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Wednesday January 8, 2014

Wednesday January 8, 2014

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Our condolences are with former GVSU and EMU head coach Jim Harkema who lost two brothers, Tom and Bill, Monday night. Please keep the Harkema's in your prayers. 

Arizona State: Former NFL VP of Football Operations Ray Anderson will be the new athletics director according to multiple outlets. 

Michigan: Sources confirmed to us that Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier will be the new OC at Michigan. 

LSU: McNeese offensive line coach Rob Sale will interview tomorrow at LSU. 

Penn State: Sources at Penn State tell us they are making their final push for James Franklin. We are told Penn State hopes to have a deal tomorrow at the latest. 

Louisville: Bobby Petrino will be introduced tomorrow morning as the new head coach (for the second time) at Louisville.

North Dakota: Sources tell us Purdue's Kevin Maurice will join the North Dakota staff as running backs coach. 

Arkansas: Samford defensive line / special teams coordinator Rory Segrest has accepted the defensive line / specialists position at Arkansas. 

UMass: New Hampshire head coach Sean McDonnell will meet with officials from UMass this week per a report from the UMass Daily Collegian. McDonnell has been at UNH for over 20 years...wouldn't think this is the one to lure him away but we'll see. Update> Sources tell us McDonnell has turned down the opportunity to interview. 

Here's an updated look at all the head coaching changes around the country

Michigan: Brady Hoke has announced that offensive coordinator Al Borges will not be retained for the 2014 season. Here's what you need to know.

South Florida: As we told you on Friday,Willie Taggart will bring on Paul Wulff to serve as offensive coordinator.

Towson: Rob Ambrose has agreed to a lengthy extension at Towson per his agent. 

Westminster (D-III - PA): Sources tell us Don Montgomery (former Emory & Henry head coach) and Scott Benzel (defensive coordinator at St. Francis) are the remaining finalists. 

Rhode Island: Sources tell us that Northern Michigan defensive line coach Joe Coniglio has accepted the same position at Rhode Island.

North Dakota: Sources tell us defensive line / recruiting coordinator Kyle Myers will not be retained by Bubba Schweigert.

Wilkes University (D-III - PA): Wilkes University invites applicants for a Head Football Coach, a full-time, 12-month administrative staff position in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reporting to the Director of Athletics. The head football coach is expected to be actively involved in community service activities and alumni events. A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree preferred. The ideal candidate must have significant knowledge of and proven success in coaching football preferably at the collegiate level. To apply, visit this link. Please be sure to include a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae and three references including names, titles, full mailing address, telephone numbers and email addresses. Review of applications begins immediately. Complete applications should be received no later than January 24, 2014 for full consideration. 

North Carolina Central: Southern Durham HS (NC) head coach Adrian Jones has accepted the running backs job on Jerry Mack's staff. Jones led Southern Durham to the program's first ever state title this past season.

NAIA Coordinator of the Year Finalists

Weber State: Former Utah running back Quinton Ganther has been announced as the running backs coach.

Eastern Illinois: Sources tell us that EIU has narrowed it down to 4 finalists, 2 have interviewed, 2 in the next day or so...Curt Mallory, Mickey Matthews, Kim Dameron and Bill Legg are all in it. 

Miami Dolphins: Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is interviewing for the offensive coordinator job today, per Adam Schefter.

Cal: Andy Buh is being retained but won't retain the defensive coordinator title. Barry Sacks (defensive line) and Randy Stewart (defensive backs) won't return. 

Louisville: ESPN reports that Clint Hurtt will be retained as part of Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville. 

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Western Kentucky: Sources tell us that both offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm and defensive coordinator Nick Holt are real candidates for the head job at Western. 

Cleveland Browns: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has withdrawn his name from consideration for the head coaching job, per Schefter.

West Virginia: The contract of defensive line coach Erik Slaughter will not be renewed.

LSU: Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa will not return to the staff per Mike Scarborough. We have confirmed the same. 

Louisville: Per Pat Forde, Bobby Petrino will be the new head coach at Louisville. Multiple sources are confirming. Never a dull day...

Check out the full list of head coaching changes throughout football.

The Citadel: Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Mike Houston has now formally accepted the new head coaching position at The Citadel as we reported he would a few nights ago. 

Hawaii: Kevin Clune has officially joined Norm Chow's staff as defensive coordinator.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hardy Nickerson will rejoin the Bucs' staff according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. Nickerson previously spent seven seasons on the Bucs' staff, four of them under Lovie Smith. 

Lindenwood (D-II - MO): Lindenwood University is seeking applicants for an offensive graduate assistant coach to work with the offensive line. Preferable experience coaching or playing offensive line. The job includes coaching a position, recruiting, use of digital editing system, and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach and coordinator. The position will begin immediately. Compensation includes combination of stipend and classes. Candidates should email resume

Morgan State: Sources say former Maryland receivers coach Lee Hull will be the new head coach at Morgan State. 

West Virginia: Damon Cogdell (Miramar, FL head coach) is joining the staff on the defensive side of the ball. 

Penn State: San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman will interview at Penn State, according to Jason La Canfora.

Baltimore Ravens: Juan Castillo will coach the offensive line next season for the Ravens, John Harbaugh has announced. Castillo joined the team just before Super Bowl XLVII in a consultant role, and spent last season with the title of run game coordinator.

Mike Zimmer: The Cincinnati defensive coordinator is scheduled to interview with the Vikings today and the Titans on Thursday, according to Adam Schefter.

Gametime: Get a hands-on demo of the most advanced interactive player training available today. Visit the GAMETIME booth at the AFCA Convention January 12th-15th in Indianapolis.

Auburn: Minnesota deputy athletics director David Benedict has accepted a job as Auburn's chief operating officer.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL): The team has named Pat Tracey its special teams coordinator and Markus Howell as wide receivers coach. 

Louisville: Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford tweeted this morning that until Tom Jurich makes his decision he still has a shot at the job. 

AFCA - DFO Agenda: The full agenda for the 2014 Football Operations meetings at the AFCA Convention is now available. 

Knox College (D-III - IL): Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference seeks an assistant offensive coach. This is a restricted earnings position for an assistant offensive coach and reports to the Head Football Coach. Bachelor’s degree required. Wide Receiver or Quarterback coaching or playing experience preferred. Responsibilities include coaching your own position, recruiting both on and off campus, working with special teams, and other duties assigned by the head coach. The position pays $1,000 per month and includes a campus meal when classes are in session. There are no other benefits. To apply, send a letter of application, resume, Applicant Information Form and contact information for three professional references to Head Coach Damon Tomeo at dltomeo@knox,edu. No phone calls or faxes please. Please indicate in your letter of application whether you plan to attend the AFCA convention. Applicant Information Form and more information about Athletics at Knox College may be found at

Reinhardt University (NAIA - GA): WJCL News is reporting that Bradwell Institute (GA) head coach Adam Carter is leaving after one season to become the defensive coordinator at Reinhardt University.

Bowling Green: Sources tell us that Rose-Hulman (D-III - IN) linebackers coach Ben Olson has joined Dino Babers' staff as a defensive grad assistant.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Tony Sparano is set to join Lovie Smith's staff in Tampa Bay, according to a report from Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Sparano spent last season as the assistant head coach / offensive line coach with the Raiders.

Arizona Christian (NAIA): Arizona Christian University (Phx, AZ), a first year NAIA program is looking for games for the 2014 season. We need 1 home (possible guarantee $) and 1 away. Looking for NAIA/Div. 3 programs. 8/23/14, 9/20/14, 9/27/14, 10/18/14, 11/8/14. Contact Arizona Christian University Athletic Director Jeff Rutter at if interested.