Thursday December 11, 2014
Wisconsin: Pittsburgh head coach and former Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst has emerged as the front-runner to replace Gary Andersen according to multiple reports. Ross Jones of Fox Sports reported late Thursday night that Chryst is on his way to Madison.
Troy: Matt Moore (offensive line) and Kenny Edenfield will serve as co-offensive coordinators, Neal Brown has announced.
Tulsa: Tulsa has now made the hire of Philip Montgomery official.
Nebraska: Mike Riley has now formally announced four additions to his staff, all from Oregon State. Joining Riley will be defensive assistants Mark Banker and Trent Bray, offensive assistant Mike Cavanaugh, and special teams coordinator Bruce Read. Read is the only coach that has been given a coordinator title at this point.
Troy: Per source, Vic Koenning will join the staff as defensive coordinator.
Oregon State: BYU director of football operations Zach Nyborg is headed to Corvallis to reunite with Gary Andersen with whom Nyborg worked at Utah State and Wisconsin.
Boise State: Per source, despite interest from Vanderbilt, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford plans to remain at Boise State.
Northeast Mississippi CC: Sources tell us offensive coordinator Greg Davis will be promoted to head coach.
Oregon State: Athletic director Bob De Carolis interviewed five candidates for the head coaching position including Gary Andersen, EWU head coach Beau Baldwin, Utah State head coach Matt Wells, Hawaii head coach Norm Chow and San Diego State defensive line coach Osia Lewis (OSU alum) according to the Portland Tribune. The Tribune's sources tell them Andersen's agreement will be five years beginning around $2.2 million with annual $100,000 increases thereafter. We note that is fairly similar to what Andersen was making at Wisconsin.
South Alabama: As we told you back on Tuesday, Bryant Vincent has now officially joined the staff as quarterbacks coach / offensive coordinator. Vincent served as the UAB offensive coordinator last season.
Vic Koenning: North Carolina associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning is leaving North Carolina. Sources tell us he has a strong chance of being named defensive coordinator at Troy; but that is not finalized at this moment. Bruce Feldman has reported the same.
Wisconsin: Barry Alvarez will coach the team in their bowl game. Why not Dave Aranda or Andy Ludwig?
Murray State (FCS - KY): With head coach Chris Hatcher leaving for Samford, sources tell us offensive coordinator Mitch Stewart is expected to be promoted to head coach.
Wisconsin-Stout (D-III):UW Stoutis looking to fill an open date on September 5th, 2015. One or two year contract. Also looking to fill 2016 and 2017 dates. Email head coach Clayt Birmingham at email@example.com if interested.
Tulsa: Sources tell us Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery is expected to be named head coach at Tulsa later today. Montgomery is a two-time winner of a FootballScoop Coach of the Year award (offensive coordinator in 2013 and quarterbacks coach in 2011). Update> FoxSports and ESPN are now reporting the same.
Montana: Sources familiar with the process tell us Bob Stitt is the lead candidate at Montana. We understand he will be in Missoula today, and could be named head coach as soon as today. Bobby Hauck visited with Montana officials this week, and we understand the Grizzlies had a third candidate as well. With Montana planning a number of facility upgrades, it's a good time to be in Missoula. We will update when the the decision is final.
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