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Wednesday October 21, 2009
Wednesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Michigan: Athletic director Bill Martin announced this morning that he will retire on September 4, 2010.

Minnesota Vikings: There is a report the Vikings would like to agree to a new contract extension with head coach Brad Childress in the new few weeks.

Iowa: According to a contract extension signed this summer, Kirk Ferentz is eligible for the following incentives:

- $225,000 if Iowa finishes among the top 10 of the final USA Today poll (as well as $275,000 for a top five finish, and $500,000 for a national championship).

- $175,000 for an outright Big Ten title, or $100,000 for a shared championship.

- $175,000 for appearing in a BCS bowl game.

Other incentives include $50,000 for being named national coach of the year, $25,000 for Big Ten coach of the year, and $75,000 for maintaining an annual graduation rate of more than 70 percent. Ferentz's contract also stipulates that nine of his top assistant coaches receive salary increases based on the team's success - up to 15 percent if the team finishes in the top five in the country. When contacted through e-mail about his potential bonuses, Ferentz replied, "We'll cross that bridge if and when we get to it." Though some say Ferentz could make a statement by redirecting bonus money during tough economic times, Barta said Ferentz has earned incentives through a contract that is competitive with those at other major colleges. "I'm so excited for what our coaches and student-athletes have done," said Barta, referring to Iowa's 7-0 start and No. 6 ranking in the BCS standings. "This is exactly what we set out to do - have great success."
Tuesday October 20, 2009
Tuesday: Coaches Quick Hits

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Tennessee: Lane Kiffin has signed a 6-year contract worth $14.25 million. His salary will increase each season, topping out at $2.75 million in 2014. 

UT-San Antonio: FootballScoop has just learned that that Texas A&M assistant DFO, Shane Elder, has accepted the DFO position at UT-San Antonio under head coach Larry Coker.  Our source tell us that Elder will begin tomorrow at UTSA.

Idaho: Idaho coach Robb Akey was asked about a possible contract extension this morning, and he said he's talked to athletic director Rob Spear about it. "We're going to get together at the end of the season and I look forward to that conversation," he said. Akey is in the third year of a five-year deal.

Florida Tuskers: Former University of Florida and Tampa Bay Bucs wide receiver, Ike Hilliard, is serving as an assistant coach on Jim Haslett's coaching staff.
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Monday October 19, 2009
Monday: Coaches Quick Hits

Washington Redskins: Recently hired offensive consultant, Sherm Lewis, will take over the play-calling duties.  What would you do if you were Jim Zorn?  Tony Dungy said last night, "I would say 'you hired me to be the head coach and this is how I'm going to do it.  If you don't like it, then you need to fire me."

Cal: We hear that one athletic director will have Cal offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig on a "first group" of candidates that he will be interested in. 

2010 & 2011 Open Dates Database: will be updated tomorrow with at least 7 more programs.  Send in your information today.  Also, be sure to check Coaches Quick Hits every morning.

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Sunday October 18, 2009
Sunday: Coaches Quick Hits

Washington Redskins: We hear a meeting has taken place this evening with owner Dan Snyder, GM Vinny Cerrato, and Jim Zorn.  Cerrato apparently asked Zorn to give up the play-calling duties and focus on head coaching duties.
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