inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove will add the defensive coordinator title as well.

Central Methodist (NAIA - MO): Central Methodist University is looking of a guarantee game in 2014 on August 30th or September 6th or a home game on September 4th/6th.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (D-II): Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell, OK) is looking for a home game for the 2014 season. We need 1 home game (possible moderate game guarantee). Looking for NAIA/Div. 3 programs. Open dates are 10/4/14 and 11/15/14. Contact OPSU Head Coach Russell Gaskamp [email protected] if interested.

Kentucky Christian (NAIA): Sources tell us that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Al Clark, running backs coach Chris Schultz and offensive line coach Barry Blackstone are no longer with the staff.

Maryland: Ball State defensive line coach Chad Wilt has accepted the same position at Maryland.

Pace: Andy Rondeau has officially been announced as head coach at Pace.

Southeastern Oklahoma State (D-II): Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach/ HPER Instructor. The successful candidate will teach a class load of approximately 6 hours per semester as assigned by the Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. Candidates are expected to have earned Bachelor & Master degrees; one of which must be in HPER or a closely related field. Coaching experience at one or more NCAA institutions with knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations are preferred. Previous teaching at the University level is also preferred. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national criminal and sex offender background check. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Prior to issuing a letter of appointment, official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution by the Office of Academic Affairs. To be considered an official candidate, applicants must submit all of the following: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended and contact information for three professional references to: Office of Equity, Compliance and Diversity Southeastern Oklahoma State University 1405 N. 4th Avenue – PMB 2750 Durant, OK 74701-0609.

Eastern Illinois: Sources tell us that Ole Miss defensive grad assistant Kane Wommack will be the new defensive coordinator at EIU. 

Youngstown State: Head coach Eric Wofford is getting an extension. Details later...

Western Kentucky: Sources tell us that former Purdue OC Gary Nord will join the WKU staff. Will update.

Vanderbilt: Athletic director David Williams announced today that they have already retained Dan Parker's firm to assist with the search and that they plan to move quickly but will be diligent. We noted a few days ago that in addition to internal candidates Bob Shoop and Herb Hand, sources tell us that Williams' primary external candidate is Derek Mason at Stanford. We'll keep you posted. 

West Alabama: UWA is looking to fill an open date in 2014. Looking for a Division II opponent for week 2 or week 4. Please contact head coach Brett Gilliland at [email protected] 

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University of San Diego: Sources tell us Kenny Holmes will join the staff at USD coaching the defensive line. 

Coffeyville CC: Sources tell us Louisiana Lafayette offensive grad assistant William Peagler has accepted the offensive line job at Coffeyville. Hard working, smart young man there. 

20 FBS head jobs have opened...18 are now full. See the full list here.

Air Force: Former Wake Forest assistant Brian Knorr is returning for his third stint on the Air Force staff in as of yet undefined role. 

Penn State: The school has officially announced the hiring of James Franklin, and will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference to introduce its new head coach.

Minnesota Vikings: Greg Roman will interview for the Vikings' head coaching job according to Adam Schefter. 

Wyoming: Just to reiterate, Craig Bohl has retained offensive line/running backs coach Pete Kaligis and will bring assistants Brent Vigen, Steve Stanard, Kenni Burns, A.J. Cooper, Scott Fuchs and John Richardson with him from North Dakota State.