Sunday February 14, 2016
Auburn: We're told Gus Malzahn is indeed moving to bring former Tiger Kodi Burns back to the Plains as wide receivers coach to replace Dameyune Craig.
LSU: Auburn wide receivers coach / co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig has joined the staff as wide receivers coach, the program has announced.
Thomas More (D-III - KY): Kyle Prosser, who coached the linebackers and served as special teams coordinator / recruiting coordinator last season has accepted the head coaching job at his alma mater, Oak Hills HS (OH).
Tennessee: Tight ends coach Larry Scott will earn $365k annually, per the Knoxville News Sentinel. Scott coached the tight ends at Miami last season before being promoted to interim head coach after the release of Al Golden. If he leaves before March 1, 2017 he will owe Tennessee 33% of the remaining comp on his contract, if he leaves between March 1 and the end of the 2017 season he will owe $50k, and if he leaves after that, he will owe nothing. If he's terminated without cause he will be owed the remaining pay on his contract.
Cal: After three seasons working with the linebackers and defensive ends, Garret Chachere is moving to running backs, head coach Sonny Dykes has announced. Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman will add linebackers to his coaching duties, and Dykes will continue to coach the outside receivers.
West Texas A&M: Head coach Mike Nesbitt has formally announced the hirings of Thomas Rocco, Lloyd Spotted Wolf, and Brandon Crosby. Rocco spent the last five years at Blinn College (JC - TX) and will be the program's defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach, Spotted Wolf will coach the offensive line after working at Cleveland HS (NM) last season, and Crosby will work with the inside wide receivers after spending the last two years at LaGrange College (D-III - GA) as defensive backs coach / DFO.
Arkansas: Offensive coordinator Dan Enos has signed a restructured contract that will increase his base salary to $700k for the 2016 season, along with automatic raises of $50k the next three seasons. The contract also specifies that Enos' contract will now run through June 30, 2019. Enos was scheduled to make $550,000 in the fall.
Utah: Pablo Cano, the former assistant director of player personnel, has been elevated to director of player personnel, replacing Fred Whittingham who was promoted to tight ends coach a few weeks ago. Administrative assistant Robert Blechen will be the new assistant director of player personnel and recruiting administrative assistant Alema Fitisamanu has been promoted to director of high school relations, a new position on the Utah staff.
The Citadel: Inside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Blake Harrell has been promoted to defensive coordinator and A-Backs coach JP Gunter will take over special teams coordinator duties.
LSU: 247 Sports is reporting that Auburn receivers coach / co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig is a serious candidate to join the LSU staff for their receivers coach opening.
San Deigo State: Per SI, former defensive lineman Ernie Lawson is expected to join the staff as the program's new defensive line coach.
Arkansas State: The salary figures of the new offensive hires have been released by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner will make $210,000 in his first season, new offensive line coach Allen Rudolph will make $150,000, and running backs coach Norval McKenzie will make $100,000. The new salaries bring the assistant salary pool to $1.12 million, and athletic director Terry Mohajir notes new deals are in the works for most of the rest of the assistants.
Wash U (D-III - St. Louis, MO): Special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Jeff Fisher has been promoted to defensive coordinator the program has announced. Fisher (who is the former head coach at NAIA program Lindenwood) replaces Jim Ryan, who left to become the head coach at Rhodes College.
Georgia: UGA owes $6.2 million to Mark Richt and his staff, per the AJC. Richt will get $4 million, while the other $2.2 million of that will go to former OC Brian Schottenheimer (who is set to make $350,000 annually coaching the quarterbacks for the Colts after making $950,000 as OC at Georgia last season), DC Jeremy Pruitt (who will make $1 million annually as the new DC at Alabama after making $1.3 million coordinating the defense at UGA in 2015), LBs coach Mike Ekeler, TEs coach John Lilly, OL coach Rob Sale, and strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke. Sale is owed $112,500 after taking the offensive line job at ULM, Ekeler is owed $42,000 after taking the defensive coordinator job at North Texas, and Lily and Hocke's figure will be prorated once they find employment elsewhere.
Old Dominion: Former Vanderbilt special teams coordinator / running backs coach Charles Bankins is joining Bobby Wilder's staff in the same capacity, per SI. Sports Illustrated also reports that UT-Chattanooga offensive line coach Chris Malone is expected to join the staff and coach the ODU offensive line.
Fresno City College (JC - CA): Sources tell us that Vince Branstetter has been named offensive coordinator after spending last season as the quarterbacks coach and Former Central HS (Fresno, CA) head coach Mark Hetherington has been hired to coach the quarterbacks. Longtime assistant Rick Lyons is moving from tight ends to outside linebackers.
Trinity International (NAIA - IL): We are told that Trinity International is no longer accepting applicants for their open graduate assistant position. Thank you for the overwhelming interest.
ULM: Per SI, Western Carolina defensive backs coach LaMar Morgan will have the same position at ULM.
Georgia: Per source, Georgia has hired Rodney Prince, Jr., as an assistant strength coach and former Miami wide receivers coach Kevin Beard to an off-the-field role.
Tulane: Per source, Chris Couch will be the new special teams assistant at Tulane. Couch was the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at Point University last season and spent the 2014 season as a GA for Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz at Georgia Southern. Additionally, Derrick Sherman will be an offensive assistant at Tulane. Sherman was the wide receivers coach at Pittsburg State (D-II - KS) in 2015 and also spent the '14 campaign as a GA for Fritz at Georgia Southern.