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Thursday February 20, 2014

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Michigan: The J. Ira and Nicki Harris Foundation has endowed the Michigan head coaching position to the tune of $10 million. Brady Hoke's official title is now the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. 

Kansas: Former Washington offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has been named receivers coach.

Arkansas: TCU cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings has been hired as the defensive backs coach at Arkansas. 

Texas College (NAIA): Texas College is looking for a home game on September 13th of 2014. Interested programs can contact head coach George Cumby at gcumby@texascollege.edu or at 903-330-2489.

Eastern Michigan: Mike Gravier, who served as the assistant head coach at Valparaiso (FCS - IN) last year, has been hired to coordinate the special teams and coach the tight ends.

New England Patriots: Former Browns GM Mike Lombardi has been added to the staff as an assistant to the coaching staff.

Defiance College (D-III - OH): Defiance College is seeking applicants for the position of Recruiting Coordinator/Assistant Football Coach (Offense). The selected individual will take a lead role in all phases of recruiting, including personnel evaluation, on-campus visit planning, along with monitoring progress toward the program’s recruiting goals. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate strong communication skills and successful, Division III recruiting experience. Specific coaching assignment is flexible based on candidate’s background. Familiarity with option football is preferred. Interested candidates must e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to head coach Brian Sheehan at bsheehan@defiance.edu. No phone calls, please.

Saskatchewan Roughridgers (CFL): Brad Miller has been announced as linebackers coach. 

Air Force: Troy Calhoun has shuffled a bit of his staff. Mike Thiessen will take over as the sole offensive coordinator, Steve Russ will be the defensive coordinator and coach the defensive backs, Matt Weikert will move from defensive line to outside linebackers, John Rudzinski will move from outside linebackers to secondary. New hires Tim Cross (defensive line) and Ron Vanderlinden (inside linebackers) have also been assigned their roles. Also, Drew Fowler, a former player, has joined the staff as an assistant linebackers coach.

BC Lions (CFL): Johnny Holland, who coached the linebackers for the Oakland Raiders back in 2012, has been added to the staff and will coach the linebackers.

Butler (FCS - IN): Ball State graduate assistant Gerald Chatman has been hired as defensive line coach. 

San Francisco 49ers: Senior offensive consultant Eric Mangini will transition to tight ends coach, while current tight ends coach Reggie Davis will move to assistant offensive line coach. 

Tennessee-Chattanooga: The university has announced that head coach Russ Huesman has agreed to a three-year contract extension taking him through the 2018 season. The new contract includes a raise in his annual pay to $205,738.

Indiana: Kevin Wilson has finalized his full time staff with the hire of North Texas safeties coach Noah Joseph, who will coach the same position with the Hoosiers. We hear that there is still a defensive grad assistant position available.

Tennessee State (FCS):Tennessee State University is looking for a FBS guarantee game for 2015 and 2016. Dates available in 2015 are September 19 and September 26. Dates available in 2016 are September 17 and September 24. Please contact Director of Football Operations, Tom Opdenbrouw 615-963-2136 or at topdenbr@tnstate.edu if interested.

Colorado: The Board of Regents has voted to extend the contract of Mike MacIntyre one year, through December 31, 2018.

Bentley (D-II - MA): Sources tell us that Assumption College (D-II - MA) offensive line coach / strength coach Matt Sidebottom has accepted the same job at Bentley University

LA Tech: Former Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles is joining the LA Tech staff as defensive line coach. BleedTechBlue broke the news and we have confirmed. 

Cleveland Browns: Per source, Toledo linebackers / special teams coordinator Stan Watson has accepted a position on the Browns' staff. We hear Watson's role will be assistant special teams coordinator with the Browns. 

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Florida International: FIU has announced the hiring of Randy Melvin as defensive line coach. Melvin coached the same position for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012-13. 

Georgia State: Sources tell us that Georgia State has already identified their man to fill the receivers position. Will update...

LaGrange (D-III - GA): Sources tell us that Earl Chambers, who spent last season at James Madison coaching the tight ends and spent eight years coaching the defensive line at Valdosta State prior to that, will be the new defensive coordinator at LaGrange. Also, we hear that Kendall Todd will join the defensive side of the ball, and Brandon Crosby (who coached last year at Saddleback College) will coach the running backs.