|Sunday January 26, 2014||presented by:|
Sam Houston State: Sources tell us Slippery Rock offensive coordinator Phil Longo will be the new offensive coordinator.
Whitworth (D-III - WA): Rogers HS (WA) head coach Matt Miethe has joined Rod Sandberg's staff and will coach the offensive line.
New Haven: According to the New Haven Register, Slippery Rock associate head coach / defensive coordinator Shawn Lutz will interview for the head coaching job at New Haven.
UNLV: Head coach Bobby Hauck's new agreement was approved yesterday (was previously announced). Under the new agreement which runs through the 2016 season, Hauck will earn over $700,000 per season.
Kentucky: In December, Kentucky let us know that they had promoted tight ends coach Vince Marrow and added the "recruiting coordinator" title. Kyle Tucker who covers Kentucky added details yesterday. Marrow received a $100,000 raise, going from $175,000 to $275,000 as part of a new contract that runs through June 2016. Tucker has a look at all of the UK football coaches' salaries here.
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Cincinnati: With AD Whit Babcock leaving for the same position at Virginia Tech, senior associate director of athletics Desiree Reed-Francois has been named interim athletic director.
Buffalo: Sources tell us former South Florida defensive coordinator Chris Cosh will be the new defensive line coach at Buffalo.
Wisconsin: Gary Andersen has received a one year extension (now under contract through January 2019).
Miami Dolphins: Former Tampa director of player personnel Dennis Hickey will be the new general manager of the Dolphins per Armando Salguero and now confirmed by many.
Stanford: Sources tell us 49ers outside linebackers coach Peter Hansen will be the new inside linebackers coach at Stanford.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins have hired North Carolina running backs coach Randy Jordan in the same capacity per Chick Hernandez who covers the Redskins.
|Saturday January 25, 2014||presented by:|
Penn State: James Franklin will make around $4.3 million per year at Penn State, according to StateCollege.com. He'll earn a base salary of $1.3 million with $2.2 million coming from TV/radio, $500,000 from Nike and an annual $300,000 retention bonus and an annual $100,000 raise. The paper also notes that, because of Bill O'Brien's buyout, the Houston Texans are essentially paying Franklin's salary through March of 2015.
Northern Arizona: Arizona State grad assistant TJ Rushing has accepted the corners position at Northern Arizona per Doug Haller.
Maryland: Former LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been named offensive line coach at Maryland.
Western Carolina: Vanderbilt defensive grad assistant LaMar Morgan will join the Western Carolina staff coaching the defensive backs per sources.
North Carolina: Former Texas co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite is interviewing today with Larry Fedora for the quarterbacks position at UNC per sources.
Minnesota Vikings: Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will join the Vikings staff according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Jacksonville State (FCS - AL): Todd Bates will be the new defensive line coach per sources.
Louisville: Sources tell us Bobby Petrino informed two grad assistants and two quality control coaches that they will not be retained yesterday.
Detroit Lions: Former Boise State offensive coordinator Robert Prince will be the Lions new receivers coach per Alex Marvez.
Blinn JC (TX): Sources tell us Jimmy Klingler will be the offensive coordinator and Chuck Parsons will coach the offensive line.
Washington Redskins: The team has added Shane Day as assistant offensive line coach.
Buffalo Bills: Former Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz is the new defensive coordinator in Buffalo. The Bills have also added a former Lions assistant, Todd Downing, as quarterbacks coach.
New York Giants: Oregon State offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf will be the Giants' quarterbacks coach according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Toledo: Purdue defensive backs coach Jon Heacock will be the new defensive coordinator at Toledo.
Georgia: Tracy Rocker will be the new defensive line coach at Georgia according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
Southern (FCS - LA): Head coach Dawson Odums has signed a four-year extension upping his salary to $175,000 a year. Odums led the Jaguars to their first SWAC title in a decade this fall.
Oakland (D-I - MI): Athletics director Tracy Huth is stepping down after nearly 35 years with the school.
|Friday January 24, 2014||presented by:|
There will be a memorial service today in Newport News, VA for longtime coach Eddie Davis who passed away during the season. During his career, Coach Davis coached at Rice, Texas Tech, Temple, James Madison, Northeastern, Dean College and Christopher Newport (along with a number of high school programs in Texas). Please keep his wife Dianne and their family in your prayers today.
Arkansas State: As was previously reported, Trooper Taylor was officially announced tonight as the Red Wolves' cornerbacks coach.
Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys are discussing the addition of former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as their play-caller according to Ed Werder and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin tweeted tonight that Gary Anderson's contract has been extended through Jan. 31, 2019. Expect a formal announcement soon.
Virginia Tech: Stacy Searles has been announced as the offensive line coach.
Vanderbilt: Longtime NFL vet and former Titans defensive backs coach Brett Maxie is joining the staff as secondary coach.
Blinn JC (TX): Former NDSCS head coach Chuck Parsons is joining the staff as offensive coordinator per sources.
The Citadel (FCS - SC): New head coach Mike Houston has received a five-year contract worth $210,000 annually, with up to $61,000 in incentives.
Houston: Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has received a two-year contract extension.
Virginia Tech: Cincinnati's Whit Babcock will be Virginia Tech's new athletics director according to Hokies beat writer David Teel.
Houston Texans: Doug Colman has been hired as the team's assistant special teams coach.
Stanford: Outside linebackers coach Lance Anderson has officially been promoted to defensive coordinator. Here's what you need to know.
Vanderbilt: The school has announced seven members of Derek Mason's coaching staff: Karl Dorrell (offensive coordinator), David Kotulski (defensive coordinator), Charles Bankins (running backs/special teams), Gerry Gdowski (wide receivers), Kevin Lightner (offensive line), Kenwick Thompson (outside linebackers), and Vavae Tata (defensive line).
Highland Community College (KS): Assistant head coach and offensive line coach Aaron Arnold is the new head coach.
Detroit Lions: Alan Williams is the new defensive backs coach, and the Detroit Free-Press reports the team also plans to add former Arizona Cardinals linebackers coach Matt Raich as a defensive quality control assistant.
Samford (FCS - AL): Samford has hired Chris Boone to coach the defensive line.
San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have announced the hiring of Pete Metzelaars as tight ends coach.
North Carolina: The hiring of Seth Littrell has been formally announced. Littrell will be Larry Fedora's assistant head coach for offense/tight ends coach, while wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer and offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic have been named co-offensive coordinators.
Tampa Bay Bucs: The club has announced the hirings of Mike Phair as assistant defensive line coach, and Carlos Polk as assistant special teams coach.
Worcester State: Sources tell us that Tom Dumont, an assistant coach at Groton-Dunstable HS (MA) is the new linebackers coach.
Lagrange (D-III - GA): Sources tell us that former Arkansas Baptist assistant Kendall Todd will be the new defensive line coach at Lagrange College.
Army: Sources tell us that former Wake Forest defensive line coach Ray McCartney will be the new defensive line coach at Army.
Phoenix College (CC - AZ): Phoenix College is looking for applicants for offensive coordinator / offensive position coach. Salary range: $40,254.00 - $44,380.00. Job Closes- 1/27/14 at Midnight. Minimum Qualifications Bachelor's degree, experience with HUDL, Playmaker Pro, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft, Microsoft Suite, etc. Desired Qualifications: 1. Master's degree 2. Recruiting connections in Arizona high schools. See the full listing, and apply here.
Texas A&M: Texas A&M has three graduate assistant positions opening. We are looking for a defensive backs GA, a defensive line GA and a wide receivers GA. Please send all resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins will interview New England Patriots director of pro personnel Nick Caserio for their vacant GM job today according to Adam Schefter.
Dakota State (NAIA - SD): Dakota State University located in Madison, SD (45 minutes Northwest of Sioux Falls) is looking for a scrimmage this fall for August 23rd or sooner. It will have to be a home contest. There will be a postgame meal provided. Contact Defensive Coordinator Michael Collins email@example.com with interest.
Penn State: Just recapping James Franklin's staff; Bob Shoop (defensive coordinator / safeties), John Donovan (offensive coordinator / tight ends), Charles Huff (special teams coordinator / running backs), Brent Pry (assistant head coach / co-defensive coordinator / linebackers), Josh Gattis (offensive recruiting coordinator / receivers), Herb Hand (run game coordinator / offensive line), Ricky Rahne (pass game coordinator / quarterbacks), Terry Smith (defensive recruiting coordinator / corners), Sean Spencer (defensive line). Seven of the assistant come directly from Vandy (and Charles Huff was part of Franklin's staff the first season with the 'Dores).
Houston Texans: Reports out of Houston state Bob Ligashesky will be retained as the Texans' special teams coordinator.
Coastal Carolina (FCS - SC): Ryan Goodman is the new linebackers coach at Coastal Carolina.
North Dakota State (FCS): The school has formally announced the hirings of Atif Austin (wide receivers), Joe Klanderman (defensive backs) and Tyler Roehl (tight ends/fullbacks).
Minot State (D-II - ND): Minot State has named three finalists for the school's head coaching position: Wayne State defensive coordinator Mike Aldrich, former Minnesota State Mankato head coach Todd Hoffner and Wisconsin-Stevens Point offensive coordinator Aaron Vlcko.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have hired Brian Braswell as assistant offensive line coach.
Florida International: Head coach Ron Turner has formally announced the hiring of running backs coach Kerry Dixon II, linebackers coach Rob Harley and special teams coach Shannon Moore.
Anna Maria College (D-III - MA): Head coach Vince Sinagra has been named athletic director. Sinagra will also continue his duties as head football coach.
St. John Fisher (D-III - NY): St. John Fisher, is looking for a game in the 2014 season for the week of September 13th or October 25th. We are looking for a home/home series and would be willing to travel this upcoming season. We would also entertain a one year opponent and be willing to travel. If interested please contact Head Coach, Paul Vosburgh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585)-385-8433.
Lamar (FCS - TX): Sources tell us that Sam Houston State defensive backs coach Ben Beasley has joined the staff and will coach the defensive backs.
Illinois: The contract extension for athletic director Mike Thomas that was proposed by trustees back on January 10th has been approved. Thomas' extension takes him through August of 2019 and bumps his pay to $554,320, making him the sixth highest paid AD in the Big Ten.
Ohio State: Defensive line coach / assistant head coach Larry Johnson will earn $400,000 per year, and co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach Chris Ash will make $520,000 annually.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Quinn Tedford and Miles Smith will join Lovie Smith's staff as interns, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Quinn is the son of offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, and Miles is the son of head coach Lovie Smith.
|Thursday January 23, 2014||presented by:|
Jackson State (MS - FCS): Sources tell us Timmy Chang will be the new offensive coordinator at Jackson State. Chang worked with the running backs at SMU this season.
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have contacted Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson for a third interview for their vacant GM job according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Louisville: Clint Hurtt has left the staff according to Jason Higdon of Fox Sports. We hear he's landed another job. Update: Sources tell us Hurtt is the assistant defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears.
Eastern Illinois (FCS): The school has announced the hiring of Tony Gilbert (special teams), Michael Hodges (linebackers), Danny Nutt (running backs), Micah Smith (outside receivers), James Truxillo (safeties), Dennis "Dirt" Winston (defensive line), Thomas Woods (inside receivers) and Lucas Stortzum (DFO). They will join previously announced hires Greg Stevens (offensive coordinator) and Kane Wommack (defensive coordinator).
Green Bay Packers: The Packers have promoted running backs coach Alex Van Pelt to quarterbacks coach.
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have promoted Terry McDonough to Vice President of Players Personnel.
Jacksonville State: Sources tell us John Grass has promoted Larry Smith to quarterbacks coach and Trey Clark to offensive line coach. We also hear Nick Gentry will coach either the defensive line or outside linebackers.
St. Lawrence (D-III - NY): St. Lawrence University is currently accepting applications for multiple Graduate Assistant football coach positions. Looking to fill positions on both the Offensive and Defensive side of the ball. The position includes a salary, free health insurance, free master’s degree (2 yr plan), and some meals. Duties include coaching own position, running own position meetings, coordinate all film activities, on the road recruiting, assist in weight room, and any other duties assigned by the Head Coach and Coordinators. If interested please email resume to Offensive Coordinator Dan Puckhaber email@example.com.
Cleveland: Mike Pettine is the new head coach per Mary Kay Cabot who covers the Browns. The Browns have now announced it as well.
Wyoming: Sources tell us Fresno State corners coach David Brown will join the Wyoming staff as secondary coach.
Harbor College (CC - Los Angeles, CA): Sources tell us that former Claremont-McKenna (D-III - CA) linebackers coach Wilbert Gilmore is joining the staff.
Ohio State: The school has officially announced the hiring of Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
Baltimore Ravens: John Harbaugh will hold second interviews for the offensive coordinator job with former Redskins coordinator Kyle Shanahan (Thursday) and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson (Friday), according to the Baltimore Sun.
Faulkner University (NAIA - AL): Faulkner University is currently looking for a Graduate Assistant Football Coach. Full Graduate Tuition will be provided. This position currently includes some meals and has the potential to include a small stipend. There is currently no housing available. All positions will be considered. Duties will include but not limited to film breakdown, assist in equipment room responsibilities, duties assigned by the Head Coach and Coordinators, and recruit area assigned by the recruiting coordinator. If interested please e-mail your resume’ to Co-Offensive Coordinator Brandon Slay firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chowan University (D-II - NC): Chowan University as a result of a schedule change of a ’14 opponent, Chowan University is now looking to fill the date of Saturday, September 20th. Preference would be a home and home (will travel in ’14, home in ’15); but, are willing to consider other options such as a FCS guarantee. Please contact Director of Athletics Ozzie McFarland at McFarF@Chowan.Edu or 252.398.6244 if interested.
Notre Dame: Former Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur has accepted the same position at Notre Dame.
Jacksonville State: Sources tell us Nick Williams will join the staff as receivers coach (reported by Andrew Bone as well).
Cleveland Browns: The Browns are offering Mike Pettine their head coaching job per Adam Schefter. Deal isn't finalized. Will update...
Alcorn State (FCS): Alcorn State is looking for a 2014 August 30th Home game. Looking for D2 or NAIA teams. Pay guaranteed. Please contact Wes Turner at email@example.com if interested.
Sam Houston: K.C. Keeler has been named head coach at Sam Houston. Per multiple sources, athletic director Bobby Williams recommended to the board that they hire Mel Tjeerdsma but was ultimately over-ruled by university president Dana Gibson. Here's what you need to know.
San Jose State: Sources at San Jose State tell us that Tulane co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall (a finalist for our Defensive Line Coach of the Year) has been offered the defensive coordinator job at SJSU. We hear CJ is aggressively trying to keep Sumrall. We will keep you updated...
Eastern Michigan: Sources tell us that Drake (FCS - IA) defensive coordinator Brad McCaslin has an offer to join Chris Creighton's staff as defensive coordinator. The two have worked together the past two seasons when Creighton was the head coach at Drake.
Wofford: Jerome Riase has been named defensive line coach. Riase spent the last two seasons coaching the defensive line at Butler University (FCS - IN).
Eastern Michigan: EMU has now officially named Ryan Grubb (Sioux Falls offensive coordinator) the offensive line coach.
Alabama A&M: James Spady has announced the additions of Brent Pradia (defensive line), Willie Totten (quarterbacks), Ashley Lelie (wide receivers), and Andy Fuller (running backs).
Detroit Lions: The Pioneer Press is reporting that former Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams will join the staff and coach the defensive backs.
Minnesota Vikings: Former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray will join Mike Zimmer's staff as defensive backs coach according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
Chicago Bears: Former UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni (defensive line) and Reggie Herring (linebackers) have joined the staff. Combined, the two bring nearly 70 years of coaching experience with them to Marc Trestman's staff.
Coffeyville (CC): Coffeyville CC has an opening for a full-time defensive backs coach. Candidates MUST have extensive experience with defensive backs. Also, candidates must be willing to relocate quickly to Coffeyville, KS. Please do not apply if you do not qualify. You may send resume and references to Mitchell Pate at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
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Furman: Furman is looking to hire an assistant DFO. Details on the DFO Scoop.
Louisiana-Monroe: Former Aurora University (D-III - IL) offensive line coach Mike Cross has joined the ULM staff as an offensive grad assistant.
Wednesday January 22, 2014
Saginaw Valley (D-II - MI): Ohio Northern (D-III) defensive coordinator Adam Gonzaga will be the new defensive coordinator at Saginaw Valley per sources.
Southern Utah (FCS): In addition to offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, Southern Utah has announced the hirings of offensive line coach Ken Miller, linebackers coach Rob Takeno and running backs coach Sam Lutui.
Houston Texans: George Godsey is expected to coach the quarterbacks for Bill O'Brien's Texans per John McClain.
Cologne Falcons (Germany): Sources tell us Wyoming defensive grad assistant Brian Michalowski has accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Cologne Falcons of the German Football League.
Tennessee Titans: Bob Bostad (offensive line) Giff Smith (defensive line) and Kevin Patullo (assistant receivers) are all joining the Titans staff.
Chapman (D-III - CA): Sources tell us former San Diego offensive line coach Cory White is now the assistant athletics director and offensive line coach at Chapman University.
Albany: Per source, head coach Greg Gattuso is retaining coaches Ryan McCarthy (quarterbacks / passing game coordinator), Aaron Smith (receivers / recruiting coordinator), Matt Scott (outside linebackers / special teams coordinator) and Jeff Dittman will return as Director of Football Operations
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have hired Mike Munchak as offensive line coach.
Florida State: Charles Kelly has been promoted to defensive coordinator and Sal Sunseri will now have the title associate head coach / defensive line.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns are down to two candidates for their open head coaching job, with Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine the favorite, according to Adam Schefter. Update> Sources confirm to FootballScoop that the Browns met with Greg Schiano today. Will update... Update> Alex Marvez and Ian Rapoport confirm that the Browns met with Schiano. Rap reports that his sources report back that Schiano is unlikely to get the job.
Lehigh (FCS - PA): Sources tell us Kutztown (D-II - PA) head coach Drew Folmar will be the offensive coordinator at Lehigh.
Coffeyville Community College (KS): Sources tell us Southern Miss defensive graduate assistant Mitchell Pate has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Coffeyville.
New England Patriots: The franchise has announced that 30-year offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia will retire, and be replaced by former New York Jets (and Maryland) offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
Dallas Cowboys: The club announced Mike Pope as tight ends coach today.
Penn State: As planned, James Franklin has now officially brought Michael Hazel (director of football operations) and Andy Frank (director of player personnel) on board in the same capacity they had at Vandy.
Northwestern Oklahoma (D-II): Sources tell us that Upper Iowa defensive backs / strength and conditioning coach Dan Lemke is joining the staff as defensive coordinator.
University of San Diego: Sources tell us Southern Illinois tight ends coach Jim Jackson will join the USD staff as offensive line coach.
Central Connecticut State: As we told you this weekend, Pete Rossomando has now officially been named head coach at CCSU.
UAB: Sources tell us that Bill Clark plans to bring nearly everyone from his staff at Jacksonville State other than offensive coordinator John Grass (now HC at JSU). Drew Champlin, reporting from UAB, is confirming this is the case.
New York Giants: Former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson has been named the Giants' running backs coach.
James Madison: JMU has hired Brandon Staley, defensive backs coach / defensive coordinator at John Carroll (D-III - OH), to serve as defensive coordinator.
Florida Tech (D-II): Florida Tech, is looking for a home game in the 2014 Season vs DII or NAIA and will return the game in 2015 or will pay guarantee. Our open date in 2014 is September 27. We also have several dates open for the 2015 season. If interested please contact Steve Englehart at email@example.com.
Air Force: The Gazette is reporting that Steve Russ will take over as the sole defensive coordinator next season. Russ served as the co-defensive coordinator last season as well as the inside linebackers coach.
Vanderbilt: Look for former Houston Texans / Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach (former UCLA head coach) Karl Dorrell's hire as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach to become official tomorrow. Also, San Jose State defensive coordinator Kenwick Thompson is joining the defensive staff (title to be determined, will be coaching the outside linebackers). Mason is building quite a staff.
Virginia Union (D-II): Virginia Union University is looking for a (preferably) home game on September 13, 2014. We would be willing to do a road game with the right team. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Cal: Sources confirm to us that Art Kaufman will be the new defensive coordinator at Cal. Here's what you need to know. Here's what you need to know.
Arkansas State: Sources tell us that Valdosta State defensive grad assistant John Mohring has accepted a defensive GA spot at Arkansas State.
Maryland: Newly hired offensive line coach Greg DeGuglielmo is leaving for another NFL opportunity. Will update...
Siena Heights (NAIA - MI): Sources tell us that Eastern Michigan offensive graduate assistant Mike McGee will be the offensive coordinator and will coach the tight ends and inside receivers at Siena Heights University.
Mississippi College (D-III): John Bland has announced the additions of Michael Collins (defensive coordinator), Edgar Weiser (offensive line / special teams coordinator / recruiting coordinator), Jay Bright (quarterbacks), and Rod Smith (defensive line).
Georgia: Sources tell us South Alabama defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer is joining the Georgia staff.
Whitworth (D-III - WA): Rod Sandberg has hired Adam Richbart as defensive coordinator. Richbart worked with Sandberg at Wheaton and coached the defensive backs from 2007-2011.
Lafayette (FCS - PA): The school has announced that head coach Frank Tavani has received a contract extension through the 2016 season.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns will interview Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for the head coaching job, according to Alex Marvez.
Jersey Coast Academy (CC - NJ): Jersey Coast Academy is seeking a new head football coach to lead a rising junior collegiate football team. JCA invites applications for this position for our 3rd year DIV III junior college level program in Toms River, New Jersey. JCA offers post-graduate and junior collegiate level academic and athletic opportunities. Candidate must be committed to the academic success of student athletes and compliance with NJCAA rules and regulations. Application process: Send letter of application and contact information for three references to: Monwell Brown, Director of Athletics at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will continue until a candidate is hired.
Arkansas State: Allen Johnson has officially joined the staff and will coach the safeties. Johnson spent the past three seasons at Lamar as assistant head coach (2012-2013) and defensive coordinator (2011).
Concordia University (D-III - Chicago, IL): Alma College graduate assistant Matt Hassan has accepted a grad assistant position at Concordia.
Belhaven (NAIA - MS): Sources tell us Hal Mumme is bringing former Montana Tech offensive coordinator Corey Fipps in as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line.
Northeast Mississippi (CC): Sources tell us Coffeyville defensive coordinator Paige Anders is the new defensive coordinator at Northeast.
Maine (FCS): Maine is looking to fill an open date on September 6, 2014. Open to Home or Away. Please contact Ed Mestieri, Director of Football Operations at Emestieri@yahoo.com or via phone at (207) 692-4482.
Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta has hired former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli as their new assistant general manager.
University of Mary (D-II - SD): Josh Kotelnicki has announced that Jason Thier has been hired as defensive coordinator. Thier served as the linebackers coach at North Dakota last season.
Virginia Tech: UConn athletic director Warde Manuel's name has surfaced as a finalist in the VA Tech athletic director search, according to the Hartford Courant. According to radio host Greg Roberts the other finalists include Cincinnati AD Whit Babcock, Texas women's AD Chris Plonsky, longtime James Madison AD Jeff Bourne, and Virginia Tech associate AD for football operations John Ballein.
Tennessee Titans: Ken Whisenhunt has chosen former Tampa Bay (and Arizona Cardinals) quarterbacks coach John McNulty to coach the quarterbacks in Tennessee, according to the Tennessean.
Jacksonville State (FCS): As we've indicated over the past few days, it is now official, offensive coordinator John Grass has been promoted to head coach.