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Monday January 20, 2014

Monday January 20, 2014

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Penn State: Herb Hand will join James Franklin's staff at Penn State. Herb thanked the Vanderbilt community tonight on Twitter

Tennessee Titans: The Titans have hired Louie Cioffi as defensive backs coach per Jim Wyatt. Cioffi was defensive backs coach for the Browns this past season. 

Troy: Auburn director of high school relations Al Pogue will join the Troy staff as corners coach per a source. 

Western Michigan: Sources tell us that Eastern Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart is joining the staff and will coach the running backs.

North Carolina: Inside Carolina is confirming that Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell is finalizing an agreement to become offensive coordinator / tight ends for Larry Fedora. 

Fresno State: Tim DeRuyter will make $1.5 million annually as a part of his new 5-year deal. He made $650,000 the past two seasons.

Mississippi State: Dan Mullen announced today that "contract adjustments for all of the staff" are being made. Defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has himself a new two year contract in which he'll make $575,000 in year one and $625,000 in year two. Details for the rest of the staff to come...

Cal: Former running back Jahvid Best has joined the staff in a graduate assistant role.

Southeastern Oklahoma State: As we told you last week, Charles Burks has now officially joined the staff as defensive coordinator.

Southern Utah: Gary Crowton has joined the staff as offensive coordinator.

Louisville: Western Kentucky assistant director of operations Todd Clark will be the new director of on-campus recruiting at Louisville per a source. Sources also tell us Pete Nochta is leaving WKU as well and will serve as a grad assistant coaching the tight ends at Louisville. 

Western Kentucky: Tyson Helton has officially joined the staff as offensive coordinator and will make a base salary of $135,000 annually.

Miami (OH): Sources tell us that Valdosta State defensive graduate assistant John "Buck" Douglas has accepted a defensive grad assistant job on Chuck Martin's staff.

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Hiram (D-III - OH): Hiram has an opening in the fall 2014 for a graduate assistant. Requirements: Bachelor's degree, undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Prior playing or coaching experience at the college/university or professional level is preferred. This position includes free graduate school, meals, housing, and a $7,000 annual stipend. For confidential consideration, direct all emails to Randy Moore at No phone calls please! UPDATE>>Hiram is no longer accepting applicants for this position.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have announced that Brian Knorr, who recently accepted a position at Air Force as defensive coordinator, has been hired as the program's defensive coordinator.

Houston Texans: Romeo Crennel has agreed to a 3-year deal as Bill O'Brien's defensive coordinator. 

Dean College (CC - MA): Dean College has an opening for a (Six month) part-time/intern defensive line coach that will begin being paid July 1 - December 31, 2014. This position will assist the head coach in all facets of the program including, but not limited to, coaching the defensive line and recruiting an area. Requirements: Bachelor's degree; computer and Hudl proficiency and prior playing or coaching experience at the college level. Strength and Conditioning background is a plus. This position is a stipend position with no benefits, one meal a day during the fall semester. Coach will also have the opportunity to work onsite summer football camps to generate extra income. First consideration will be given to coaches from the Northeast/New England area. For confidential consideration, please direct your information to only Todd Vasey at No phone calls please!

Mary Hardin-Baylor (D-III - TX):UMHB, is looking for two games in the 2014 Season. Our open dates are: September 6, October 4 and 11. We need to secure two games in those three open dates. If you could post this to your website I would appreciate it. Interested candidates can email Karen Goff or Pete Fredenburg at or

Citadel: Mike Houston has completed his coaching staff, with five assistants coming with him from Lenoir-Rhyne. We've covered most of these before, but here's a quick recap; Brent Thompson (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks / B-backs), Blake Harrell (special teams coordinator / inside linebackers), Lou Conte (slot backs), Ron Boyd (offensive line), Roy Tesh (defensive line), Maurice Drayton (defensive coordinator / quarterbacks), Joel Taylor (safeties / pass defense coordinator), JP Gunter (recruiting coordinator / wide receivers), and Scott Yielding (tight ends).

Sam Houston State: North Texas offensive coordinator Mike Canales will interview for the head coaching job tomorrow, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. The other candidates include K.C. Keeler (Delaware HC), Mel Tjeersdma (former Northwest Missouri State HC), Scott Wachenheim (Virginia OL coach), and Darrell Wyatt (former Texas co-OC / WR coach).

Tennessee Titans: Ken Whisenhunt plans to retain Sylvester Croom (running backs), Nate Kaczor (special teams), Steve Watterson (strength and conditioning), Steve Hoffman (special teams assistant), and Steve Brown (secondary assistant), according a report from the Tennessean.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have hired Jags linebacker coach Mark Duffner to coach their linebackers, according to the Florida Times-Union.

Fresno State: Tim DeRuyter has signed a new five-year extension that will take him through the 2018 season. In two seasons he has went 20-6 overall and 14-2 in conference play.

Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden's deal is for five years and $20 million, all fully guaranteed according to Jason La Canfora.

West Alabama: Mike McCarty, the only coach retained by new head coach Brett Gilliland, will coach the receivers moving forward. McCarty coached the running backs last season and has also worked with tight ends and quarterbacks in his six seasons with the program.