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South Florida defensive end Aaron Lynch to enter NFL Draft

South Florida defensive end Aaron Lynch is making to leap to the NFL.

South Florida redshirt junior defensive end Aaron Lynch will forego his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.The school issued a press release Tuesday that Lynch has decided to enter May’s NFL Draft.

The redshirt junior led the Bulls this season with four sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss.

“We thank Aaron for his contributions to our program over the past two years and wish him all the best in his future,” USF head coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. “We look forward to Aaron representing USF well in the NFL.”

A four-star recruit out of Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Fla., Lynch originally signed with Notre Dame in 2011. He transferred to South Florida prior to the 2012 season, but had his request for immediate eligibility denied and sat out last season.

In his only season with the Irish, Lynch totaled 33 tackles, 14 quarterback pressures, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was named a Freshman All-American.

For an updated list of college underclassmen that have declared for the NFL Draft, click HERE.

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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 Coaching Wire: Monday, March 2, 2013

Miami (Fla.) Central High head coach Telly Lockette will be running backs coach at South Florida. (Photo: Craig Bailey, Florida Today)

Miami (Fla.) Central High head coach Telly Lockette will be running backs coach at South Florida. (Photo: Craig Bailey, Florida Today)

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]rominent Miami high school coach Telly Lockette will be named running backs coach at South Florida.

He replaces Larry Scott, who left Willie Taggert’s staff to become tight ends coach at the University of Miami earlier this month.

Lockette was a finalist to become the Miami’s running backs coach earlier this month, but former Hurricane player Hurlie Brown was chosen.

The Miami native first rose to prominence in south Florida football as a star running back at Northwestern High. He went on to be a Division I-AA All-American linebacker at Idaho State.

Lockette, who took over at Central in 2008, compiled a 60-11 record on the field. (His record is 47-23 according to the FHSAA, which vacated the Rockets’ 13 wins in 2011 for playing an ineligible player.) In that span, more than 80 Central players have signed football scholarships.

In December, he became the the first coach to take a Miami-Dade team to three consecutive state championship game appearances. The Rockets won two of the last three state titles.


Central Michigan’s Shankweiler named tight ends and tackles coach at FIU

Kort Shankweiler is the new tight ends and tackles coach at FIU. Shankweiler spent the past three seasons as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Central Michigan. Before that, he was graduate assistant at Michigan State for two seasons.


Mark Dantonio announces Jim Bollman hire; staff realignment

Michigan State officially announced the hiring of co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, and Mark Dantonio laid out his plan for staff realignment.

Bollman, who has 36 years of coaching experience,at the college and pro levels, spent 11 years as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Ohio State. In addition to his co-coordinator role, he will coach the tight ends. Bollman was hired as the offensive line coach at Purdue last month after spending the 2012 season as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Boston College.

Dave Warner has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator and will move from quarterbacks coach to running backs. He fills the spot vacated by former offensive coordinator and running backs coach Dan Roushar, who joined New Orleans Saints’ staff earlier this month.

Brad Salem, who coached running backs the past three seasons, will move to quarterbacks coach. He will remain recruiting coordinator.

Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has added the assistant head coach title. Narduzzi has been the Spartans’ defensive coordinator the past six seasons. Michigan State led the Big Ten in defense the past two seasons.

The Spartans open spring practice on Tuesday, March 19.

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USF assistant Larry Scott leaving for Miami tight ends job

Al Golden has snagged South Florida assistant Larry Scott. (Photo: AP)

Al Golden has snagged South Florida assistant Larry Scott. (Photo: AP)

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]outh Florida running backs coach Larry Scott will be a Hurricane after all. According to the AP, he has accepted the tight ends job at Miami (Fla.).

Scott interviewed with Al Golden last week, but, as we reported Thursday, it appeared that he would remain at USF.

Scott will replace Mario Cristobal, who left last week to become offensive line coach at Alabama.

A member of USF’s original recruiting class in 1996, Scott returned to his alma mater as director of high school operations in 2005. He was a graduate assistant in 2006 before joining the staff full time in 2006. Scott has coached a variety of offensive positions, including tight ends, offensive line and, most recently, running backs.

Scott is considered an ace recruiter in south Florida’s Dade and Broward counties. He was also a potential target to join Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Florida State.

He earned $136,000 last year.

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Larry Scott talks to Miami and Florida State; will remain at USF

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

Larry Scott will remain at South Florida. (Photo: USF)

***Update*** Feb. 24, 2013 - Larry Scott headed to Miami after all


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter interviewing at Miami yesterday and receiving interest from Florida State, longtime South Florida assistant Larry Scott will remain with the Bulls.

Josh Newberg of 247sports.com first reported the news via Twitter.

Scott was a member of USF’s original recruiting class in February 1996, and returned as director of high school operations in 2005. He was a graduate assistant in 2006 before joining the staff full time in 2006. Scott has coached a variety of offensive positions, including tight ends, offensive line and, most recently, running backs.

Scott is considered an ace recruiter in south Florida’s Dade and Broward counties.

At Miami, he would have replaced Mario Cristobal as tight ends coach. Cristobal left the Hurricanes to become offensive line coach at Alabama on Monday.

A source says that at Florida State, Scott would have also coached tight ends with Billy Napier shifting over to quarterbacks coach, though running backs coach Randy Sanders could also have shifted to quarterbacks coach.

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