Wednesday January 11, 2012
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West Virginia: We hear Dana Holgorsen could announce new additions to the staff as early as tomorrow. Hearing Oklahoma State associate head coach / special teams coordinator / safeties Joe DeForest will be part of the additions in a senior capacity. Not confirmed; but we're hearing it a lot.
North Carolina: We heard tonight that Randy Jordan (RBs coach on Mike Sherman's staff at A&M) will be named running backs coach at UNC. Have not confirmed yet.
Yale: The New Haven Register is reporting tonight that Havard defensive backs / special teams coordinator Tony Reno will be named head coach tomorrow. We are in the process of confirming.
Illinois: We have learned that Central Florida special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Tim Salem will be named running backs / special teams coordinator at Illinois.
Hawaii: We hear Norm Chow has offered the director of football operations job to Juan Lozano (DFO at New Mexico State).
More updates coming later tonight.
Utah State: We hear that former Hawaii defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will join Gary Andersen's staff as defensive coordinator. This is confirmed.
Southeastern LA: We have learned that Ron Roberts has retained defensive line coach Brandon Lacy and corners coach Tyronee Williams. Karl Scott will join the staff from Tusculum as linebackers coach.
Houston: Tarleton State offensive line coach Marcus White is joining the staff at Houston as offensive quality control.
Vanderbilt: George Barlow is on board as corners coach and Josh Gattis in on board as receivers / offensive recruiting coordinator.
St. Louis Rams: The Rams have asked for and received permission to interview Saints assistant Aaron Kromer and Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski.
NC State: Jon Tenuta's new title at NC State is associate head coach for defense and he also has a new two year contract at $400,000 per year ($135,000 higher than his prior deal).
New York Jets: The Jets officially named Tony Sparano offensive coordinator today.
Boise State: Receivers coach Robert Prince has been named offensive coordinator.
Menlo College: We have learned that Willamette head coach Mark Speckman will be the new head coach at Menlo after a great run at Willamette. Menlo is his alma mater.
Just got back from a great trip to the convention. More on this to come...
Arizona: Rich Rod has completed his staff. Today he announced the guys we've been telling you. Casteel, Lockwood (corners) and Kirelawich (defensive line) from WVU and Spencer Leftwich from Pitt as tight ends coach.
Idaho: As we told you back in December, Mike Levenseller has joined the staff.
Houston: Stephen F. Austin offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt has joined the staff. The offense when Nesbitt was at West Texas A&M was unreal. Levine has also brought on Arizona State's Jamie Christian to run the special teams.
Penn State: We hear that South Carolina special teams coordinator John Butler will join the staff at Penn State.
SMU: Houston assistant Jason Phillips has joined SMU.
Illinois: We have confirmed that LSU receivers coach Billy Gonzales will be joining Illinois' staff. Expect him to have a coordinator title.
Hawaii: We're hearing that Jacksonville Jaguars defensive backs coach Thom Kaumeyer will be the defensive coordinator at Hawaii.
Notre Dame: We hear it's not a done deal, but Brian Kelly has had significant discussions with Tennessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. Could happen today or tomorrow.
Campbell (FCS - NC): Sources tell us that Liberty's Wally Ake has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Campbell. Update> We have now confirmed.
Tulsa: We hear that Blankenship has talked Van Malone into staying at Tulsa ($$$).
Kansas: As we told you yesterday Clint Bowen is confirmed to Kansas. We were told by a source close to the situation that he would serve as defensive coordinator. This morning we saw a report that he would coach defensive backs and special teams. Will confirm the responsibilities soon enough; but Clint is a Jayhawk once again.
Indianapolis Colts: Adam Schefter is reporting that the Colts plan to hire Philadelphia Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson as general manager.
New York Jets: Multiple outlets reporting this morning that Tony Sparano will join Rex Ryan's staff as offensive coordinator.
Texas Tech: Art Kaufman has been named defensive coordinator.
Tennessee: We hear that Dooley is meeting with Sal Sunseri today and were told that his meeting with Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green went very well. We'll keep you posted.
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New Mexico: We hear Kevin Fouquier did in fact accept and is the new defensive line coach at New Mexico.
Hawaii: Norm Chow has added Tommy Lee, Keith Uperesa and Chris Wiesehan on the offensive side and Daronte' Jones on the defensive side of the ball.
Northwest Oklahoma: New head coach Alan Hall has filled out his staff. Kevin Turco will serve as offensive line coach / recruiting coordinator. Bret Story will coach the receivers and Alex Haynes will coach the running backs. Willie Spears will serve as defensive coordinator. Spears was head coach at Suwannee HS in Florida. Dwayne Curry will coach the linebackers. Tyrone Bolware will coach the defensive line / special teams.