Sunday November 25, 2018
Western Kentucky: Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton is a strong candidate to take the just-opened WKU head job sources tell FootballScoop. More on the potential hire here…. Update >> Multiple reports out of Tennessee now state the deal is in place. Tyson Helton now HC at WKU.
Texas: Former Kansas head coach David Beaty will spend the week in Austin helping the UT staff game plan for the Big 12 Championship, tweets Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods. Beaty worked with Tom Herman at Rice in 2007.
Ball State: Source tells FootballScoop Ball State head coach Mike Neu is expected to return for 2019. Neu, the former New Orleans Saints’ quarterbacks coach, recently completed his third season at Ball State.
McPherson College (NAIA – KS): Source tells FootballScoop defensive coordinator Ruzell McCoy is not being retained.
Western Kentucky: 247 sports has released their “hot board” for the Western Kentucky job. They list Hugh Freeze, Butch Jones, Tyson Helton, Brian Brohm, Jamarcus Shephard and Zach Azzanni as candidates for the job. We’ll update when we hear more on this one…
Louisville: There is mutual interest between Missouri head coach Barry Odom and Louisville regarding the open head coaching position with the Cardinals, according to 247.
Houston: Mark D’Onofrio will not return as defensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop. Update >> The program has announced the move.
LSU / A&M staff fight: See the update at the bottom of this article to hear how Steve Kragthorpe explains what happened.
Western Kentucky: WKU has fired Mike Sanford, FootballScoop can confirm; and there’s more…
Old Dominion: ODU has announced the dismissal of defensive coordinator Rich Nagy, safeties coach / recruiting coordinator Kermit Buggs, corners coach Sam Perryman and offensive line coach Chris Malone.
Texas Tech: Kliff Kingsbury will be paid $4.2 million to buyout his contract. He has no offset per Steve Berkowitz.
Cincinnati Bengals: According to Jason La Canfora, Hue Jackson could be in line to take over for Marvin Lewis in the event that the Bengals head coach decides to retire or take on a front office position. The former Browns head coach joined Lewis’ staff as a special assistant to the head coach earlier this month.
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USC: Director of Athletics Lynn Swann has now confirmed Clay Helton will return. See the letter he wrote in support of this decision.
Texas Tech: With the job all but officially open, a look at a Texas Tech program at a crossroads, and how AD Kirby Hocutt’s own playing experience could play a pivotal role in the search. Update: Tech has officially fired Kliff Kingsbury.
Windsor (Canada): Head coach Joe D’Amore has resigned after eight seasons.
Illinois: Three years into the Lovie Smith project, the Fighting Illini have 9 wins. This morning, the man who hired Lovie has doubled down…
Texas State: Chip Brown reports this morning that Kendal Briles will interview for the Texas State head job.
Wake Forest: Safeties coach Lyle Hemphill has been promoted to defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Dave Cohen has been promoted to assistant head coach for defense.
North Carolina: A look at who North Carolina could turn to; and who the whispers say they are.
LSU / Texas A&M: After last night’s 7OT slobberknocker, staff members got into it on the field. This is something. The first video is of the fight; but don’t miss the one at the bottom where the A&M staffer explains to Jimbo that he just punched Steve Kragthorpe.
#Nuggets: Your full recap of the wildest, most consequential weekend of college football this year, leading with a historic beatdown in a historic rivalry.
Texas Tech: An update on the situation at Texas Tech.
North Carolina: Larry Fedora is being bought out of his contract.
Mark Stoops: Mark Stoops has now earned $750,000 and could top that up to $1 million in bonus dollars should UK win their bowl game reports bonus tracker extraordinaire Steve Berkowitz. [Seriously, a big thank you to Steve who works so diligently tracking these things for USA Today; but truly for college football fans everywhere.]
Vic Fangio: LaCanfora reiterated that Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will get interviews this time. Let’s hope so, he deserves a shot.
Matt Campbell: LaCanfora said of the college head coaches in the wind for NFL jobs, he continues to hear the most about Matt Campbell and primarily focused on the Browns’ opening.
Bruce Arians: Bruce told Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports this morning that the Browns head job is the only one he would come out of retirement for; but added that he has not yet been contacted by the Haslams or the organization about the search.
USC: Following last night’s 24-17 loss vs Notre Dame, Clay Helton reiterated he is supported by Lynn Swann and the administration. “It will be My task moving forward to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Minnesota: Following their win over rival Wisconsin, PJ Fleck removed the interim tag from defensive coordinator / defensive line coach Joe Rossi. Since taking over the defensive play calling duties from Robb Smith (who was let go) following a 55-31 loss to Illinois in early November, the Gophers have allowed 10 points to Purdue in a 41-10 win, 24 points to Northwestern in a 24-14 loss, and 15 points to Wisconsin Saturday in their season finale 37-15 win.
Indiana: After finishing 5-7 for the second year in a row, head coach Tom Allen noted at his post game presser that he’s considering giving up the defensive play calling responsibilities. “I think as I continue to grow as a head coach, to be able to coach the coaches, coach the players, be able to be involved in all three phases, there’s no question that’s something that I’m thinking about, for sure,” he shared via The Morehead News.
Michigan State: After their 14-10 win over Rutgers yesterday to get them to 7-5, Mark Dantonio wouldn’t commit to staff changes, stating that those are “in-house” questions and decisions that he’ll evaluate the staff as he does every year.
North Carolina: Here’s an update at where things stand at North Carolina.
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Queens Athletics and Recreation (Canada): Head coach Pat Sheahan has left the program after 19 seasons with the team. He will serve as a special advisor for the team until the end of April.
Tennessee: Sources told FootballScoop last night that Jeremy Pruitt plans to make a coordinator change this off season.
Head coaching changes: See all of the 2018 NFL and College head coaching changes here – including a new interactive map.