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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Tuesday, Dec. 3

West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck issued a statement reaffirming his support of head coach Dana Holgorsen.

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck (AP Photo)

West Virginia A,D. Oliver Luck says he believes in Dana Holgorsen. (Photo: AP)

In the statement, Luck said, “I strongly believe in our coaching staff, including the work that our strength and conditioning staff is doing. In my opinion, continuity is the key ingredient that will bring our football program back to the high level that Mountaineer fans expect.”

In reality, there are 11.3 million reasons that Holgorsen’s job is safe — as in the amount it would cost the school to buy out his contract. Holgorsen should get his agent a nice Christmas present this year.

Miami (Ohio) has hired Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin as head coach.

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien has fired longtime linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden and second-year quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher, multiple sources confirmed to Lions247.

GatorBait.net reports that while former USC coach Lane Kiffin had a strong interest in the Florida offensive coordinator job at, but says that the Gators are unlikely to hire him. Mike Mularkey, Clay Helton and Blake Anderson are among the names we continue to hear. Arizona State’s Mike Norvell and UCLA’s Noel Mazzone are other names being mentioned.

According to AP writer Mark Long, Muschamp plans to scrap the pro-style system and switch to up-tempo an offense in 2014.

Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe has resigned.

Sources tell us Ball State’s Pete Lembo, Rice’s David Bailiff, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason and Tulane’s Curtis Johnson could be candidates for the job.

Multiple sources feel it’s likely June Jones will either leave SMU on his own accord or be fired. The national media is starting to report some chatter as well.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz are expected to be among the candidates to fill the job should it open.

Sources tell us that Hawaii head coach Norm Chow is weary of the job already and that the school might be happy for him to move along. There are strong rumors June Jones could return.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson “has worked with the Tulane Board to reconfigure football coach Curtis Johnson’s contract, as well as those of his assistants.”

Auburn’s Jay Jacobs plans a raise for Gus Malzahn.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says that Brady Hoke will lead the program “well into the future.” We assume that means he’s in no danger of losing his job (not that we ever thought he was).

Hoke says he has no plans to make any staff changes, even though many think he should.

According to the Tampa Tribune’s Joey Johnston, “USF coach Willie Taggart says he doesn’t anticipate any changes to his coaching staff.”

RealDawg reports that Washington athletic director Scott Woodward was “blindsided” by Steve Sarkisian’s move to USC and that defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, once thought to be next in line, is now unlikely to land the job.

Jim Mora would have been a candidate if he had wanted to be, but he reports indicate that he has agreed to a six year extension to stay at UCLA. Mizzou’s Gary Pinkel and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier are also rumored to be strong candidates, along with Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vandy’s James Franklin.

The Seattle Times reports that Sarkisian’s buyout of $1.5 million is due within 30 days. the Times also reports that Wilcox would owe “$1 million, according to his contract. That penalty is triggered only if Wilcox leaves early ‘to take a position at another Pac 12 school, with the exception of Head Coach.'”

Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi would owe $410,000 if he were to leave.

Sports Radio KJR reports that Wilcox is headed to USC with Sarkisian.

Sources tell us that a loss to South Florida this weekend could mean the end of Kyle Flood’s tenure at Rutgers.

Western Kentucky’s Bobby Petrino says he won’t “deal with speculation” when asked if he was a candidate for other jobs.

Air Force’s Troy Calhoun is keeping quiet on possible staff changes.

We continue to hear that Florida International’s Ron Turner could go back to the NFL.

UNLV has given Bobby Hauck an extension.

At USC, Ed Orgeron has resigned and offensive coordinator Clay Helton will coach the Trojans bowl game.

Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage has again voiced his support for his embattled head football coach.

“I firmly believe that Mike London is going to be successful here at the University of Virginia,” Littlepage said.

In other words, London and his big buyout are safe for another year.

Sources tell us that Nebraska’s Bo Pelini still might not be 100% safe.

An ugly bowl performance could make things dicey. In other words, nothing is certain. He probably makes it, but this is still one to watch.

ESPN reports that Pelini will have to pay for his latest rant:

“The Big Ten Conference on Monday issued a public reprimand of the Cornhuskers’ head coach and fined the university $10,000 for Pelini’s comments about the officiating in a loss to Iowa last week. University spokeswoman Chris Anderson said the money will come out of Pelini’s compensation.”

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The Rumor Mill :: College Football Coaching News and Rumors – Monday, Dec. 2

Boise State coach Chris Petersen was in play at USC, but has reportedly withdrawn his name from the search.

Boise State coach Chris Petersen has withdrawn his name from the USC job. (Photo: AP)ESPN’s Joe Schad reports that Petersen withdrew his name “after mutual interest.”

FightOn247 reported on Sunday that Ed Orgeron or Vanderbilt’s James Franklin would likely next in line should Petersen decline, while ESPN reported that the Trojans were down to Petersen and Franklin.

According to ESPN L.A.’s Arash Markazi, Franklin and Petersen have been on Pat Haden’s short list for awhile with Franklin in the lead. Markazi also reports that USC is prepared to make Orgeron the highest paid assistant and an associate head coach.

ESPN L.A. also reported that Washington coach Steve Sarkisian interviewed with Haden over the weekend, but Sarkisian says that no interview took place.

Wyoming has fired head coach Dave Christensen. Sources tell us that Sam Houston State coach Willie Fritz is considered a serious candidate to replace him.

Oakland Raiders assistant and Wyoming alum Ted Gilmore is also rumored to be a candidate.

Should Fritz head to Wyoming, look for Texas co-OC Darrell Wyatt to get serious consideration to replace Fritz.

Texas A&M and head coach Kevin Sumlin have agreed to a six year deal worth $5 million per year. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Sumlin has agreed to not pursue any NFL jobs as part of his new contract.

We continue to hear Kyle Flood is in serious jeopardy at Rutgers. Flood says he’s not at all concerned with his future.

If Flood is fired between now and Feb. 1, he is owed an $850,000 buyout.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads announced that offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Courtney Messingham and running backs coach Kenith Pope have been let go.

We continue to hear that the situation at Texas remains very fluid. A win at Baylor and the Longhorns gain at least a share of the Big 12.

Would Texas force Mack Brown out after a 9-3 campaign and a Big 12 Championship? Most of our sources don’t think so. However, a bad loss to Baylor and it could be time to turn the page.

At TCU, multiple sources tell us to expect major changes on the offensive side of the ball.

Florida Head coach Will Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis.

We’ve heard all sorts of names over the past few days. Possibilities at offensive coordinator include Mike Mularkey, Lane Kiffin, Clay Helton and James Coley, among others.

Offensive line candidates are rumored to range from Neil Callaway to Stacy Searles to Joe Wickline.

New Mexico State fired defensive coordinator David Elson.

Another Ohio State assistant is rumored to be a candidate for the FAU job.

It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke Fickell had interviewed for the job. At the time, Urban Meyer said he didn’t, but Fickell’s name has been hot ever since.

Now, sources indicate Buckeyes assistant head coach and running backs coach Stan Drayton could be a candidate.

FAU athletic director Pat Chun has told associates he wants to hire someone who can recruit Florida (a smart move), and Drayton has had recruiting success wherever he’s been.

Chun spent almost his entire career at Ohio State and apparently that’s all he knows. He has even enlisted  Meyer and A.D. Gene Smith to assist in his search.

So, Drayton fills two requirements: He works at Ohio State and he was a Florida with Meyer. Two boxes checked. Could he be the guy?

Luke Stampini of 247Sports reported Monday morning that Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm could interview for the the FAU position.

Georgia’s Mark Richt has confirmed that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will be back next season.

Charlie Weis‘ job at Kansas is safe. Athletic director Sheahon Zenger is confident that Weis has the program moving in the right direction.

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas tells WCIA Channel 3 TV that Tim Beckman will return next season.

UCLA has fired running backs coach Steve Broussard. Sources indicate that USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson could be on UCLA’s radar.

Photo: Otto Kitsinger, AP

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Parents of Rutgers player who quit team following bullying incident call school's statement 'insane'

The parents of a Rutgers player who quit the team following an alleged bullying incident involving Scarlet Knights defensive coordinator Dave Cohen have responded to a statement released by the school on the matter calling it “insane.”

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen (Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

On Friday, Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann released a statement responding to an NJ.com story about the alleged bullying that led cornerback Jevon Tyree to quit the team.

The Tyrees objected to several of the points outlined in Hermann’s statement, including the assertion that Mark Tyree, Jevon’s father, met with Hermann on two occasions following the incident.

The statement said Hermann spoke to Tyree’s father and “confirmed that the matter was resolved to his satisfaction.”

“I never talked to her. That is insane,” Mark Tyree told NJ.com. “My mother has passed and I would put my hand on a stack of Bibles in her goodness. That’s ridiculous that she would even say that. That’s scary.”

Jevon Tyree claims that Cohen got in his face during an April study hall session and called him a “pussy” and a “bitch” and threatened to head-butt him. Tyree said the incident, which was was witnessed approximately 10 teammates and a tutor, led to him being ostracized from the team and eventually quitting on Nov. 6.

Tyree and his parents have sought disciplinary action against Cohen.

In its statement, Rutgers said Cohen apologized “the following day for his participation in the escalation of the banter” and head coach Kyle Flood reprimanded him.

The statement also said that “at no time was there any threat of physical violence, which was verified by an academic counselor, who was present in the room,” but when asked to make the counselor available for questions, Rutgers refused.

Tyree’s parents told NJ.com that they had meetings with Cohen and Flood, but remain unsatisfied by what they consider an insufficient response by the athletic department. They said that they have “never” spoken with Hermann.

Mark Tyree said he first attempted to reach Hermann after Jevon quit the team on Nov. 6. Until then, Mark Tyree wanted to handle his concerns directly with Flood and Cohen.

“We didn’t even want this to escalate to the athletic director,” Mark Tyree said. “We were trying to keep this in-house, that we could make it so it wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t trying to go to the (university) president and the NCAA. I was like, ‘Hey, let’s try to resolve this.’ ”

News of the incident comes just seven months after men’s basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for bullying his players.

The Rice scandal led to the resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti and a housecleaning in the Rutgers athletic department.

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Prince, Cohen named coordinators at Rutgers

Former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (Photo: Newscom)

Former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince is the new offensive coordinator at Rutgers. (Photo: Newscom)

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]utgers head coach Kyle Flood has completed his staff.

On Monday, Flood named Ron Prince offensive coordinator and Dave Cohen defensive coordinator. Flood also announced Norries Wilson has gained the title of assistant head coach and Anthony Campanile has been promoted to a full-time offensive assistant.

Prince comes to Rutgers after spending the last three years in the NFL, while Cohen is being promoted after spending 2012 as the Scarlet Knight’s linebackers coach.

Prince replaces Dave Brock, who left after one year as offensive coordinator to become the head coach at Delaware.

Prince, who was head coach at Kansas State from 2006-08, was offensive line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He held the same role with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010-11.

He last served as an offensive coordinator at Virginia from 2003-05 after working as the offensive line coach in Charlottesville for the two seasons prior.

Cohen spent last season as linebackers coach. He previously served as defensive coordinator at both Delaware and Hofstra, and replaces Robb Smith, who left earlier this month to become the linebackers coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wilson was promoted after being hired as Rutgers’ running backs coach last season. He was as head coach at Columbia from 2006-11, and coached at Connecticut before that (1999-2005), working with the offensive line for three seasons before being promoted to offensive coordinator. As a player, Wilson was a captain and two-year starter at Minnesota.

Campanile moves up the ladder after joining the staff in the summer of 2012 as a defensive assistant. The former Scarlet Knight safety and linebacker (2001-04) previously was the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, N.J., leading the Ironmen to NJSIAA Group IV State Championships in 2010 and 2011.

Flood added Darrell Wilson to his staff as the secondary coach last week, filling a vacancy that was also created by Smith’s departure. Wilson spent the past 11 years as an assistant at Iowa.

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Iowa's Darrell Wilson hired as Rutgers DB coach

Darrell Wilson, who spent the past 11 seasons at Iowa, will be defensive backs coach at Rutgers. (Photo: Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Darrell Wilson, who spent the past 11 seasons at Iowa, will be defensive backs coach at Rutgers. (Photo: Cedar Rapids Gazette)

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]arrell Wilson, who spent the last 11 years at Iowa, is the new defensive backs coach at Rutgers.

It will be Wilson’s second stint at Rutgers. He was the Scarlet Knight’s running backs coach in 1999.

He fills one of the voids created when defensive coordinator and secondary coach Robb Smith left a week ago to become linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Indications have been that Kyle Flood will promote Dave Cohen from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator.

Wilson, who played at UConn, served as the outside linebackers and special teams coach for Wisconsin in 2000-01 before moving to Iowa, where he has been in charge of linebackers, special teams and, most recently, the secondary during his stint with the Hawkeyes.

Following Wilson’s hiring, the Rutgers staff has two open spots. The Scarlet Knights are also short an offensive coordinator after Dave Brock left to become the head coach at Delaware.

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The Coaching Wire: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Brian VanGorder has been named NY Jets linebackers coach.

Brian VanGorder has been named NY Jets linebackers coach.

Former Auburn DC Brian VanGorder hired by the Jets

Former Auburn defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will be the New York Jets linebackers coach. VanGorder coached the 2012 season on Gene Chizik’s staff. He spent the previous four seasons as Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator (2008-11) after joining the Falcons as their linebackers coach (2007). Before Atlanta, VanGorder was head coach at Georgia Southern for one season (2006), and assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005), Georgia (2001-04), Western Illinois (2000), Central Michigan (1998-99), Central Florida (1995-97), Wayne State (1992-94) and Grand Valley State (1989-91).


Kevin Lempa and Sean McGowan hired at Boston College

Boston College head coach Steve Addazio has named Kevin Lempa as the Eagles’ secondary coach and Sean McGowan special teams coordinator and SAM linebackers/nickel package coach. Lempa, in his 40th year of coaching, returns for his third stint at BC after serving as the defensive coordinator at Columbia in 2012 and at Central Connecticut State in 2011. Previously, Lempa coached at BC from 2003-06 working with the defensive backs under Tom O’Brien and from 1981-90 working with the outside linebackers and special teams under Jack Bicknell. Lempa was in charge of the secondary and then safeties at Maryland from 2007-10, and he also coached at Hawaii (2000-02), the San Diego Chargers (1997-99), and Dartmouth (1991-96). In his 16th year of coaching, McGowan worked for Addazio the last two years at Temple coaching the inside linebackers and added special teams duties this past season. Prior to Temple, McGowan coached at New Hampshire for seven seasons (2004-10) serving as defensive coordinator in each of his last four seasons. He began his coaching career at Occidental College before moving on to positions at Pittsburgh (1999-2001), Duquesne (2002), and West Virginia Tech (2003).


Anthony Tucker hired as Arkansas State wide receivers coach

Bryan Harsin has completed his staff at Arkansas State with the addition of Anthony Tucker as wide receivers coach. Tucker comes to Arkansas State after spending the last two seasons at Idaho State, where he coached outside wide receivers. Prior to Idaho State, Tucker was Colorado’s Offensive Technical Assistant in 2010 under then-head coach Dan Hawkins. At Colorado, he worked with current Arkansas State assistant head coach Kent Riddle, as well as Red Wolves assistant coach Brad Bedell and strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman.


Miami’s Terry Richardson headed to Jacksonville

It hasn’t been announced officially, but it looks like Miami will lose its second assistant to Gus Bradley’s new Jacksonville Jaguars staff. Several media outlets are reporting that Hurricane running backs coach Terry Richardson will join Jed Fisch, who left for Jacksonville last month, with the Jags. Richardson has been with the Hurricanes for three years, and prior to that spent 12 years as UConn’s running backs coach. At Connecticut, he coached Jordan Todman, who finished the year on the Jaguars’ injured reserve list. Richardson played at Syracuse and spent time in the NFL with the Bengals, Eagles, Chiefs and Steelers before starting his coaching career as a high school coach. Update: Jacksonville has made Richardson’s hiring official, announcing the hirings of Richardson, Ron Middleton (tight ends, assistant special teams), Matthew Smiley (assistant special teams) and Mike Rutenberg (assistant defensive backs).


Cornell head coach David Archer announces staff

Cornell head coach David Archer has announced his staff. New staff members include defensive coordinator Jared Backus (prev. Princeton, DC); offensive coordinator Jason Houghtaling (prev. Wagner, OC); assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach Shane Hurd (Union-Endicott HS, HC); secondary coach Greg Jones (Kenyon College, DC); and running backs and tight ends coach Mike Neuberger (Georgetown, TE). In addition, staff members retained include Travis Burkett (assistant head coach/defensive line), Emani Fenton (recruiting coordinator/inside linebackers) and David Hanna (special teams coordinator/wide receivers). Longtime assistant Pete DeStefano will move into a role as Director of Player Personnel, Alumni, Community and Career Programs.


Rutgers’ Robb Smith leaves for Bucs linebacker job

Robb Smith, who was Kyle Flood’s defensive coordinator at Rutgers last season, has been hired as the Tamapa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach. The move for re-unite Smith with Bucs coach and former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano. Smith’s Rutgers defense finished No. 4 nationally in scoring defense, No. 6 in rushing defense and No. 10 in total defense during a 9-4 season. Smith joined Sciano’s Rutgers staff in 2009 as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach.


Jerheme Urban named Trinity offensive coordinator

Jerheme Urban has been named offensive coordinator at Trinity (D-III, Texas). Urban was an All-American wide receiver at Trinity who has spent the past nine years playing in the NFL for the Seahawks, Cowboys, Cardinals and Chiefs.


North Greenville names Jeff Farrington head coach

North Greenville (D-II, So. Car.) has hired former VMI defensive coordinator Jeff Farrington as head coach. Farrington has been with VMI the past three seasons. Before that, he was a defensive assistant at Furman from 2002-2010. Farrington also served as defensive coordinator for East Tennessee State from 1997-2001.


Jason Guthrie named Millsaps offensive coordinator

Millsaps (D-III, Miss.) has hired Jason Guthrie as offensive coordinator. Guthrie spent the previous 10 seasons at Trinity (D-III, Texas) as assistant coach and was offensive coordinator in 2012.

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