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Texas: Charlie Strong has made it official. He is the new head coach at the University of Texas. 

Itawamba (CC - MS): Sources tell us Faulkner (NAIA - AL) offensive coordinator Nick Coleman has accepted the same position at Itawamba. 

Miami (OH): Sources tell us that Western Michigan grad assistant Drew Engels has accepted a grad assistant position on Chuck Martin's staff. 

Texas A&M: Nebraska defensive backs coach Terry Joseph says he has been offered the defensive backs job at Texas A&M. We have no reason to believe that he won't accept it; but it is not official yet. 

Penn State: Sources continue to tell us that James Franklin will interview tomorrow with Penn State. 

Texas: ESPN is reporting that Charlie Strong is expected to be announced as the new head coach at Texas tomorrow (with a press conference Monday). 

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Louisiana Tech defensive coordinator Kim Damron confirmed to JG-TC.com he is a candidate for the Eastern Illinois head job. Damron was Eastern Illinois' defensive coordinator for its trip to the FCS playoffs in 2000. As we previously reported, Bill Legg is a strong candidate. The Journal Gazette also mentions Curt Mallory, Mickey Matthews, Lance Leipold and Jimmie Dougherty as "other possibilities". 

                   Why Jim Mora said no to Texas

Tennessee Titans: Head coach Mike Munchak has been let go according to Chris Mortensen. Here's what you need to know. The organization has dismissed the entire coaching staff according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. Update> We hear it is premature to say that all of the assistants have been let go. 

Penn State: Al Golden will interview with Penn State today according to Brett McMurphy. The interview was pushed back a day due to inclement weather in Pennsylvania. 

James Franklin: James Franklin has been asked to interview by both the Redskins and the Browns per Adam Schefter who adds that Franklin interviewed weeks ago for the Texans job as well. Will be interesting to see if Franklin chooses to meet with Penn State officials as we were told he would. Still think there is a good chance that happens. 

Houston Texans: Marvez also reports that Brian Ferentz (Iowa) is a strong candidate for offensive line coach and as the entire world has reported that George Godsey (Patriots) is a strong candidate for offensive coordinator. 

          While you are waiting on Charlie to accept, watch Gary Pinkel get his groove on

Tampa Bay: Southern Miss offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will accept the quarterbacks job with the Bucs (and Jeff Tedford) per Alex Marvez. 

Texas: Charlie Strong has not formally accepted the offer from Texas yet. 

Houston Texans: Bill O'Brien has let the entire former staff go and will bring Romeo Crennel on as defensive coordinator Alex Marvez reports. 

UConn: FIU special teams coordinator Kevin Wolthausen will join the UConn staff as defensive line / recruiting coordinator per source. 

North Dakota: Southern Illinois linebackers coach Eric Schmidt has now formally been announced as defensive coordinator.

Weber State: Sources tell us Wisconsin assistant director of operations Kite Afeaki has been hired as defensive tackles coach at Weber State. 

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Texas: Texas will hire Charlie Strong as head coach according to Bobby Burton of 247Sports. Sources tell us this is happening and will be official tomorrow. SI reports that Strong has agreed to a five year deal worth $5 million per. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Leslie Frazier will be the Bucs' defensive coordinator according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.com. Jeff Rapp noted on twitter tonight that former Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer is planning to join Lovie's staff as well. 

Cincinnati: Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman and defensive tackles coach Fred Tate have been let go. 

South Florida: Sources tell us Willie Taggart is in advanced discussions with 49ers senior offensive assistant (and former Washington State head coach) Paul Wulff to join his staff as offensive coordinator. We also hear TJ Weist is in consideration. 

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have requested and been granted permission to interview Browns' defensive line coach Joe Cullen per Ian Rapoport. 

Cleveland Browns: Jim Tressel will interview for the head job with the Browns per Joe Dunn out of Akron. Adam Schefter reported after this initial report that Browns executives state Tressel will not be interviewed. We continue to hear this evening that Bob Stoops' interest is real as well. 

Tennessee Titans: The Titans will retain head coach Mike Munchak according to Jim Wyatt with the Tennessean.  

Texas: Sources tell us James Franklin and Charlie Strong are the two finalists for the Texas job. A decision is expected within 24 hours.

Connecticut: Virginia safeties coach Anthony Poindexter will join UConn's staff as defensive coordinator according to Desmond Conner of the Hartford Courant.  Conner also reports that Virginia defensive line coach / assistant special teams coordinator Vincent Brown will also join the defensive staff.

South Florida: South Florida announced earlier today that offensive coordinator Walt Wells and quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan will not return. 

Penn State: Sources at both Miami and Penn State tell us that Al Golden is a strong candidate and will strongly consider the job if offered. Update>> CaneSport is reporting that they have confirmed that Golden has been offered the job. 

Baltimore Ravens: Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return. 

Pace University: Sources tell us that Holy Cross defensive coordinator Andy Rondeau has been offered the head coaching position at Pace. Good hire by Pace. 

Rhode Island: Sources tell us Iowa State tight ends coach Bill Bleil will be the new offensive coordinator at Rhode Island. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers have terminated the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. 

Georgia Tech: Bruce Feldman just reported that Paul Johnson is not happy with the school and hopes that Georgia Tech buys him out. Will let you know what we hear on this... Update> Paul Johnson has responded directly letting us know that "Bruce's tweet is completely false" and that he plans to coach GT into the future. 

Jackson State: Sources tell us Mississippi State safeties coach Tony Hughes is a candidate at Jackson State. 

Valparaiso (FCS - IN): Sources tell us that Dave Cecchini's staff will include Lehigh receivers coach Jason Miran (as offensive coordinator), University of Chicago defensive coordinator / secondary coach Ernest Moore (as defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach), Lehigh outside linebackers coach Justin Stovall (as linebackers coach) and Lehigh assistant offensive line coach Vincent Giacalone (as offensive line coach).

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UCLA: We wrote yesterday that Jim Mora would not be the guy at Texas. Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times confirmed that last night and Bruce Feldman now has also tweeted today that Mora would remain at UCLA. Mora told Foster on Friday, "It's always flattering when someone is interested in you. But I am committed to being the UCLA coach."

Baylor: "Art Briles will stay at Baylor: You can take it to the bank" - John McClain - 34 year vet of the Houston Chronicle. Update> ...and shortly thereafter Art Briles tweeted what seems to be a message that he's staying. Baylor has now issued a release stating Briles will indeed return to Waco in 2014. Next? 

Miami (Ohio): Bethune-Cookman running backs coach Autry Denson has accepted the same position on Chuck Martin's staff at Miami (Ohio). 

Washington Redskins: The Redskins are interviewing Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia today according to John Clayton of ESPN. 

Tennessee Titans: CEO Tommy Smith is meeting with Mike Munchak today. Will update.

Hawaii: Sources tell us that there has been significant interest shown in the linebackers job vacated by Tony Tuioti.

UMass: Former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple will interview for the UMass head coaching job next week, according to the Daily Hampshire-Gazette. Whipple previously served as the head coach of the program from 1998-2003, leading the Minutemen to the I-AA national title in 1998.

Elizabeth City State (D-II - NC): Elizabeth City State University have open date September 20, 2014. Home and Home Contact Waverly Tillar if interested at 252-335-3628.

East vs West Shrine Game: Longtime coaching veteran Jerry Glanville will coach the East team and former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel will coach the West.

Maine: Karlton Creech, the senior associate athletic director at North Carolina, has been tabbed as the new athletic director at Maine. Creech signed a three-year deal that will pay him $175,000 annually.

Eastern Illinois: Michigan defensive backs coach Curt Mallory is interviewing for the head coaching job this week, according to the News-Gazette.


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Connecticut: Richmond associate head coach/running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Wayne Lineburg will join Bob Diaco's staff in an unspecified role according to Desmond Conner of the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. 

Army: Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein  said today that quarterbacks coach Mitch Ware, tight ends coach Sean Saturnio and running backs coach Lamont Seward all plan to follow Monken to Army. 

North Dakota: We told you this was coming; and now its official. Minot State head coach Paul Rudolph has now been named offensive coordinator at North Dakota. Minot State says they plan to fill the position by the end of the month. 

Texas: ESPN reported this afternoon that Texas has sincere interest in Jim Mora and that there has been communication today with his representatives. Mora is an excellent coach; but our opinion is that his next stop (whenever he chooses to leave UCLA) will be in the league, not at Texas. Don't think this search is over yet. 

Montana Tech: Head coach Chuck Morrell has now announced that special teams coordinator / linebackers coach BJ Campbell has been promoted to defensive coordinator and that former McPherson College head coach Pete Sterbick will take over as offensive coordinator. 

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Florida State: Florida State's assistant pool will grow by 17 percent, AD Stan Wilcox confirmed today to the Tallahassee Democrat, from $2.86 million to $3.35 million. It will be up to Jimbo Fisher to decide how to dole out that extra $486,000. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and offensive line coach Rick Trickett are the team's highest-paid assistants at $500,000 and $455,000, respectively. 

New York Giants: Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has announced his retirement from coaching. Heck of a run. 

Wake Forest: Dave Clawson has announced that Warren Belin (linebackers) has been retained as part of his new staff, and former Rutgers defensive coordinator Dave Cohen has been brought on board to coach the defensive line. Also, as we told you a few weeks back, Derrick Jackson has been retained and will coach the secondary.

Washington Redskins: Jim Caldwell interviewed with ownership yesterday, per Schefter.

Detroit Lions: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell's interview is set for Friday, according to Adam Schefter.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns will interview Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Friday, per the NFL Network.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have been denied permission to speak to Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

Arkansas State: Just closing the loop, Blake Anderson has officially announced the additions of Walt Bell (co-offensive coordinator), Luke Paschall (wide receivers / special teams coordinator), Glen Elarbee (co-offensive coordinator), Brian Early (safeties), Joe Cauthen (defensive coordinator), and Keith Heckendorf (quarterbacks).

Sacred Heart (FCS  - CT): Sacred Heart University is looking to fill an open date on Sept 27th or Oct 4th in 2014. Willing to travel in 2014. Please contact Head Coach Mark Nofri at 203-396-8103, or [email protected].

Senior Bowl: The Senior Bowl will be coached by the staffs of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. The game will be played January 25th.

Southeast Missouri: As we first told you a few weeks ago, Bryce Saia has now officially joined the staff as defensive coordinator.

Westminster (D-III - PA): Back on Wednesday we told you about a handful of coaches that are among the finalists for the head coaching job, and we're also hearing that former Emory and Henry (D-III - VA) head coach Don Montgomery is a strong candidate as well. Some of the other names that we've heard (previously reported) are Dan Knause (OLBs at Carnegie Mellon), Jason Makrinos (DBs at Slippery Rock), Jay Foster (HC at Clarion), Jon Latina (OL/Assistant HC at Duke), Mike Pinchotti (DC at Geneva College) and Scott Benzel (DC at St. Francis).

Jones County Junior College (MS): Offensive coordinator David Thornton, who has been acting as the interim head coach since the first of the year, will take over on a permanent basis on January 15th pending official approval, according to the Mississippi Press.

Cleveland Browns: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will interview on Saturday, according to Adam Schefter.

Eastern Illinois: Haven't really heard much reportable news on this search thus far. The primary thing we hear from coaches is that the AD wants to maintain the aggressive, up tempo offensive style that Dino Babers put in place. We did see a note from Chuck Landon who is very tied in at Marshall that said that Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg has applied for the EIU head job. We'll keep you posted.

Texas: Steve Patterson wants to interview Art Briles, possibly as soon as today, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods. Briles reportedly told Baylor officials "you have nothing to worry about" last night; but let's wait for this to play out. According to Brown, Patterson has already interviewed both James Franklin and Charlie Strong. 

FAU: Sources tell us that Chris Hurd will coach the tight ends and coordinate special teams.

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Hampton: Sources tell us that the following guys make up the Hampton staff at this point; former Winston-Salem State assistant head coach / offensive line coach John Eder, Duane Taylor (receivers), Michael Ramseur (running backs), and Gary Lowery (defensive line).

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North Carolina Central: Sources tell us that Tulane offensive grad assistant Mike McCarthy will join the North Carolina Central staff.

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FAU: Arkansas special teams quality control Chris Hurd will join Charlie Partridge's staff at FAU (position to be determined). Andrew Ivins first reported the move. 

Michigan State: Mark Dantonio is not leaving the Spartans. Athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed today that Dantonio's new salary will be in the $4 million range. 

North Carolina Central: Sources tell us Savannah State receivers coach Chris Buckner will join the NCCU staff as receivers / recruiting coordinator. We also hear that Austin Peay defensive coordinator Granville Eastman will join the staff as well. 

Army: Sources tell us Georgia Southern offensive coordinator Brent Davis will join Jeff Monken at Army in the same capacity. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lovie Smith will be the next head coach of the Bucs, according to multiple outlets. Sources tell us Jeff Tedford will be his offensive coordinator. 

Eastern Michigan: Sources tell us Southern Illinois offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer will be the new offensive coordinator at EMU. 

Penn State: Defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr. will serve as interim head coach according to multiple reports. 

Washington Redskins: Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will interview with the Redskins, according to Adam Schefter. As we've state before, Washington also plans to interview Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

Houston Texans: Penn State receivers coach Stan Hixon will follow Bill O'Brian to Houston, according to a report from PennLive.

Central Arkansas: Sources tell us that Steve Campbell has convinced special teams coordinator / defensive line coach Dan Augustine to remain at UCA in the same capacity. 

James Madison: Sources tell us Ohio State recruiting assistant John Bowers will join Everett Withers' staff at JMU. 

Cleveland Browns: Gus Malzahn and James Franklin are on the Browns list of potential candidates per Jason LaCanfora. LaCanfora further notes that the Browns are expected to hire Jim Schwartz as their defensive coordinator regardless of who is hired as head coach. 

Wake Forest: Derrick Jackson has been retained. Jackson coached the defensive backs last season and has also coached linebackers and defensive line over the past ten years. 

Westminster (D-III - PA): Sources tell us Westminster has a loaded group of finalists for their head coaching opening. We hear Dan Knause (OLBs at Carnegie Mellon), Scott Benzel (DC at St Francis), Jason Makrinos (DBs/RC @ Slippery Rock U), Jay Foster (HC at Clarion), Jon Latina (Assistant HC/OL at Duke) and Mike Pinchotti (DC at Geneva College) are all considered finalists. Very impressive list. 

Morgan State (FCS - MD): Maryland wide receivers coach Lee Hull is a finalist for the vacant Morgan State head coaching job according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun. 

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Detroit Lions: The Lions will interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell according to Adam Schefter.

Houston Texans: Bill O'Brien will be the Texans' next head coach according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Here's what you need to know.

Maryland: Receivers coach Lee Hull will not return to the staff his agent tells people. Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun reports that Hull is trying to get the Morgan State head job. 

Georgia Southern: Sources tell us that Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz has spoken with Georgia Southern AD Tom Kleinlein. 

Texas: Athletics director Steve Patterson interviewed Charlie Strong on Tuesday and has already spoken with James Franklin, according to Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com. Brown also reports that Patterson wants to speak with Mark Dantonio. Additional note from the Scoop: It is early in the process. We suspect there will be more where this came from over the next week. 

Central Arkansas: Sources tell us that the Central Arkansas offensive staff has been completed. Nathan Brown will be the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, DJ Looney will coach the offensive line, Pete Bennett will coach the receivers, and Mike McCarty will handle the running backs.

Massachusetts: The university has appointed a 12-member search committee for its new head coach, co-chaired by athletics director John McCutcheon and vice chancellor for university relations John Kennedy. UMass has also hired Carr Sports Consulting to help with the search. McCutcheon and Kennedy said they plan to have a new head coach in place by mid-January. 

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Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin has made it clear that he will not entertain any NFL head coaching requests and will honor his contract according to Chris Mortensen. 

Montana Tech (NAIA): Sources tell us that former McPherson College (NAIA - KS) head coach Pete Sterbick will be the new offensive coordinator at Montana Tech.

Washington Redskins: Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is scheduled to interview with the Redskins over the weekend, according to Adam Schefter.

North Dakota (FCS): Sources tell us Bubba Schweigert has offered Minot State head coach Paul Rudolph the offensive coordinator position at UND. 

St. Vincent (D-III - PA): Sources tell us that three finalists for the head coaching position include Chris Norwell (defensive line coach at D-III Thomas More), Ron Dolciato (offensive coordinator / assistant head coach at D-III John Carroll). and John Thompson (defensive coordinator at St. Vincent).

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Worcester State (D-III - MA): Defensive line coach Tom Cullen will transition to defensive coordinator, Robert Johnson has been hired as the DFO / recruiting coordinator / defensive line coach, and offensive line coach Adam Peloquin has added the duties of special teams coordinator.

USC: Marques Tuiasasopo will receive a raise and the title of associate head coach in moving from Washington to USC, according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. 

North Dakota: Sources tell us that Bubba Schweigert is planning to bring Southern Illinois linebackers coach Eric Schmidt as his defensive coordinator. 

Nebraska Wesleyan (NAIA): Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, NE is looking to fill an open date in 2015 and 2016. Open date in 2015 is September 5 and September 3 for 2016. Would prefer to play away in 2015 and home in 2016. Looking for DIII or NAIA opponent. Please contact head coach Brian Keller at 402-465-2354 or [email protected]

North Dakota State: Closing the loop a bit from yesterday, sources tell us that Tim Polasek (OC), Matt Entz (DC) and Randy Hedberg (QBs) all are planning to accept the positions at NDSU as reported by Mike McFeely. 

Wake Forest: As expected, Dave Clawson has officially announced the additions of Mike Elko (defensive coordinator) and Warren Ruggiero (offensive coordinator). Both guys join Clawson after spending the past five years with him at Bowling Green.

New York Giants: Owner John Mara gave Tom Coughlin a vote of confidence yesterday, stating "we do want him back as our head coach, we have every confidence in him." Coughlin has one year remaining on his deal.

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher has reportedly signed his new contract according to Warchant.com. The new deal will pay Fisher a reported $4.1 million a year and include further incentives. We have not seen any information regarding buyout figures. The contract is slated to keep him at FSU through the 2019 season.

East Coast Prep (post grad - MA): Located in Great Barrington, MA, East Coast Prep is seeking two assistant coaches for the 2014 season. We are seeking experience on the offensive side but will consider all candidates. You will coach your own position and have off field duties assigned by the head coach. Compensation includes room and board and a stipend. This is a 4 month position (August - December). We will be conducting interviews in Indianapolis on January 13 & 14. Looking for college experience. Please send resumes to [email protected]. No phone calls please

Marshall: Athletic director Mike Hamrick told the Metronews Talkline that he hopes and plans to work out a contract extension for head coach Doc Holliday. Holliday, who led the Thundering Herd to 10 wins this season, currently has two years left on his contract.

USC: USC announced the hiring of Drevno, Wilcox, Tui and Ivan Lewis last night. The lone remaining assistant position on USC's staff is defensive line. 

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