Sunday January 8, 2012
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Redlands: We hear that Kiyoshi Harris has been hired to coach the inside receivers. Harris was assistant head coach / offensive coordinator at Chaffey Junior College.
Memphis: We have learned that Brad Cornelson has been hired to coach the receivers. Cornelson was the offensive coordinator at Northeast Oklahoma. We also hear that Justin Fuente has targeted Todd Dodge for quarterbacks coach. Dodge isn't a done deal yet.
Penn State: Ron Vanderlinden has been retained.
Colorado State: Sources tell us that Alabama offensive quality control Billy Napier will go with Jim McElwain to CSU as quarterbacks coach.
AFCA: Sights and sounds (video included)...will be updated throughout the next few days.
VMI: We hear that defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff is retiring after 37 years in the profession. Some of the programs Christoff has coached at include Notre Dame, Alabama, UCLA, Colorado, Cincinnati, Idaho, Stanford and with the 49ers.
Coaches Happy Hour: Monday @ 5, join us for some cold beverages at Bar Rojo right outside of the entrance to the convention center. Beer is on us (and our outstanding sponsors - SpeedTracs, ProGrass, JumpForward, Row 27 and ValueZapp. All coaches and wives are welcome...2011 Coaches of the Year will be recognized.
Illinois: We hear that Toledo corners coach / special teams coordinator Steven Clinkscale will be joining Tim Beckman's staff at Illinois.
Syracuse: Sources telling us that Doug Marrone is interviewing a number of guys this week for some defensive slots.
New Mexico State: We hear that former Washington State offensive coordinator Todd Sturdy and Hawaii offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich are interviewing for the offensive coordinator job as well.
Washington State: We have learned that Mike Leach has hired Mike Breske from Montana as his defensive coordinator.
New Mexico State: We have learned that former Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild is interviewing here for the offensive coordinator role.
Hawaii: We hear offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich will not be retained.
Monroe College: We have learned that former Fordham defensive coordinator Matt Dawson has accepted the defensive coordinator role on Terry Karg's staff.
SpeedTracs: Stop by the SpeedTracs booth (right next to Riddell)and learn how SpeedTracs will improve your team.
Hamilton Tiger - Cats (CFL): Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach George Cortez has been named the new head coach and director of football operations.
Abilene Christian: New head coach Ken Collums has made a couple of hires. Darian Dulan as defensive coordinator and Mark Ribaudo as linebackers coach.
Tennessee: Word in San Antonio last night was that if anagreement can't be reached with Randy Shannon that Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett would be asked to take the job. We'll keep you posted.
New England Patriots: Josh McDaniels has joined the staff.
For all those asking, Bar Rojo at the Hyatt just outside the convention center did not disappoint.