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Thursday January 19, 2012

Thursday January 19, 2012

Dallas Cowboys: Three assistants had their contracts renewed today. Running backs coach Skip Peete, offensive quality control / receivers Keith O'Quinn and assistant offensive line coach Wes Phillips all signed new contracts. The Cowboys plan to hire an assistant secondary coach to assist Jerome Henderson who we told you was hired about a week ago. 

App State: A couple of days ago we told you that Clemson grad assistant Justin Stepp was taking the running backs job at App State. Today, that move was made official. In announcing the move, App State also made it official that Chris Moore (RBs) and offensive line coach Bob McClain have left the program. A whole lot of change going on at App State. 

Toronto Argonauts: Special teams coordinator Mike O'Shea has signed back on with the Argos after interviewing for several head coaching jobs. 

Jacksonville Jags: Former Tampa offensive coordinator Greg Olson will join the Jags as quarterbacks coach. 

Yahoo Sports wrote a nice article about how Terrell Suggs' high school coach changed his life

Coastal Carolina: Former UMass outside linebackers coach Dyran Peake has joined the Coastal staff as defensive backs coach. 

Colts: Multiple sources telling us today that virtually everyone on the staff is being released. 

Tulane: Sources in New Orleans telling us that David Johnson, head coach at St. Aug, will join Curtis Johnson's staff. We have not confirmed that it's a done deal yet. 

College of the Siskiyous (JC - CA): Interim head coach Charlie Roche has been named head coach. 

Pacific University (D-III - OR): Pacific has 2012 open dates on September 15 and September 22. Looking for a home game in 2012 with a return in 2013. Please e-mail

New Orleans Saints: Glazer, Mort, etc.. reporting that Steve Spagnuolo will be the next defensive coordinator of the Saints.

College of San Mateo (JC - CA): We hear Mike Langridge has been promoted from slots to special teams coordinator. 

Washington University - St. Louis (D-III): Special teams coordinator Jim Ryan has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Former defensive coordinator Brian Allen will remain on the staff, coaching a position. 

Jacksonville Jags: Reports out of New Orleans are that Saints defensive backs coach Tony Oden has accepted the same position with the Jags. 

Willamette (D-III): New head coach Glen Fowles has stated that expects to retain the rest of the staff...and thus the only opening will be for his old role (offensive coordinator). He says he expects to bring in a new OC and that he's not necessarily tied to the "fly" offense. 

Incarnate Word: Jake Zweig has joined the staff as special teams coordinator we're told. 

FIU: Sources telling us that director of player personnel Dennis Smith has been promoted to tight ends coach. Greg Laffere is no longer with the program. 

UMass: We're told that Nick Rolovich has been hired as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks at UMass. 

Tulsa: We have seen a report that Tulsa has hired Dan Bitson to fill the open offensive slot. We have not confirmed though. Bitson is head coach at McLain HS (OK). 

Jacksonville Jaguars: There are multiple reports out there that Ron Zook has been hired to coach the special teams for the Jags. We have not confirmed. 

South Florida: New defensive coordinator Chris Cosh's deal is 2 years at $325,000 per. Last season, Mark Snyder, in that same role, made $260,000....we're pretty confident Snyder's compensation at A&M will be satisfactory. 

New Mexico State: NMSU has now officially announced Jerry McManus as offensive coordinator. 

Clemson: Clemson media reporting that Brent Venables' annual compensation will be around $800,000. 

Vikings: Minnesota has officially named former Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams defensive coordinator and has hired Brendan Daly (former DL coach for the Rams...and the Vikings) as defensive line coach. 

Wake Forest: Toronto Argonauts offensive coordinator Jonathan Himebauch has accepted a position on Jim Grobe's staff. 

Brain Armor: You eat right. You train hard. You push your body to the limits. But, even with all that, you might not be getting enough of a key nutrient, with proven brain, eye and heart health benefits.

Pitt: Sources close to the program telling us that Bostad to the Bears might not be a done deal yet. We'll update you once we have confirmation. 

Toledo: We hear that Stan Watson has left Bowling Green to join the defensive staff at Toledo. Watson and Matt Campbell have been friends for years. Watson will serve as special teams / corners. 

Kansas: Charlie Weis has hired DeMontie Cross away from Wisconsin to coach the linebackers. Cross served as special teams coordinator / safeties last season for the Badgers. 

Minnesota Vikings: Plenty of reports out there that the Vikings plan to hire former Colts assistant Alan Williams as defensive coordinator. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: We've been hearing rumblings of a major shakeup on the offensive side of the staff of the Steelers. Several outlets are reporting that Bruce Arians is unlikely to return. With Kirby Wilson facing a long recovery from the injuries he suffered in a house fire, it's not clear at this time who might take over. We'll keep you posted. 

Indianapolis Colts: Adam Schefter is reporting this morning that the Colts are in the process of parting ways with most of the rest of the staff including John and Bill Teerlinck (who many thought would be retained). 

Idaho State: We hear running backs coach Mike Rigell is no longer with the program. 

Titans: We have learned that former Kentucky defensive backs coach Steve Brown has accepted a position with the Titans. We're told he'll be assistant defensive backs coach. 

Pitt: Multiple sources telling us that Bob Bostad is leaving Pitt to become the offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. We have not confirmed; but have heard it from several well connected sources. 

Cal: We learned late last night that Cal has hired Wes Chandler to fill it's open receivers job. Chandler has coached for the Cowboys, Vikings and Browns (as well as in the UFL and NFL Europe). 

More to come...