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FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 29:  Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Kliff Kingsbury completes Texas Tech staff with D-line hire

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Less than two weeks after a hole was created on his Texas Tech coaching staff, Kliff Kingsbury has made a move to fill it.

Tech confirmed early Thursday afternoon that Kingsbury has added Terrance Jamison as a Red Raiders assistant.  Specifically, Jamison will serve as the team’s defensive line coach.

Jamison replaces Kevin Patrick, who left earlier this month for the same job at North Carolina State after one season in Lubbock.

“We’re looking forward to adding Coach Jamison to our staff,” a statement from Kingsbury began. “He is someone that has built a strong reputation in the coaching community. He will be a tremendous asset on our defensive staff as well as in recruiting.”

The past three seasons, Jamison was the line coach at Florida Atlantic.  That was his first on-field job at the FBS level.

He’s also been a graduate assistant or quality control coach at Cal and alma mater Wisconsin.

“My family and I are grateful for the opportunity to join Coach Kingsbury’s staff,” Jamison said. “I’m excited about the potential of the defensive line group and working with (defensive coordinator David) Gibbs. I look forward to jumping right in and getting started with spring practices next week.”

Nearly three dozen teams show interest in Clemson grad transfer

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 01: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals looks to pass under pressure from Scott Pagano #56 of the Clemson Tigers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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It was expected there would be a significant market for a Clemson defensive lineman leaving the Tigers as a graduate transfer. Suffice to say, that is indeed the case.

This past week, Dabo Swinney‘s football program confirmed that Scott Pagano would be leaving the team and transferring elsewhere. The head coach also revealed that the tackle would “probably” end up at a West Coast school to finish out his career.

Teams in that part of the country are indeed interested in the one-year rental, as are myriad others as 247Sports.com is reporting that 32 made contact with the lineman in the hours after his impending pending departure was announced. Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, USC, Washington and Hawaii are among the teams out west who have expressed interest.

A handful of Power Five programs further east have expressed interest as well, including Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Texas and Texas A&M. Group Five teams that have shown interest include Charlotte, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, SMU, Temple and Utah State.

Coming out of high school in Hawaii as a four-star 2013 recruit, Pagano was rated as the No. 24 tackle in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state. Pagano started 13 games the past two seasons, four of which came in 2016.

Reports: Clint Trickett joining Lane Kiffin’s staff at FAU, not Nick Saban’s at Alabama

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 20:  Clint Trickett #9 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass in the first half during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners on September 20, 2014 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The past two months have seen some interesting moments emerge in the Lane Kiffin-Nick Saban relationship and it appears it’s time to add another chapter to the book thanks to a last name known to many in the college football community.

As first reported by CoachingSearch.com, former Florida State/West Virginia signal-caller (and recent East Mississippi CC quarterbacks coach) Clint Trickett is not headed to Alabama as a graduate assistant. While a GA backing out of a job isn’t all that notable, the fact that Trickett will instead head to Boca Raton to become Kiffin’s new tight ends coach at Florida Atlantic does raise a few eyebrows given who is poaching from who in this case.

Trickett is considered to be a rising star in the coaching ranks despite his relative inexperience so shortly removed from his playing days. That is in part thanks to the fact that his father, Rick Trickett, is a well respected coach for Florida State and because the young quarterbacks coach did impressive work at the junior college level in his short stint at EMCC the past two years.

We’re sure Saban can find a replacement for Trickett fairly quickly but we can’t help but note how interesting it is that the Crimson Tide latest coaching defection comes at the hands of the team’s former offensive coordinator poaching somebody to join his staff with the Owls. Saban typically gets the last laugh in every matter but something says this move will bring a smile to Kiffin’s face first.

Atlanta Falcons hire Alabama football staffer-turned-FAU assistant coach Charlie Weis Jr.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Freddie the Falcons waves the Atlanta Falcons flag prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks  at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Lane Kiffin had plucked a member of Alabama’s football support staff to be a part of his first coaching staff at Florida Atlantic. Now, the plucker has become the pluckee.

Dan Quinn finalized his Atlanta Falcons coaching staff Friday, with the NFL organization announcing that Charlie Weis Jr. has been hired as an offensive assistant.  Weis Jr., the son of former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis, was hired by ‘Bama in 2015 and spent the past two seasons as an offensive analyst for the Crimson Tide.

Weis will be reunited with Steve Sarkisian, who left the Tide earlier this month for the offensive coordinator job in Atlanta.  The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as Weis had previously left Tuscaloosa to take a job on the coaching staff of the man Sarkisian replaced as UA’s coordinator.


Weis is at least the third member of Nick Saban‘s football support staff to leave this offseason.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Justin Dickens is leaving his job as Saban‘s director of football operations.  Thursday night, Ole Miss confirmed that the Tide’s director of player development, Freddie Roach, has been hired as defensive line coach.

Ex-FAU HC Charlie Partridge returns to Pitt as D-line coach

BOCA RATON, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Head Coach Charlie Partridge of the Florida Atlantic Owls  on the sideline during there game against the UTEP Miners at FAU Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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After being dismissed from his first head-coaching job, Charlie Partridge has found a very familiar landing spot.

Partridge, Pittsburgh announced in a press release Tuesday, has been named as the Panthers’ new defensive line coach.  He will replace Tom Sims, who was dismissed a little over a week ago after two seasons on the job.

From 2003-2007, Partridge was a member of Pitt’s coaching staff.

“I’ve been a big fan of Charlie’s work for a very long time,” a statement from head coach Pat Narduzzi began. “I remember watching his defensive lines at Wisconsin and really admiring how they played. Charlie’s players reflected his high energy and passion. He’s an incredibly bright coach who is an excellent teacher and knows how to develop players.

“Charlie’s familiarity with Pitt is a major asset and the fact that he has experience as a head coach will benefit our entire staff. His reputation as a strong recruiter is highly deserved and will serve us well all across the ACC footprint, including Pittsburgh. I know there are a lot of people at Pitt who worked with Charlie before who are thrilled that he’s back wearing the Blue and Gold.”

The past three seasons, Partridge had served as the head coach at Florida Atlantic.  Armed with a 9-27 record, Partridge was fired in late November at the end of his third consecutive 3-9 season with the Owls.

In addition to those previously mentioned, his other coaching stops include Arkansas (2013) and Wisconsin (2008-12).

“I am honored to have the opportunity to return to Pitt and work with Coach Narduzzi and his staff,” Partridge said. “I’m fully aware that the University of Pittsburgh is a special institution in an amazing city with a top-notch football program that competes at the highest level in the ACC. I look forward to applying all the lessons I’ve learned since previously being here while also learning from this tremendous staff.”