Thursday August 14, 2014
North Carolina Central (FCS): Per source, Kenyatta McCoy, a former assistant at Kentucky State, has joined the staff at NCCU.
Southwestern (D-III - TX): The club has announced the hirings of Memphis graduate assistant Garrett Winsett as wide receivers coach, and Texas Lutheran defensive line coach Chad Ellis as running backs coach.
Notre Dame: Graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy is taking a leave of absence from fall camp in order to focus on a treatable form of cancer he was recently diagnosed with. Please join us in keeping coach McCarthy in our thoughts.
Montana State-Northern (NAIA): Head coach Mark Samson has resigned. According to the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, Samson violated university policy by placing camp funds in a personal account rather than a university account. "All the money was accounted for, and I showed them. But it is a violation of university policy, and I understand that," Samson told the paper. Defensive coordinator Jake Eldridge will serve as interim head coach. The club opens its season on Aug. 30.
Independence CC (KS): Head coach Steve Carson has finalized his staff as follows; Matt Lott (OC / OL), Morris Lolar (DC / DBs) Chris Snyder (QBs / WRs / RC), Van Jones (RBs / STC), Brandon Chinn (DL), and Kevin Griffin (LBs).
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Huntingdon (D-III - AL): Former Central Florida and NFL linebacker, Josh Linam has been promoted from restricted earnings running backs coach to full time linebackers coach.
Wednesday August 13, 2014
Massachusetts Maritime (D-III): Andrae Murphy and Joe Jamiel have been added to the staff at Maine Maritime.
Carroll University (D-III - WI): Former Wisconsin wide receiver Jeff Duckworth has been hired to coach the wide receviers at Carroll University.
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San Bernardino Valley College (JC - CA): San Bernardino Valley College is looking for a running backs and tight ends coach. There is a $4,500 stipend. Please contact John Shipp at (714) 745-1628.
SUNY Maritime (D-III - NY): Per source, special teams coordinator / linebackers coach Brandon Sturman has left the staff to pursue opportunities outside of football. We hear that the position will be filled locally.
San Bernardino Valley (JC - CA): San Bernardino Valley College is looking for a defensive backs coach. There is a $4,500 stipend. Please contact John Shipp if interested at 714-745-1628.
Tufts (D-III - MA): Former Anna Maria (D-III - MA) head coach Marc Klaiman has been hired to coach the defensive line at Tufts University.
Montana State-Northern (NAIA): Head coach Mark Samson has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, per the Great Falls Tribune.
Tuesday August 12, 2014
Union College (D-III - NY): Per source, longtime defensive line coach T.R. Perna has stepped down due to personal reasons.
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Pikeville (NAIA - KY): Offensive coordinator Allan Holland, Jr., has been named interim head coach, the school announced today. Holland takes over for Dudley Hilton, who stepped down on Saturday for personal and health reasons. Holland has been UPike's associate head coach since 2011.
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Colby College (D-III - ME): Former Connecticut staffer Jon Guynes has joined the staff as running backs coach.
UW Stout (D-III): Former Northern Illinois grad assistant Pat McAvoy has joined the staff as offensive line / run game coordinator.
Ferris State (D-II - MI): Tesfa Smith, who coached the linebackers at Saginaw Valley (D-II - MI) last season, has been hired to coach the defensive line on Tony Annese's staff.
Monday August 11, 2014
Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have hired former Houston Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano as interim special teams coordinator while special teams coordinator Mike Priefer serves his regular season suspension.
Michigan Tech (D-II): Bryan Thomas has moved from tight ends coach to defensive line and has also been promoted to special teams coordinator. Also, Josh Wood has been promoted from grad assistant to secondary coach.
Colorado State: The Rams have announced a contract extension with head coach Jim McElwain through at least the 2019 season. The new contract, which has reportedly been in the works for a while, increases his salary from $1.35 million to $1.5 million; the new deal also includes an initial $7.5 million buyout, and it remains at that figure as long as he has five years remaining on his contract. It's worth noting that Colorado State fired athletics director Jack Graham on Friday. McElwain led Colorado State to an 8-6 campaign in 2013, its most wins since 2002.
Oklahoma Panhandle State: OPSU has hired for Kansas receiver Marcus Herford to fill the open receivers position. Herford most recently coached at Valdosta State in 2012.
UW-Sout (D-III): Per source, Chase Vogler, a former national championship quarterback at Minnesota-Duluth, has accepted the quarterbacks coach / pass game coordinator job at Wisconsin-Stout. Vogler served as a volunteer assistant on last year's UMD staff.
Sunday August 10, 2014
UCF: Last night Bruce Feldman (FoxSports) published a report saying George O'Leary was considering stepping down this season, possibly as early as following their first game. Late last night O'Leary publicly denied the report noting that he hadn't heard from anyone at Fox. This morning O'Leary spoke with Jeremy Fowler (CBS), telling him that he will not retire this season. Fowler noted that O'Leary is under contract through 2017 and Fowler reported that O'Leary "intimated he'd like to see a healthy portion of that contract through."