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Monday October 5, 2009

Monday: Coaches Quick Hits

Tulane: Our sources in New Orleans tell us that head coach Bob Toledo is taking over the Tulane special teams. Toledo will serve as his own special teams coordinator.

Oakland Raiders: If Tom Cable isn't coaching the Raiders at some point this season, don't be surprised if Paul Hackett takes over in Oakland. Anybody really care?

East Carolina: Head coach Skip Holtz has hired John Gutekunst as an assistant football coach. The Pirates were short 1 assistant with Rock Roggeman on indefinite medical leave. Gutekunst will assist with the ECU special teams. Also, defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves will now coach the entire front four on defense. Gutekunst's last coaching job was with Duke in 2007 (secondary coach).

Florida State: There is now an ESPN report that offensive cooridnator Jimbo Fisher will likely begin making staff decisions after this season even if head coach Bobby Bowden does not retire. University officials are in the process of negotiating a 5-year contract for Jimbo Fisher.

Florida State: Jim Smith, the chair of the university's Board of Trustees and a 1962 graduate of FSU, also said it is time to eliminate any doubt about Jimbo Fisher's role and responsibilities in the football program. "My hope is frankly that we'll go ahead, and if we have to, let the world know that this year will be the end of the Bowden Era," said Smith, who has served as Secretary of State, Chief of Staff in the Governor's Office and State Attorney General. "... I do appreciate what he's done for us, what he's done for the program, what's he done really for the state of Florida. Smith confirmed that FSU President T.K. Wetherell and legal counsel Betty Steffens have been working in recent weeks on finalizing a head coaching contract for Fisher, the offensive coordinator who was named "head coach in waiting" in 2007. The Democrat has learned that a contract with Fisher would include a five-year term. "The President intends to announce we've negotiated a contract with Coach Fisher," Smith said.

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