Saturday December 28, 2013
Notre Dame: Brian VanGorder will be the new defensive coordinator at Notre Dame according to Mike Garafalo and Ian Rapoport. VanGorder is currently the linebackers coach for the New York Jets. Here's what you need to know.
Georgia Southern: Sources tell us that Ivin Jasper's interview is tomorrow and that both Rhett Lashlee (Auburn) and Zach Azzanni (Tennessee) have interviewed for the head job already (along with Brent Pry). We hear an announcement should come no later than January 5th.
Arkansas State: Now that their bowl game is over, we can confirm that Walt Bell is leaving North Carolina's staff to become co-offensive coordinator at Arkansas State. Bell made less than $100,000 per year at UNC and will reportedly make $225,000 at A-State. Bell's brother Luke Paschall will also leave UNC (grad assistant) to become wide receivers / special teams coordinator.
Notre Dame: Brian Kelly confirmed today Notre Dame's new defensive coordinator hire will come from outside the program. Several days ago we heard the hire will be announced after the BCS National Championship. Will update...
Houston Texans: The Texans and Bill O'Brien have intensified their talks, and the two sides are "working on a deal" to make O'Brien the Texans' next head coach according to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN. Update: Texans owner Bob McNair said today, "The process continues. We have other interviews scheduled next week. It isn't over."
Ohio State: Ohio State is looking for two qualified offensive graduate assistants. A minimum 2.9 GPA and previous coaching/GA experience are required. The Buckeyes are also looking for an offensive skill intern. Update> We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Thank you all for your interest.
Central Florida: George O'Leary confirmed at Fiesta Bowl practice today he has hired Paul Ferraro as defensive coordinator according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Belhaven University (NAIA - MS): Sources tell us Belhaven head coach Joe Thrasher has accepted the head coaching position at Hartfield Academy (MS).
James Madison (FCS - VA): Sources tell us Ohio State offensive grad assistant Drew Mehringer will join Everett Withers staff at JMU. He will be co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
UConn: Sources tell us Buffalo quarterbacks coach / recruiting coordinator Don Patterson will join Bob Diaco's staff at UConn.
Wake Forest: Sources tell us that West Virginia offensive line coach Ron Crook, former Rutgers offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski and 2013 Wake offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch have all interviewed for the offensive line job at Wake. One source told us yesterday that Crook had been offered the job.
Georgia Southern: Brent Pry has interviewed and Ivin Jasper will this weekend per WSAV.