The Scoop – Thursday December 14, 2017

Thursday December 14, 2017

Louisiana Lafayette: An update on Louisiana Lafayette’s search.

BYU: BYU has made the hiring of Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator official.

Bo Davis: Davis, the former defensive line coach at Alabama who joined the UTSA program back in February, must serve a two year show-cause until April 13, 2019, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee announced, denying Davis’ appeal. Davis appealed the decision saying that the date of the show-cause should have started on the date of his resignation from Alabama, but the appellate court decided to stick by their original ruling that the date of announcement of the penalties as the formal start date of the show-cause. During the show-cause, any NCAA school that hires Davis must restrict him from all off-campus recruiting activities, which UTSA has done since bringing him on board.

Washington: Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake is getting a contract extension, according to a tweet from Dave Mahler.

East Central (D-II – OK): Wisconsin defensive quality control coach Antonio Fenelus is joining the staff as defensive backs coach / pass game coordinator.

UTEP: Per multiple outlets, as well as our sources, Dana Dimel is rounding out his staff as follows; Mike Canales (OC), Mike Cox (DC), Reggie Mitchell (RBs), Jake Waters (inside WRs), Mike Tuiasosopo (DL), Joe Robinson (DL), Rutgers quality control coach Scotty O’Hara is expected to coach the outside receivers, and sources tell us that McKendree (D-II – IL) offensive coordinator Matt Rahl will join the staff as well.

Coach of the Year: Join us in congratulating Iowa State’s Tyson Veidt as the 2017 FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year presented by AstroTurf.

Miami (OH): As we reported earlier this week, Spence Nowinsky has now been announced as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Franklin (D-III – IN): Franklin College invites applications for the position of assistant football coach and athletics communications assistant. This position is a 10-month staff position reporting to the Director of Athletics. Assistant Football Coach responsibilities include: recruiting, coaching defense and coordinating special teams; academic monitoring and other duties assigned. Athletics Communications Assistant responsibilities include oversight and support of various aspects of the departmental communications function. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with successful collegiate coaching and recruiting experience.  Submit letter of application, resume and names/contact information of three professional references via email to [email protected].

North Greenville (D-II – SC): North Greenville University is looking for a guarantee game (FCS) on 9-1-19 or 9-8-19. Interested parties email [email protected].

Kent State: Here’s our update on what’s happening with Kent State’s search for a new head coach.

High School Football’s Declining Numbers: 18 months ago, the researchers at X&O Labs set out to better understand why the national participation of high school football was declining—and to bring solutions back to coaches that could grow the game. What they found during their research was far greater than what they had hoped to discover. Yes—they found solutions to football’s declining participation numbers. These are real solutions that can truly grow the game. That was not surprising being they have a network of over 60,000 football coaches at the high school, college and professional levels. The truly exciting development is they discovered a small group of high school coaches who are using these solutions to re-build their programs to achieve higher levels of success in an ever-changing culture, society and world—and, here’s the fun part, they’re winning more games! To learn more about this growing trend: Go here and see the details.

BYU: Last night, FootballScoop learned that LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is expected to accept the offensive coordinator job at BYU. LSU intends to hire LA Chargers assistant offensive line coach James Cregg as Grimes’ replacement, per source. Scroll down to yesterday for more info.

Crown (D-III – MN): Crown College is seeking an opponent for a home and home series during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Open dates are Week 2 (September 8, 2018 and September 7, 2019) or week 10 (November 3, 2018 and November 2, 2019). Preference would be to be the away team in 2018 and the home team in 2019. Preference will also be to D-III teams in the Midwest. If interested, contact head coach John Auer at [email protected].

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


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