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Montana turns to familiar face in Bobby Hauck to coach Grizzlies football

Bobby Hauck speaks during a press conference Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. Hauck returns to the Grizzlies for whom he won 80 games from 2003 to 2009. (KURT WILSON / Associated Press)
Bobby Hauck speaks during a press conference Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. Hauck returns to the Grizzlies for whom he won 80 games from 2003 to 2009. (KURT WILSON / Associated Press)
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Bobby Hauck returned Friday as head football coach at Montana, a program he led to three FCS national championship games during a prior tenure also marked by several high-profile instances of player misbehavior.

University officials said Friday that Hauck agreed to a three-year contract taking him through the 2020 season. He’ll receive a base salary of $185,000.

Other incentives included in the contract were not immediately detailed. The athletic department said the release of the full contract would require a formal public records request.

The coaching position came open when athletic director Kent Haslam did not renew the contract of Bob Stitt, who had a 21-14 record over three seasons as head coach.

Hauck, a Montana native and a school alum, coached the Grizzlies from 2003 to 2009, compiling an 80-17 record. He was the head coach at UNLV from 2010-14 and spent the past three seasons as special teams coordinator and associate head coach at San Diego State.

FSU’s Fisher headed to Texas A&M

Jimbo Fisher is leaving Florida State for Texas A&M, four years after leading the Seminoles to their third national title.

Fisher told university President John Thrasher on Friday that he was resigning to accept Texas A&M’s offer.

“I believe Texas A&M is getting one of the best coaches in college football. We appreciate all he has done for our program and wish him and his family great success moving forward,” Thrasher said in a statement that closed days of speculation about Fisher’s future.

Fisher leaves Florida State after going 83-23 in eight seasons. Besides the national championship, he also led the Seminoles to three Atlantic Coast Conference titles and four ACC Atlantic Division crowns. He will replace Kevin Sumlin, who was fired last weekend after going 51-26 in six seasons at Texas A&M. The Houston Chronicle reported that Fisher is expected to earn between $7 million and $7.5 million over at least five years.

Gundy, Doeren land raises

Mike Gundy, who affirmed his commitment to Oklahoma State this week following reported interest from Tennessee, is getting a raise.

The Oklahoma State football coach tweeted “Cowboy For Life” earlier this week after he was linked to the Vols’ open job. And on Friday, the Oklahoma State/A&M Board of Regents approved an addendum to Gundy’s contract that includes a $675,000 pay increase, bumping his salary to $5 million per year.

The change also increases a buyout provision in the contract from $3 million to $5 million if Gundy leaves early.

North Carolina State’s Board of Trustees has approved a new contract for football coach Dave Doeren.

School spokesman Fred Demarest said Friday that the deal is worth $3 million annually over five years.

The approval came a day after the school announced Doeren had agreed to the new deal.

Doeren is 33-30 in five seasons at N.C. State and his 56-34 career record includes two years at Northern Illinois. The Wolfpack (8-4, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 24 CFP) will play in their fourth consecutive bowl and will learn their destination and opponent on Sunday.

Penn State fills Moorhead’s spot

Penn State has promoted Ricky Rahne to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach to replace Joe Moorhead, who left the Nittany Lions to become head coach at Mississippi State.

Coach James Franklin also announced Friday that Maryland offensive line coach Tyler Bowen would be joining the staff as tight ends coach and Rutgers special teams coordinator Phil Galiano was hired to take the same position with the Nittany Lions.

Rahne had been passing game coordinator for Penn State the past four seasons, coaching quarterbacks (2014-15) and tight ends (2016-17).

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