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Around the Dog Park: Reporting live from the depths of the coaching carousel

Stitt is no longer happening.. Several programs drop football.. Hugh Freeze becomes one of the highest paid G5 coaches..

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General G5

  • Liberty has given Hugh Freeze a multiyear contract extension that will pay him an average of $2 million per year. This firmly places Freeze in the top ten of G5 coaching salaries.
  • Nine different strength and conditioning coaches are earning $500,000 or more. That’s on par with, if not better than, many G5 head coaches.
  • A growing trend for low level programs, two Division II universities have dropped football recently.
  • Division II programs shutting down is one thing, but an FCS program closing up shop feels even more shocking and sudden.
  • Randy Edsall has received the dreaded “vote of confidence” at UConn. We know how these things typically turn out.


  • Mike Norvell has passed on the opportunity to coach Memphis in the Cotton Bowl after he accepted the head coaching position at Florida State.
  • Here’s a quick introduction to Memphis’ interim head coach Ryan Silverfield.
  • UCF backup quarterback Brandon Wimbush is opting out of playing in the Gasparilla Bowl to focus on preparing for the NFL draft. Wimbush is attempting to carve out a Taysom Hill sort of role at the next level.


  • North Texas landed a huge commitment in NC State bounce back Da’Vontae McCrae. He should see immediate playing time at defensive end for the Mean Green.
  • UAB has scheduled a 2020 match up with the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
  • Former NIU running back Tre Harbison will use his final season of eligibility at Charlotte as the 49ers seek to replace Benny Lemay.
  • I can’t get over this story. Former Old Dominion Head Coach Bobby Wilder was actually hired for the FAU job at the same time as Lane Kiffin. The Owls’ admin settled on Kiffin and cut ties with Wilder. It led to an awkward phone call and several years of C-USA chaos.

Sun Belt

  • Matt Viator came inches away from getting the Warhawks to bowl eligibility. Now they’ll have to find a way to move forward with their most dynamic offensive weapon in years graduating.
  • There was a lot of commotion over the hiring of Bob Stitt at Texas State as offensive coordinator. The Bobcats were awful on offense even after Stitt brought his quarterback with him from Montana. Jake Spavital decided to part ways with Stitt to start Texas State’s offseason.