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Friday, January 16, 2009
Lunchtime links: Hoke asked for more pay for assistants

Posted by's Graham Watson

• Ball State coach Brady Hoke left Ball State for several reasons, including the fact that his assistant coaches weren't being paid enough.

• UAB coach Neil Callaway is in the midst of putting together his best recruiting class since he's been with the Blazers.

• Fresno State offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left the Bulldogs for Washington for a variety of reasons, including the timing and the money.

• Memphis' success during the past five seasons has allowed coach Tommy West to sell that success to recruits.

• Gerald McRath might be gone for Southern Miss, but the Golden Eagles will welcome former Pearl River Community College and Oak Grove High School linebacker Hendrick Leverette to campus this spring to take his place.