Wednesday December 17, 2014
West Virginia: At WVU with Shannon Dawson going to Kentucky, we expect Dana to hire a new position coach; but not necessarily a new offensive coordinator. Will keep you posted.
Simon Fraser (Canada): Head coach Jacque Chapdelaine has resigned and will become offensive coordinator of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Kentucky: Sources tell FootballScoop that West Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks Shannon Dawson has agreed to become offensive coordinator at Kentucky. Per second source, Dawson will continue to serve as OC for West Virginia in their upcoming bowl game before heading to Kentucky. Read more here.
UNLV: Per source, Georgia State defensive backs / special teams coach J.D. Williams will join the UNLV staff coaching the corners.
Pitt: Athletic director Steve Pederson is leaving the university per release from Pitt. The University announced this news at the very moment that Paul Chryst was announced as head coach at Wisconsin. Absolutely fascinating. Read more here.
Wisconsin: Paul Chryst has been announced as the new head coach of the Badgers. Chryst will earn $2.3 million per year for five years. Here's what you should know.
Michigan: The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Michigan has offered Jim Harbaugh $8 million per year for six years to become their new head coach. Mike Garafalo who covers the NFL for Fox is reporting that Harbaugh had previously told Michigan he wouldn't consider "the Michigan gig" but now is considering this. Interesting timing, huh guys? Update> Adam Schefter has added: "Multiple NFL and Michigan sources had said for weeks Harbaugh was not expected to wind up at Michigan; but in recent days at least one person familiar with his thinking said he was at least considering it. Another person close to the process said that while it was possible Harbaugh could wind up at Michigan, 'it was not likely'." Ross Tucker adds, "If Harbaugh really wanted the UM job would he leak this offer?"
Troy: Vic Koenning has now officially been announced as defensive coordinator.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL): Per source, Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Gary Etcheverry has been let go after his first season with the club.
Virginia Union (D-II): VUU is no longer accepting applicants for their offensive line and defensive backs jobs. Thank you for the tremendous amount of interest in both positions.
UNLV: Tony Sanchez has offered Colorado State assistant head coach / linebackers Tim Skipper his defensive coordinator position at UNLV. If there isn't clarity soon at CSU, sources tell us Skipper could accept the position by the end of the week. We understand that former Oregon State defensive line coach Joe Seumalo is likely to join Sanchez' staff as well. Will update...
Ohio State: With Tom Herman's pending departure, Scott provides an update on the situation at Ohio State.
UC Davis (FCS): UC Davis is no longer accepting applicants for their running back position. Thank you for the overwhelming interest in the position.
North Texas: Buffalo defensive line coach Chris Cosh will be the new defensive coordinator at North Texas per Brett McMurphy. We can confirm this as well.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin has called a 6 p.m. CT press conference regarding its head football coach.
West Virginia: Athletics director Oliver Luck is leaving the school to take a position with the NCAA, according to Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail. Read more here.
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Saint Francis (NAIA - IL):The University of Saint Francis is looking for opponents in 2015 and 2016: The available dates in 2015 are August 29th, September 12th, and October 17th. In 2016 August 27th, September 10th, and October 15th. We would prefer to schedule a home-and-home contract (with the 2015 contest at home) but will consider all opportunities. One-game contracts are also an option. Please contact head coach Joe Curry at JCurry@stfrancis.edu.
Colorado State: Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is interviewing for the head coaching job, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity is telling reporters today. Note that Colorado State is interviewing a large number of candidates this week. No clear frontrunner or frontrunners yet from what we've heard. Will update as more becomes clear.
Bethany (NAIA - KS): Paul Hubbard has been named head coach. Hubbard spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Midland University (NAIA - NE), and was the defensive coordinator at MidAmerica Nazarene (NAIA - KS) prior to that.
Houston: The assistant salary pool for Tom Herman's assistants will be around $2.4 million according to Dennis Dodd.
Mississippi State: Geoff Collins will owe Mississippi State $75,000 to buy out his contract per Steve Berkowitz of USA Today.
Missouri State (FCS): Per source, Stec has lined himself up an impressive staff. We hear Northern Iowa OC Mario Verduzco will join as offensive coordinator, Lindenwood assistant head coach / defensive line Marcus Yokeley will join as defensive coordinator, Chris Morton as defensive line (defensive line coach at Wisconsin-Stout), Kenji Jackson as safeties (defensive grad assistant at Northwestern), Peter Badovinac at linebackers (defensive grad assistant at Missouri), Mack Brown as tight ends / special teams coordinator (offensive grad assistant at Missouri), John Egorugwu as receivers (offensive grad assistant at Missouri) and Munir Prince as running backs (receivers coach at Drake). We understand that offensive line coach Sean Coughlin has been retained.
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