The Scoop – Monday November 20, 2017

Monday November 20, 2017

Texas: Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was asked if he plans to return as DC next season (vs presumably seeking head coaching opportunities) responded today with, “Yeah. There’s nothing to anything.

Tennessee: We added an update regarding Greg Schiano to our “Chatter at Tennessee” update from today.

Grad assistants: Tax law change could impact grad assistants across the country

Hampton (FCS): Head coach Connell Maynor will not return, the school has announced. Assistant Michael Ketchum will serve as acting head coach until a new head coach is hired.

Missouri: AD Jim Sterk told the Post-Dispatch Monday Barry Odom is safe. Missouri endured 5 straight losses early in the season leading some to question whether he would be good for another year at the helm; but a strong rebound in which the Tigers have now won 5 straight seems to have cleared the air. Odom’s squad looks to move to 7-5 if they can win at Arkansas Friday.

Northern Arizona (FCS): In an awesome move, after AD Lisa Campos decided this would be long-time head coach Jerome Souers final season, Souers took his team on a run, earning a spot in the FCS playoffs. Last week Campos left town for the same role at UTSA…and today the President of the University effectively reinstated Souers sources tell FootballScoop. Further, the President and Souers promoted defensive coordinator Andy Thompson to associate head coach, setting in place a succession plan. NAU has now announced the move.

Montana (FCS): Sources in the profession tell FootballScoop former Montana head coach Bobby Hauck is a candidate to return. Hauck served as head coach for the Grizzlies from 2003 – 2009, averaging over 11 wins per year (never with less than 8 wins), twice taking them to the FCS Championship game. Hauck then went on to serve as head coach at UNLV for five seasons. He currently serves as special teams coordinator at San Diego State.

Tennessee: Fresh update of the chatter at Tennessee includes a very interesting nugget regarding Scott Frost.

Montana (FCS): The school has announced that head coach Bob Stitt’s contract will not be renewed for the 2018 season. Stitt went 21-14 in three season, missing the FCS playoffs the past two years.


Northwestern State (FCS – LA): Brad Laird has been named head coach of the program. Laird is a former quarterback for the Demons and joined the staff in December of 2016 as defensive coordinator, his third stint as calling the defense for the program. Prior to re-joining the staff, Laird was the head coach and athletic director at Ruston HS (LA).

South Alabama: Joey Jones is stepping down at the end of his current contract and will coach the team’s season finale against New Mexico State December 2nd. Jones was 52-49 in eight seasons leading the program.

Dallas Cowboys: According to Jon Machota, when owner Jerry Jones was asked today about his confidence level in head coach Jason Garrett, he responded: “I haven’t given it any thought. Don’t interpret that as not having confidence, I just haven’t given that a thought.” The Cowboys are sitting at 5-5 right now and in second place in the NFC East.

Oregon State: Per Kyle Bonagura, Oregon State has “been in touch” with UCLA offensive coordinator and interim head coach Jedd Fisch about their head coaching opening. See the update (per report) from earlier today naming two other Pac-12 offensive coordinators who have apparently already interviewed.

Montana (FCS): According to the Missoulian, athletic director Kent Haslam recently noted that he expects a decision to be made on the future of head coach Bob Stitt as soon as this week. Montana lost their season finale to Montana State this past Saturday, leaving them out of the FCS playoff in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the early 90’s. Stitt’s contract is set to expire at the end of January, and he’s compiled a 21-14 record in three years leading the program. Haslam also noted that there haven’t been any assistant coaching staff changes as of Sunday evening.

Southwest Oklahoma State (D-II): Following up on our report from this morning, Chet Pobolish has officially been announced as the head coach at Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Kansas State: Here’s an odd one for you. Bill Snyder said Monday that he tried to hire Jim Leavitt in March… as his linebackers coach.

Oregon State: Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune notes that he believes “at least” three candidates have been interviewed for the open head coaching job, and they are interim head coach Cory Hall, Cal offensive coordinator and former Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin, and Washington offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith.

Thomas More (D-III – KY): Defensive coordinator Chris Norwell, in his ninth season as part of the program, has added the associate head coach title.

Virginia: Head coach Bronco Mendenhall noted today that he’s not interested the Oregon State opening (his alma mater), stating that “This is exactly where I want to be,” according to David Teel.

Mississippi Valley State (FCS): The school has announced that head coach Rich Comegy will not return. Comegy took over the program in 2014 and is 6-38 in four seasons. The program finished 2-9 this season, 1-10 the previous two years, and 2-9 his first season. Comegy previously led the programs at Jackson State, Tuskegee, Central State, and Cheyney.

Pikeville (NAIA – KY): University of Pikeville is looking to schedule a guaranteed game on September 1st, 2018. Please contact Coach Justin Lamb at [email protected].

Denver Broncos: The team has announced that Klint Kubiak will take over as quarterbacks coach following the dismissal of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and the promotion of Bill Musgrave to offensive coordinator.

Robert Morris (FCS – PA): Per source, head coach John Banaszak has resigned. Banaszak led the program for four seasons and compiled an overall mark of 8-34, including a 2-9 finish this year.

Portland State (FCS – OR): Defensive coordinator Malik Roberson has been let go after leading the defense for three seasons.

Denver Broncos: Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has been let go, according to Jason La Canfora and Ian Rapoport. La Canfora adds that other coaches could follow after the season. Quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave has been promoted to offensive coordinator, per Adam Schefter.

Southwestern Oklahoma State (D-II): Per source, Southwestern Oklahoma State plans to name Missouri Western (D-II) offensive coordinator Chet Pobolish as their new head coach.

Alabama A&M (FCS): Head coach James Spady will not return. Spady posted a 14-28 mark in four seasons on the job, including a 4-7 record this season.

Air Force: Air Force is searching for a Graphic Designer with college sports background (football a plus). Must be able to use a Mac and the full range of Adobe Cloud Products, a portfolio is a plus if you have examples of your works. Must be driven & know the full grind of a College Football Season and Recruiting Season. Must have 4 yr degree. Must be a team player. Must relocate to Colorado Springs, CO. If interested please contact Chris Miller at [email protected] or call 307-761-1285. Please only designers, or creative background applicants apply this is not and won’t be a way to get into coaching.

Florida A&M (FCS): As we reported yesterday, FAMU has now made it official… head coach Alex Wood will not return. Offensive line coach Edwin Pata will be the team’s interim head coach while the university performs a search. Wood, who was hired before the 2015 season, went 8-25 in three seasons at the helm of the Rattlers. FAMU finished this season 3-8 and 2-6 in MEAC play.

FootballScoop Coaches of the Year presented by AstroTurf: The nomination process is now open! To be considered for this year’s awards, coaches must be nominated by another coach. As in prior years, this years winners will be selected by the former winners of each award. Please send nominations to 225.229.3429, [email protected] or via DM @FootballScoop. FootballScoop is very proud to once again have the greatest turf company in business AstroTurf (who acquired ProGrass earlier this year) working with us in support of coaches & the game. Nominations should be received no later than Wednesday November 22nd.

Sterling (NAIA – OK): Head coach Chuck Lambert has resigned after two seasons and a 17-6 record. Lambert is a candidate for an associate pastor position at Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson, KS.

Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA – SD): Dakota Wesleyan University (Mitchell, SD) is looking to fill two football graduate assistants positions-one on offense (RBs) and one on defense (DL). Responsibilities include but are not limited to coaching your own position group, practice/game preparation, recruiting your own territory, summer camps, equipment, video and all other aspects of the football program assigned by the head coach.  Qualifications include application and acceptance in Master of Arts in Education and passing a background check.  Included in the graduate assistant package are 2/3 tuition waiver, and small stipend (10 month).  Candidates with coaching or playing experience will be given first priority.  Review of candidates will begin immediately.  Start date is January 1st 2018. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to Head Coach Ross Cimpl at [email protected]. No phone calls please.

Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes


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