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Thursday January 5, 2012

Thursday January 5, 2012

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Penn State: ESPN is reporting Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will be named the next head coach.

Samford: Offensive line coach Brandon Herring and tight ends / slot receivers coach Travis Trickett have been named co - offensive coordinators. Trickett will work with the quarterbacks next year.

Carleton College (DIII - MN): Head coach Kurt Rambler has resigned.

Liberty: Turner Gill has announced his coaching staff. On the offensive side of the ball Dennis Wagner will coach the offensive line and serve as offensive coordinator, Aaron Stamn will be the co - offensive coordinator / tight ends coach, Charlie Skalaski will serve as the recruiting coordinator / receivers coach, Joe Dailey will coach the quarterbacks, Jamaal Fobbs will coach the running backs, and Adam Morris will serve as offensive quality control. On defense, Robert Wimberly will serve as the defensive coordinator / safeties coach, Carl Torbush will have the title of assistant head coach and will work with the linebackers, Vantz Singletary will be the co - defensive coordinator and coach the defensive line, Marshall Roberts will coach the cornerbacks, Mike Minter will coach the secondary, and Josh Bookbinder will serve as defensive quality control coach.

Tennessee: Multiple sources telling us that Randy Shannon has agreed to become defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Tennessee has not confirmed. 

Mississippi State: Sources telling us that defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has been convinced to stay at State. He had reportedly accepted an invitation to join Kevin Sumlin's staff. 

Arizona State: Former offensive line coach Gregg Smith has retired. 

Oklahoma: Jay Norvell isn't leaving for Wisconsin as some have suggested. 

Miles College: Sources close to the situation tell us that at this time Ruffin remains the head coach. 

UCLA: We have confirmed that Mora has hired Eric Yarber as receivers coach...causing a shakeup on the offensive side of the ball we hear. We now expect Marques Tuiasosopo to move over to tight ends and we suspect (but have not confirmed) this means that Angus McClure will move into an off the field position. Combine that with losing your defensive coordinator (see below) and we're guessing things are a little unsettled in Westwood this afternoon. Yarber coached the receivers for Tampa Bay this past season and previously coached for the 49ers, Arizona State, Washington and Oregon State among other places. 

San Diego Chargers: Schefter is reporting that the Chargers will name linebackers coach John Pagano as defensive coordinator. Pagano had accepted that position on Jim L. Mora's staff at UCLA. 

Sam Houston State: We hear that head coach Willie Fritz will sign a reworked contract at the end of the season. Sam Houston State is playing in the FCS title game on Saturday.

Pitt: Sources tell us Paul Chryst will likely hire Jim Hueber to coach the offensive line. Hueber most recently (in 2010) served as the assistant offensive line coach for the Vikings. 

North Carolina: Randy Jordan interviewed with Larry Fedora recently for the open running backs job. We hear Fedora will announce the decision in the coming days. 

Todd Dodge: Sources in Texas reporting that Pitt quarterbacks coach Todd Dodge will become head coach at Marble Falls high school. Marble Falls is 4A, about 45 minutes west of Austin we believe. We have not confirmed this report.

Coastal Carolina: Joe Moglia has added defensive line coach Brandon Noble to the staff. Noble worked with Moglia last season with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks. Offensive line coach Patrick Covington will be retained from the previous staff.

Texas A&M: We have learned that Stanford special teams coordinator Brian Polian will be joining Kevin Sumlin's staff in the same capacity. 

Trinity University (DIII- TX): Trinity University (located in San Antonio, Texas) is looking for a home game either September 22nd or October 6th, 2012. Would like to set up a home and home for 2012 - 2013 if possible. If interested, please contact Assistant Coach Alex Cook at 210-999-7436.

Montana Tech (NAIA): Montana Tech is looking for a two football Interns; One with an offensive background and one with a defensive background. Responsibilities include assisting Head Coach in all phases of the football program. Coaching duties include assisting with practices, games, recruiting, camps, equipment, video and all aspects of the program. Compensation will include stipend and housing. Candidate review begins immediately and continues until filled. Send letter of application, resume, and references to Ted Schlafke at No phone calls please.

San Diego Chargers: Norv Turner has announced that the Chargers have relieved defensive coordinator Greg Manusky of his duties.

Colorado Mesa (DII): Colorado Mesa has named their six finalists for the head coaching vacancy. They are; Pat Behrns (former head coach at Nebraska - Omaha), Matt Entz (defensive line coach at Northern Iowa), Dan Hammerschmidt (assistant coach at Colorado State), Russ Martin (offensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska - Kearney), Ed Meierkort (former head coach at the University of South Dakota), and Steve Ryan (head coach at Morningside College). The six candidates are expected to interview by January 13.

East Carolina: North Carolina football operations assistant Brian Overton has been named the director of football operations and player personnel at East Carolina.

Florida Tech (DII): We hear that Willie Tillman has been named the defensive coordinator at Florida Tech. Tillman served as the defensive coordinator and associate head coach last season at Bethel University in Tennessee.

Siena Heights (NAIA - MI): Siena Heights is looking for 1 or 2 games on September 22, November 3, or November 10 of 2012. If interested please contact Jeff Hancock at or 517-264-7834.

Texas A&M: As we told you earlier in the week, Pat Narduzzi (Michigan State DC) is in College Station today meeting with Kevin Sumlin. We'll keep you posted. If they reach an agreement, we believe Narduzzi will bring at least one (and probably 2 assistants) with him. 

Florida: We hear Muschamp has brought an assistant strength coach from Texas onto his strength staff. 

Penn State: Adam Schefter said, "It sounds like Penn State is getting ready to make a huge offer to lure Bill O'Brien away from the Patriots."

Arizona: Sources tell us that Jeff Casteel will join Rich Rod's staff as defensive coordinator. We expect defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich and corners coach David Lockwood to join him; although this is not confirmed. 

Villanova: Linebackers / special teams coordinator Billy Crocker will be promoted to defensive coordinator.

Weber State: John L. Smith has announced that he has retained offensive coordinator Matt Hammer, linebackers coach Colton Swan and offensive line coach Cecil Thomas.

South Carolina: Sources close to the program tell us that Lorenzo Ward is set to interview Ron West for the linebackers job and that Randy Jordan will interview for the running backs job. We'll keep you posted. 

Colorado State: As we told you on Monday Jim McElwain has hired former San Jose State head coach and Utah State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin. McElwain will also retain secondary coach Tim Duffie and director of football operations Tom Ehlers.

UAB: We have learned that Garrick McGee has hired Arkansas offensive grad assistant Richard Owens. Owens was headed to Weber State with John L. Smith; but we're told McGee convinced him to stay in the southeast. 

Monday Happy Hour: We look forward to seeing everyone Monday @ 5pm at Bar Rojo in the Grand Hyatt (which is just to the left of the entrance to the convention center). Don't worry, we'll remind you as we get closer. We are very excited to have an excellent group of sponsors joining us in this great event which is open to all coaches and their wives. Over the next few days, we'll feature each of these great companies; but here's the list of companies we should all support for what they do (not to mention their work & products are outstanding). 



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