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The Wire: Monday, March 25, 2013

Nevada: Former Iowa assistant Lester Erb will join Brian Polian’s staff as running backs and special teams coach. Here’s our story.

Fairleigh Dickinson (D-III): Scott Woodward has been hired as offensive coordinator. He takes over for Sean Gleeson, who was recently hired as running backs coach at Princeton. Woodward, who was a backup quarterback at UMass from 2005-09, spent the past three years as quarterbacks coach for Westfield State University.

Millersville (D-II): The school is holding an open forum for faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community with six candidates for the head football coach position. Each candidate will meet with the public for one hour in the Student Memorial Center during his on-campus interview. The candidates are (in alphabetical order): Greg Breitbach, offensive coordinator, University of North Dakota; James Clements, head coach, Delaware Valley College; Robert Forgrave, defensive coordinator, East Stroudsburg University; Adam Gonzaga, defensive coordinator, Ohio Northern University; James Morgan, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator, Shippensburg University; and David Taynor, head coach, Urbana University. Open forum dates, times and locations as well as more information on each candidate is listed below. The finalists where chosen from a group of more than 60 applicants. You can view the schedule for the open forum sessions here.

Grand Valley State (D-II): As originally reported on the March 15th Wire, Matt Vitzhum has officially been named the Lakers’ running backs coach. Vitzhum was quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg in 2012, after spending three years at St. Cloud State as a graduate assistant coach. He replaces Eddie Brown, who joined the Toronto Argonauts’ staff in February.

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CFS Daily Hot Reads: Monday, March 25, 2013

Scarbinsky: Is Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs overpaid?

Scarbinsky: Is Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs overpaid?

Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News opines on the the athletic directors at the two major powers in the state of Alabama. The gist? If new Alabama AD Bill Battle will make $620,000 a year, how much is Auburn’s Jay Jacobs – who made $901,720.96 in a year when Auburn’s football and basketball teams both finished dead last in the SEC – overpaid?

After further review… Brian Kelly says that Notre Dame was “a lot closer” to Alabama in the national championship game than he first thought.

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans looked like a man among boys with more than 200 receiving yards in a scrimmage Saturday. His performance was upstaged by Johnny Manziel, but not for the QB’s stellar play. After the last of three interceptions, Johnny Football shoved an Aggie GA on the sidelines and the two were quickly separated by coaches and players.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says that even in the cash-hungry world of college football, selling beer in stadiums is one potential revenue stream that most schools won’t tap.

Here’s another exhibit for the “watch what your players say on Twitter” file… Oregon has released a statement regarding tight end Colt Lyerla’s tweets in support of a video explaining the Sandy Hook shooting as a government conspiracy.

Photo credit: Laura Charmer / Opelika-Auburn News

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Kennesaw State names Bohannon head coach

Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon is the first head coach at Kennesaw State.

Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon is the first head coach at Kennesaw State.

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]ennesaw State has named Georgia Tech assistant Brian Bohannon as the school’s first football coach.

Bohannon, who has spent the past five seasons as the Yellow Jackets’ quarterbacks/B-backs coach, will be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

“This is an extremely exciting moment in Kennesaw State University history,” KSU athletic director Vaughn Williams said in a release. “Coach Bohannon embodies every value, characteristic and skill set that we look for when choosing head coaches to lead our student-athletes.”

Williams stated previously that he wanted a Georgia native to spearhead the new program.

A native of Griffin, Ga. south of Atlanta and a former player at the University of Georgia, Bohannon has strong ties to the state. He’s spent 17 years as an assistant under Paul Johnson, coaching at both the FBS and FCS levels at Georgia Southern and Navy, in addition to Tech.

Bohannon sees lots of opportunity at the suburban Atlanta school.

“Kennesaw State is a special place with a great student body, administration and faculty, and I am just excited about the opportunity,” he said.

Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher was reportedly offered the position but decided to remain with the Racers.

Georgia Tech linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum was also interviewed.

Kennesaw State will play its first season in 2015.

Photo credit: Johnny Crawford/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Hatcher turns down Kennesaw State

Murray State's Chris Hatcher has pulled his name out of contention for the Kennesaw State job. (AP)

Murray State’s Chris Hatcher has pulled his name out of contention for the Kennesaw State job. (AP)

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]urray State’s Chris Hatcher has turned down an offer to become head coach at Kennesaw State, according to a source.

Murray athletic director Allen Ward confirmed to WPSD-TV of Paducah, Ky. that Hatcher would remain with the Racers.

Hatcher, a native of Macon, Ga., was an All-American quarterback at Valdosta State. He later coached at the Valdosta State and Georgia Southern before Murray State.

He is 18-15 in three seasons with the Racers.

Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams told the Marietta Daily Journal on Friday that no job offers had been made.

Regardless, it appears KSU’s search will now focus on a pair of Georgia Tech assistants – Andy McCollum and Brian Bohannon.

Like Hatcher, both McCollum and Bohannon are Georgia natives, a factor Williams has said would be important in his choice to lead the fledgling Kennesaw program.

McCollum, who grew up in nearby Marietta, is currently the Yellow Jackets’ linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was head coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1999-2005.

During McCollum’s tenure, the Blue Raiders transitioned from I-AA to I-A and won a Sun Belt Conference championship in 2001. However, his MTSU teams never had a record better than 5-6 after that, and he was let go during the 2005 season.

McCollum coached linebackers at NC State from 2007-09 before joining the Tech staff in 2010.

Bohannon, Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks and B-backs coach, has no head-coaching experience, but has been part of Paul Johnson’s coaching staff for the last 17 years at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech.

He is from Griffin and played football at Georgia.

Kennesaw State’s inaugural football team is scheduled to kick off in 2015.

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The Wire: March 23, 2013

Louisville: Charlie Strong says that assistant coach Clint Hurtt has been placed on administrative leave so he “can concentrate on his case.” Hurtt faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while at Miami. The NCAA last month sent Hurtt and Louisville a letter stating that he received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to Hurricanes recruits. The NCAA also said Hurtt provided false and misleading information during the investigation.

Princeton: Former Tiger offensive lineman Andrew Aurich has been named tight ends and special teams coach. Aurich served as Princeton’s running backs in 2011. He left after the season to join Greg Schiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a defensive assistant for the 2012 NFL season. He replaces Ryan Roeder, who was named an offensive assistant coach with the New York Giants.

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CFS Daily Hot Reads: Saturday, March 23, 2013

Will an East-West divisional split in the Big Ten put Nebraska’s sellout streak in jeopardy?

Will an East-West divisional split in the Big Ten put Nebraska’s sellout streak in jeopardy?

College football opinion and analysis from around the web.

It looks like the Big Ten will move to an East-West geographic division split for the 2014 season, and with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Penn State all in the east, the balance of power clearly shifts that way. Despite an easier path to the Big Ten title game, Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star thinks that’s a bad thing for Nebraska.

Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel says the Ed O’Bannon case exposes big-time athletic departments’ fuzzy math.

You’ve heard of nepotism. You’ve heard of cronyism. What about crimson-ism? Al.com’s Kevin Scarbinsky on why new Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is the perfect man for the job.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Randy Galloway tells Texas AD DeLoss Dodds to “shut the bleep up” with his Aggie Phobia.

Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan tore his ACL in practice this week and will be out indefinitely. (Best case scenarios have him missing half the season.) MLive.com’s Kyle Meinke, who calls Ryan the Wolverines’ “most proven playmaker,” takes a look at what his loss means.

In four months on the job, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has already established a new style on the Plains – and in many ways he’s the anti-Gene Chizik. Al.com’s Joel Erickson looks at why that’s probably a good thing for the Tigers.

With NCAA sanctions forcing Penn State to just 65 scholarship players by 2014, Mike Poorman of StateCollege.com examines the death of the redshirt for the Nittany Lions.

Ohio State must replace all four starters on the defensive line, but there’s certainly no shortage of talent on campus. Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says the Buckeyes’ defensive line is full of every coach’s favorite word… potential.

Photo Credit: Lincoln Journal-Star

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Closer Look: Wisconsin staff gets big pay bump

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ret Bielema has cited a lack of funds for assistant coaches as one of the primary reasons he left Wisconsin.

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen

But it doesn’t look like Gary Andersen will have that problem.

According to Tom Mulhern of the Wisconsin State Journal, Andersen’s nine assistants will make combined $2.495 million – up from $1.973 million in 2012.

The $522,000 increase is a jump of more than 26%, and would have ranked third among Big Ten public universities trailing only Ohio State ($3.29 million) and Michigan ($2.93 million). Bielema’s 2012 staff ranked seventh in the Big Ten.

Back in December, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez defended the assistants’ pay.

“Our pay scale for assistant coaches is more than competitive and fair,” Alvarez said. “As athletics director, I know what people are making, and every time someone has a hint that they may take another job, it’s not prudent to jump and throw a pile of money at them.”

Though in the aggregate it looks like Alvarez completely changed his tune, it’s really more like a tweak.

Bielema earned $2.6 million as the Badgers’ head coach last season, bringing total staff pay to nearly $4.6 million.

Andersen, on the other hand, will make $1.8 million, for a total on-field payout of approximately $4.295 million – $300,000 less than 2012.

Where it does look like Alvarez may have shifted his thinking is at the top of the assistant food chain.

Former Badger defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the highest paid member of Bielema’s staff, earned just $267,050 a year ago. Dave Aranda, Andersen’s defensive coordinator, will be paid $480,000.

It’s the same on offense. Matt Canada, Bielema’s offensive coordinator last season, made $265,000. New offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, will make $480,000.

Below is a breakdown of the 2013 Wisconsin, their salaries and what they earned in 2012:

Dave Aranda, Defensive coordinator, Linebackers: $480,000 (Utah State, $157,000)
Andy Ludwig, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $480,000 (San Diego State, $278,008)
Thomas Hammock, Ass. HC, Rec. coord., Running backs: $300,000 (Wisconsin, $230,950)
T.J. Woods, Offensive line: $250,000 (Utah State, $82,000)
Bill Busch, Secondary: $220,000 (Utah State, $112,000)
Jeff Genyk, Tight ends, Special teams: $220,000 (Cal, $201,150)
Chad Kauha’aha’a, Defensive line: $205,000 (Utah , $170,000)
Chris Beatty, Wide receivers: $200,000 (Illinois, $400,000)
Ben Strickland, Secondary: $140,000 (Wisconsin, $103,600)

For comparison sake, here’s a look at the salaries of Bielema’s 2012 staff:

Chris Ash, Defensive coordinator, Defensive backs: $267,050
Matt Canada, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $265,000
Mike Markuson, Offensive line: $255,000
Charlie Partridge
, Associate HC, Co-Defensive coordinator, Defensive line: $241,750
Thomas Hammock, Assistant HC, Rec. coordinator, Running backs: $230,950
Andy Buh, Linebackers: $215,000
Zach Azzanni, Wide receivers: $200,000
Eddie Faulkner, Tight ends: $200,000
Ben Strickland, Secondary: $103,600

Note: Bart Miller, who was promoted to offensive line coach when Markuson was fired in September, was paid $50,000.

Photo credit: AP

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