COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M hired Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator Friday.
The Aggies said the contract is pending approval by university President Michael K. Young and the Texas A&M system board of regents.
“I have known Noel for many years and he is a great addition to our coaching staff,” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement. “His experience is outstanding and he will do an excellent job of coordinating our offense.”
The 58-year-old Mazzone spent the past four seasons as UCLA’s offensive coordinator after two seasons at Arizona State. He was recently hospitalized for a blood clot in his lung and worked UCLA’s Foster Farms Bowl loss to Nebraska from the press box instead of his usual spot on the field.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Sumlin and the Aggie football team,” Mazzone said in a statement. “I am ready to get started.”
Mazzone replaced Jake Spavital at Texas A&M.
CANADA HIRED AS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Matt Canada is Pittsburgh’s new offensive coordinator.
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi announced Canada’s hiring Friday, less than a week after Canada was let go by N.C. State.
Narduzzi and Canada coached together at Northern Illinois from 2000-02. Canada spent the last three years as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator for the Wolfpack, who averaged 33.2 points and 412 yards per game in 2015.
Canada takes over for Jim Chaney, who left after one season to become offensive coordinator at Georgia.
ENGLISH ELEVATED TO DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Colorado State coach Mike Bobo promoted Marty English to defensive coordinator Friday.
English takes over for Tyson Summers, who left to become head coach at Georgia Southern.
A Colorado native, English was the linebackers coach for the Rams in Bobo’s first season with Colorado State. English also served as co-defensive coordinator at Colorado State from 2012-14.
UNIVERSITY SETTLES WITH PLAYER HURT IN WORKOUT: The University of Iowa said Friday it will pay $15,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a football player who was one of 13 Hawkeyes hospitalized with a serious muscle disorder following a high-intensity 2011 workout.
A university lawyer notified court officials of the settlement with William Lowe ahead of a hearing Friday in his personal injury lawsuit. School spokeswoman Jeneane Beck said hours later the university will make the $15,000 settlement payment — a fraction of Lowe’s initial $200,000 claim — once a state panel signs off.
CLUNE BECOMES COORDINATOR: In Corvallis, Oregon, Kevin Clune, the linebackers and defensive coordinator for Utah State, has been named the new defensive coordinator for Oregon State.
The move reunites Clune with Beavers head coach Gary Andersen, who worked with him on prior stops at Southern Utah, Utah State and Utah. Clune will also serve as inside linebackers coach at Oregon State.
Clune, who has 24 years of coaching experience, was defensive coordinator at Hawaii before he took the same post for the Aggies.
Utah State finished 6-7 last season, advancing to the Idaho Potato Bowl.
He also was linebackers coach at Utah State from 2009-13.
Andersen and Clune worked together in 2001 at Utah, where Clune was a graduate assistant. Clune also served as Andersen’s defensive coordinator at Southern Utah.