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Report: Jay Norvell turned down NFL job to stay with Sooners

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Already this offseason, two college teams have lost their head coaches to the same job at the NFL level — Oregon’s Chip Kelly to the Philadelphia Eagles and Syracuse’s Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills.  DeWayne Walker left his head coaching post at New Mexico State just yesterday to become an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s not even mentioning the more than a dozen assistants who have followed their coaches, or Florida losing its defensive coordinator to the professional ranks.

Now, we can apparently chalk one up for the good guys in the annual NFL-vs-FBS coaching tug o’ war.

Citing a source close to the situation, the Daily Oklahoman is reporting that Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell turned down an offer to be reunited with Marc Trestman in Chicago.  Trestman, who was recently named by the Bears as Lovie Smith‘s replacement, and Norvell worked on the same Oakland Raiders coaching staff in 200-03, with the former serving as offensive coordinator and the latter tight ends coach.

As Norvell is widely considered the Sooners’ top recruiter, it’s a rather significant development for the OU program.

Norvell has been an assistant at Oklahoma since 2008.  In addition to his two-year stint with the Raiders, Norvell had previously spent time in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2001).  He’s been a coach at the collegiate level since the 2004 season.

Appalachian State announces five-year extension for head coach 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.”

Wisconsin announces 10-year agreement with Under Armour

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What has long been rumored became fact Friday, as Wisconsin announced a 10-year agreement with Under Armour.

“I am absolutely thrilled about our new partnership with Under Armour,” AD Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Kevin Plank and his team have established a brand that fits perfectly with the Wisconsin athletics story and culture. Our primary focus at Wisconsin is, of course, our student-athletes, and Under Armour’s passion and commitment to high quality and innovation will benefit our student-athletes for years to come. Our entire department is looking forward to a long and mutually productive relationship with the Under Armour team.”

The new deal will pay the Badgers a total of $7 million in cash and product in 2015-16 and is valued at $96 million over the life of the contract, good for second in the Big Ten, trailing only Nike’s new contract with Michigan.

Hidden within the contract are two nuggets that UA offered to sway the Badgers away from Adidas, from the Portland Business Journal:

Wisconsin will get as much as $500,000 from Under Armour to “rebrand” athletic facilities. It’ll get $150,000 to build out an Under Armour retail space in a campus gift shop called Bucky’s Locker Room. It also gets two summer internships for students at Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

“The University of Wisconsin is an institution built on the highest values of academic excellence, and we are extremely proud to be teaming up with one of the most vibrant, distinctive and successful athletic programs in the country to help elevate the performance of all Badgers with innovative footwear and apparel,” added Plank.

Wisconsin’s departure continues to weaken the stronghold Adidas had built in the Midwest after losing Michigan to Nike and Notre Dame to Under Armour in recent years (the company still owns apparel rights for Indiana and Nebraska). The Badgers are now the 41st Division I athletics department and 17th FBS program to join UA.