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Saturday January 11, 2014

Saturday January 11, 2014

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We'd like to thank everyone for their viewership and support. Each of the past 5 days has been a massive record for the site. We'll be posting updates all weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone in Indy beginning tomorrow. 

Houston: Tony Jeffery will be Houston's new outside receivers coach, replacing Brandon Middleton, who was not retained following the season. 

Atlanta Falcons: Bryan Cox will be the Falcons' defensive line coach according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Florida Atlantic: Arkansas GA Nick Caley will follow Charlie Partridge to FAU and coach defensive backs according to 

Georgia Southern: Offensive coordinator Doug Ruse will follow Willie Fritz from Sam Houston State to Georgia Southern according to Josh Aubrey of the Statesboro Herald. Fritz has let the entire Georgia Southern coaching staff go except for co-defensive coordinator Jack Curtis according to WJCL. 

Texas: Former USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson and Memphis cornerbacks coach Chris Vaughn to the same positions according to Fox Sports. 

Arkansas State: Sources tell us Lamar assistant head coach / defensive backs Allen Johnson is joining Blake Anderson's staff. We also hear that former Jacksonville Jaguar Larry Hart is joining the staff as a defensive grad assistant. 

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UMass: Sources tell us Wagner associate head coach / offensive coordinator Tom Masella will be the new defensive coordinator at UMass. 

Utah: Sources tell us offensive line coach Dan Finn will not return. 

Western Kentucky: Sources tell us Cincinnati tight ends coach Tyson Helton will be the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at WKU. 

Texas: Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph has accepted a position at Texas according to 247Sports.

Minnesota Vikings: Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is expected to have a second interview with the Vikings early next week according to Adam Caplan of ESPN. 

Illinois State (FCS): Sources tell us New Mexico GA Kane Keirnan has accepted a position as an offensive assistant coach in a position to be determined at Illinois State. Keirnan is an Illinois State graduate. 

Penn State: James Franklin's deal is reportedly for 6 years and worth $27 million ($4.5 million per year).

Oregon: At Oregon, sources tell us to expect Mark Helfrich to promote linebackers / recruiting coordinator Don Pellum to defensive coordinator. Pellum knows that defense and the players as well as anyone. At Oregon it's all about the fit and Pellum is certainly loved by the players and staff. 

New Mexico: Sources tell us inside linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove will add the defensive coordinator title as well.

Central Methodist (NAIA - MO):Central Methodist University is looking of a guarantee game in 2014 on August 30th or September 6th or a home game on September 4th/6th.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (D-II): Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell, OK) is looking for a home game for the 2014 season. We need 1 home game (possible moderate game guarantee). Looking for NAIA/Div. 3 programs. Open dates are 10/4/14 and 11/15/14. Contact OPSU Head Coach Russell Gaskamp if interested.

Kentucky Christian (NAIA): Sources tell us that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Al Clark, running backs coach Chris Schultz and offensive line coach Barry Blackstone are no longer with the staff.

Maryland: Ball State defensive line coach Chad Wilt has accepted the same position at Maryland.

Pace: Andy Rondeau has officially been announced as head coach at Pace.

Southeastern Oklahoma State (D-II): Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach/ HPER Instructor. The successful candidate will teach a class load of approximately 6 hours per semester as assigned by the Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. Candidates are expected to have earned Bachelor & Master degrees; one of which must be in HPER or a closely related field. Coaching experience at one or more NCAA institutions with knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations are preferred. Previous teaching at the University level is also preferred. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national criminal and sex offender background check. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Prior to issuing a letter of appointment, official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution by the Office of Academic Affairs. To be considered an official candidate, applicants must submit all of the following: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended and contact information for three professional references to: Office of Equity, Compliance and Diversity Southeastern Oklahoma State University 1405 N. 4th Avenue – PMB 2750 Durant, OK 74701-0609.

Eastern Illinois: Sources tell us that Ole Miss defensive grad assistant Kane Wommack will be the new defensive coordinator at EIU. 

Youngstown State: Head coach Eric Wofford is getting an extension. Details later...

Western Kentucky: Sources tell us that former Purdue OC Gary Nord will join the WKU staff. Will update.

Vanderbilt: Athletic director David Williams announced today that they have already retained Dan Parker's firm to assist with the search and that they plan to move quickly but will be diligent. We noted a few days ago that in addition to internal candidates Bob Shoop and Herb Hand, sources tell us that Williams' primary external candidate is Derek Mason at Stanford. We'll keep you posted. 

West Alabama: UWA is looking to fill an open date in 2014. Looking for a Division II opponent for week 2 or week 4. Please contact head coach Brett Gilliland at

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University of San Diego: Sources tell us Kenny Holmes will join the staff at USD coaching the defensive line. 

Coffeyville CC: Sources tell us Louisiana Lafayette offensive grad assistant William Peagler has accepted the offensive line job at Coffeyville. Hard working, smart young man there. 

20 FBS head jobs have opened...18 are now full. See the full list here.

Air Force: Former Wake Forest assistant Brian Knorr is returning for his third stint on the Air Force staff in as of yet undefined role. 

Penn State: The school has officially announced the hiring of James Franklin, and will hold a 4:15 p.m. ET press conference to introduce its new head coach.

Minnesota Vikings: Greg Roman will interview for the Vikings' head coaching job according to Adam Schefter. 

Wyoming: Just to reiterate, Craig Bohl has retained offensive line/running backs coach Pete Kaligis and will bring assistants Brent Vigen, Steve Stanard, Kenni Burns, A.J. Cooper, Scott Fuchs and John Richardson with him from North Dakota State.