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Ex- Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe to interview at UAB

Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe will reportedly interview for the UAB head coaching vacancy.

Former Wake Forest head football coach Jim Grobe is expected to interview for the UAB head coach vacancy. (Photo: AP)The interview is expected to take place Friday in Atlanta, according to an al.com report.

In November, Grobe stepped down as Demon Deacons coach following 13 seasons.

Wake finished the year 4-8, its fifth consecutive losing season, but Grobe was chief architect of the most successful run by Wake Forest football in the ACC era.

The Demon Deacons won the ACC title in 2006, their first since 1970, and his 77 wins at Wake is tied with Peahead Walker for the most victories at the school.

The Blazers are replacing Garrick McGee, who resigned as head coach earlier this month to take the offensive coordinator job at Louisville.

Other candidates for the job include Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins and Atlanta Falcons tight ends coach Chris Scelfo.

Clark is expected to interview on Friday as well.

Photo: AP

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Florida State DC Jeremy Pruitt leaves for Georgia

Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has accepted the same position at Georgia, according to multiple media reports.

Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is leaving the Seminoles for the same position on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia. (Photo: Don Juan Moore, AP)Pruitt was reportedly in Athens on Tuesday meeting with Mark Richt and the UGA coaching staff.

Todd Grantham resigned Sunday as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator to join Bobby Petrino’s Louisville staff.

In December 2012, Pruitt left Alabama to join Jimbo Fisher’s FSU staff. Thirteen months later, the Pruitt-led Seminoles defense played a critical role in Florida State’s 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS National Championship.

Georgia has yet to officially announce the hire and details of the contract are not yet available, but Pruitt is expected to sign a contract worth $850,000 annually.

Prior to his only season at FSU, Pruitt spent six seasons under Nick Saban at Alabama, including the final three as defensive backs coach.

Photo: Don Juan Moore, AP

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Tuesday, Jan. 14

It looks like Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason has emerged as the favorite to replace James Franklin at Vanderbilt.

Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason (Photo: Nick Ut, AP)

Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason (Photo: Nick Ut, AP)

Multiple sources tell us that Mason is the leading candidate for the job, and CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler reports an interview is scheduled.

Alabama has hired Texas assistant (and former Crimson Tide assistant) Bo Davis to coach defensive line.

Sources tell us to expect even more movement on Nick Saban’s staff. Multiple sources indicate secondary coach Greg Brown is likely to move on. We’re also told there could be one to two other changes.

SI.com’s Pete Thamel reports longtime Penn State assistant Larry Johnson could join Urban Meyer’s staff at Ohio State.

The 61-year-old Johnson, a PSU assistant since 1996, told PennLive on Monday night he met with Franklin twice and was offered the opportunity to continue as defensive line coach at Penn State.

But, after considering the offer, LJ decided to move on. He said he has not retired and plans to continue coaching.

OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel joined Bill O’Brien’s Texans staff.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, Adam Caplan reports should Jim Caldwell wind up getting the Lions head coaching job, he could add former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel to his offensive staff.

The Seattle Times reports Washington’s eight new assistant coaches are guaranteed a combined salary north of $3 million in their first year on Chris Petersen’s staff, making them among the highest-paid staffs in the Pac-12 Conference.

Hot names for the UAB head coaching job include Jacksonville State head coach Bill Clark, Cincinnati offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, Hoover High School head coach Josh Niblett and former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt.

Texas‘ new football coach, Charlie Strong, will be paid $5 million for the 2014 season and the school will pay Strong’s $4.375 million buyout to Louisville, according to financial terms approved Monday by the university system’s board of regents.

Sources indicate offensive line coach Joe Wickline and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson are likely to run the Longhorns’ offense together.

Horns247 reports Les Koenning Jr., Joker Phillips and Mike Groh are the three leading contenders for the wide receivers position. The receivers job is the last vacant spot on the Longhorns’ staff.

Dawgs247 reports Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt has emerged as the leader to replace Todd Grantham as Georgia’s defensive coordinator.

DuckTerritory reports that Oregon will hire longtime assistant Don Pellum as its new defensive coordinator and that the Ducks will look to hire Philadelphia Eagles assistant Erik Chinander to fill out the staff.

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Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri declares for NFL Draft

Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri has decided to skip his final collegiate season and enter May’s NFL Draft.

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UMass hires Mark Whipple as head coach

Bobby Petrino’s return to Louisville won’t mark the only FBS head coach making his second stop at a former school.

UMass has named former Minutemen coach Mark Whipple to replace Charley Molnar. (Photo: AP)UMass has hired Mark Whipple, who coached the Minutemen from 1998-2003, to replace Charley Molnar.

Whipple’s UMass teams compiled a 49–26 record, including a 1-AA (FCS) National Championship in his first season and two more playoff appearances.

He left UMass to become quarterbacks coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Most recently, Whipple was the Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach in 2011-12.

The Chicago Bears’ starting quarterback in 1977-78m Whipple is 121–59 in sixteen seasons as a head coach, including stints at Brown and Division II New Haven.

UMass relieved Charley Molnar as head coach following back-to-back 1-11 seasons.

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UAB head coach Garrick McGee bolts to become Louisville OC

It’s not everyday that an FBS program loses its head coach to become a coordinator at another college program.

UAB head coach Garrick McGee is leaving the Blazers to become offensive coordinator at Louisville. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)But then again, UAB isn’t your everyday FBS program.

According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Blazers coach Garrick McGee is stepping down to re-unite with Bobby Petrino as Louisville’s offensive coordinator.

McGee coached under Petrino at Arkansas, first as quarterbacks coach (2008-2009) and later offensive coordinator (2010-2011).

McGee went just 3-9 and 2-10 in two seasons at UAB and was already under fire there.

The Blazers have just three winning seasons in 18 years at the Division I level, with the last coming in 2004 under Watson Brown.

Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP

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Johnny Football makes NFL Draft entry official

Johnny Football has made it official.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel announced Wednesday that he would enter the NFL Draft.

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