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Monday July 1, 2013

Monday July 1, 2013

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Longtime Youngstown State equipment manager Carmen Cassesse has passed away. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Auburn: The school has released Gus Malzahn's contract, paying him $2.3 million per year over five years. Of the $2.3 million, $500,000 will come in base salary and $900,000 each will come from personal endorsement rights and radio/TV appearances. The buyout is set for $500,000 for each remaining year on the contract on both sides of the deal. The contract also includes several bonuses, among them: up to $150,000 for hitting APR benchmarks, $100,000 for winning the SEC West, $150,000 for winning the SEC and $500,000 for a national championship. See more on his contract here. Associate head coach/recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach Rodney Garner will make $500,000 per year; the nine assistants will make a sum of $3.495 million in 2013, down slightly from the $3.735 million in 2012. 

Texas: Sources tell us that former McNeese State tight ends coach Eman Naghavi has joined the staff as an offensive quality control coach.

William and Mary: Former player Joe Brady has joined the defensive staff and will work with the linebackers.

Simon Fraser (D-II - Canada): Avila University (NAIA - MO) corners coach Tony Caputo has accepted the receivers and tight ends job.

Tuskegee: Stillman College athletic director Curtis Campbell has been selected as Tuskegee's new AD.

Utica College (D-III - NY): Ben McKaig, a former Emporia State player and assistant coach at Andover HS (KS), has accepted the grad assistant job working with the defensive line.

Nebraska Wesleyan: Sources tell us that Omaha Nighthawks (UFL) running backs coach Steve Heimann has accepted the defensive backs job.

Louisiana-Monroe: UC-Riverside athletic director Brian Wickstrom has been hired as the athletic director at Louisiana-Monroe, according to the Shreveport Times.

Averett (D-III - VA): Kevin Daughtrey has joined the staff as linebackers coach and strength and conditioning grad assistant. Daughtrey previously served as a grad assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama.

Louisiana-Monroe: Texas-Pan American athletic director Chris King has withdrawn his candidacy from the ULM athletic director search. The Warhawks will choose between California-Riverside Brian Wickstrom and Georgia associate AD Josh Brooks. 

Eastern Michigan: The school has officially named Heather Lyke as university vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Lyke arrives at Eastern Michigan from Ohio State, where she served as a senior associate athletic director. 

Itasca (CC - MN): Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, MN is seeking assistant coaches preferable offensive line and defensive backs, but will consider all applicants. This is a seasonal position with paid stipend. Would be involved in all aspects of the program including recruiting, game planning and video breakdown. No benefits, no housing. Local applicants are strongly encouraged. Must be available for training camp. Please contact head coach Tom Inforzato by phone 218-969-7452 or email