Arizona: The Wildcats announced Monday that Josh Heupel, runner-up for the 2000 Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, has been hired as tight ends coach, a move first reported earlier this month.
Heupel, quarterback for the Sooners' 1999 national championship team, was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma last season under coach Bob Stoops. Heupel joins Stoops' brother, Mike, who is entering his
second year as head coach at Arizona.
Heupel passed for 7,456 yards in two seasons at Oklahoma after
transferring from Snow Junior College. He was a sixth-round draft
pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2001. He spent one season with Miami
and one with the Green Bay Packers, then played one year in NFL
Europe before returning to Oklahoma as a graduate assistant last
Oklahoma State: North Dakota State defensive line coach
Nelson Barnes has accepted a position at Oklahoma State.
Barnes will coach defensive linemen for Oklahoma State. OSU
plays in the Big 12 Conference, which is aligned with the Bowl
"Anytime one of our coaches has a chance to go to a BCS school,
that's a great deal," NDSU coach Craig Bohl said. "Oklahoma State
is a good program and a great opportunity."
Barnes is the third assistant coach to leave the program in the
past two months, and the fifth to take another job since Bohl was
named head coach in 2003.
NDSU now is looking to fill coaching positions for defensive
backs, defensive linemen and running backs.
Defensive coordinator Jimmy Burrow and offensive coordinator Tim
Albin left in December for Ohio. Offensive line coach Pat Perles
and linebackers coach Casey Bradley were promoted to those spots.
The changes come with the Bison in the midst of recruiting.
Signing day is Feb. 2, and Bohl said NDSU has landed at least eight
"I personally went out and got heavily involved with a lot of
recruits," he said. "It has not been disruptive."
Carrillo to lead New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Highlands has named former defensive coordinator Santos Carrillo interim head coach for
the 2005 season.
Carrillo, who says he loves everything about living in New
Mexico -- from the Cowboys to green chili -- succeeds John Fassel.
Fassel resigned last week to accept a job as offensive assistant
with the Baltimore Ravens.
Carrillo, a native of Salinas, Calif., who played football at
Weber State, said Fassel will be missed, but it's time for the
program to move on.
"We plan to stay on track," Carrillo said. "I told the
players and coaches that just because we're dropping one guy off
[Fassel], it doesn't mean everyone has to leave the train."
New Mexico Highlands finished 3-8 last season. The Cowboys'
first win in September ended a 25-game losing streak, at the time
the longest in Division II.