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Vanderbilt: Sources tell us Stanford defensive assistant Vavae Tata will join the Vanderbilt staff as defensive line coach. 

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Toledo: Sources tell us Sam Houston State running backs coach Anthony Johnson will join the Toledo staff in the same capacity. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Former Detroit Lions assistant Matt Burke has been named linebackers coach. 

New York Jets: Running backs coach Anthony Lynn has reached a deal to return according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. 

Tennessee Titans: UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos will be the new linebackers coach for the Titans. 

Ball State: Former Penn State tight ends coach John Strollo will join Pete Lembo's staff as offensive line coach per Over the Pylon a Ball State website. Will confirm. Update> There is no agreement at this time. Look for Lembo to make a hire this week. 

New Mexico: The school has announced the hiring of defensive backs coach Charles McMillan and defensive line coach Barry Sacks, completing Bob Davie's staff. 

Elon (FCS - NC): Former Rutgers offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski will be Elon's offensive coordinator.

Kentucky Christian (NAIA): Defensive coordinator Larry Blackstone has accepted the head job at Clermont Northeastern HS. 

Buffalo State (D-III): Buffalo State is looking for an away game for the 2014 season (Week 2 - September 13, 2014).  Please call Christian Ozolins at 716.878.3679 or email [email protected] if interested.

Tennessee Titans: Ray Horton will be the new defensive coordinator for the Titans. 

              Inside the grad assistant forum at the AFCA

Detroit Lions: Ron Prince's title will be tight ends / assistant head coach. Offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn has been retained and Bobby Johnson (tight ends) has been moved to assistant offensive line. 

Clemson: Dabo has agreed to a new eight year agreement. 8 years, $27.15 million, fully guaranteed if fired anytime during first three years. Dabo, once again, not asking to break the bank but leaving money available for his assistants. You simply have to like this. 

Central Connecticut State: Sources tell us that New Haven head coach Pete Rossomando has agreed to become the next head coach at CCSU.

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Nichols College (D-III - MA): Shane Szydlo is joining the staff as inside linebackers coach, Leonard Samborowski is joining as outside linebackers and Marc Groccoa is joining as defensive line coach.

Hutchinson CC: Sources tell us that former Georgia Military College receivers coach Darrell Ballard has accepted the receivers position at Hutchinson. 

Iowa State: The Cyclones have now officially announced Toledo running backs coach Lou Ayeni. 

North Dakota (FCS): Kevin Maurice has now been officially announced as running backs coach. 

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Kim Dameron has now formally announced the hiring of Greg Stevens as offensive coordinator and Kane Wommack as defensive coordinator. 

Cincinnati: The school now formally announced the hiring of Hank Hughes as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach and Jeff Koonz as safeties coach. Hughes comes from Connecticut and Koonz comes from Louisiana Tech. 

Louisville: Louisville has announced the hiring of Lamar Thomas and Terrell Buckley have been hired as the Cardinals' wide receivers and cornerbacks coach, respectively. The moves complete Bobby Petrino's coaching staff. 

Cleveland Browns: Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia interviews for the Browns' head coaching job today. 

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have retained 14 coaches - offensive coordinator Greg Olson, assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano, defensive coordinator Jason Traver, special teams coordinator Bobby April, quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, strength coach John Greico, offensive quality control Justin Griffith, tight ends coach Mark Hutson, linebackers coach Bob Sanders, defensive quality control Eric Sanders, senior offensive assistant Al Saunders, running backs coach Kelly Skipper and defensive line coach Terrell Williams. 

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Samford (FCS - AL): Sources tell us Northwestern State defensive coordinator Chris Boone will join the staff as defensive line coach. 

Illinois State (FCS): Brock Spack has hired Billy Dicken as receivers coach. 

Vanderbilt: Sources tell us Ohio director of football operations Jason Grooms will join Derek Mason's staff (off the field, title to be finalized). Grooms was recently named Director of Football Operations of the Year. We understand that Ohio quarterbacks coach / co-offensive coordinator Gerry Gdowski and Ohio offensive line coach Kevin Lightner will be joining the staff as well. Great guys, each of whom Mason has worked with in the past. 

Tennessee Titans: Per Jim Wyatt, the Titans have hired Jason Michael as offensive coordinator (from San Diego). 

Greenville College: Former Beloit (WI) offensive coordinator Jeff Disandro will rejoin the Greenville (IL) staff, where he was from 2006-2010, as the assistant head coach.

Ohio Dominican University (D-II): Ohio Dominican has an open date on October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015. We are looking to discuss a two year agreement for a home and home series. Contact Nick Bolyard, Director of Football Operations at [email protected] or at 614-314-5238.

Sioux Falls (D-II - SD): Wide receivers coach Dusty Hovorka has been promoted to offensive coordinator. 

Washington Redskins: Jay Gruden said today that not only are they retaining Jim Haslett, that they are looking into extending his deal. Gruden is also retaining offensive line coach Chris Foerster and stated that he plans to hire Ike Hilliard as receivers coach. Wes Phillips has been hired as tight ends coach and he is speaking with Earnest Byner for running backs coach. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers interviewed former Titans head coach Mike Munchak for their offensive line position today. 

Southeast Missouri (FCS): The hiring of cornerbacks coach Travis Fisher has been formally announced. 

Georgia: Jeremy Pruitt's contract is three years at $850,000 per. 

Hiram College (D-III - OH): Hiram has an opening for a part-time/intern offensive line coach that will begin being paid in the fall 2014. This position will assist the head coach in all facets of the sports program including, but not limited to, coaching the offensive line, the development and implementation of individual fundamental skills, recruiting and retaining quality young men and athletes. Requirements: Bachelor's degree; working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations; strong managerial, administrative, interpersonal skills; and computer proficiency. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Prior playing or coaching experience at the college/university or professional level is preferred. Flexibility is required for scheduled practices and competition during the season. This position is a stipend position with no benefits.  First consideration will be given to northeast Ohio coaches.  For confidential consideration, please direct your information to only Randy Moore at [email protected].  No phone calls please! UPDATE>> Hiram is no longer accepting applicants for this position.

Washington Redskins: Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach Wes Phillips has been hired at Washington. 

Fort Hays State (D-II - KS): Fort Hays State University (FHSU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach. FHSU is a NCAA Division II school. This position is a non-tenure track-12 month position – salary commensurate with experience. Assistant Football Coach responsibilities include, but are not limited to, proven personal and professional integrity and excellent coaching and recruiting skills necessary. Successful candidate will create an atmosphere favorable to moral, academic and athletic development of student-athletes; be responsible for and administer all aspects of the football program as directed by the head coach; communicate effectively and assist in fund raising and promotion of the overall athletic program. Additional duties may be assigned as needed. Coaching experience at the collegiate level preferred. Bachelor’s Degree required. Please submit a letter of application, resume, (to include all transcripts and five references who may be contacted) to Letter of Application, resume, and five references who can be contacted to: Chris Brown, Chair, Head Football Coach, Department of Athletics, Fort Hays State University, 600 Park, Hays, KS 67601-4099. Faxed letters of application and resumes may be submitted to 785-628-4681. E-mail applications will also be accepted to: [email protected]. All faxed and e-mailed resumes must be followed by hard copies in the mail including transcripts. Appointment date will be as soon as viable candidate is identified. Successful candidates will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

Vanderbilt: Derek Mason will be the next head coach at Vanderbilt. The lowdown on Mason.

Packers: Linebackers coach Kevin Greene has announced that he is stepping down. 

Missouri Southern (D-II): Missouri Southern is seeking an offensive line coach with experience running the triple option and a defensive backs coach, preferably with experience running a 3-3-5 defense. Missouri Southern is a Division II football program located in Joplin, Missouri.

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Sources tell us Fort Lewis College receivers coach Micah Smith will join the EIU staff as outside receivers coach. 

North Dakota (FCS): The school has announced that Danny Freund will remain with the team and coach wide receivers.

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Sources tell us Lucas Stortzum is the new DFO for Kim Dameron at Eastern Illinois. He previously had worked in EIU's athletic administration. 

Central Oklahoma (D-II): Former Louisiana-Monroe linebacker Austin Moss has joined the staff as a defensive line graduate assistant. 

North Dakota State (FCS): Sources tell us Mankato State defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman will join the NDSU staff coaching the defensive backs. 

Alabama A&M (FCS): Albany State assistant Willie Totten has been hired as quarterbacks coach. 

Detroit Lions: The Lions have hired former Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan to coach their linebackers. 

Chad Morris: "If you have to call the perfect play, chances are it's going to be a long night anyway."

Eastern Michigan: Sources tell us Sioux Falls offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb will join the EMU offensive staff. 

Belhaven (MS): Sources tell us SMU offensive coordinator Hal Mumme will be the new head coach at Belhaven. Here's what you need to know

Chicago Bears: Paul Pasqualoni will interview for the Bears' linebackers job, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS, along with longtime NFL assistant Bill Sheridan. Sheridan will also interview for the Bills' linebackers opening as well, La Canfora reports. 

University of Chicago (D-III): The University of Chicago is accepting applications for a full-time Defensive Backs/Special Teams position within the football program. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, Advanced degree in a related field preferred. Seeking a highly motivated individual with a minimum four years of successful coaching or playing experience at the college level. This full-time position will be directly responsible for unit organization, overall development, and player achievement. Game week tasks will including; film breakdown, opponent scouting, self-scouting, tendency reports, video cut-ups, scouting reports, and other duties as assigned by the Head Football Coach. Applicants must demonstrate a high proficiency as a quality recruiter. This is a 12 month, full time position with benefits and a competitive salary. Interested applicant MUST APPLY ONLINE. https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=602108  No phone calls please. The University of Chicago  is a member of NCAA Division III and the University Athletic Association.

Nebraska: The Huskers have announced the hiring of Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren as defensive backs coach. 

St. Norbert College (D-III - WI): St. Norbert College is accepting applicants for a full-time coordinator position within the football program. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred. Seeking a highly motivated individual with a minimum three years of successful coaching and recruiting experience at the college level. This full-time coordinator position will be directly responsible for unit organization, overall development, and player achievement. Game week tasks will including; film breakdown, opponent scouting, self-scouting, tendency reports, video cut-ups, scouting reports, and other duties as assigned by the Head Football Coach. Applicants must demonstrate a high proficiency as a quality recruiter. This is a 12 month, full time position with benefits and a competitive salary. Email resume and cover letter along with the names and phone numbers of professional references to Steve Opgenorth, Head Football Coach at [email protected] No phone calls please. St. Norbert College is located in De Pere, WI and within the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference.

Ohio Northern (D-III): Ohio Northern is looking for an assistant coach. Principal Responsibilities: Assistant Football coaching duties will be assigned by head coach and will include administration, coaching, and recruiting for the ONU Football program. Assigned specifically to offense, possibly coordinating the offense. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and two to five years of previous experience coaching football. Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree and five or more years of previous experience coaching football. To apply, please complete an online application at http://jobs.onu.edu/postings/2377

Sul Ross State (D-III - TX): Sul Ross State University is looking for a 2014 Home Game for October 4th or October 11th. Please contact Head Football Coach John Pearce at [email protected].

The Citadel (FCS - SC): Sources tell us Maurice Drayton has been assigned the title of defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach and Joel Taylor has been assigned the title of defensive passing game coordinator/safeties coach. 

Aurora (D-III - IL): Head coach Rick Ponx has completed his staff with the hiring of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Eric Stuedemann, defensive coordinator/special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach Benny Boyd and defensive line coach Tim Janesek. 

Sioux Falls (D-II - SD): Athletics director Kevin Hesser has resigned after two years on the job. 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will hire Miami Dolphins linebackers coach George Edwards according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Missouri Southern (D-II): Head coach Daryl Daye has announced the hiring of Aaron DeBerry as defensive line coach. Additionally, Chandler Tygard will move from defensive line to wide receivers and Rodney Freeman will move from wide receivers to running backs. Wally Ake and Bob Howell will not return. 

Nichols College (D-III - MA): Sources tell us that Jim McGuire will coach the quarterbacks and that Tom Gammel will coach the receivers at Nichols. 

           Coach Al's last dance at Oregon sure was sweet

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Robert Morris University (NAIA – IL): Robert Morris is accepting applications for the following position: Defensive Coordinator.  This is a full-time, 12-month position that includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience. In addition to coordinator duties, the selected individual will coach a position, maintain a recruiting territory, and be responsible for all other duties assigned by the Head Coach. The position will remain open until filled. Please forward a letter of application describing interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references to Kramer Cook at [email protected].  No phone calls please.

Menlo College (CA): Menlo, located in Atherton, California which is centrally located between San Francisco and San Jose California, is seeking 1 game for 2014.  We have open dates on September 13, 2014 and October 4, 2014.  We are willing to travel and also have guarantee money for those that are willing to travel to us.  We prefer playing NAIA or DIII opponents. Contact Keith Spataro at [email protected]or 650.543.3853 if you have any interest.

West Alabama: Sources tell us Mike McCarty has been retained as a position coach on the offensive side of the ball. 

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Mississippi Valley State: Reports out of Mississippi say that MVSU was not able to come up with the funds to hire Rick Comegy and his planned staff and will in turn make Morehouse head coach Rich Freeman their new head coach...next week. Surely nothing could go wrong between now and then, right? 

Itawamba Community College (MS): Nick Coleman has now been officially announced as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 

Texas Tech: Riverside City associate head coach Darrin Chiaverini has been hired as special teams coordinator at Texas Tech. We pulled up some numbers on Riverside...they have gone 40-5 in the past four years...24 straight home wins. Nice. 

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UAB: Jim Grobe will interview for the head job at UAB per AL.com. 

Lincoln University (MO): Lincoln is looking for a guarantee game from a D-III program or a NAIA home game on October 18, 2014. Please contact Mike Jones if interested at [email protected] 

Tulsa: Tulsa has announced that offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Greg Peterson will not return. 

Miami (OH): Miami has their new DFO

South Florida: Doug Woolard will retire at the end of his contract in June 2015. 

West Alabama (D-II): The school has announced Roberto Pinilla as defensive line coach. 

Florida International: As expected, Steve Shankweiler has been promoted to offensive coordinator. 

Penn State: Sources tell us Western Michigan running backs Charles Huff will join James Franklin's staff at Penn State. Huff served on Franklin's staff as assitant special teams coach in 2011 and was assistant running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2012. 

Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State football is looking for a graduate assistant with experience coaching ALL phases of special teams and knowledge on offense with tight ends. Candidates should direct all correspondence to: Update> Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting applications. 

Chicago Bears: Former Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni will be the Bears' linebackers coach according to WSCR-AM in Chicago. 

Robert Morris University (NAIA - IL): Robert Morris is accepting applications for the following position: Assistant Football Coach, Defense. This is a full-time, 12-month position that includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience. The selected individual will coach a position, maintain a recruiting territory, and be responsible for all other duties assigned by the Head Coach. The position will remain open until filled. Please forward a letter of application describing interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names and contact information of at least three professional references to Kramer Cook at [email protected].  No phone calls please. 

Detroit Lions: Special teams coordinator John Bonamego will be retained. 

Washington Redskins: The franchise has announced that defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will be retained, and the hiring defensive line coach Jacob Burney and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. 

N.C. State: N.C. State has announced the hiring of George Barlow as safeties coach. 

Maryland: The Terps have announced the hiring Kennan McCardell as wide receivers coach, Dave DeGuglielmo as offensive line coach and Chad Wilt as defensive line coach. 

Buffalo Bills: Former Tampa Bay safeties coach Jeff Hafley has landed a spot on the Bills' defensive staff. 

Arkansas State: Arkansas State is looking for an FCS opponent on opening weekend (August 30, 2014).  A competitive guarantee is being offered. Interested contact: Rich Zvosec at 870-972-3005 or [email protected].

Faulkner (NAIA - AL): Faulkner University has announced Blake Boren and Brandon Slay as co-offensive coordinators. Additionally, Henry Woodard will serve as the wide receivers coach. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The team has announce the hiring of former Colorado head coach Jon Embree as tight ends coach. The Bucs have also announced Dave Borgonzi as a defensive quality control coach. 

South Florida: Director of player development Marquel Blackwell has stepped down. 

MidAmerica Nazarene (NAIA - KS):> Head coach Jonathan Quinn has resigned to accept the head coaching job at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tenn. Defensive coordinator Paul Hubbard will be the interim head coach. 

Georgia Military College (CC): Update Georgia Military College has a WR job open. Position is an entry level full-time job with benefits. Housing included for single applicants. Multi-state recruiting area and other duties assigned by the head coach. Please see http://www.gmc.cc.ga.us/hirebridge.php.

UAB: Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark's formal interview will be Friday per AL.com.

New York Jets: Rex Ryan and the Jets have agreed to a multi-year extension per Adam Schefter. 

Memphis: Despite meaningful interest from other programs, sources tell us defensive coordinator Barry Odom is staying at Memphis. 

South Carolina: In addition to Steve Spurrier's one year extension and raise, all of the assistants received extensions and raises as well. Deke Adams, Kirk Botkin, Grady Brown, Shawn Elliott, G.A. Mangus, Joe Robinson, Everette Sands and Steve Spurrier, Jr., had their contracts extended through the 2015 season (each received a raise of $20,000 except for Mangus who got a $25,000 bump). Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward had his contract extended through 2016 and is now paid $750,000. 

Detroit Lions: Teryl Austin will be the Lions' defensive coordinator according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

Guilford College (D-III - NC): Guilford College has an intern position available. Compensation will be free housing and meals. No stipend included for first year (yearly advancement available). Will coach a position and be responsible for own recruiting area. Please send resumes and references to [email protected]. No phone calls.

Dakota State (NAIA - SD): Dakota State University is looking for a Graduate Assistant for the 2014 football season.  The degree is in Educational Technology, pay is $12,000 and 2/3 tuition is covered.  The program will start in August 2014 and is a one year position.  Defensive candidates are preferred but all applicants will be considered.  Must have a strong GPA (3.25+) for consideration.  Email application information (resume, references and transcripts) to Defensive Coordinator Michael Collins [email protected]

Doane College (NAIA - NE): Doane College, a nationally recognized liberal arts and sciences college in Crete, NE invites applications for the position of Offensive Coordinator. As a member of the NAIA and the Great Plains Athletic Conference, the Doane Football Team participates in a premier NAIA football conference. This position is responsible for student athlete recruitment and retention and is an integral part of the Doane College Football Coaching Staff. Qualifications: BA/BS degree required, MA degree preferred. Prior college coaching experience preferred. Valid Nebraska driver's license and good driving record required. To apply: Complete an application, available on the web site at www.doane.edu/jobs andsubmit a letter of application, resume, and three football related references to [email protected]. Resume should include educational background and all coaching and playing experience and credentials.    

North Texas: Former South Florida assistant Kevin Patrick has been hired as North Texas' defensive line coach according to ProCanes.com.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier's new contract that pays him $4 million a year runs through 2018 (when he would be 73) and will name him a university ambassador after he retires according to Andy Shain of The State. 

UC Riverside: Interim athletics director Jim Woolridge has been named the school's full-time AD. 

North Dakota (FCS): Luke Knauf has been named the offensive line coach at North Dakota. He previously served as the offensive coordinator at Western New Mexico. 

Ohio State: Former Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins, son of Dan Hawkins, is now a graduate assistant at Ohio State according to Dave Biddle of 247Sports.

Penn State: Former West Georgia head coach and Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama, Duke, Clemson, Memphis, Texas and, most recently, Penn State assistant Mac McWhorter will retire, according to Bill O'Brien. 

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UAB: Falcons assistant coach Chris Scelfo is scheduled to interview for the UAB head coaching job according to Drew Champlain of AL.com. Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins will also interview. 

Vikings: Norv Turner will be the offensive coordinator for the Vikings (per Schefter and Marvez) and Scott Turner is expected to be their new quarterbacks coach per Marvez. 

Illinois State: Sources tell us former Youngstown State receivers coach Kurt Beathard will be the new offensive coordinator at Illinois State. 

Eastern Illinois: Former Tulane receivers coach TD Woods is joining the Eastern Illinois staff in the same capacity.

Elon: Jerry Petercuskie is the new defensive coordinator / linebackers at Elon. Petercuskie last coached at NC State in 2012. Additionally, the school announced the hiring of defensive line coach Carlton Hall, defensive backs coach Terry Lantz, quarterbacks coach Scott Van Zile, tight ends coach Cris Reisert and wide receivers coach Billy Riebock. 

South Florida: Former Louisville receivers coach Ron Dugans will join the South Florida staff in the same capacity per sources. 

Nebraska: Sources tell us Air Force defensive coordinator Charlton Warren will join the Nebraska staff coaching the defensive backs. 

Midland University (NAIA - NE): Midland University is looking to fill a Defensive Graduate Assistant (Linebackers) position. The position is expected to start prior to spring practice but graduate work doesn’t begin until the fall. The position includes room, board, and tuition. Defensive playing and/or coaching experience is preferred and will be evaluated with priority. Only serious candidates apply, send inquires to Josh Gehring – Head Football Coach, [email protected]

Northern Arizona: Head coach Jerome Souers has received a four-year extension that takes him through the 2018 season.

Lamar University (FCS - TX): Lamar University is looking for a 2014 home game for September 20th. Please contact the football office at 409-880-7157 or email Coach Ray Woodard at [email protected]

Bethany College (NAIA - KS): Joe Gordon, who spent last season as the co-defensive coordinator at Garden City CC (KS), has been hired as co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Bethany.

Midland University (NAIA - NE): Midland University, Nebraska (NAIA) is looking at adding preferably a home game for 2014 with two open date possibilities; August 30 or October 30. Please reply to Josh Gehring, Head Football Coach, [email protected].

Wednesday January 15, 2014

Awful news to report as Iowa State defensive line coach Curtis Bray has passed away this morning at age 43. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Please lift your thoughts and prayers toward Ames today.

Memphis: Memphis has hired Ricky Hunley as defensive line coach. 

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Florida International: Sources tell us Shannon Moore is joining the staff as special teams coordinator from South Dakota State. We also have been told that former FAU running backs coach Kerry Dixon will head to FIU in the same position. 

Arkansas State: Sources tell us Trooper Taylor will be the new cornerbacks coach. 

Massachusetts: Offensive line coach Dave Johnson and DFO Jordan Jarry will not return, but defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo, inside linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Ted Daisher and strength and conditioning coach Mike Golden will be retained by new head coach Mark Whipple according to 247Sports.

Southern Miss: Luke Meadows was officially named as offensive line coach today. 

Georgia: Georgia beat writer reports inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti is headed back to the Washington Redskins, where he spent 11 years before joining Mark Richt's staff. Sources tell us defensive line coach Chris Wilson is leaving for USC, meaning the Bulldogs will have an entirely new defensive staff in 2014. 

Temple: Elijah Robinson has been hired from Penn State as defensive line coach. 

Oregon: Erik Chinander has been named outside linebackers coach. He spent three years in the Oregon program before serving as assistant defensive line coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. 

Texas: The Longhorns have finally announced Charlie Strong's coaching staff, led by offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, assistant head coach for offense/quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson and assistant head coach for defense/defensive line coach Chris Rumph. The rest of the staff includes running backs coach Tommie Robinson, wide receivers coach Les Koenning, tight ends coach Bruce Chambers, linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary and defensive backs coach/special teams coordinator Chris Vaughn. 

Penn State: Quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and wide receivers coach Josh Gattis will follow James Franklin to Penn State, according to their respective Twitter accounts. 

The Citadel (FCS - SC): Sources tell us East Carolina defensive GA (corners) Tripp Weaver will accept a job on The Citadel's defensive staff. 

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will retain special teams coaches Nate Kaczor and Steve Hoffman as well as secondary coach Steve Brown according to Fox Sports. 

Washington Redskins: New York Jets special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica will take the same position with the Redskins. 

Washington: Washington will pay former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi $300,000 as part of a mutual separation agreement according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.

Ball State: Defensive coordinator Jay Bateman is expected to take the same position at Army according to Bruce Feldman.

Houston: The Cougars have hired former Texans offensive assistant Dan Hammerschmidt as running backs coach according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. 

Tennessee Titans: Quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone has been relieved of duties according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Larry Marmie will coach the Bucs' nickel defensive backs this season. Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford also noted today the club is close to hiring an offensive line and tight ends coach, the final two spots on Lovie Smith's staff. 

LSU: Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will take the same position at LSU according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate. 

Alabama: Defensive backs coach Greg Brown will step down and Kirby Smart will move from linebackers to defensive backs, allowing Kevin Steele to switch from director of player personnel to linebackers coach. 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have received permission to interview Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner for the same position according to Adam Schefter. 

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals will promote Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator. 

New York Giants: The Giants have announced that tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram will not return. 

Wisconsin-Stevens Point (D-III): UWSP is needing to fill one game in the 2015 season on either Sept 12, 2015 or Sept 26, 2015. Prefer a home game with a guarantee but will consider all options. If interested please contact Head Coach Tom Journell at [email protected]

Washington Redskins: The Redskins have finalized a deal with offensive coordinator Sean McVay according to the Washington Post. 

Louisville: Former Louisville players Kolby Smith and L.D. Scott have been added to Bobby Petrino's staff. Smith will coach running backs and Scott will coach outside linebackers. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier is expected to receive a raise from $3.3 million to $4 million according to The State.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht and the Falcons' Lionel Vital interviewed for the Bucs' GM job on Tuesday according to Adam Schefter. 

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator. 

N.C. State: Vanderbilt defensive backs coach George Barlow has accepted a job with N.C. State according to multiple outlets. 

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings and Mike Zimmer are working toward finalizing a deal and hope to complete negotiations today according to Chris Mortensen. Update: The hire is complete according to Adam Schefter. Here's what you need to know.

Valparaiso (FCS - IN): New head coach Dave Cecchini has announced his coaching staff: offensive coordinator Jason Miran, defensive coordinator Ernest Moore, offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Vinny Giacalone, linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Justin Stovall, tight ends coach Steven Donovan, running backs coach John Snyder, defensive line coach Kasey Teegardin and assistant defensive line coach Eric Deutsch. 

Florida Atlantic: Former Miami DFO Corey Bell and Arkansas GA Nick Caley will round out the FAU coaching staff. Caley will coach defensive backs and Bell will coach linebackers according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 

Virginia Union (D-II): Sources tell us Georgia Southern defensive backs coach Orlando Mitjens, Jr., has been offered the head coaching job at Virginia Union.  

University of Redlands (D-III - CA): Redlands is looking for a D-III opponent to fill a home/home for the 2015-2016 seasons for the following dates: Redlands Home:  9/12/15, Redlands Away:  9/10/16. If interested please contact Defensive Coordinator Joey Mariani at [email protected]

West Hills College (JC - CA): Former Boise State assistant Robert Tucker has been hired as head coach, according to the Fresno Bee. Interim head coach Mark Gritton will return to his post as athletics director and associate dean of student services. 

Penn (FCS): Penn has formed a 14-person advisory committee in search of the school's new athletics director. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28.

Louisville: Tony Grantham, the brother of Todd Grantham, will leave his post as Navy's linebackers coach for the same position at Louisville. 

New Mexico State: The Aggies have announced the hiring of Steve Marshall as offensive line coach. He served as Colorado's offensive line coach from 2011-12. 

Robb Smith: Sources tell us Robb Smith is still a strong candidate at both Arkansas and Rutgers. He is on the Rutgers campus today. Will update. 

Mississippi Valley State (FCS): The Delta Devils have targeted former Jackson State head coach Rick Comegy for their vacant head coaching position according to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. The paper reports the school will announce a hire on Tuesday. 

Vanderbilt: St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will interview for the Vanderbilt head coaching job today according to Adam Schefter. Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will interview Thursday according to Bruce Feldman. 

Arkansas State: Head coach Blake Anderson has officially announced the hiring of Keith Heckendorf as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Heckendorf comes from North Carolina, where he served as offensive quality control for the past three years. 

Weber State (FCS - UT): Head coach Jay Hill has announced the hiring of Brent Myers as associate head coach and offensive line coach. 

Northern Illinois: The school has announced that former player and GA Craig Harmon will return as tight ends and fullbacks coach. 

Washington Redskins: The Redskins will interview former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach and former Redskins running back Earnest Byner for their running backs position according to the Washington Post. 

Utah: Former Wyoming offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Jim Harding will join Dave Christensen at Utah as offensive line coach. 

UAB: Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran will interview for the head coaching job according to Drew Champlain of AL.com. 

Notre Dame: Wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Mike Denbrock will be elevated to offensive coordinator but Brian Kelly will call plays in 2014 according to multiple outlets.

Washington Redskins: Cleveland Browns linebackers coach Brian Baker has accepted the same position with Washington. 

Texas State: Brad Bedell will be the offensive line coach at Texas State. 

Texas: Mississippi State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Les Koenning is expected to become the Texas wide receivers coach according to 247Sports.

San Diego Chargers: Quarterbacks coach Frank Reich has been promoted to offensive coordinator. 

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New York Giants: Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has accepted the offensive coordinator job, according to Alex Marvez.

Southern Arkansas (D-II): Southern Arkansas is seeking a full time Linebackers or Defensive Backs Coach / Special Teams Coordinator. Experience recruiting student athletes and coaching Special Teams preferred. Necessary Qualifications: Master's Degree, Working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations, and experience with Hudl. Please send a letter of application, a resume, and at least three references to Josh Lawson [email protected]

Arizona State: New AD Ray Anderson's base salary will be $600,000 and he can earn up to an additional $1.2 million per year through various bonuses. The deal also provided a $200,000 signing bonus, country club membership, 2 cars, etc...

Arkansas: Coaches here at the AFCA tell us to expect Bret Bielema to bring former Tampa Bay linebackers coach (and former Rutgers defensive coordinator) Robb Smith on staff. Sources tell us that Smith was meeting with Kyle Flood today when word of Chris Ash leaving broke. Will update...

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have signed defensive coordinator John Pagano to a new contract. 

North Texas: Defensive line coach Mike Nelson will retire according to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle. 

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders have agreed to a new contract with defensive coordinator Jason Tarver.

Rutgers: Sources tell us offensive coordinator Ron Prince is leaving for a position with the Detroit Lions. 

Albany (FCS - NY): Sources tell us Albany has hired four assistants - defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Bob Benson, offensive coordinator/running backs coach Joe Bernard, assistant head coach/linebackers coach Bernard Clark and offensive line coach Jim Sweeney. 

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Montana State running backs coach Demo Odems will be the wide receivers coach at SFA. 

Lenoir-Rhyne (D-II - NC): Former Army offensive coordinator Ian Shields has been named the head coach at Lenoir-Rhyne.

Houston: Houston has officially announced Gordy Shaw as offensive line coach. 

Oregon: The school has officially announced the promotion of Don Pellum to defensive coordinator. 

Georgia: Georgia will hire defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt away from Florida State, multiple outlets are reporting. Here's what you need to know.

Ohio State: Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is joining Urban's staff as co-defensive coordinator / secondary coach. We're also hearing that longtime Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson has accepted the same position with the Buckeyes. Why coaches love the hires.

Detroit Lions: Jim Caldwell has been hired as head coach. What you need to know.

North Dakota: Joel Schwenzfeier has been added to the staff and will coach the outside linebackers.

Dean College (CC - MA): Sources tell us that Chris Skurka has joined the staff as special teams coordinator / linebackers coach and Frank Salisbury will coach the tailbacks.

St. Cloud State (D-II - MN): St. Cloud State is seeking applicants for an assistant football coach offensive co-coordinator / Quarterbacks (75% coaching & Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 25% duties assigned). Required: Bachelor’s degree, Progressive coaching and/or playing experience, Evidence of ability to coordinate offense / call offensive plays. Preferred: Master’s degree, Working knowledge of HUDL (or similar) recruiting and scouting software, Background in strength and conditioning philosophy and applied techniques. To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/stcloudstate/default.cfm. Application Review begins January 31, 2014; position is open until filled. A complete application will include the following: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Contact information for three (3) current, professional references, Copies of official Transcript(s).

Paine College (D-II - GA): Sources tell us that former Alma College (D-III - MI) and North Park University (D-III - IL) offensive coordinator Nate Cochran has accepted a job as an assistant coach on staff.

Colby College (D-III - ME): The Colby College Department of Athletics seeks a full-time assistant coach of football, beginning March 1, 2014. This is an adjunct faculty position with benefits. This position will work with the head coach in all phases of the football program. Specific responsibilities include overseeing all phases of offensive preparation (development of weekly game plans, planning practices, compilation of self and opponent reports). Recruiting proficiency is a must, and the position involves academic counseling and oversight of campus and community involvement. A secondary responsibility within the Department of Athletics will be added depending on the qualifications of the applicant. Previous coaching and recruiting experience on the college level is desirable. A complete application includes a cover letter, resume and three written letters of professional reference. To apply, please send material electronically to [email protected]; attention: Jonathan Michaeles, Head Coach of Football. 

Texas: Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline has joined the Texas staff. 

Washburn: Fort Hays State defensive line coach Zach Watkins is the new co-defensive coordinator / safeties / special teams coordinator at Washburn. 

Birmingham Southern: Sources tell us Navarro JC defensive line coach Rudy Griffin will join the staff at Birmingham Southern. 

Washington Redskins: Sources tell us that Aubrey Pleasant has been retained and will move to the defensive side of the ball. 

FIU: Michigan State defensive / special teams grad assistant Rob Harley will be the new linebackers coach at FIU per sources. 

Western Kentucky: JaMarcus Shephard has been promoted to receivers coach. 

Tim Brando: Tim Brando has announced he is leaving CBS Sports entirely. 

Aurora: Sources tell us that UT Martin running backs / tight ends coach Eric Stuedemann will be the new offensive coordinator at Aurora. 

Southern Illinois (FCS): Head coach Dale Lennon will take over defensive coordinator duties in 2014, and offensive line coach Bill O'Boyle will take over offensive coordinator duties, replacing Kalen DeBoer, who left for Eastern Michigan. The Salukies have hired Nick Hill as quarterbacks coach, Todd Auer as linebackers coach and David Elson as defensive backs coach. The staff still has one opening, likely for a special teams coordinator. 

Washington: Chris Petersen's will earn more than $3.25 million in 2014, up from $2.8 million in 2013. Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski will earn $485,000, followed by offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, offensive line coach Chris Stausser and linebackers coach Bob Gregory ($425,000), defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake ($375,000), wide receivers coach Brent Pease and defensive line coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Choate ($345,000) and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Keith Bhonapha ($250,000). Each coach is scheduled to receive a $15,000 raise in year two of their two-year deals. 

UT-Martin (FCS): Julio Friere was officially hired as UT-Martin's athletics director on Monday. 

Ohio State: The Buckeyes are close to finalizing a deal with longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson according to Pete Thamel of SI.com. 

North Texas: UNT regents are expected to approve a contract extension for head coach Dan McCarney on Thursday according to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle.