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 [email protected].
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.