Sunday December 8, 2019

USF: The USF search is focusing on a Clemson coordinator, source tells FootballScoop. Here’s the details.

Northern State (D-II – SD): Sources tell FootballScoop that UW-La Crosse (D-III) head coach Mike Schmidt will be the new head coach at Northern State. Schmidt has spent the past four seasons at UW-La Crosse where he has gone 27-13 overall.

Ole Miss: Rich Rodriguez is not being retained Ross Dellenger tweets. We wrote earlier about what Lane is hoping to do on the offensive side of the ball.

Arkansas: Sam Pittman is the new head coach of the Razorbacks, and Hunter Yurachek used a Twitter video to make the news official.

Missouri: Eli Drinkwitz has reached an agreement to become the new head coach at Mizzou, per reports.

Florida Atlantic: Here’s a quick look at the FAU search.

Memphis: Athletic director Laird Veatch says that the current plan is for running backs coach Ryan Silverfield to coach the team in the Cotton Bowl unless Mike Norvell decides he wants to come back for it, and that particular conversation with Norvell will happen at a later date. A look at where Memphis may turn to fill the role permanently.

Missouri: Is Drink headed to Missouri?

Arkansas: Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman’s name has been connected to the Arkansas search today. We heard this earlier today and Pete Thamel just tweeted the same. Now my reports…. Here’s more on the situation.

Cal Poly (FCS): Sources tell FootballScoop Cal Poly is pursuing Oregon running backs / run game coordinator Jim Mastro to be their next head coach. Mastro played at Cal Poly and got his start in coaching there as well, spending nearly a decade on the staff before moving on to Idaho, Nevada, UCLA, Washington State and now Oregon. Given the success Oregon’s offense has had, it seems hard to think Mario Cristobal would make it easy for Mastro to leave. Will update as more is clear.

South Carolina: Former Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo is expected to join Will Muschamp’s staff as offensive coordinator the Post & Courier is reporting. Mike Gillespie of ABC Columbia shares conflicting information, noting that “it’s too mature at this point to assume” Bobo will be the offensive coordinator for Will Muschamp. Will update as more information becomes available.

Eli Drinkwitz: Following a historic season at App State, Drink has options.

Memphis: A decade ago, the Memphis head coach publicly stumped for the administration to invest in the program or put it out of its misery. Today, it’s a well-paid, tradition-rich program that is one of the best Group of 5 gigs on the market.

Old Dominion: Sources tell FootballScoop AD Wood Selig has honed in his search. A look at the candidates (per sources).

Kendal Briles: The former Baylor and Florida State offensive coordinator is weighing some intriguing options.

College Football Playoff: It’ll be LSU vs. Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State vs. Clemson in the Fiesta. Proceed accordingly. College football bonuses for the head coaches are (per Darren Rovell); Lincoln Riley ($125k), Dabo Swinney ($150k), Ed Orgeron ($225k) and Ryan Day ($250k).

Oklahoma: The Sooners being selected in the College Football Playoff means a $100k bonus for Lincoln Riley, Steve Berkowtiz tweets.

Virginia Tech: Running backs coach Zohn Burden and defensive backs coach Brian Mitchell will not return, head coach Justin Fuente has announced. The Roanoke Times adds that the two also will not coach in the team’s bowl game.

UTSA: Chad Morris has removed himself from consideration for the UTSA job, sources told FootballScoop.

Ohio State: Head coach Ryan Day will get $350k total in bonuses for the Buckeyes win over the Badgers in the Big Ten title game. That includes $100k for the Big Ten title game, and $250k for making the College Football Playoff Semis.

Virginia Tech: Safeties coach Justin Hamilton, who returned to VT in 2018 as director of player development – defense before being promoted to safeties coach back in February, has been announced as the choice to replace Bud Foster as defensive coordinator after their bowl game. Hamilton, who played for the Hokies, previously spent four seasons at VMI (FCS) in a variety of roles that include working with the inside linebackers, outside linebackers, and as co-defensive coordinator. Prior to that he was the defensive coordinator at UVA-Wise (D-II) for two seasons, and also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the UVA-Wise program prior to that.

Ole Miss: Per sources, Lane has his first hire for his Rebels staff, and it’s a big one…

NFL Openings: Two NFL teams with head coaching openings to fill are reportedly considering a Pac-12 head coach.

Memphis: In an official statement, athletic director Laird Veatch confirms that Mike Norvell has stepped down to become the head coach at Florida State and that privacy in their search for the next leader of the program “will be of the utmost importance.” A press conference has been called at 3pm to share more information.

FAU: Glenn Spencer will serve as interim head coach while the Owls search for their next head coach.

Jim McElwain: When asked if he plans to coach CMU in their bowl game, McElwain responded, “Absolutely. I can’t wait.

Wisconsin Lutheran (D-III): Head coach Dennis Miller, who helped found the program 19 seasons ago, has announced his retirement.

#Nuggets: There will be no Selection Sunday suspense, the Playoff field is set. Let’s talk about it anyway.

Florida State: Florida State will introduce Mike Norvell as its new head coach at noon ET today.

Eli Drinkwitz: After initially brushing off talk of other potential job opportunities, notably Arkansas, Eli Drinkwitz shared during the post game presser that – “Every opportunity, I owe it to my family to see if that’s something that we’re interested in.”

LSU: Asked after the SEC Championship if he sees his future at LSU, Joe Brady responded, “Absolutely.”

Ole Miss: It’s official — the Lane Train has pulled into Oxford.

FirstDown PlayBook: When FirstDown PlayBook coaches change jobs, their plays go with them. Take a look at how you can too right here.

NFL and College Head Coaching Changes: Keep track of all the head coaching changes from NFL to FBS to NAIA via this page.

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