The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Friday, Jan. 31
Former Southern Cal assistant Mike Ekeler has emerged as a strong candidate for the final assistant coach vacancy on Georgia’s staff, according to Dawgs247.
Sources tell us that he’s one of at least four or five candidates for the job.
New Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz has added five new members to his coaching staff and will retain two GSU assistants.
Fritz is bringing four assistants with him from Sam Houston State, including offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Doug Ruse, FCS coordinator of the year finalist in 2012; wide receivers coach Matt Barrett; defensive ends coach Johnny Jernigan; and linebackers coach Michael Mutz.
Kevin Peoples, who coached at UAB last season, will coach the defensive line. Defensive coordinator Jack Curtis and assistant coach Chad Lunsford have been retained.
Virginia coach Mike London announced Thursday that former LSU coach and North Carolina State defensive coordinator Mike Archer has been hired as a defensive assistant. Archer’s hire completes the Cavaliers’ 2014 staff.
Southern Miss has hired former Auburn quality control assistant Chip Lindsey as its offensive coordinator.
Lindsey is now Auburn’s third administrative coach to accept a full-time job. Al Pogue, former director of high school relations, is now the cornerbacks coach at Troy, and quality control assistant Dell McGee is now the running backs coach at Georgia Southern.
All three are former high school coaches.
Virginia Tech has officially hired Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock to run it’s athletic program.
Rutgers is expected to announce that former Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen will be the Scarlet Knights’ new offensive coordinator.
The Scarlet Knights elevated special teams coach Joe Rossi to the role of defensive coordinator. Former Rutgers coordinator Bob Fraser will return to the staff, this time as the linebackers coach.
Sources tell us North Carolina has interviewed former Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite for the quarterbacks job, but he is not the only candidate. We’re told the running backs job has been down to a handful of candidates.
UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck is getting a $200,000 raise, but not everyone is happy about it. Despite a turnaround from 2-11 in 2012 to 7-6 last season, not everyone on the Nevada Board of Regents supported the raise.
The vote was approved, 10-3, that Hauck’s salary would increase from $500,000 to $700,000.
Stanford has named assistant coach Lance Anderson as its defensive coordinator. Anderson had been considered the frontrunner for the same job at Vanderbilt.
Wisconsin’s university athletic board has approved a one-year contract extension for football coach Gary Andersen.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told NOLA.com that he is not a candidate for the same position with the Cleveland Browns. Cameron confirmed that the Browns showed interest in
hiring him during the past week.
The Miami Herald reports Hurricanes coach Al Golden is tiring of the criticism in south Florida.
“What the hell do people want?” one high ranking UM Board of Trustee member said. “Does anyone realize what the NCAA thing did to us? That team this year was an ordinary team, and we went 9-4. It will take three years to build this up, but this is the right guy to do it.”
If Mark Richt had not landed Jeremy Pruitt as the Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator, the AJC reports he had a serious interest in defensive backs coach Vance Joseph – but not Alabama’s Kirby Smart.
The LA Times reports the fact that Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio could be working deep into the NFL playoffs — and not on campus or on the road recruiting — was regarded as a major concern for athletic director Pat Haden.