** Texas A&M has hired Noel Mazzone for the position of offensive coordinator. Mazzone has been the OC at U.C.L.A. for the past four years and previously held the same position at Arizona State, Mississippi (twice), North Carolina State, Oregon State and Auburn.
** Mazzone’s son Taylor, who coached quarterbacks at U.C.L.A., will go with him to Texas A&M.
** Boston College has hired Jim Reid to be its defensive coordinator. He replaces Don Brown, who left for the same position at Michigan.
** Reid has been coaching linebackers at Iowa for the past three years.
** This will be Reid’s second go-around as DC at BC. He was the defensive coordinator in 1994 when the Eagles went 7-4-1.
** Auburn has hired Wesley McGriff as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator. McGriff spent the last three seasons in the NFL as secondary coach for the New Orleans Saints.
** Vanderbilt quarterback Johnny McCrary will transfer. He is expected to complete his degree at Vanderbilt before the start of the 2016 season, meaning he’ll be eligible to play right away at his new school as a graduate transfer.
** Halfway through the 2015 season McCrary lost his starting job to Kyle Shurmur.
** Tennessee freshman quarterback Sheriron Jones will transfer to Colorado, where he’ll sit out the 2016 season and then have three years of eligibility left. Jones redshirted at Tennessee in 2015.
** The FCS national championship game is today in Frisco, Texas, where the weather will cooperate: 41 degrees, no precipitation, 18 mile per hour wind out of the north/northwest.
The game matches the two highest ranked teams in FCS. Four-time defending national champion North Dakota State (12-2), ranked #2, takes on #1 Jacksonville State (13-1).
** West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood is off to the NFL. His run for a first down on 3rd and 22 late in the Cactus Bowl a week ago was a key play in the Mountaineers one-point win over Arizona State.
** “Football is a young man’s game.” – Utah’s 72-year-old retiring defensive coordinator John Pease, in anticipation of Morgan Scalley taking his place. Scalley has coached safeties at Utah for the past eight seasons and played for the Utes’ undefeated team in 2004.
** Scalley was also the special teams coordinator for Utah in 2015. Assistant coaches Justin Ena and Sharrieff Shah will be co-special teams coordinators moving forward.