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Tuesday December 16, 2014

Tuesday December 16, 2014


Pittsburgh: Pitt has contacted Greg Schiano about its soon-to-be vacant position, according to Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Multiple reports state Paul Chryst is on the ground in Madison right now.

Keep track of all the 2014-2015 head coaching changes here

Chicago Bears: Marc Trestman is "likely" to be fired at season's end according to Dan Bernstein of

Baylor: Philip Montgomery will not return to coach the Cotton Bowl, which means wide receivers coach Kendal Briles will call plays, according to David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas.

Nicholls State: Louisiana College (D-III) co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Brian Wallace has accepted an assistant coaching job on Tim Rebowe's staff.

UNLV: Tony Sanchez has announced that he will retain receivers coach Cedric Cormier, Barney Cotton will serve as offensive coordinator, John Garrison will coach the offensive line, and Ron O'Dell (from Bishop Gorman) will coach the quarterbacks. Also, Jamie Christian (inside WRs coach at Houston) will coach the running backs.

Youngstown State: YSU has now officially named Bo Pelini head coach. Here is the Inside Scoop of how that played out.

UC Davis (FCS - CA): UC Davis is now accepting resumes for the an open running backs coach. Please submit resumes to the UC Davis Football office at We are told running backs coach Bryan Wright resigned to pursue a business opportunity. Update > UC Davis is no longer accepting applicants for the position.

Mississippi State: Defensive grad assistant John Haneline will coach the linebackers for State's bowl game.

Texas A&M Kingsville (D-II): CSU Pueblo offensive coordinator Daren Wilkinson has been named head coach at Kingsville. Wilkinson will coach Pueblo in the D-II Championship game Saturday.

Lake Erie College (D-II - OH): Assistant coach Scott Knisely has accepted the head coaching job at St. Francis de Sales HS (OH).

B.C. Lions (CFL): Jeff Tedford is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the B.C. Lions according to SportsNet out of Canada. The Vancouver Sun reported Tedford was in talks with general manager Wally Buono on Monday. Tedford assisted on Buono's staff with the Calgary Stampeders in the early 1990's.

San Diego State: Offensive coordinator Bob Toledo will retire following the Poinsettia Bowl.

Kentucky Christian (NAIA): Gene Peterson has resigned from the head coaching job citing family reasons.

Montana (FCS): Bob Stitt has been officially announced as the program's new head coach. Here's what you should know.

Florida: The Gators have now announced the hiring of Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins as their new defensive coordinator.

Carroll University (D-III - WI): Carroll University is looking to fill one open date in 2016 and 2017. Weeks #3: 9/17/2016, 9/16/2017 or week #4: 9/24/2016, 9/23/2017 are open. Contact is Mark Krzykowski

Norfolk State: Latrell Scott's deal at Norfolk State is for 4 years and $180,000 annually, according to David Hall who covers Norfolk State athletics.

Albany State (D-II - GA):Albany State is looking for an opponent, preferably DII for September 26th and October 3rd of the 2015 season. Interested programs can contact athletic director, Dr. Richard Williams at for more information.

Missouri State: On Press Box 920 today, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel noted that new Missouri State head coach Dave Steckel will hire some former Missouri grad assistants, not current members of Pinkel's staff.

Alabama State (FCS): Multiple sources tell us that Bethune-Cookman (FCS - FL) head coach Brian Jenkins has agreed to become the new head coach at Alabama State. Jenkins posted a 46-14 record in five seasons at the school.

Auburn: Former Auburn linebacker Travis Williams will coach the Tigers' linebackers in the Outback Bowl. Williams served as a defensive analyst this season.

Arizona Christian (NAIA): Arizona Christian is looking to fill a number of defensive assistants including; DL (with college or high school defensive coordinator experience preferred), DBs (emphasis on safeties), and a stipend defensive quality control assistant (DBs or DTs). Interested candidates can submit their resume and references to defensive coordinator Dave Johnson at

Colorado State: According to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Scott Frost, Vance Bedford, Billy Gonzalez, Tony Alford, Dave Baldwin, Marty English and Pat Narduzzi are involved in the Colorado State search. We have heard other names involved as well.

TCU: Gary Patterson signed a contract extension over the weekend according to Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Hairopoulos quoted AD Chris Del Conte as saying Patterson will be taken care of "through the decade."

Houston: The school has officially announced the hiring of Tom Herman as head coach. His contract is five years at $1.35 million per year.

Georgia: Director of football operations Brad Hutcherson is moving to another role inside of the athletic department. We understand that the job is truly open and UGA is accepting applicants. See DFO Scoop for more details.

Montreal Alouettes (CFL): Three-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Anthony Calvillo has been named an offensive assistant with Montreal.

Youngstown State (FCS - OH): Bo Pelini will be introduced as head coach at Youngstown State tomorrow per multiple local reports. Once YSU confirms, we can comment further.

Lewis and Clark (D-III - OR): Former Oregon State chief of staff and former Linfield (D-III - OR) head coach Jay Locey has been announced as the new head coach at Lewis and Clark College. Locey won a national title and 12 conference titles at Linfield.

Ole Miss: With the departure of Tom Allen to South Florida (as defensive coordinator), assistant athletic director for recruiting operations Corey Batoon has been called on to coach the safeties for the bowl game (Jason Jones will continue to coach the corners), and Dave Wommack will coach the linebackers during that time. Batoon was Hugh Freeze's defensive backs coach at Arkansas State.

Houston: As we reported yesterday, ESPN and FoxSports are now also reporting that David Gibbs is expected to be retained.

Florida: Sources close to the program tell us that while very little is official yet and things could change, Jim McElwain is leaning towards external hires for all positions other than offensive line (Mike Summers will remain on staff per source as previously reported) and with respect to Travaris Robinson who McElwain is trying to keep but who has a strong offer from Auburn as well. When he hired McElwain, Jeremy Foley very much wanted Mac to retain DJ Durkin we have been told. While this remains an option (remember that Durkin is quite a special teams coordinator as well) we understand that a number of other programs are interested in Durkin. Will update as more becomes clear.

Tom Herman: ESPN is reporting that new Houston head coach Tom Herman will continue to serve as offensive coordinator for Ohio State through their playoff run.

Dan Mullen: Dan Mullen told the Clarion-Ledger via text that he hasn't had any direct discussions with any other schools. Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin added he remains hopeful that Dan will eventually agree to an extension at Mississippi State but so far has not signed their offer.

Florida: Thayer Evans is reporting that Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is expected to join Jim McElwain's staff in the same role. Sources tell us the same. ESPN is now reporting that Collins is getting a three year deal.

Virginia Union University (D-II): Virginia Union University is now accepting resumes for the positions of offensive line and defensive backs coach. Please email the resumes to coach Harris at

Pima (CC - AZ): Former Pima Community College head coach Pat Nugent has been introduced as the new head coach at Cienega HS (AZ).

Virginia Union (D-II):Virginia Union is looking for an opponent for September 12th or 19th of the 2015 season. Interested programs can contact for more information.