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Monday December 2, 2013

Monday December 2, 2013

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USC: USC has announced that Clay Helton will coach the team in their bowl game. Quite a year for Clay who we think very highly of. 

Penn State: Sources tell us that Bill O'Brien has released quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden. In two seasons, Fisher guided Matt McGloin (now starting for the Raiders) and Christian Hackenburg (Big Ten Freshman of the Year). 

Colgate: Head coach Dick Biddle has announced his retirement after 18 seasons. Associate head coach Dan Hunt will succeed Biddle as the program's new head coach. Biddle's duties will officially end at the end of the academic year but Hunt will take over the head coaching duties in the meantime.

Here's a look at all the head coaching changes so far

VMI: Head coach Sparky Woods has been informed that he will return for the 2014 season. It will be his seventh season leading the program.

Florida Atlantic: Ed Orgeron has applied for the head coaching job, according to Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News. We have not confirmed.

Five finalists have been announced for the Broyles Award.

Temple: Matt Rhule announced today defensive line coach Brandon Noble has resigned. (HT @Owls247)

USC: Ed Orgeron has resigned to pursue head coaching opportunities. Offensive coordinator Clay Helton is expected to coach the bowl game, according to Brett McMurphy.

Wake Forest: After 13 seasons, head coach Jim Grobe is resigning. Here's what you need to know.

Michigan: Brady Hoke has stated that he is planning to keep his entire staff intact.

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USC: Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC head coaching position per Joe Schad and we have now confirmed as well. Here's the story. Oh, and this morning Sark denied interviewing for the job.

Old Dominion: Linebackers coach Corey Hetherman will not return to the staff. 

USC: Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams has stated that he has not been contacted by anyone from USC and has not had any conversations with James Franklin about the USC position, according to The Tennessean. “I have not been contacted by USC. James has not mentioned it. His agent, with whom I have a good relationship, has not mentioned it." Williams explained. "I would be very surprised if James has interviewed for that job – or any job for that matter.”

Illinois: Athletic director Mike Thomas tells local reporter Matt Wettersten that Tim Beckman will return. We hear some staff changes are likely. We'll keep you posted. 

UCLA: Running backs coach Steve Broussard has been let go, according to UCLA's page. We have confirmed. 

Louisburg (CC - NC): Louisburg College, a small, private, Christian school located 30 min NE of Raleigh, NC has an opening for an assistant football coach/head strength coach. Position is to be determined. This opportunity is a 9-month contract beginning in August and offers a $10,000 stipend. This is a football-only position. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. To apply please send information to Head Coach John Sala-

West Georgia (D-II): Sources tell us that West Alabama interim head coach Desmond Lindsay will join Will Hall's staff at West Georgia. 

Westminster (D-III - PA): Sources tell us that former Arizona Cardinals linebackers coach (current linebackers coach at Duquesne) Matt Raich will be a resource for his alma mater with their search but that he is not a candidate for the position.

USC: Joe Schad is reporting that Chris Petersen has withdrawn his name from USC's search.

FootballScoop prediction: In two months nearly every coach in the country will have a profile on Athletic Connections

Wyoming: As part of his separation, Dave Christensen will receive $190,000 per year for three years. We hear the assistants will remain on the payroll through the end of this month. 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canada): Danny McManus has been hired as an assistant general manager and director of U.S. Scouting. McManus spent 17 seasons in the CFL with various teams.

Florida Atlantic: Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm will likely interview for the FAU head coaching position this week according to a report from Luke Stampini. As we said before, there is a ton of interest in this position. Interim head coach Brian Wright interviews this week as well. 

USC: Steve Sarkisian interviewed for the job this past weekend, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN. 

Louisiana-Monroe: Defensive line coach Everett Todd will not return to Todd Berry's staff. 

Robert Morris (FCS - PA): As previously announced back in January, head coach Joe Walton is retiring after 20 seasons as the program's head coach, and associate head coach / defensive line coach John Banaszak has taken over the head coaching duties. Walton also served as offensive coordinator, so that position is now open.

Kansas: Just to be clear, Charlie Weis is coming back. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger (who hired Charlie) voiced his support publicly multiple times over the weekend, stating that Weis will return, "I’ve been through rebuilding projects many times, and we’re going to stay the course." he said. "Wins and loses aren’t always indicative of the effort put in by this coaching staff and these players over the past couple of years."