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Monday January 4, 2016

Monday January 4, 2016


Very proud to report that traffic in December set an all-time record in the 16 years we've been doing this. We look forward to seeing thousands of you at the AFCA convention in San Antonio beginning this upcoming weekend.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have announced a new four year deal with Chuck Pagano. General Manager Ryan Grigson is also receiving a new three year deal.

Boise State: Defensive backs coach Julius Brown is no longer part of the staff, per multiple reports. Source tells FootballScoop that former Bronco Gerald Alexander will join the staff coaching the DBs. Alexander coached defensive backs at Indiana State this past season and had agreed to join Jeff Choate's staff at Montana State a few weeks back.

Philadelphia Eagles: Alex Marvez is hearing that Tampa Bay Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter may be on the Eagles radar for an interview.

Tulane: Georgia Southern director of player development Mike Krysl, who coached special teams for their bowl game, will join Willie Fritz' staff at Tulane as special teams analyst.

Georgia Southern: SI is reporting that Furman defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey will join Tyson Summers' staff, likely as defensive line coach.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have let six assistants go. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris, tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars, receivers coach Fred Graves, defensive line coach Don Johnson and assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees will not return.

Oregon: Mark Helfrich has announced that defensive coordinator Don Pellum is moving back to linebackers coach and the Ducks will hire a new defensive coordinator.

Texas Tech: Sources tell FootballScoop former South Carolina, North Carolina & LSU special teams coordinator Joe Robinson will be the new special teams coordinator at Texas Tech. Robinson was named 2010 FootballScoop Special Teams Coordinator of the Year.

UCF: Per source, Oregon's Erik Chinander has accepted the defensive coordinator role at UCF.

Miami: Mark Richt has announced that Mississippi State defensive assistant Ephraim Banda will join the staff coaching the safeties. Banda served as a grad assistant at the University of Texas and at Mississippi State with Diaz. Richt also formally announced the hire of Stacy Searels and Mike Rumph.

Miami: Peter Ariz reports that assistant director of operations Josh Darrow will not be retained.

Texas State: Kirk Bohls reports that Major Applewhite will not be a candidate at Texas State.

Tennessee: The Vols have now formally announced the addition of Larry Scott as tight ends coach.

Texas Tech: Emmett Jones, who served as the director of player development since February, has been promoted to offensive assistant coach. His specific coaching assignment will be announced later.

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Cleveland Browns: The Browns have also fired Bill Kuharich (executive chief of staff) and Morocco Brown (vice president of player personnel), per Dianne Marie Russini of ESPN.

Red Parker, who served as the head coach at Clemson (1973-1976) and the Citadel (1966-1972), passed away this morning at age 84. Please join us in keeping Parker's family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have requested permission to interview New England director of pro scouting Bob Quinn for the open GM job.

Alabama's Bo Davis has been named FootballScoop's Defensive Line Coach of the Year, presented by ProGrass

ULM: As we reported in mid-December, Mike Collins has been announced as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator/linebackers coach, and Matt Kubik has been announced as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.

Utah: Defensive coordinator / defensive line coach John Pease is retiring and Morgan Scalley has been named the Utes new defensive coordinator. Scalley coached the safeties at Utah the past eight seasons, and has been recruiting coordinator the past eight years.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are making a change at offensive coordinator, as Michael Gehlken is reporting that Frank Reich is out.

Arizona State: Middle Tennessee State wide receivers coach Kodi Burns is expected to join the staff as running backs coach, and current running backs coach Josh Martin will move to tight ends, per SI.

USC: The program has officially announced the additions of Tyson Helton (pass game coordinator / running backs) and Neil Callaway (offensive line).

Wisconsin's Dave Aranda and Tim Tibesar have been awarded FootballScoop's Linebackers Coaches of the Year, presented by ProGrass

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners will pay Jim Tomsula the remainder of the $10.5 million owed to him for the three seasons left on his deal, owner Jed York has confirmed.

Miami Dolphins: The Miami Herald reports that former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is interviewing with the Dolphins.

Kent State: Per source, expect Paul Haynes to promote from within the staff to fill the defensive coordinator position with linebackers coach Ben Needham expected to be promoted. We hear he also has already identified the candidates to fill the defensive line position and has begun that process. Will update when appropriate.

New York Giants: General Manager Jerry Reese will return according to NFL Network.

Fresno State: Former South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward is expected to be the new defensive coordinator at Fresno State reports Josh Webb. We hear the deal is in the works; but not final. Sources had told FootballScoop that both Colorado State and Mississippi State showed interest in Whammy for their vacant defensive coordinator positions as well.

New York Giants: Tom Coughlin has informed his coaching staff that the organization is making a head coaching change, per Adam Schefter. Coughlin reportedly decided to step down before the Giants asked him if he wanted to stay, according to Schefter, who also reports that he will "remain active" and is "open to listening to teams". Here are the details.

Georgia Tech: Special teams coordinator Ray Rychleski has left the program after coming to a mutual decision with Paul Johnson, per the AJC.

South Carolina: Will Muschamp expects to make his final on-field assistant hire by next week, according to The State. The hire will coach outside linebackers. Muschamp notes that former South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will work in an off-the-field role as an analyst and adds that the staff will employ "three to four" analysts on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Carson-Newman: Larry Slade will serve as defensive coordinator / safeties, Dino Waites will move to receivers, Brock Pursley will move to quarterbacks, Mike Clowney will now coach running backs and Nick Reveitz will move to linebackers, per source and we are told that Tony Ierulli will coach outside linebackers. We also hear that quarterbacks coach Don Woods is retiring.

San Francisco: Jed York reiterated today that Trent Baalke will remain general manager and is tasked with leading the search for the next head coach.

Texas A&M: Athletic director Eric Hyman reinforced his support for Kevin Sumlin today during an interview with SportsDay saying, "Kevin Sumlin is the captain of our ship and the future looks good. Where we are in position football-wise, we're in a very strong position."

Tennessee: Source tells FootballScoop that Miami interim head coach / tight ends Larry Scott will join Butch Jones' staff as tight ends coach. Scott joined the Miami staff in 2013 as tight ends coach, and prior to that he coached the tight ends, offensive line and running backs at South Florida from 2007-2012.

Coastal Carolina: Former James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews has now been introduced as the program's new defensive coordinator, as expected.

Kentucky: Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator, but DJ Eliot will remain the primary play caller on defense. Ansley's promotion will come with a raise.

San Diego Chargers: Mike McCoy will return as head coach in 2016 but staff changes are expected to be made according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Chargers went 4-12 this season including a winless record in AFC West play.

Clemson: Dabo Swinney has already raked in $950,000 in bonuses this year and will see that figure climb to north of $2 million with a defeat of Alabama next week, according to documents obtained by Aaron Brenner of the (Charleston) Post and Courier. Clemson's ACC championship also triggered a raise from $3.3 million to $3.5 million for 2016. Swinney's nine assistants, plus strength coach Joey Batson and DFO Woody McCovey, have each earned $70,000 in bonuses and would receive $25,000 more with a national title.

Redlands (D-III - CA): Juan Navarro has been hired to coach the defensive line. Navarro is the former head coach at LA Valley College (JC - CA).

Missouri: Mizzou has announced the hiring of Greg Brown as cornerbacks coach. Brown most recently coached the safeties at Louisville.

Allegheny College (D-III - PA): Wabash College (D-III - IN) defensive coordinator BJ Hammer has been named head coach. During his five years at Wabash, Hammer was an integral part of a program that posted a 51-7 record with three Division III playoff appearances.

Arizona: Defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Jeff Casteel and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich will not return.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers are expected to formalize the return of head coach Mike McCoy with an announcement coming as soon as today, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Presbyterian College (FCS): Per source, wide receivers coach Eric Miller has left to pursue other opportunities.

Tennessee Titans: General Manager Ruston Webster has been let go. The Titans also removed the interim tag on CEO Steve Underwood and announced that Vin Marino will oversee football operations. The Titans say that Mike Mularkey is a candidate for the head job but they will interview other coaches as well.

Detroit Lions: The organization will interview Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner for the GM position, per Adam Schefter.

Keep track of all the head coaching changes (at all levels) here

Carson-Newman (D-II - TN): Former Tennessee assistant coach Larry Slade has been hired as defensive coordinator. Slade spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Central HS (TN).

Central Methodist (NAIA - MO): Seneca HS (MO) head coach Dan Scheible has resigned to become the offensive coordinator. Scheible led the Seneca HS program to the state title in 2013, where they finished runner-up.

Delta State (D-II - MS): Defensive coordinator Charles Anthony and wide receivers coach Bam Bryant will not have their contracts renewed.

Olivet College (D-III - MI):Olivet College is looking for a road game week one of 2016, September 3rd, and a home game for 2017. If interested please contact head coach Dan Pifer at

Jackson State: Source tells FootballScoop former Southern University offensive coordinator Chad Germany will be the new offensive coordinator for Tony Hughes at Jackson State.

Lindenwood (D-II - MO): Lindenwood University is searching for a defensive graduate assistant coach. Preferable experience coaching or playing the cornerback position. The job includes coaching a position, recruiting, use of digital editing system, and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach and coordinator. The position will begin immediately. Compensation is in the form of a monthly stipend. Candidates should email resume to

Memphis: Mike Norvell has announced his full coaching staff. Just to recap; Chris Ball (DC), Chip Long (OC / TEs), Darrell Dickey (assistant HC / RBs), David Johnson (WRs), Dan Lanning (ILBs / recruiting coordinator), Joe Lorig (OLBs / STC), Paul Randolph (DL), Ryan Silverfield (OL), Marcus Woodson (corners), and Josh Storms (strength and conditioning).

Miami Dolphins: Chris Grier has been formally announced as general manager. Grier had been serving as the team's director of college scouting, and has been with the organization the past 16 years.

Miami: Per Peter Ariz, American Heritage HS (FL) head coach Mike Rumph is expected to join Mark Richt's staff to coach the corners.

Ball State: Per source, New Orleans Saints quarterbacks coach Mike Neu is the leading candidate for the job and if all goes well with the University President, could be announced as the next head coach as early as tomorrow.

McNeese State (FCS - LA): Per source, coaching duties at McNeese State will be as follows Landon Hoefer (OC / QBs), Dennis Smith (RBs / special teams coordinator), and Kerry Joseph (WRs coach / co-offensive coordinator). Hoefer coached the quarterbacks on staff last season, Dennis Smith spent last season at FAMU and Kerry Joseph is a former McNeese State quarterback who has played professionally since 1997, mostly in Canada.

CSU Pueblo (D-II): Per source, Fort Lewis College offensive coordinator Dave Brown will be the new quarterbacks / passing game coordinator at CSU Pueblo.

David Shaw: NFL reporters are catching on to what we've shared for quite some time...David Shaw is really happy at Stanford. Don't expect him to move on to the NFL anytime soon.

Detroit Lions: The Lions requested the interview Dallas Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay for their GM position, but he has decided to stay in Dallas, per Ian Rapoport.

Lake Erie College (D-II - OH): Per source, former West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II) defensive line coach Russell Norton has accepted the same position at Lake Erie College.

Central Arkansas: Running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Mike McCarty has left the staff to take a position outside of coaching, per source.

Rutgers: Per source, Ohio State recruiting assistant Adam Caltury has accepted the director of recruiting position at Rutgers.

Growing up a coach's kid - by former Ohio State staffer Greg Gillum's daughter Myriah is a powerful read.

Philadelphia Eagles: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will interview for the head coaching position today according to Albert Breer. Shurmur is the second in-house candidate along with running backs coach Duce Staley.

MacMurray (D-III - IL): MacMurray College invites applications for three offensive intern positions. Responsibilities include coaching OL, RBs or WRs and recruiting. Minimum qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree, playing and/or coaching experience, and excellent communication skills. Compensation includes a $7,000 for 10 months, on-campus housing and meals. This is considered an entry-level position and will be filled as soon as right candidate is found and start immediately. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background check. Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to AND

Georgia Southern: Western Kentucky assistant director of operations Travis Taylor will join the Georgia Southern staff as director of football operations, per Chad Bishop who covers WKU. Taylor, the former DFO at UAB, played ball at Valdosta State and is a native of Georgia.

Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Haslam has hired the search firm of Korn Ferry (specifically Jed Hughes) to run point on their head coaching & general manager searches.

San Francisco 49ers: Chip Kelly's camp has reached out to the 49ers to express interest in their head coaching opening, per Adam Schefter. Mike Shanahan has also expressed interest in the vacancy, per Mike Silver.

Teryl Austin: Austin, the Detroit Lions defensive coordinator, will interview with both the Browns (Tuesday) and Dolphins this week, according to multiple reports.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins will interview interim coach Dan Campbell on Friday, per Ian Rapoport. They'll also interview Mike Shanahan, according to Alex Marvez.