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Thursday December 22, 2011

Thursday December 22, 2011

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Hawaii: We have learned that Philip Rauscher will also be part of Norm Chow staff. He'll have a position on the offensive side of the ball; most likely tight ends we're told. 

Hawaii: Sources tell us that Norm Chow has brought Utah grad assistant Lewis Powell with him. Powell will coach the defensive line. 

Chadron State (D-II - NE): One name sticks out to us for the Chadron State opening...Russ Martin offensive coordinator at Nebraska Kearney. Coach Martin had an excellent career as a player at Chadron, his son coaches the linebackers and he is an outstanding coach, recruiter and person. 

Abilene Christian: We have learned that Abilene Christian will name offensive coordinator Ken Collums head coach. Collums won the 2010 FootballScoop D-II Coordinator of the Year award. Excellent choice. 

Pitt: We hear Paul Chryst has a strong interest in Montana offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith to serve as quarterbacks coach at Pitt. We hear the offensive coordinator is likely to come with him from Wisconsin. We will keep you posted. 

Penn State: The AD put out a statement today essentially saying, "Enjoy your holidays...we won't be naming a head coach for a while."

Akron: This afternoon we spoke with sources very close to the process. After those talks, we believe that Terry Bowden is the only candidate that was technically offered the job.

Delta State: We hear that Delta State officials have spoken with Chris Willis (North Alabama's DC), Will Hall (West Alabama's head coach) and Buddy Stephens (East Mississippi CC head coach). 

New Mexico State: UC Davis offensive line coach Brad Bedell has been hired in the same capacity at New Mexico State. 

Nebraska: As we've told you for a while, John Papuchis (defensive line / special teams) has now officially been named defensive coordinator and Rick Kaczenski (Iowa DL) has been named defensive line coach. 

Fresno State: We hear Phil Earley has been hired to coach the receivers. Phil might be the reason the substitution rule exists. Should be fun football at Fresno. 

Texas Southern (FCS): Darrell Asberry (Shaw University - D-II in North Carolina head coach) will be the new head coach. Kevin Ramsey will remain with the program as defensive coordinator. 

Boston College: We have learned that Spaz has hired Doug Martin (offensive coordinator / quarterbacks at New Mexico State) as his new offensive coordinator. 

Chadron State (DII - NE): Head coach Bill O'Boyle's contract will not be renewed. 

Appalachian State: With Mark Speir being hired at Western Carolina, we hear defensive backs coach Scot Sloan will take on the recruiting coordinator responsibilities. 

Ohio State: We hear that Hiram de Fries will wind up helping Urban in an administrative capacity. 

Ohio State: We have confirmed that Zach Smith, Temple's receivers coach, is joining Urban's staff in the same capacity. 

Pitt: They have now officially announced Paul Chryst as head coach. 

Lake Forest (D-III - IL): Lake Forest has removed the "interim" tag off of head coach Jim Catanzaro. We also hear that offensive coordinator Craig Kerr received an extension.

Southern Miss: We hear Petal HS (MS) head coach Steve Buckley will be joining the staff as well. 

Akron: We have confirmed the hiring of Terry Bowden. We have also been told that he flew back to North Alabama to tell his players personally. Look for the "official" announcement via Akron's social media later today. 

Akron: We hear that Terry Bowden accepted the job. We have been told that Scot Loeffler told them he could not accept it at this time. 

Ferris State: We hear Grand Rapids CC head coach Tony Annese will be named head coach at Ferris today. 

Wyoming: Sources tell us that defensive coordinator Marty English will focus on coaching the linebackers next season and Dave Christensen is looking to bring in a new coordinator.

Southern Miss: We have been told that Ricky Bustle will have a spot on Ellis Johnson's staff. Johnson has hired Clyde Wrenn as his director of football operations. 

Boston College: BC has announced that Mike Dawson, special teams coach, has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of football.