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Sunday February 14, 2016
LSU: 247 Sports is reporting that Auburn receivers coach / co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig is a serious candidate to join the LSU staff for their receivers coach opening.
San Deigo State: Per SI, former defensive lineman Ernie Lawson is expected to join the staff as the program’s new defensive line coach.
Arkansas State: The salary figures of the new offensive hires have been released by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; offensive coordinator Buster Faulkner will make $210,000 in his first season, new offensive line coach Allen Rudolph will make $150,000, and running backs coach Norval McKenzie will make $100,000. The new salaries bring the assistant salary pool to $1.12 million, and athletic director Terry Mohajir notes new deals are in the works for most of the rest of the assistants.
Wash U (D-III – St. Louis, MO): Special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Jeff Fisher has been promoted to defensive coordinator the program has announced. Fisher (who is the former head coach at NAIA program Lindenwood) replaces Jim Ryan, who left to become the head coach at Rhodes College.
Georgia: UGA owes $6.2 million to Mark Richt and his staff, per the AJC. Richt will get $4 million, while the other $2.2 million of that will go to former OC Brian Schottenheimer (who is set to make $350,000 annually coaching the quarterbacks for the Colts after making $950,000 as OC at Georgia last season), DC Jeremy Pruitt (who will make $1 million annually as the new DC at Alabama after making $1.3 million coordinating the defense at UGA in 2015), LBs coach Mike Ekeler, TEs coach John Lilly, OL coach Rob Sale, and strength and conditioning coach Mark Hocke. Sale is owed $112,500 after taking the offensive line job at ULM, Ekeler is owed $42,000 after taking the defensive coordinator job at North Texas, and Lily and Hocke’s figure will be prorated once they find employment elsewhere.
Old Dominion: Former Vanderbilt special teams coordinator / running backs coach Charles Bankins is joining Bobby Wilder’s staff in the same capacity, per SI. Sports Illustrated also reports that UT-Chattanooga offensive line coach Chris Malone is expected to join the staff and coach the ODU offensive line.
Fresno City College (JC – CA): Sources tell us that Vince Branstetter has been named offensive coordinator after spending last season as the quarterbacks coach and Former Central HS (Fresno, CA) head coach Mark Hetherington has been hired to coach the quarterbacks. Longtime assistant Rick Lyons is moving from tight ends to outside linebackers.
Trinity International (NAIA – IL): We are told that Trinity International is no longer accepting applicants for their open graduate assistant position. Thank you for the overwhelming interest.
ULM: Per SI, Western Carolina defensive backs coach LaMar Morgan will have the same position at ULM.
Georgia: Per source, Georgia has hired Rodney Prince, Jr., as an assistant strength coach and former Miami wide receivers coach Kevin Beard to an off-the-field role.
Tulane: Per source, Chris Couch will be the new special teams assistant at Tulane. Couch was the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at Point University last season and spent the 2014 season as a GA for Green Wave head coach Willie Fritz at Georgia Southern. Additionally, Derrick Sherman will be an offensive assistant at Tulane. Sherman was the wide receivers coach at Pittsburg State (D-II – KS) in 2015 and also spent the ’14 campaign as a GA for Fritz at Georgia Southern.