NCAA - Football Wiretap

Steve Sarkisian Considered Alabama Job For 'About 60 Seconds'

Apr 17, 2024 9:14 PM

When Nick Saban retired as head coach of Alabama, Steve Sarkisian admitted to briefly considering the possibility of replacing him. Sarkisian coached under Saban as his offensive coordinator. 

"Naturally, I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it," Sarkisian told ESPN. "But it took me all of about 60 seconds to say, 'Yeah, I'm not doing that.' I had an awesome two years at Alabama and loved my time under Coach Saban, but ultimately you want to reap what you sow.

"We've poured a ton into this program for three years, and we're on the cusp, I think, of going on a run that will be epic. I believe that. Our staff does, and our players do, too, just the support we have and the culture we've created here. Why leave something like that?"

Chris Low/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Warren Sapp Joins Deion Sanders' Staff At Colorado

Apr 2, 2024 9:02 AM

Warren Sapp has joined Deion Sanders' coaching staff at Colorado.

Sanders said Sapp would be joining the staff late last year, but the school said in January that no move had been made.

"Senior quality control analyst, it's a mouthful, and you’ll hear me before you see me most of the time," Sapp said. "But what we gonna do is, big fellas -- stance, alignment and assignment ... We're gonna pour concrete because you know I like nice stuff. And we're building mansions here, so that's why I'm here -- to help you build your mansion."

In a statement to Brent Schrotenboer of USA Today, the school confirmed Sapp is a graduate assistant and that he has enrolled in continuing education classes at the school. 

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Eric Bieniemy Set To Become UCLA's Offensive Coordinator

Feb 25, 2024 11:36 AM

Former Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is finalizing a two-year deal to join UCLA's staff as the Bruins' associate head coach/offensive coordinator, sources told ESPN on Saturday night.

The move marks a significant hire for new UCLA coach DeShaun Foster, who intends to forge an NFL identity with the Bruins. It also marks a homecoming for Bieniemy, who grew up in the area and was a Bruins assistant from 2003 to 2005.

"Southern California," Bieniemy wrote in an email Saturday.

Tags: Washington Football Team, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, NCAA, Terms Agreement

Alabama Hires Nick Sheridan As Offensive Coordinator

Feb 20, 2024 7:38 PM

Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer has hired Nick Sheridan as offensive coordinator and JaMarcus Shephard as co-offensive coordinator.

DeBoer announced the hirings on Tuesday. Sheridan replaces Ryan Grubb, who had planned to follow DeBoer from Washington to Alabama but instead was hired as offensive coordinator of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

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CFP Approves 5+7 Model For New 12-Team Playoff

Feb 20, 2024 11:45 AM

The College Football Playoff board of managers unanimously approved a model that will guarantee the five highest-ranked conference champions inclusion in the expanded 12-team field this fall, along with the next seven highest-ranked teams, the CFP announced on Tuesday.

After months of delay at the behest of the dwindling Pac-12, the decision was made on Tuesday morning in a virtual meeting of the 10 FBS commissioners and Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins. The vote had to be unanimous for the 5+7 format to be approved, and the Pac-12 had either previously abstained or asked for a delay as it worked on determining its future following sweeping conference realignment.

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Texas Set To Approve Extension, Raise For Steve Sarkisian

Feb 17, 2024 2:20 PM

The University of Texas System board of regents is set to approve a contract extension for Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian that will nearly double his annual compensation to more than $10 million per season through 2030.

The board of regents will consider the extension and pay increase at a scheduled meeting on Feb. 21-22, according to a published agenda book for the meeting.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Sarkisian would earn $10.3 million in 2024 and receive a pay increase of $100,000 in each of the next six years, capped at $10.9 million in 2030.

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

ESPN, CFP Agree To Six-Year, $7.8B Extension

Feb 13, 2024 5:11 PM

ESPN and the College Football Playoff are in agreement on a six-year, $7.8 billion extension. ESPN will continue to televise the games through the 2031-32 season.

ESPN has two years remaining on its current deal, which carries an average payment of $608 million per year and includes the CFP semifinals and championship, plus the other four New Year’s Six bowl games. 

The quarterfinals will be played at the current New Year’s Six bowls, whose rights were already owned by ESPN. The percentage increase in rights fees from the current deal to the extension will be closer than the $608 million-to-$1.3 billion jump appears now, as the current contract’s average fails to include the pricing for the on-campus first-round games.

Andrew Marchand, Nicole Auerbach, Stewart Mandel/The Athletic

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Michigan Hires Wink Martindale As Defensive Coordinator

Feb 9, 2024 2:56 PM

Michigan will hire Wink Martindale as defensive coordinator.

The Giants and Martindale parted ways in January after an up-and-down 2023 season in which the defense finished 27th overall but tied for first in the NFL in turnovers created and was easily the team's best unit.

Martindale will replace Jesse Minter, who left the program after two years Tuesday to follow Jim Harbaugh and serve as the Los Angeles Chargers' defensive coordinator.


Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Chip Kelly Exits UCLA To Become Offensive Coordinator Of Ohio State

Feb 9, 2024 2:53 PM

Chip Kelly has left UCLA to become offensive coordinator of Ohio State.

Kelly replaces Bill O'Brien, who was hired by the Buckeyes last month before he departed to become head coach of Boston College.

Kelly also interviewed for multiple offensive coordinator jobs in the NFL during this cycle. 

Pete Thamel/ESPN

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Bill O'Brien Hired By Boston College As Head Coach

Feb 9, 2024 1:44 PM

Boston College has hired Bill O'Brien as head coach.

O'Brien had recently left the New England Patriots to become offensive coordinator of Ohio State. But the Boston College job became available after Jeff Hafley departed to become defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.

O'Brien grew up in the Boston area and his family planned on remaining there despite his move to Columbus to coach the Buckeyes. 

Pete Thamel/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor, NCAA

Michigan Names Sherrone Moore New Head Coach

Report: Michigan Expected To Offer Job To Sherrone Moore

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jim Harbaugh Leaves Michigan To Become Head Coach Of Chargers

Kris Rhim/ESPN

Bill O'Brien Hired By Ohio State As Offensive Coordinator

Pete Thamel/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Seeking Immunity Clause In Michigan Contract

Dan Wetzel/Yahoo Sports

Caleb Williams Declares For 2024 NFL Draft

RealGM Staff Report

Washington Hires Jedd Fisch Away From Arizona

Alabama WR Isaiah Bond Commits To Texas

Ryan Grubb Won't Be Huskies Head Coach

Texas, Steve Sarkisian Agree To Four-Year Deal Through 2030

Kalen DeBoer Leaves Washington To Become Head Coach Of Alabama

Mark Schlabach, Chris Low/ESPN

Marvin Harrison Jr. Declares For 2024 NFL Draft

RealGM Staff Report

Nick Saban Retires As Head Coach Of Alabama

Michigan Beats Washington To Win CFP National Championship

Heather Dinich/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Hires Don Yee As Agent

Adam Schefter, Pete Thamel/Yahoo Sports

Washington Tops Texas In Sugar Bowl

Andrea Adelson/ESPN

LSU QB Jayden Daniels Wins Heisman Trophy

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan In Talks On Extension

Dan Wetzel/Yahoo Sports

Michigan, Washington, Texas, Alabama To Vie For Title

Indiana Fires Coach Tom Allen, Owed $20.8M Buyout