The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Thomas Brown spent the 2012 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga. (UTC)

Thomas Brown spent the 2012 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga. (UTC)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Georgia Bulldog tailback Thomas Brown will be running backs coach at Marshall.

Brown joined the staff at Georgia State in the same role in January. He was running backs coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2012.

He replaces JaJuan Seider, who left after three seasons to join the West Virginia staff. Seider earned $90,800 at Marshall last season.

Brown, Georgia’s fifth-leading rusher all-time, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent the 2009 season with the Cleveland Browns.

He got started in coaching as an assistant on Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff in 2011.

Alabama’s three new assistants will earn more than their predecessors

Nick Saban added three new assistant coaches this off-season, and according to Chase Goodbread of, Bama’s new hires will be very well paid.

Offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, who was briefly hired as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Miami after being fired as FIU’s head coach, will earn $475,000. Former Tide offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, earned $395,000 last year.

Wide receivers coach Billy Napier, the former Colorado State quarterbacks coach who for six weeks joined Jimbo Fisher’s staff, will also earn $300,000. Mike Groh, who coached Bama’s wide receivers and was recruiting coordinator before joining the Chicago Bears’ staff, made $285,000 in 2012.

Defensive backs coach Greg Brown, defensive coordinator coach on Jon Embree’s Colorado staff the past two seasons, will make $300,000. Brown replaced Jeremy Pruitt, who is Fisher’s defensive coordinator at Florida State. Pruitt made $260,000 last season.

Saban’s staff is among the most well-compensated in college football. The nine assistant coaches, plus strength coach Scott Cochran, were paid $4.13 million in guaranteed money last year.

Davidson’s Paul Nichols hires Browning, Morrow; completes staff

New Davidson (FCS) head coach Paul Nichols has completed his staff. Nichols announced veteran assistant Mitch Browning as assistant head coach, offensive line and tight ends coach, and former Toledo standout Diauntae Morrow as the team’s running backs coach.

Browning was running backs and tight ends coach at Division II Ashland in 2012. He spent the 2010-11 seasons as offensive line coach at Akron and was as the co-offensive line coach at Tennessee in 2009. Before that, he spent 10 years at Minnesota and nine years at Kansas.

Morrow is beginning his coaching career after playing two seasons at Iowa and two seasons at Toledo. Nichols was the Rockets’ defensive coordinator during that time and named Morrow as captain of the secondary upon his arrival.

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