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The Strength and Conditioning Center in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Iowa City.  (Brian Ray/
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Iowa strength coach’s salary more than 29 FBS head coaches


They take their strength program seriously at Iowa.  How seriously?

According to a report from USA Today, Iowa football strength & conditioning coach Chris Doyle “will make $595,000 in base compensation from the university for a one-year period that began July 1.”  The information was obtained as part of an open-records request by the newspaper’s website..

The newspaper’s website notes that total is more than 29 FBS public-school head coaches made in base salary last year.  Nevada’s Brian Polian ($578,000), Ohio’s Frank Solich ($564,000) and Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz ($517,000) are among the two dozen coaches who earned less in 2015 than what Doyle will make in 2016-17.

Additionally, Doyle will make as much as Hawkeyes offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Phil Parker are scheduled to make.


CHA STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CENTER“Most of the people who follow our program know that what’s very important to Kirk is student-athlete development — physically, mentally, leadership,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta told the paper. “He relies heavily on Chris’ role in that.”

In comparison to his peers, Doyle’s salary is more than double the salaries of other Big Ten S&C coaches.  He also makes $70,000 more than Alabama’s Scott Cochran.

The 48-year-old Doyle has been Iowa’s strength coach for every one of Kirk Ferentz‘s 18 seasons with the Hawkeyes.

Health issues prompt Lloyd Carr to step down from playoff committee

Michigan players and head coach Lloyd Carr wait to run onto the field prior to action between the Michigan Wolverines and Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana on November 11, 2006.  Michigan won 34-3. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
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For the third time in less than two years, health concerns have cost the College Football Playoff Committee a voting member.

With the new season less than two weeks away from kicking off, CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced Friday that Lloyd Carr has decided to step down from the committee that selects the four playoff teams.  According to Carr, unspecified “health issues” triggered his decision.

This year would’ve been Carr’s first on the committee.

“This is a difficult decision because I have enjoyed my preparations and I have the greatest respect for the other committee members and the playoff itself,” said Carr in a statement. “I regret that health issues will prevent me from executing the responsibilities expected of a committee member.”

The committee now has 12 members, and will remain there through the 2016 season as a new member will not be added.

“Lloyd will be missed,” Hancock said. “He knows and loves college football, but we all understand.”

In January of this year, Carr, the former Michigan head coach, was announced as one of four new committee members.  With Carr’s departure, the makeup of the committee looks as such:

Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech AD, chairperson
Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin AD
Jeff Bower, former Southern Miss head coach
Herb Deromedi, winningest head coach in MAC history
Tom Jernstedt, former NCAA executive vice president
Bobby Johnson, former Vanderbilt head coach
Jeff Long, Arkansas AD
Rob Mullens, Oregon AD
Dan Radakovich, Clemson AD
Condoleezza Rice, former United States Secretary of State
Steve Wieberg, former sportswriter
Tyrone Willingham, former Notre Dame/Stanford/Washington head coach

In October of 2014, Archie Manning was forced to take a leave of absence because he needed additional surgery and wanted to concentrate on his health.  One year later, and based in part on doctor’s advice, Pat Haden stepped down from his post on the committee.

Leaving Illini in search of a ‘more stable program,’ Teko Powell lands at UAB

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drags tacklers Houston Bates #55 and Teko Powell #93 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After announcing last month that he would be leaving Illinois in search of a “more stable program,” Teko Powell has ended up at one that was disbanded less than two years ago, resurrected a half-year later and won’t resume play until 2017.

According to, Powell (pictured, No. 93) joined the UAB program last week and is now listed on the Blazers’ roster. Powell comes to UAB as a graduate transfer from the Illini.

“I had four different head coaches that either recruited me or coached me,” Powell said in announcing his decision to leave the Illini in July. “I’m looking for a more stable program with the last two years of eligibility that I’ll have.”

Powell’s new head coach, Bill Clark, signed a five-year contract in September of last year, for what that’s worth.

After appearing in seven games as a true freshman, Powell played in 10 contests as a sophomore in 2013, starting six of those contests. He started the first three games of the following season before he was sidelined with a season-ending foot injury. Thanks to another foot injury sustained during summer camp, he also missed the entire 2015 season.

Those injuries led to Powell being granted fifth and sixth seasons from the NCAA.

MTSU loses WR Terry Pettis to season-ending leg injury

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Terry Pettis #84 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders pulls in this reception against Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With Middle Tennessee State already losing Ed’Marques Batties‘ 82 receptions, 1,048 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns, the Blue Raiders were looking at Shane Tucker and Terry Pettis as the two most likely candidates to replace the lost production.

Last month, Tucker was lost to a season-ending leg injury. This week, Pettis suffered a similar fate.

Describing it as “a huge, huge loss,” head coach Rick Stockstill has confirmed that Pettis will be sidelined for the entire 2016 season. The receiver sustained an unspecified injury to his right leg during practice last week.

Last season, Pettis was third on the team with 29 receptions for 612 yards and four touchdowns. His 21.1 yards per catch was tops on the team.

The good news for the Blue Raiders is that their leading receiver from last season returns and, most importantly, is healthy. A consensus Freshman All-American last season, Richie James caught 108 passes for 1,346 yards, both of which were freshman single-season records for both the school and Conference USA.

His receptions per game (8.3) were third nationally, while the yards per game (103.5) were 12th.

Tulane, UAB announce home-and-home series

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tanner Lee #12 of the Tulane Green Wave throws under pressure from Duke Blue Devils at Yulman Stadium on September 3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tulane and UAB will meet in a split home-and-home series, the schools jointly announced Tuesday.

UAB will host the Green Wave Sept. 15, 2018, with the Blazers heading to New Orleans on Sept. 25, 2021.

The former Conference USA rivals have met nine times from 1999 through 2012, with Tulane holding a 5-4 edge. The Green Wave will enter the home-and-home on a two-game winning streak, taking the most recent meeting in a 55-45 decision on Oct. 27, 2012 at the Superdome.

“Regionally, this is a great game that both fan bases will be able to travel for,” UAB head coach Bill Clark said in a statement. “This is in the recruiting radius of both schools so it should be a great series.”

UAB’s scheduling of Tulane will necessitate a new date for its previously scheduled non-conference game against Coastal Carolina; the new game date is still to be determined. The Blazers will visit Texas A&M a week after their visit to Birmingham.

Tulane has previously scheduled two Power Five opponents in both 2018 and 2021. The Green Wave is set to face Ohio State and Wake Forest in 2018 — the UAB series with UAB will replace a game with Georgia Tech — and Oklahoma and Ole Miss in 2021.

“When we scheduled Ohio State, we knew we would have to move some things around,” Tulane AD Troy Dannen told the New Orleans Advocate. “Unfortunately, it just didn’t work for us to play three Power Five schools in the same season. When we couldn’t get the dates together, we just had to cancel it.”

Tulane also announced a home date with Grambling and a home-and-home with Florida International.