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  • Mike Bobo pulls Tyson Summers away from Central Florida

    Colorado State traded an offensive coordinator for a defensive coordinator on Sunday.

    The Rams lost offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin to Oregon State – in a move that makes sense for both parties, considering it’ll be a raise for Baldwin and new head coach Mike Bobo will presumably install his own fingerprint on the offense – but  pulled defensive coordinator Tyson Summers away from Central Florida, FootballScoop learned on Sunday evening. The move was first reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

    The opposite side of the ball is often the deciding factor for many coordinators-turned-first time head coaches, as many a successful coach has seen his ship capsized by failing to master the other side of the ball. For Bobo to land Summers is a step in the right direction.

    Summers took over Central Florida’s defense prior to the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, helping the Knights upset Baylor in the process, and led a defense that ranked fifth in yards per play allowed, seventh in total defense, eighth in scoring defense, seventh in rushing defense, 10th in yards per carry allowed, 13th in pass efficiency defense and sixth in red zone defense this fall.

    Summers worked with Bobo previously, helping Georgia win the 2005 SEC championship as a graduate assistant working with the defensive backs while Bobo was the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks coach. Summers left to take the safeties job at Georgia Southern the next year, and then spent the next five seasons at UAB before joining George O’Leary’s staff at UCF in 2012.

  • Gary Andersen has pulled his staff together at Oregon State

    Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen added some major coaching talent to his staff on Sunday.

    The Beavers announced the hiring of Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin and Utah State offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven; Baldwin will serve as offensive coordinator, while McGiven will coach the quarterbacks.

    “Dave and Kevin bring experience and continuity to our staff and offense,” Andersen said in a statement. “I know what to expect from these two as coaches and what to expect from our offense. They absolutely fit our program and Oregon State University, and this is another great step for our future.”

    Both worked previously under Andersen during his time as the head coach at Utah State. Baldwin was the offensive coordinator from 2009-11, leaving to work under Jim McElwain at Colorado State a year before Andersen took the Wisconsin job. McGiven served as quarterbacks coach on the 2009 staff – working under both Andersen and Baldwin, just as he will in Corvallis – before leaving for coordinator jobs at Memphis and Montana State. He returned to Utah State as offensive coordinator in 2013, replacing Matt Wells, who ascended to head coach after Andersen left for Madison.

    Got all that?

    Now that we’ve played Six Degrees of Gary Andersen, here’s the type of coaches the Beaver faithful are getting. Baldwin led a Colorado State offense that ranked fourth in yards per play and averaged nearly 34 points per game in 2014. Rams quarterback  ranked fifth nationally in passing efficiency this season, hitting 64 percent of his passes for 9.5 yards per attempt with 32 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

    Speaking of quarterbacks, McGiven was recently named our Quarterbacks Coach of the Year after playing four quarterbacks this year and still managing to post a 10-4 record.

    With the additions of Baldwin and McGiven, Oregon State now lacks only a running backs coach. Andersen has announced his staff assignments as follows: Baldwin, offensive coordinator; Kalani Sitake, assistant head coach/defensive coordinator; McGiven, quarterbacks coach; Brent Brennan, wide receivers coach; T.J. Woods, offensive line coach; Chad Kauha’aha’a, defensive line coach; Ilaisa Tuiaki, linebackers coach; and Derrick Odum, defensive backs.

    That, folks, is a darn good coaching staff.

  • Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have “mutually parted ways”


    Minutes ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that the San Francisco 49ers and Jim Harbaugh have mutually agreed to part ways.

    Official word broke within 60 seconds of him stepping off the podium from his post game presser following their win over the Arizona Cardinals. At that presser, Harbaugh described his time with the 49ers as “the time of my life”.

    Throughout the past few days rumors of Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor to take over the Michigan program have picked up steam, and now the dominoes seem to be falling definitively in that direction. Multiple reports have the official introductory presser slated for Tuesday.

    Harbaugh leaves San Francisco after four seasons with an impressive regular season record of 44-19-1 and a playoff record of 5-3. In his first season he led the team to the NFC title game and lost to the Giants, and followed that up with a trip to the Super Bowl in 2012 against the Ravens and his brother John. The following year the Niners lost to Seattle in the NFL title game.

    Stay tuned to The Scoop as more information becomes available.

  • Mark Dantonio replaces Pat Narduzzi by keeping it within the family


    Following the departure of Pat Narduzzi to Pittsburgh, Mark Dantonio has kept the Spartans’ defensive coordinator duties within the family by promoting defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel to co-defensive coordinator roles. Barnett has also added an assistant head coach title.

    “It’s important to move the process forward, and I feel very comfortable in naming Harlon Barnett assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator and Mike Tressel co-defensive coordinator,” Dantonio said in a statement. “Harlon and Mike have been on my staff together for 11 years, including the past eight years at Michigan State. They both have had a ton of input and shared a lot of ideas with Pat Narduzzi over the years. The co-appointment ensures continuity in terms of player relationships, defensive concepts and terminology.”

    Since Narduzzi did not coach a position and was a rare “walk-around” coordinator, promoting from within frees up a space on the staff for Dantonio to hire another defensive assistant. “I’ll empower our coaches to have a say in the hiring process, as we complete the defensive staff. It will be a collective effort.”

    Michigan State led the Big Ten in total defense and yards per play allowed from 2011-13, and ranks third in total defense and fifth in yards per play allowed this season. The 10-2 Spartans place sixth nationally in total defense, 21st in yards per play allowed and 14th in scoring defense this season.

    Narduzzi, introduced as Pitt’s head coach on Friday, will return to coach the Spartans in the Jan. 1 Cotton Bowl against Baylor.

  • Photo: Did Bret Bielema flash a “Horns Down” while shaking hands with Charlie Strong?

    The pre-New Year’s Day bowl season of 2014 finally – finally - has its answer to the Zapruder film controversy.

    At a press conference for Monday night’s Texas Bowl, Texas head coach Charlie Strong and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema posed for a hand-shaking photo. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary until Arkansas sports anchor Aaron Peters tweeted a photo of Bielema doing a “Horns Down” gesture that is common of Texas opponents.

    Then, Bielema denied doing the gesture through sports radio host Bo Mattingly.

    And then Peters denied photoshopping the picture.

    So, did he or didn’t he? Who cares? It’s a glorified exhibition game between a pair of teams playing for the right to finish 7-6 instead of 6-7. Not exactly the Big Shootout of 1969 reincarnated.

    The real winner in all this is the Texas Bowl itself, the beneficiary of an afternoon’s worth of publicity while actual bowl games take place in the proverbial background.

    Texas and Arkansas will meet at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN Monday night.