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Boise State: Sources tell us that Eastern Washington receivers coach Junior Adams will join the staff as receivers coach. 

Washington: Tight ends coach Jordan Paopao will be retained at Washington. 

West Alabama (D-II): Sources tell us Shorter defensive coordinator Nathan Burton will take the same position at West Alabama. 

Tennessee Titans: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will interview this week, according to Adam Schefter.

Calgary Stampeders (Canada): Pat DelMonaco has joined the staff and will coach the offensive line. DelMonaco spent the previous four seasons coaching the offensive line for Winnipeg.

Louisville: Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson also interviewed with Tom Jurich today per Pete Thamel and we have been told the same. 

Houston Texans: Gil Brandt confirms what we noted over the weekend, that Iowa offensive line coach Brian Ferentz will join the Texans staff as offensive line coach. 

Florida: Will Muschamp has hired Mike Summers to coach the offensive line. Summers spent last season coaching the offensive line at USC.

Iowa State: Sources have confirmed to us that Mark Mangino will join the staff as offensive coordinator at Iowa State. Iowa State has confirmed the hire, and has also announced that Toledo associate head coach / running backs coach Louis Ayeni has joined the staff and will coach the running backs.

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (CC): Sources tell us that Highland CC (KS) head coach Ryan Held will be the new head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Austin Peay: With the departure of defensive coordinator Granville Eastman to North Carolina Central (see below), head coach Kirby Cannon has stated that intends to take over the defensive coordinator responsibilities for the 2014 season.

Tennessee Tech: Austin Peay defensive line coach Pat Donahoe will join the Tennessee Tech staff and coach the defensive line. Donahoe previously coached under Tennessee Tech head coach Watson Brown at UAB from 1995-2004.

North Carolina Central: Longtime Austin Peay defensive coordinator Granville Eastman will be the new defensive coordinator under Jerry Mack.

Texas A&M: Nebraska defensive backs coach Terry Joseph will join Kevin Sumlin's staff at Texas A&M in the same capacity.

Houston Texans: Craig Fitzgerald (director of strength and conditioning), Stan Hixon (assistant head coach / receivers), Charles London (running backs) and Anthony Midget (safeties) have all submitted their letters of resignation to Penn State. They will all join O'Brien in Houston. We also understand that Penn State defensive coordinator John Butler's role with the Texans will be defensive backs coach. 

Southeast Missouri State: Toledo defensive quality control Eric Burrow has joined the SEMO staff as defensive backs coach. 

Louisville: Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, who is expected to follow Charlie to Texas, was interviewed this morning for the job. Kirk Bohls reports that Tom Jurich will now interview several more candidates and a hire should come by the end of the week. We've been hearing Jurich will move faster than this; but we'll keep you updated.

Georgia Southern: Vanderbilt co-defensive coordinator Brent Pry has informed Georgia Southern athletic director Tom Kleinlein that he intends to stay with James Franklin. Sources tell us Ivin Jasper will visit Georgia Southern later this week. We'll keep you posted. 

Houston Texans: Bill O'Brien has retained defensive line coach Bill Kollar per John McClain. 

           Mike Bloomgren has been named 2013 Offensive Line Coach of the Year 

UConn: Just a quick recap of Bob Diaco's staff and their roles thus far; Kevin Wolthausen (defensive line / recruiting coordinator), Anthony Poindexter (defensive coordinator / safeties), Vincent Brown (co-defensive coordinator / linebackers), Mike Foley (offensive line), Don Patterson (quarterbacks), Ernest Jones (running backs), Mike Cummings (offensive coordinator / tight ends), Wayne Lineburg (receivers / special teams coordinator).

Miami Dolphins: Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been relieved of his responsibilities.  

Arizona: Sources tell us Rich Rodriguez is expected to remain at Arizona despite significant interest from Louisville. 

Wake Forest: As we previously reported, Wake Forest has now officially announced the hires of Adam Scheier, and John Hunter. Both coached with Dave Clawson last year at Bowling Green, Scheier handling the tight ends and special teams and Hunter coaching the running backs.

Miami: Al Golden stated today there will be no changes to his staff. 

Illinois Wesleyan (D-III): Illinois Wesleyan University is seeking two graduate assistants to work with the football program, one working with offense and one working with defense. Candidates must be interested in a degree in Kinesiology and Recreation, must have a 3.0 GPA as an undergrad. Send cover letter, resume and references to defensive coordinator Travis Rundle at [email protected]

Florida: Paul Tenorio, who covers UCF, reports today per a source with direct knowledge that UCF offensive line coach Brent Key will not interview with Florida. 

Texas: Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary and strength coach Pat Moorer will all join Strong's staff according to Geoff Ketchum of OrangeBloods.

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Cleveland Browns: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops will not interview for the opening in Cleveland, per ESPN.

Texas: Sources tell us Charlie Strong will retain tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Bruce Chambers and defensive ends coach Oscar Giles. He is also bringing Clifford Snow his director of operations

Southeast Missouri State: Former Emporia State receivers coach / special teams coordinator Matt Martin has accepted a position on staff at Southeast Missouri State.

Citadel: Lenoir-Rhyne head coach Mike Houston is expected to accept the offer to become head coach at the Citadel sources told us yesterday. Will update...

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Tampa Bay Bucs: Joe Cullen will join the staff as defensive line coach, according to Alex Marvez. Cullen previously coached the defensive line for the Cleveland Browns.

Washington Redskins: Ian Rapoport reports that James Franklin's interview with Washington ownership will likely take place this week. Cincinnati Bengals offensive and defensive coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer are also on Washington's radar to interview, according to the Washington Post.

Methodist University (D-III - NC): Methodist University is seeking intern assistant football coaches. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree required. Division III recruiting experience preferred. Salary range is between $18,500 and $20,000 for a 10 month period. No housing or benefits. Responsibilities include but are not limited to coaching a position, recruiting, academic monitoring and support, video, scouting, equipment control, and assisting the Head Coach in all phases of the program. Candidates should email a cover letter, resume and names and contact information of 3 professional references to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately with interviews anticipated at the AFCA Convention. No phone calls.

Dakota State (NAIA - SD): Sources tell us that defensive backs / special teams coordinator Mike Caniglia has accepted the head coaching job with the Orebro Black Knights of Sweden in the European professional football league.

Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Presentation College (D-III - SD) assistant Cullen O'Brien has joined the staff as a defensive grad assistant and will coach the defensive backs.

Central Arkansas: Harland Bower, who coached the defensive ends as a grad assistant at Troy last season, has accepted the outside linebackers job at Central Arkansas.

North Dakota State: Just to recap the staff that Chris Klieman has in place so far; Tim Polasek (offensive coordinator), Matt Entz (defensive coordinator),  Randy Hedberg (quarterbacks), Jamar Cain (defensive ends), Conor Riley (offensive line), Nick Goeser (defensive tackles / recruiting coordinator). Also, senior linebacker Grant Olson will remain with the program and help with the linebackers next season.

Sunday January 5, 2014

Miami (OH): Sources tell us Grand Valley State receivers coach Bill Brechin has joined Chuck Martin's staff. 

James Madison: Sources tell us Portland State offensive line coach Brad Davis will be the new offensive coordinator at JMU. Like the hire Everett. 

Texas: Texas has confirmed that Clint Hurtt will not be part of Charlie Strong's staff at UT.

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North Dakota State: Sources tell us Wyoming defensive line coach (was elevated to defensive coordinator during the season) Jamar Cain will join the staff at North Dakota State coaching the defensive ends. 

New Mexico State: Sources tell us former Fresno State and New York Jets defensive line coach Kerry Locklin will join the staff as defensive line coach. 

Miami: Al Golden has announced that he is committed to Miami and is not leaving. Here is Golden's statement.

Virginia: Sources tell us that Richmond linebackers coach Byron Thweatt will join Mike London's staff. 

Louisville: Sources tell us that Tom Jurich's short list begins with Rich Rodriguez and he is working on it today. Will update once more information is available. Jurich will make this decision and it won't drag on for days and days. 

Texas: Here is the official announcement from Texas. At a press briefing today, Louisville AD Tom Jurich noted that he thinks Charlie will bring "a majority" of the assistants from Louisville to Texas. 

James Madison: Ohio State offensive / special teams grad assistant Parker Fleming will join the James Madison staff as wide receivers / special teams coordinator. 

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher's new agreement has been released by Florida State. Jimbo will make $3.5M in 2014, $3.775M in 2015, $4M in 2016, $4.225M in 2017 and $4.5M in 2018. Each of his 9 assistants and directors of operations, player personnel and strength & conditioning were taken care of as well. If Jimbo were to leave for another job within the next two weeks, any assistant that Jimbo doesn't take with him would be owed $600,000 from Jimbo...if he were to take them all then there is effectively no buyout. Don't think this will come into play; but interesting nonetheless. 

North Dakota State: Northern Illinois tight ends / fullback coach Tim Polasek will join Kris Klieman's staff as offensive coordinator, according to Dom Izzo. Polasek served as tight ends / fullbacks coach at NDSU in 2012. Same as we reported last week. 

Penn State: Former Titans head coach Mike Munchak will interview today, according to Chris Mortensen. Mort also adds that Munchak had an extension on the table with the Titans if he were willing to make significant staff changes but he said he would not do it. 

Southeast Missouri State (FCS): Sources tell us that Ricky Coon, who had accepted a position at Coffeyville CC (KS) back in early December, will join the staff at Southeast Missouri State.

Florida: There was a report this morning from 24/7 Sports saying that Texas offensive line coach Stacy Searels would be Florida's next offensive line coach. Florida has contacted us and told us that they are considering other candidates as well and that they have not agreed to hire anyone at this time.

Saturday January 4, 2014 presented by: 


Texas: Charlie Strong has made it official. He is the new head coach at the University of Texas. 

Itawamba (CC - MS): Sources tell us Faulkner (NAIA - AL) offensive coordinator Nick Coleman has accepted the same position at Itawamba. 

Miami (OH): Sources tell us that Western Michigan grad assistant Drew Engels has accepted a grad assistant position on Chuck Martin's staff. 

Texas A&M: Nebraska defensive backs coach Terry Joseph says he has been offered the defensive backs job at Texas A&M. We have no reason to believe that he won't accept it; but it is not official yet. 

Penn State: Sources continue to tell us that James Franklin will interview tomorrow with Penn State. 

Texas: ESPN is reporting that Charlie Strong is expected to be announced as the new head coach at Texas tomorrow (with a press conference Monday). 

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Kim Damron confirmed to JG-TC.com he is a candidate for the Eastern Illinois head job. Damron was Eastern Illinois' defensive coordinator for its trip to the FCS playoffs in 2000. As we previously reported, Bill Legg is a strong candidate. The Journal Gazette also mentions Curt Mallory, Mickey Matthews, Lance Leipold and Jimmie Dougherty as "other possibilities". 

                   Why Jim Mora said no to Texas

Tennessee Titans: Head coach Mike Munchak has been let go according to Chris Mortensen. Here's what you need to know. The organization has dismissed the entire coaching staff according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. Update> We hear it is premature to say that all of the assistants have been let go. 

Penn State: Al Golden will interview with Penn State today according to Brett McMurphy. The interview was pushed back a day due to inclement weather in Pennsylvania. 

James Franklin: James Franklin has been asked to interview by both the Redskins and the Browns per Adam Schefter who adds that Franklin interviewed weeks ago for the Texans job as well. Will be interesting to see if Franklin chooses to meet with Penn State officials as we were told he would. Still think there is a good chance that happens. 

Houston Texans: Marvez also reports that Brian Ferentz (Iowa) is a strong candidate for offensive line coach and as the entire world has reported that George Godsey (Patriots) is a strong candidate for offensive coordinator. 

          While you are waiting on Charlie to accept, watch Gary Pinkel get his groove on

Tampa Bay: Southern Miss offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will accept the quarterbacks job with the Bucs (and Jeff Tedford) per Alex Marvez. 

Texas: Charlie Strong has not formally accepted the offer from Texas yet. 

Houston Texans: Bill O'Brien has let the entire former staff go and will bring Romeo Crennel on as defensive coordinator Alex Marvez reports. 

UConn: FIU special teams coordinator Kevin Wolthausen will join the UConn staff as defensive line / recruiting coordinator per source. 

North Dakota: Southern Illinois linebackers coach Eric Schmidt has now formally been announced as defensive coordinator.

Weber State: Sources tell us Wisconsin assistant director of operations Kite Afeaki has been hired as defensive tackles coach at Weber State. 

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Texas: Texas will hire Charlie Strong as head coach according to Bobby Burton of 247Sports. Sources tell us this is happening and will be official tomorrow. SI reports that Strong has agreed to a five year deal worth $5 million per. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Leslie Frazier will be the Bucs' defensive coordinator according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com. Jeff Rapp noted on twitter tonight that former Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer is planning to join Lovie's staff as well. 

Cincinnati: Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman and defensive tackles coach Fred Tate have been let go. 

South Florida: Sources tell us Willie Taggart is in advanced discussions with 49ers senior offensive assistant (and former Washington State head coach) Paul Wulff to join his staff as offensive coordinator. We also hear TJ Weist is in consideration. 

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have requested and been granted permission to interview Browns' defensive line coach Joe Cullen per Ian Rapoport. 

Cleveland Browns: Jim Tressel will interview for the head job with the Browns per Joe Dunn out of Akron. Adam Schefter reported after this initial report that Browns executives state Tressel will not be interviewed. We continue to hear this evening that Bob Stoops' interest is real as well. 

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will retain head coach Mike Munchak according to Jim Wyatt with the Tennessean.  

Texas: Sources tell us James Franklin and Charlie Strong are the two finalists for the Texas job. A decision is expected within 24 hours.

Connecticut: Virginia safeties coach Anthony Poindexter will join UConn's staff as defensive coordinator according to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant.  Conner also reports that Virginia defensive line coach / assistant special teams coordinator Vincent Brown will also join the defensive staff.

South Florida: South Florida announced earlier today that offensive coordinator Walt Wells and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan will not return. 

Penn State: Sources at both Miami and Penn State tell us that Al Golden is a strong candidate and will strongly consider the job if offered. Update>> CaneSport is reporting that they have confirmed that Golden has been offered the job. 

Baltimore Ravens: Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return. 

Pace University: Sources tell us that Holy Cross defensive coordinator Andy Rondeau has been offered the head coaching position at Pace. Good hire by Pace. 

Rhode Island: Sources tell us Iowa State tight ends coach Bill Bleil will be the new offensive coordinator at Rhode Island. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have terminated the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. 

Georgia Tech: Bruce Feldman just reported that Paul Johnson is not happy with the school and hopes that Georgia Tech buys him out. Will let you know what we hear on this... Update> Paul Johnson has responded directly letting us know that "Bruce's tweet is completely false" and that he plans to coach GT into the future. 

Jackson State: Sources tell us Mississippi State safeties coach Tony Hughes is a candidate at Jackson State. 

Valparaiso (FCS - IN): Sources tell us that Dave Cecchini's staff will include Lehigh receivers coach Jason Miran (as offensive coordinator), University of Chicago defensive coordinator / secondary coach Ernest Moore (as defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach), Lehigh outside linebackers coach Justin Stovall (as linebackers coach) and Lehigh assistant offensive line coach Vincent Giacalone (as offensive line coach).

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UCLA: We wrote yesterday that Jim Mora would not be the guy at Texas. Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times confirmed that last night and Bruce Feldman now has also tweeted today that Mora would remain at UCLA. Mora told Foster on Friday, "It's always flattering when someone is interested in you. But I am committed to being the UCLA coach."

Baylor: "Art Briles will stay at Baylor: You can take it to the bank" - John McClain - 34 year vet of the Houston Chronicle. Update> ...and shortly thereafter Art Briles tweeted what seems to be a message that he's staying. Baylor has now issued a release stating Briles will indeed return to Waco in 2014. Next? 

Miami (Ohio): Bethune-Cookman running backs coach Autry Denson has accepted the same position on Chuck Martin's staff at Miami (Ohio). 

Washington Redskins: The Redskins are interviewing Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia today according to John Clayton of ESPN. 

Tennessee Titans: CEO Tommy Smith is meeting with Mike Munchak today. Will update.

Hawaii: Sources tell us that there has been significant interest shown in the linebackers job vacated by Tony Tuioti.

UMass: Former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple will interview for the UMass head coaching job next week, according to the Daily Hampshire-Gazette. Whipple previously served as the head coach of the program from 1998-2003, leading the Minutemen to the I-AA national title in 1998.

Elizabeth City State (D-II - NC): Elizabeth City State University have open date September 20, 2014. Home and Home Contact Waverly Tillar if interested at 252-335-3628.

East vs West Shrine Game: Longtime coaching veteran Jerry Glanville will coach the East team and former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel will coach the West.

Maine: Karlton Creech, the senior associate athletic director at North Carolina, has been tabbed as the new athletic director at Maine. Creech signed a three-year deal that will pay him $175,000 annually.

Eastern Illinois: Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory is interviewing for the head coaching job this week, according to the News-Gazette.


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Connecticut: Richmond associate head coach/running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Wayne Lineburg will join Bob Diaco's staff in an unspecified role according to Desmond Conner of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. 

Army: Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein  said today that quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware, tight ends coach Sean Saturnio and running backs coach Lamont Seward all plan to follow Monken to Army. 

North Dakota: We told you this was coming; and now its official. Minot State head coach Paul Rudolph has now been named offensive coordinator at North Dakota. Minot State says they plan to fill the position by the end of the month. 

Texas: ESPN reported this afternoon that Texas has sincere interest in Jim Mora and that there has been communication today with his representatives. Mora is an excellent coach; but our opinion is that his next stop (whenever he chooses to leave UCLA) will be in the league, not at Texas. Don't think this search is over yet. 

Montana Tech: Head coach Chuck Morrell has now announced that special teams coordinator / linebackers coach BJ Campbell has been promoted to defensive coordinator and that former McPherson College head coach Pete Sterbick will take over as offensive coordinator. 

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Florida State: Florida State's assistant pool will grow by 17 percent, AD Stan Wilcox confirmed today to the Tallahassee Democrat, from $2.86 million to $3.35 million. It will be up to Jimbo Fisher to decide how to dole out that extra $486,000. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive line coach Rick Trickett are the team's highest-paid assistants at $500,000 and $455,000, respectively. 

New York Giants: Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has announced his retirement from coaching. Heck of a run. 

Wake Forest: Dave Clawson has announced that Warren Belin (linebackers) has been retained as part of his new staff, and former Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen has been brought on board to coach the defensive line. Also, as we told you a few weeks back, Derrick Jackson has been retained and will coach the secondary.

Washington Redskins: Jim Caldwell interviewed with ownership yesterday, per Schefter.

Detroit Lions: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell's interview is set for Friday, according to Adam Schefter.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns will interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Friday, per the NFL Network.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have been denied permission to speak to Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

Arkansas State: Just closing the loop, Blake Anderson has officially announced the additions of Walt Bell (co-offensive coordinator), Luke Paschall (wide receivers / special teams coordinator), Glen Elarbee (co-offensive coordinator), Brian Early (safeties), Joe Cauthen (defensive coordinator), and Keith Heckendorf (quarterbacks).

Sacred Heart (FCS  - CT): Sacred Heart University is looking to fill an open date on Sept 27th or Oct 4th in 2014. Willing to travel in 2014. Please contact Head Coach Mark Nofri at 203-396-8103, or [email protected].

Senior Bowl: The Senior Bowl will be coached by the staffs of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. The game will be played January 25th.

Southeast Missouri: As we first told you a few weeks ago, Bryce Saia has now officially joined the staff as defensive coordinator.

Westminster (D-III - PA): Back on Wednesday we told you about a handful of coaches that are among the finalists for the head coaching job, and we're also hearing that former Emory and Henry (D-III - VA) head coach Don Montgomery is a strong candidate as well. Some of the other names that we've heard (previously reported) are Dan Knause (OLBs at Carnegie Mellon), Jason Makrinos (DBs at Slippery Rock), Jay Foster (HC at Clarion), Jon Latina (OL/Assistant HC at Duke), Mike Pinchotti (DC at Geneva College) and Scott Benzel (DC at St. Francis).

Jones County Junior College (MS): Offensive coordinator David Thornton, who has been acting as the interim head coach since the first of the year, will take over on a permanent basis on January 15th pending official approval, according to the Mississippi Press.

Cleveland Browns: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will interview on Saturday, according to Adam Schefter.

Eastern Illinois: Haven't really heard much reportable news on this search thus far. The primary thing we hear from coaches is that the AD wants to maintain the aggressive, up tempo offensive style that Dino Babers put in place. We did see a note from Chuck Landon who is very tied in at Marshall that said that Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg has applied for the EIU head job. We'll keep you posted.

Texas: Steve Patterson wants to interview Art Briles, possibly as soon as today, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods. Briles reportedly told Baylor officials "you have nothing to worry about" last night; but let's wait for this to play out. According to Brown, Patterson has already interviewed both James Franklin and Charlie Strong. 

FAU: Sources tell us that Chris Hurd will coach the tight ends and coordinate special teams.

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Hampton: Sources tell us that the following guys make up the Hampton staff at this point; former Winston-Salem State assistant head coach / offensive line coach John Eder, Duane Taylor (receivers), Michael Ramseur (running backs), and Gary Lowery (defensive line).

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North Carolina Central: Sources tell us that Tulane offensive grad assistant Mike McCarthy will join the North Carolina Central staff.