Coach Speak: Rumors & News

Coach Speak: Rumors & News

The Coaching Wire: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013

Former Auburn and Iowa State defensive line coach Mike Pelton will join Georgia Tech's staff. (Photo: Iowa State Athletics)

Former Auburn and Iowa State defensive line coach Mike Pelton will join Georgia Tech’s staff. (Photo: Iowa State Athletics)

  • Georgia Tech: Former Auburn assistant coach Mike Pelton has been announced as Georgia Tech’s defensive line coach. Pelton, who played at Auburn, coached under Gene Chizik at both Auburn (2011-12) Iowa State (2008-09) and Auburn. Pelton also coached the defensive lines at Louisiana-Lafayette (January-March, 2011), Vanderbilt (2010), Iowa State (2007-08), Troy (2001-06), and Valdosta State (2000). (Click here for the full release.)
  • Virginia: Former Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild has been named offensive coordinator at Virginia. Fairchild has 31 years of coaching experience at both the NFL and collegiate levels, including 16 seasons as an offensive coordinator. Most recently, Fairchild served as senior offensive assistant for the San Diego Chargers in 2012. The contract is for two seasons and will pay him $450,000 per year. (Click here for the full release.)
  • Northwestern State (FCS): First year Northwestern (La.) State head coach Jay Thomas has announced his coaching staff:

[colored_box color="grey"]Robby Brown, Offensive Coordinator & QBs (Prev.: Valdosta State, 2010-12)
Ben Norton, Offensive Line & Assistant HC (Prev.: Sacramento, UFL, 2012)
Kyle Manley, Wide Receivers& Recruiting Coordinator (Prev.: Tennessee, 2012)
Derek Foster, Running Backs (Prev.: Tennessee, 2012)
Matt Powledge, Tight Ends & Inside Receivers (Prev.: Northwestern State, 2012)[/colored_box]

(ReleaseNorthwestern State offensive staff)

Defense & Admin:

[colored_box color="grey"]Chris Boone, Defensive Coordinator & Associate HC (Prev.: Jacksonville State, 2011-12)
Jake Landoll, Defensive Line (Prev.: Missouri Southern, 2012)
Shep Campbell, Linebackers & Special Teams (Prev.: Ouachita Baptist, 2011-12)
De’vonn Lockett, Cornerbacks (Prev.: Northwestern State, 2011-12)
Dan Korn, Director of Football Operations (Prev.: Northwestern State)[/colored_box]

(Release: Northwestern State defensive staff)


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Video: Franklin takes jab at "Nicky Satan"

Franklin: "“There’s this guy at Alabama, I think his name is Nicky Satan..." (Photo: Vanderbilt Athletics)

Franklin: ““There’s this guy at Alabama, I think his name is Nicky Satan…” (Photo: Vanderbilt Athletics)

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]o one will ever question Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin’s audacity.

Since taking over the Commodores in December 2010, Franklin has never been one to pull punches. It’s worked, for the most part, elevating the program’s visibility and recruiting, and his team’s’ level of play.

So it’s not a total shock that Franklin would take a jab at the king of the college football world, Alabama’s Nick Saban.

Speaking at the football banquet for Central High in Macon, Ga., Franklin referred to Saban as “Nicky Satan.” (Nigel Bowen, a four-star linebacker that is committed to play for the Commodores next fall, attends Macon Central.)

“There’s this guy at Alabama, I think his name is Nicky Satan. You guys have probably heard of him before,” Franklin told the crowd. “I’m gonna outwork him, I’m gonna outwork him. And that’s kind of our plan every single day.”

WMAZ-TV in Macon posted video of Franklin’s comment on their website and, not surprisingly, it created quite a buzz across social media.

You can view the clip below, and you won’t have to wait long to hear Franklin’s dig.

Fortunately for Franklin, Alabama isn’t on the Commodore’s schedule next season, so for now, Saban will have to settle for extracting his revenge on the recruiting trail.

Vanderbilt’s current No. 20 class ranking by has to be considering a smashing success for the long-time SEC cellar dweller, but Bama’s class is currently No. 3 and poised to potentially move up with a few open slots left.

Saban’s probably not losing a lot of sleep over the comments, but with the story now going viral, you have to wonder if Franklin is a little bit concerned that “Nicky” will decide take a long look at the Vanderbilt commit list during this last week before Signing Day.

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Temple, Boston College trade assistants

Mike Siravo is moving from Boston College to Temple. (Photo: Elsa/Getty)

Mike Siravo is moving from Boston College to Temple. (Photo: Elsa/Getty)

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]emple and Boston College will trade linebackers coaches.

Former Temple inside linebackers coach Sean McGowan will leave the Owls’ staff to join his former boss, Steve Addazio, at Boston College.

Meanwhile, Mike Siravo, who spent the past six seasons as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Boston College, will return to Temple to join coach Matt Rhule’s staff as the Owls’ linebackers coach.

McGowan, whose relationship with Adazzio dates all the way back to when McGowan played for Addazio on a state championship team at Cheshire High School in Connecticut, spent the previous two seasons at Temple. He had continued working on Rhule’s staff since Addazio left to take the Boston College job back in December.

Prior to Temple, McGowan worked at New Hampshire for seven years, including four seasons as the defensive coordinator.

Prior to joining the UNH staff, McGowan worked at the University of New Haven before the school discontinued its football program. He spent the 2003 season as the defensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech.

McGowan, who played college ball at Fordham, began his coaching career at Division III Occidental College where he served as the quarterbacks coach (1998). He then moved on to Pittsburgh as a graduate assistant for three seasons (1999-2001). McGowan was then named defensive coordinator at Duquesne (2002), where the defense ranked first in total defense in I-AA.

This will be Siravo’s second stint at Temple. He coached the Owls’ linebackers and was recruiting coordinator in 2006. He was instrumental in assembling Golden’s first recruiting class that included future NFL players in Steve Maneri and Andre Neblett.

Siravo played linebacker at Boston College from 1995-97. He began his coaching career at BC in 1998 as a recruiting graduate assistant and then was defensive GA for the 1999-2000 seasons. Siravo coached linebackers at Columbia for three seasons from 2003-05.

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The Coaching Wire: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013

Stanford has promoted Mike Bloomgren to offensive coordinator. (Photo: Stanford Athletics)

Stanford has promoted Mike Bloomgren to offensive coordinator. (Photo: Stanford Athletics)
  • Stanford: Head coach David Shaw has promoted Mike Bloomgren to offensive coordinator. Bloomgren has spent the past two seasons as run game coordinator. Former running backs coach Mike Sanford will take over Stanford’s quarterbacks and wide receivers.Replacing Sanford as running backs coach is former Cardinal quarterback Tavita Pritchard, who the last two years served as a defensive assistant and working under defensive coordinator Derek Mason.
  • Arkansas State: Former Boise State defensive back Gerald Alexander confirmed via Twitter that he will be a graduate assistant at Arkansas State. Other former Broncos on Bryan Harsin’s staff include Bush Hamden (wide receivers), Jeff Pitman (Strength Coach), and Lee Marks (Assistant Strength Coach).
  • Auburn: Former Arkansas State defensive line coach Kenny Ingram will join Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn in an off-the-field role. Ingram came to Arkansas State as interim defensive line coach to help the Red Wolves prepare for the 2012 Bowl. Prior to Arkasnsas State, Ingram coached linebackers at Memphis from 2006-09 and served as defensive coordinator during the 2009 season. He coached defensive line at Tennessee State in 2005. Ingram coached at Melrose High in Memphis between 2001-04 and is credited with returning the program to prominence. He was the head coach from 2002-04 and posted a 37-4 overall record after serving as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2001-02. Ingram played defensive end at ASU from 1989-92. As we reported last week, Malzahn also hired for Arkansas State cornerbacks coach David Gunn in an off-the-field role.
  • Virginia: Bruce Feldman of is reporting that UVa offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is leaving to join Chip Kelly’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles. Lazor served as QB coach for the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins before to coming to Virginia in 2010. UPDATE: Virginia has confirmed Lazor’s departure in a release.
  • Morehead State: Rod West, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Texas A&M-Commerce, has been hired as the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Morehead State. Prior to his stint at TAMU-Commerce, West coached at Division II schools Morehouse (2011) and was a graduate assistant at Delta State (2010). West, who was a two-year starter at Alabama State, began his coaching career in 2009 at Kentucky Christian (NAIA).
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Oregon: Helfrich announces Lubick hire

Cutcliffe: "Simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.” (Photo: Duke Athletics)

Cutcliffe: “Simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.” (Photo: Duke Athletics)

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]regon head coach Mark Helfrich has officially announced Duke assistant Matt Lubick as the Duck’s wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Lubick spent the past three years with the Blue Devils as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. In 2012, two Blue Devil receivers – Jamison Crowder and Conner Vernon – earned All-ACC honors and had record-setting campaigns. As a result, Lubick was one of three finalists for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year award and a Broyles Award nominee.

“Matt Lubick exemplifies exactly what it means to be a mentor in every sense of the word,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe has said. Cutcliffe called Lubick “simply the best recruiter that I’ve ever worked with.”

Prior to his stint at Duke, Lubick spent three seasons at Arizona State (2007-09) where he served as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator, and safeties coach. He is credited with signing Vontaze Burfict, the highest-rated prospect in Arizona State football history. named Lubick on of the top-10 recruiters in the Pac-10 each of his three seasons with the Sun Devils.

Lubick coached two seasons at Ole Miss (2005-06), coaching the wide receivers. He was responsible for signing Rebel standout Dexter McClusker while on staff in Oxford. McClusker was the first player in SEC history to total over 1,000 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards in the same season.

Lubick got his start in coaching as a student assistant for his father, legendary Colorado State head coach Sonny Lubick. After graduating from Colorado State, Lubick joined the staff at Cal State-Northridge in 1997 before moving to San Jose State for two seasons (1997-98).

Lubick coached defensive backs and was co-recruiting coordinator at Oregon State in 1999-2000 before returning to Colorado State where he coached wide receivers for four seasons (2001-04).

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The Coaching Wire: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013

Anthony Midget has moved from Georgia State to Marshall. (Photo: Georgia State Athletics)

Anthony Midget officially announced at Marshall. (Photo: Georgia State Athletics)

  • Eastern Illinois: Matt Mattox has been hired as offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois (FCS). Mattox comes to Dino Babers’ staff after a season as offensive line and tight ends coach at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. Before that, Mattox spent five seasons at Butler (Kan.) Community College, where he was also a JUCO All-American tight end. Mattox finished his collegiate playing career at Houston where he played tight end for a season followed by a year as an offensive tackle. He began his coaching career at Houston first serving as assistant strength coach in 2005 and then as a graduate assistant coaching offensive tackles in 2006.
  • Western Michigan: Head coach P.J. Fleck has tabbed Northwestern graduate assistant John Kuceyeski as the Broncos’ director of player personnel. A 2009 graduate of Penn State, Kuceyeski has was Northwestern’s offensive and special teams quality control intern in 2010 season and became director of offensive quality control in 2011.
  • Tennessee Tech: Cumberland University (NAIA / Lebanon, Tenn.) head coach Dewayne Alexander will join Watson Brown’s Tennessee Tech staff as offensive line coach. Alexander has been at Cumberland the past seven seasons and compiled a 41-33 record and 23-16 mark in Mid-South Conference games. Alexander played at and graduated from Tennessee Tech and has been an assistant coach there on two different occasions (1997-98, 2002).
  • Update: Knoxville, Tenn. radio host Jimmy Hyams reports via Twitter that former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has not yet accepted the Dallas Cowboy wide receivers coach job.


  • Marshall: Anthony Midget has been officially announced as a defensive assistant at Marshall. Midget has been part of Georgia State’s staff since 2008 coaching the secondary and special teams. He served as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator in 2012. Midget was an All-American defensive back at Virginia Tech and played on the 1999 Hokies squad that faced Florida State in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. After a three-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Buccaneers, Midget coached at Lake Worth (Fla.) High from 2002-07 and was a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in 2007.
  • Syracuse: Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant Pat Perles will join Scott Shafer’s Syracuse staff as offensive line coach at Syracuse. The son of former Michigan State head coach George Perles, he spent three seasons with Chiefs serving as defensive quality control (2009) and offensive line coach (2010-11).  Prior to his stint with the Chiefs, Perles spent six years at North Dakota State, the last four of those as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. He also coached tight ends at Michigan State from 2000-02. From 1994-99, Perles worked in the CFL, coaching offensive line for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Hamilton Tiger Cats. He also spent two years as a defensive assistant with the Los Angeles Rams (1992-93) and was defensive line coach at the University of Toledo for three seasons (1989-91).
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Former Wisconsin OL coach Miller hired at NMSU

Bart Miller named New Mexico State offensive line coach. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Bart Miller will be New Mexico State o-line coach. (Photo: Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Wisconsin offensive line coach Bart Miller has been named offensive line coach at New Mexico State.

Last season, Miller was in his second year as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin when he was promoted to offensive line coach.

The Badgers had one of their worst rushing performances in years against Oregon State in week two, gaining just 35 yards on 23 carries and scoring only seven points in a 10-7 loss.

Bret Bielema promptly fired coach Mike Markuson and promoted Miller.

“There wasn’t a lot of time to think about it,” Miller said. “We had to get ready to go.”

Slowly but surely the Badgers’ line came around.

Wisconsin gained 467 yards on the ground vs. Purdue and a few weeks later rushed for a school-record 564 yards and seven touchdowns at Indiana. In the Big Ten title game, Wisconsin piled up 539 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns in a 70-31 rout of Nebraska.

“He got us all back on one page, got us all together as a unit instead of five individuals, which we lost there for a little bit,” sophomore offensive tackle tackle Rob Havenstein said. “We started getting back to trying to be the best in the country.”

The turnaround helped Miller earn the title of Big Ten’s Best Assistants by

“Obviously, with his experience in taking a team all the way to the Rose Bowl is a big plus for our program,” interim NMSU head coach Doug Martin said in a release. “We are excited to have Bart (Miller) as a member of our staff.”

A native of Omaha, Neb., Miller played his college ball at the University of New Mexico. He worked in the Chicago Blackhawks’ front office before becoming a graduate assistant at New Mexico State in 2010.

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