Sunday October 25, 2009
Illinois: Illinois AD Ron Guenther stated at halftime of the Illinois/Purdue game, "There will be changes but there won't be a change on the top," he said. "There's a great deal of frustration obviously within the program at the moment. We're still going to evaluate (after the season), but I think it's unfair to start jumping at the end of the fifth year on the guy."
Saturday October 24, 2009
Tommy Tuberville: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes this morning, "A source close to Tommy Tuberville tells me that the former Auburn coach has kept an interested eye on UCF because he believes he could recruit successfully, win big almost immediately and perhaps help escort the Knights into a BCS league. Personally, I believe Tuberville will get a much bigger job before UCF ever opens it."
Friday October 23, 2009
Rice: David Sayler has been elevated to interim AD.
Washington Redskins: GM Vinny Cerrato stated this morning on the radio that Jim Zorn will remain the head coach for the rest of the season.
Santa Monica College: Long time Santa Monica College head football coach Robert Taylor passed away on Thursday. Taylor was one the coach who recognized the talent of Chad Ochocinco and Steve Smith. Taylor was a father figure to many. Please keep Coach Taylor's family in your thoughts.
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Thursday October 22, 2009
William Jewel College (NAIA): Our sources are telling us that head coach Fran Schwenk has just decided to retire at the end of the season.
Tri-Cities Fever (AF1): It appears Pat O'Hara will be returning as head coach. O'Hara served as head coach for the last 11 games of the 2008 season.
TCU: TCU has named Chris Del Conte as athletic director. Del Conte previously served as the AD at Rice University.
Wednesday October 21, 2009
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."