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The Scoop - Saturday November 26, 2016

Saturday November 26, 2016


Oregon: Oregon is "expecting to fire Mark Helfrich" reports George Schroeder of USA Today. Schroeder notes that Oregon hasn't officially "pulled the trigger on the move" yet; but will move quickly once done. Schroeder mentions PJ Fleck and Bryan Harsin as potential candidates but notes others could be involved.

Brian Kelly: Interestingly both Pat Forde (Yahoo) and Brett McMurphy (ESPN) reported tonight that Brian Kelly is exploring other opportunities through his reps. Interesting (to us at least) in how it was leaked following their loss, more so that the "news" itself.

Georgia State: Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is a candidate for the Georgia State head job, according to Dan Wolken of USA Today.

Notre Dame: After their loss to USC, Brian Kelly told reporters that everything is on the table in terms of his coaching staff, noting "I have to clearly look at the mix of continuity and change." Kelly added, "I'll be back, absolutely."

Michigan State: Following their game tonight, Mark Dantonio said he is not even considering making staff changes.

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Connecticut: Dan Wolken of USA Today reports "despite the disaster finish at UConn, I'm told not to expect a coaching change". UConn lost 8 of their last 9, including their final 6 games. In three seasons, Bob Diaco has won 11 games (2, 6 & 3 this year). In their last 5 games, UConn scored a total of 32 points.

Texas: The Longhorns have now formally announced the hiring of Tom Herman. Herman will be introduced on Sunday at a time TBD.

Texas: DFO Fernando Lovo is expected to follow Tom Herman from Houston to Texas, according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.

Houston: Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will serve as the team's interim head coach, per Joseph Duarte.

Texas: Tom Herman will get a 5-year deal worth around $5 million per year "with escalators to over $6 million in final year of deal," according to Kirk Bohls of The Austin American-Statesman.

Ole Miss: Ole Miss has announced that defensive coordinator Dave Wommack will retire at the end of the season. Wommack has spent nearly four decades as a college coach, and has served as the defensive coordinator under Hugh Freeze for five seasons in Oxford.

LSU: Ed Orgeron noted during his introductory presser that he plans to keep defensive coordinator Dave Aranda on staff, and that Aranda communicated his intent to stay on staff next season in a meeting this morning with Coach O. Orgeron added that the rest of the staff will be evaluated after the bowl game. Zach's Column: In the end, it was the two losses in his seven games as interim head coach that helped O win the LSU job full-time.

Western Michigan: Athletic director Kathy Beauregard tweets that "PJ Fleck has not talked to any teams. He is committed to the WMU Broncos and preparing for the MAC Championship game." We reported earlier this morning that he would not meet with other teams before their Championship game (despite a report earlier today that he would "soon be named head coach" at Purdue - below).

Houston: With the job all but officially open, ESPN's Sam Khan, Jr., reports Houston will hire a search firm to find Tom Herman's replacement. The interim coach for Houston's bowl game is still to be decided.

Texas: ESPN is reporting that Tom Herman be named the new head coach of the Longhorns, and an announcement is expected later today. Multiple outlets are now reporting Herman has informed Houston officials of his intention to leave. As we've reported all along, this was a move years in the making.

Purdue: Bob Kravitz is reporting that PJ Fleck will soon be named head coach of the Boilermakers. Sources tell FootballScoop that Fleck does not plan to talk with other programs until after the MAC Championship game on Friday night.

Texas: Texas has officially fired Charlie Strong. The buyout for Strong and his staff is $18 million, according to Steve Berkowitz. Read more here.

NC State: NC State has formally announced Dave Doeren will return in 2017. Why the Pack are keeping Doeren.

Tom Herman: With LSU off the board, what happens next with Tom Herman?

LSU: Sources confirm to FootballScoop Ed Orgeron will be LSU's full-time head coach. Read more here.

Quick note from FootballScoop: Reminder, when a head coach loses his job, often that impacts a very large number of staff members and their families. Some will be required to move to different cities or states just to find relatively comparable employment. This is not a time of year any coach looks forward to. Only way to get through it is to realize this creates new opportunities for many. We encourage everyone to be compassionate and thankful for all of your blessings this time of year.

Texas: Late last night we, and others, received word that Texas is officially moving on from Charlie Strong. That meeting will take place this morning. Thereafter, sources tell us UT President Greg Fenves and AD Mike Perrin are scheduled to meet with Tom Herman. Stay tuned...

Tom Herman: With competing offers on the table, sources tell FootballScoop it will all come down to relationships for Tom Herman.

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