Thursday December 8, 2016
Coach of the Year: Finalists for the defensive and special teams Coach of the Year awards presented by ProGrass have been announced. Offensive finalists were announced yesterday.
LSU: Ed Orgeron will receive a one-time payment of $675,000 for his role as the interim head coach, per Ross Dellenger, who adds that Steve Ensminger will receive a one-time lump sum of $75,000 for taking over as the interim offensive coordinator. Ensminger will be paid a daily rate of $833 if he remains the offensive coordinator beyond December 15th.
West Texas A&M (D-II): Source tells FootballScoop, Sioux Falls (D-II – SD) defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson will be the new head coach at West Texas. Jackson also previously served as defensive coordinator at Texas Southern.
Houston: ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that Kiffin, Major Applewhite and Todd Orlando are now the three finalists (Les Miles & Lincoln Riley had been in it). McMurphy reports Houston officials are meeting tonight.
Houston: Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will be the new head coach at Houston, per a report from Dan Wolken, who adds that school president Renu Khator is the only person needed for the final OK. However, a number of others, including Joseph Duarte who covers UH for the Chronicle, are reporting that no offer has been extended and no decision has been made. Houston AD Hunter Yurachek tweeted grey smoke, indicating no decision yet.
Nevada: Last night we shared the news that Nevada is hiring Jay Norvell as their new head coach.
Georgia Southern: Offensive line coach Allen Mogridge has resigned we can confirm. Multiple local reports had this last night we are told.
Lane College (D-II – TN): Lane College is looking for a guarantee game on September 16th 2017, preferably an FCS opponent. If interested contact head coach / director of athletics Derrick Burroughs at 731-421-7461.
Mixing Coverage and Pressure to Defend Empty: In years past, offenses would align in empty formations for two main reasons: to accentuate the talents of an athletic quarterback or to pick apart defenses that are forced into playing vanilla coverage structures. But these days it becomes necessary to defend both of these components by knowing when to play coverage and when to send pressure. The defensive staff at prep powerhouse Arlington High School (TX) spoke exclusively with X&O Labs detailing how they scheme against empty and 4-5 call package they use to defend gaps in the run game and neutralize opponents’ top pass threat. Read the exclusive report here.
Lincoln (D-II – MO): Lincoln University is looking for a D2 or NAIA opponent on September 30, 2017. The game must be a home contest for us. Interested programs can email [email protected].