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Nevada stays in-house for new DC; will hire an OC as well

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Less than two weeks after losing its defensive coordinator to Wisconsin, Nevada has found a replacement.  Not only that, but Chris Ault has decided to shakeup the offensive side of the ball as well.

The Wolf Pack announced via a press release Monday that Mike Bradeson has been promoted from safeties coach to coordinator.  Bradeson has been with Ault the past two seasons, coming to the Wolf Pack after a 15-year stint at UNLV that included time as the Rebels coordinator.

“Being a secondary guy, I’m confident that Brad will bring a new energy to our defense,” Ault said in a statement. “I feel that his experiences at the collegiate level over the years make him a very viable coach and coordinator for us as we move forward.”

Arguably the bigger moves were on offense, however.

In a departure from how things had been run, Ault announced that he will hire an offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at some point in the not-too-distant future.  The offense had been under Ault’s purview, but adding a coordinator, the coach said, will allow him to focus on other areas of his team.

“My goal is to expand the Pistol offense by hiring an offensive coordinator who will also coach the quarterbacks,” Ault said. “That will allow me to focus on other aspects of the offense as well spend more time being involved on the defensive side of the ball.”

Also as part of the offensive revamping, Ault confirmed that running backs coach Casey Moore will no return to the program in 2012.  With Moore gone, Ault will be in the market for three new assistants — coordinator/QBs coach, RBs coach as well as a new offensive line coach.

In Baker Mayfield, Texas set to face yet another QB who wanted to be a Longhorn

Baker Mayfield
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Jameis WinstonJohnny ManzielAndrew LuckRobert Griffin IIIJ.T. Barrett. Oh, don’t mind me. Just recounting the number of quarterbacks with ties to the Texas football program that never received a sniff from Bevo’s famous snout.

Add another to the list, perhaps the most inexplicable of all: Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield played at Lake Travis High School in Austin, a powerhouse program in a state that specializes in them. Lightly recruited out of high school (he reportedly held only an offer from Florida Atlantic), Mayfield and his family reached out to the nearby program to see if they’d take him as a walk-on.

They said no.

“They told us he had five scholarship quarterbacks, so there wasn’t any need of ‘Bake’ coming out there,” James Mayfield, Baker’s father, told George Schroeder of USA Today. “I popped off that they had five scholarship quarterbacks that couldn’t even play for Lake Travis. That’s where our relationship stalled out.”

On one hand, it utterly boggles the mind why Texas would decline a successful high school quarterback willing to pay his own way on to the team, especially considering the state of the position at the time. On the other, one would see why Mack Brown‘s staff would pass on a kid with only an offer from FAU who says UT’s quarterbacks couldn’t start for his high school team.

Instead, Texas signed Tyrone Swoopes and Mayfield enrolled at Texas Tech. He won the starting job as a true freshman, transferred to Oklahoma, walked on and then won the starting job there.

And now he’s set to face the hometown team he at one time wished he could play for.

Mayfield has completed 88-of-135 throws for 1,382 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions – good for a 178.52 passer rating, which ranks fifth nationally – while adding 138 yards and four scores on the ground. His counterpart, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, has connected on 42-of-76 passes for 661 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions (131.74 passer rating) to go with a team-leading 67 carries for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

“As perverse as all this has been, he’s where he wanted to be,” James Mayfield said. “He’s living his dream. If he had to do it all over again, he’d do it, with the same outcome.”

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach Scott Satterfield

Scott Satterfield
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One day after it was revealed its head coach was the second-lowest paid in college football, Appalachian State announced a five-year contract extension for head coach Scott Satterfield.

“We have the right coach leading our football program in Scott Satterfield,” Appalachian State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “In nearly three years as head coach, he has stayed true to his convictions, built the program the right way and set Appalachian State football up for sustainable success both in the Sun Belt Conference and at the national level.”

Satterfield had earned $375,000 annually, ahead of only Louisiana-Monroe’s Todd Berry at $360,000 a year.

Satterfield, 42, is 14-14 in his third season at the Boone, N.C., school. He led the Mountaineers to a 7-5 mark in their debut Sun Belt season, and has the club at 3-1 to start the 2015 campaign.

“It’s exciting for my family and me to know that we’re going to be at Appalachian for the foreseeable future,” Satterfield added. “I’m living a dream by being the head coach at my alma mater and can’t wait to continue to work hard to help this program reach heights that it has never reached before.”