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The Scoop - Friday December 30, 2016

Friday December 30, 2016


Ole Miss: FootballScoop can now confirm North Carolina defensive line coach Tray Scott will be the new defensive line coach at Ole Miss.

Utah State: David Yost, who spent last season coaching the quarterbacks at Oregon, and has previous experience as an assistant at Washington State and Missouri, has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Utah State.

Wyoming: Wyoming has announced defensive coordinator Steve Stanard's contract will not be renewed.

FIU: Georgia special teams analyst James Vollono will be the new tight ends / special teams coordinator at FIU sources tell FootballScoop. Vollono has worked with special teams at Georgia, Mississippi State, Colorado, Towson and North Carolina.

South Florida: Former Texas assistants Sterlin Gilbert and Matt Mattox will join Charlie Strong at USF reports Josh Newberg.

Notre Dame: Memphis offensive coordinator Chip Long will be Notre Dame's new offensive coordinator FootballScoop can confirm. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports was the first to report the news. More on Long here.

Western Kentucky: Boise State receivers coach Junior Adams will be the new offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky reports Bruce Feldman. Sources tell FootballScoop the move is in the works (but not finalized) as well.

Florida: Sources tells FootballScoop, Mike Locksley has agreed to join the Florida staff after Alabama's playoff run. Prior to serving this season as an analyst at Alabama, Locks spent the past four seasons at Maryland as offensive coordinator.

Utah: Assistant head coach/running backs coach Dennis Erickson is retiring and co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick will not return, the Utes have announced.

FAU: Ole Miss safeties coach and special teams coordinator Corey Batoon will join Lane Kiffin's staff, per FAU Owl Access. Sources tell us that the move is in the works as well. Batoon would be the second Ole Miss assistant to join the staff, joining Chris Kiffin who will be the program's defensive coordinator.

Denver Broncos: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' contract is set to expire soon after the season ends, USA Today points out. Phillips signed a two-year deal back in January of 2015 and discussed an extension after the Broncos Super Bowl run last season, but never came to an agreement. Phillips has been a part of the coaching profession for 46 seasons.

Furman (FCS - SC): Clay Hendrix has announced that Brian Bratton and Duane Vaughn are both being retained. Bratton will continue as wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator and Vaughn will remain on as recruiting coordinator and defensive assistant, with specific duties to be ironed out once the full staff is assembled.

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Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Josh Lawson, the defensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas (D-II) has accepted the linebackers job, per source.

New Research: 20 Personnel RPO Design - Arkansas Tech OC Brent Dearmon is no stranger to the utilization of 20 personnel groupings, having spent two seasons as an offensive analyst with Gus Malzahn at Auburn. He’s accustomed to loaded boxes to defend his slant and stack formations which is why he’s packaged nine RPO’s to combat them. The Wonder Boys have produced one of the biggest offensive turnaround in college football - including a 360% increase in rushing yards from the previous season, racking up 36.5 points and 458.8 yards per game. In exclusive clinic report, Coach Dearmon details his most productive 20 personnel RPOs including how he tags routes to affect the 7th and 8th defender in the run fit. Click here to read the report. 

Davenport (D-II - MI): Davenport football is looking for a game on September 2nd against D2 or NAIA opponents. Please contact head coach Lou Esposito at

Chattanooga (FCS): Head coach Tom Arth has announced the additions of offensive coordinator Justin Rascati (from Tennessee Tech), defensive coordinator Brandon Staley (who spent last season as the DC at D-III John Carroll with Arth), offensive line coach Nick Hennessey (also from John Carroll), tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Chris Hurd (former FAU tight ends coach and ST coordinator), defensive line coach Brian Cochran (from John Carroll), linebackers coach Matt Feeney (who spent last season at John Carroll). Arth has also decided to retain Shawn Bryson (RBs) and Kadeem Wise (director of operations) from the previous staff.

Oregon: USF running backs coach Donte Pimpleton is joining Willie Taggart's staff at Oregon in the same capacity, per Fox Sports.

Independence CC (JC - KS): Independence Community College will be interviewing for the full-time offensive line job opening in Nashville at the AFCA convention next weekend. Please submit resumes and cover letter along with references to head coach Jason Brown at

Dodge City CC (JC - KS): Dodge City Community College has an immediate opening for a full-time wide receiver coach. Possible offensive coordinator for the right candidate. Competitive salary and benefits package included. Responsibilities include any and all duties related to coaching a nationally competitive college football program. Dodge City has been ranked or received votes in 26 consecutive NJCAA football polls and has produced 9 D1 and 3 NFL WR’s in the past 3 years. Interested candidates should email head coach Gary Thomas at No phone calls please.

Western State (D-II - CO):Western State Colorado University is seeking a non-conference opponent Week #1 in 2018 & 2019. Looking for a FCS or DII opponent. If interested, please contact Head Football Coach Jas Bains at or at (970) 943-2046.

Belo Horizonte Eagles (Brazil): The Belo Horizonte Eagles American football team - the 2016 Liga Nacional champions of Brazil - are looking for a defensive coordinator. Benefits include round trip flight to Brazil, housing, meal stipend, insurance, and salary. Please contact Head Coach Daniel Levy at with your resume and cover letter. Will conduct interviews with select candidates at the 2017 AFCA Convention in Nashville, TN.

Shaw University (D-II - NC): Shaw University is looking for a game September 2nd, 2017. Interested programs can contact

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