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Georgia Southern has sacked coach Chad Lunsford, giving college football three changes of head coach before the end of September. Elsewhere, USC parted ways with head coach Clay Helton and Randy Edsall resigned at UConn.

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September 26: Lunsford to Georgia Southern

South Georgia: Head coach Chad Lunsford is out after a 1-3 start to the season, the school said. Lunsford is 28-21 since taking over midway through the 2017 season.

Sep 17: ousted former OC joins Kentucky staff as special assistant

Kentucky: Eddie Gran is back in Kentucky as a special assistant to the head coach. Gran was fired by the Wildcats after last season, as an assistant offensive coach, offensive coordinator and running backs coach from 2016-2020.

September 15: USC elevates analyst to linebacker coach

USC: Defensive QA analyst Michael Hutchings has been elevated to linebacker coach, the school said. Hutchings was a graduate assistant with the Trojans in 2018 and 2019 after playing linebacker for the program from 2013 to 2016.

UConn: Former Arizona and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone has joined UConn’s team as an analyst.

September 13: USC fires Helton

USC: USC fired head coach Clay Helton after two games in his seventh season. The Trojans won their first game against San Jose State, but lost to unranked Stanford in week two. Helton ends his tenure with a 46-24 record. Associate head coach and cornerback coach Donte Williams has been appointed interim head coach. “As I committed to when I arrived at USC, over the past two offseason we have provided all of the resources necessary for our football program to compete for the championships,” athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “The additional resources have dramatically increased the expectations regarding the performance of our team, and it is already evident that, despite the improvements, these expectations would not be met without a change of leadership. “

Read Chris Vannini’s USC Job Profile and Bruce Feldman’s Guide to Applicants.

Marine: Offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper has returned to the staff as quarterbacks coach after being sacked by sporting director Chet Gladchuk after Saturday’s loss to the Air Force. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has asked Gladchuk to let Jasper return, and Niumatalolo will lead the offense going forward. In addition, offensive assistant Billy Ray Stutzmann was dismissed from his post following his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more here.

September 7: UConn promotes assistant to DC

UConn: Star / nickel / dime coach Jarren Horton has been promoted to defensive coordinator, and quality control assistant Jake Bahr has been promoted to linebacker coach.

September 6: Edsall resigns

UConn: Head Coach Randy Edsall stepped down as Head Coach, effective immediately, a day after announcing he would retire at the end of the season. “After more thought from Randy and I, and having had the opportunity to visit Randy today, we both agree that it is in the best interests of our student-athletes. ‘have a new voice at the helm of UConn football, “sporting director David Benoit said. Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos will act as interim coach.

September 5: Edsall will retire

UConn: Head coach Randy Edsall has announced he will retire at the end of the 2021 season. The Huskies started the season 0-2, including a loss to Holy Cross. Edsall is 6-32 in his fourth season since returning to UConn after being 74-70 in his first stint from 1999 to 2010.

Read Chris Vannini’s UConn job profile and Bruce Feldman’s guide to possible candidates.

September 2: Creighton gets an extension

Eastern Michigan: Head coach Chris Creighton has been granted an extension until the 2025 season.

Kent State: Florida State recruiting assistant Ephi Levy has joined Kent State as director of player personnel.

September 1: Fisher’s New Accord

Weber State: Former Utah State head coach Gary Andersen has joined the Weber State staff as a volunteer defensive assistant.

Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher has agreed to a four-year extension that will see his annual salary increase from $ 7.5 million to $ 9 million, the school said. The terms of the new contract include an annual salary of $ 9 million as of January 1, 2022 and will increase to $ 9,150,000 on January 1, 2023. In each of the following years, base salary increases by $ 100,000 on January 1st. .

August 31: Sitake gets an extension

BYU: Head coach Kalani Sitake has been given a two-year extension until 2025.

Michigan State: Assistant sporting director Alan Haller set to be promoted to sporting director, people with knowledge of the situation say Athleticismby Colton Pouncy and Nicole Auerbach.

Texan technology: Virginia Tech Director of Recruitment Beau Davidson has joined the staff at Texas Tech as Director of Recruitment.

Illinois: Eastern Kentucky campus recruiting director Taylor West has joined Illinois in the same role.

August 29: FSU adds analyst

Florida State: Former UCF defensive line coach Shane Burnham has joined FSU staff as a defensive analyst.

Maryland: Former UTEP offensive coordinator and Tennessee assistant Mike Canales has joined the Maryland staff as an analyst.

Minnesota: Syracuse recruiting director Kramer Cook has joined the Minnesota staff as director of recruiting strategy.

August 13: Ohio promotes assistants

Ohio: Quarterbacks coach Scott Isphording has been promoted to offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Allen Rudolph has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Boston College: Former UMass running backs coach Savon Huggins has joined the BC staff in an off-field role.

August 11: ASU appoints interim assistants

Arizona State: Donnie Henderson (defensive back) and Trey Anderson (attack) have been promoted to acting positions in the field.

August 9: Two other Sun Devils assistants put on leave

Kent State: Head coach Sean Lewis has been granted a contract extension until 2025 and a raise from $ 50,000 to $ 510,000 this season. The Golden Flashes have just won back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1976-77. Lewis is 12-17 years old up to three years old. The buyback if Lewis leaves for another job is $ 800,000 until Jan.31, 2022, decreasing each year from then on. The contract also includes a one-time payment of $ 150,000 to distribute to staff, a pledge to do everything possible to build a mobile video tower and an obligation to dedicate part of the money from road game payments to the football budget. .

Arizona State: Wide receivers coach Prentice Gill and defensive back coach Chris Hawkins have been placed on administrative leave as part of the NCAA’s investigation into the recruiting violations, a person with knowledge of the situation said. AthleticismIt’s Doug Haller. That’s now three coaches on leave. Yahoo Sports first reported the news.

Missouri: UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois has been appointed athletic director for Missouri.

Nebraska: Chief of Staff Gerrod Lambrecht has stepped down to pursue other business opportunities.

August 8: Cochran is not currently with Georgia

Georgia: Georgia task forces coordinator Scott Cochran is not currently on the program, people with knowledge of the situation said AthleticismIt’s Seth Emerson. Details on his future status are unknown. Cochran was named the Bulldogs’ special teams coordinator in February 2020 after 13 years as the head strength and conditioning coach in Alabama. Former South Carolina and Florida head coach Will Muschamp has moved on to a field role to fill the position.

Aug 5: Wisconsin adds former Stanford and Tennessee QB as graduate assistant

Michigan State: Wisconsin recruiting assistant Jensen Gebhardt joined MSU staff in a similar role.

Auburn: Former player Trovon Reed has joined the player development team.

Wisconsin: Former Stanford and Tennessee quarterback Keller Chryst has joined the Wisconsin staff as a graduate assistant. He is also the nephew of head coach Paul Chryst.

August 4: Arizona State promotes wood

Purdu: Mel Mills was hired by Purdue as director of player development.

Arizona State: Senior analyst Juston Wood has been promoted to Tight Ends Coach. He replaces Adam Breneman, who was put on administrative leave as part of an investigation into NCAA violations.

Colgate: Interim head coach Stan Dakosty has been promoted to the full-time position. Dakosty was named interim coach in May.

State of Texas: Acting athletic director Don Coryell has been promoted to the full-time position.

Aug 3: Texas Tech Adds Longtime DC Nick Holt to Staff

Texan technology: Nick Holt joined the Texas Tech team as an offensive analyst. Holt spent the 2020 season as the head coach of the Varese Skorpions, a professional team in Italy. Prior to that, he spent 19 seasons as a defensive coordinator, most recently at Purdue (2017-19).

FUC: Former Kentucky offensive coordinator Darin Hinshaw has joined UCF staff as an analyst.

August 2: the former OC of Illinois lands in Virginia

UMass: North Carolina Central receivers coach Donte ‘Pimpleton has joined UMass as running backs coach.

Virginia: Former Illinois offensive coordinator Rod Smith has joined AVU staff as an analyst, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Athleticismit’s Chris Vannini. The stadium first reported the news.

Purdue: Marian’s defensive coordinator David Elson has joined Purdue as a quality control assistant, according to the Journal & Courier.

(Photo by Chad Lunsford: Nelson Chenault / USA Today)

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