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The Scoop - Friday February 3, 2017

Friday February 3, 2017


Dartmouth: Kevin Daft has joined the staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Daft spent the last five seasons at UC Davis, most recently as offensive coordinator.

Tennessee: According to SEC Country, Brady Hoke is in discussions with Butch Jones about joining the staff. Hoke is the former head coach at Michigan who spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon.

Iowa: Ken O'Keefe, who previously worked on Kirk Ferentz's staff from 1999-2011 and who spent the last five seasons with the Miami Dolphins in a number of roles offensively, is joining the staff and will work with the quarterbacks Ferentz has announced.

Indiana: Houston offensive line coach Darren Hiller is expected to join the Hoosiers staff, Bruce Feldman reports.

Florida Atlantic: Chris Perkins is joining the staff as an offensive analyst, per Bruce Feldman.

Green Bay Packers: Illinois linebackers coach Tim McGarigle is leaving to become a defensive quality control coach with the Packers, where he will work with the linebackers.

Indiana: Per Adam Rittenberg, Indiana is hiring Central Michigan running backs coach Nick Sheridan to coach the Hoosier quarterbacks. Sheridan previously served as a graduate assistant at Tennessee for two seasons, and also played at Michigan under new Indiana offensive coordinator Mike DeBord.

Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson has announced the hiring of Paul Hamilton as associate director of player personnel and former Yellow Jackets wide receiver Kevin Cone as assistant director of operations.

Presbyterian (FCS - SC): Harold Nichols, who led the program from 2009 until his resignation this past November, has been named director of major gifts at the school.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have hired South Carolina graduate Justin King as associate AD of new and creative media. He spent the past two years as a producer for

Grove City (D-III - PA): Grove City College is looking to hire an intern assistant that will also work as a strength and conditioning coach. This successful candidate for this position will have the responsibilities of coaching a position group (TBD) for the football team. Included in this responsibility, but not limited to: film breakdown, advance scouting, game planning, practice planning, motivation, and fostering a Christian environment. As well as supporting the head football coach and carrying out whatever assistant coaching responsibilities that he is assigned (recruiting, meeting with alumni, and others TBD.) This candidate also will be responsible for assisting the strength and conditioning program for the entire athletic department. This will require collaborating with the head strength and conditioning staff to develop and coach the proper workout protocol for all of the athletic programs on Grove City College for both their in-season and out of season time periods.. The successful must possess a current strength and conditioning certification, preferably either CSCS, or CSCCa. Competitive stipend and medical benefits. Interested candidates can send their information to head coach Andrew DiDonato at

Liberty (FCS - GA): Matt Bevins, a former All-American kicker for the Liberty program, has been named director of high school relations. Bevins spent the past five seasons working in the compliance office.

Oklahoma State: Offensive line coach Greg Adkins will not return to the staff, according to Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World. We can confirm the news.

Furman (FCS - SC): David Sims, who spent the past two seasons at Shorter University (D-II - GA) coaching the quarterbacks and fullbacks, has been named running backs coach.

Murray State (FCS - KY): Cody Woodiel has officially joined the staff as offensive line coach and Carson Hunter has been promoted from a defensive quality control role to quarterbacks coach. Woodiel spent the past three seasons coaching the offensive line at Itawamba CC (JC - MS).

Missouri: Brian Odom is joining his brother's staff as outside linebackers coach, per Rivals, who adds that he will also assist with some special teams dutie while safeties coach Ryan Walters will now handle the entire secondary. Brian served as a defensive quality control coach last season for Mike Leach at Washington State and prior to that ran the strength and conditioning program at Houston.

Scoop Him Up:Robert "Brick" Aldridge is a high-energy, dedicated and organized coach looking to lead a well-structured program and mentor young men. A graduate of Henderson State and in pursuit of his Master's at West Florida, Aldridge was a 3-year letterwinner at Henderson State and was invited to the St. Louis Rams' camp as an undrafted free agent. He worked for Auburn's strength program under Ryan Russell from 2014-15, working with the Tigers' football team. Since 2015, Aldridge has worked at West Florida as a sports performance graduate assistant. References include West Florida head strength coach Kent Morgan, Cleveland Gladiators assistant head coach Ron Selesky and Henderson State head coach Scott Maxfield in addition to Russell. He can be reached at or (205) 837-5232.

Oregon: Former Ducks quarterback and graduate assistant Nate Costa, who most recently worked in the virtual reality field for STRIVR, will become the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at IMG Academy (FL), per Bruce Feldman.

Florida: As reported yesterday, Florida has formally announced JaJuan Seider as a new offensive assistant.

Coe College (D-III - IA): Coe College is accepting applications for their defensive coordinator position. This is a non-tenure-track appointment. Review of application materials will begin immediately and remain open until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: recruitment of student-athletes on and off-campus, on field coaching, practice planning, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, video editing with and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach. This position will involve additional duties assigned by the Director of Athletics. For more information and to apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references via this link. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer. Please, no phone calls.

Take a quick look at the $50 million new football facility South Carolina has planned

Itasca CC (JC - MN): Itasca Community College has an immediate opening for the position of Defensive Coordinator. On-campus employment could make the position full time. Applicants can apply by submitting resume, cover letter, and references to head coach Weldon Braxton at No phone calls please.

Coe College (D-III - IA): Per source, defensive coordinator Larry Atwater has decided to retire.

New Research: Developing an Explosive Play Culture –It was former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick that first came up with his “Fox-Tox” stat, which correlated offensive success with turnover differential and “explosive play” differential. While programs have various criteria for what determines an explosive play: one thing is certain- they win or lose games. This is why Dakota State University offensive coordinator Jared Hottle has developed an explosive play continuum and in X&O Labs clinic report he address how explosive plays are tied into scheme, practice, game planning and recruiting.Click here to read the report.

Victor Valley (JC - CA): Chris Fore, who coordinated the special teams at Sultana HS (CA) last season, has accepted the special teams coordinator job at Victor Valley, per source.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Price, the former offensive coordinator at Tulane a few seasons ago under Curtis Johnson, has accepted the assistant wide receivers / head of offensive research job with Doug Marrone and the Jags, sources tell FootballScoop. Marrone and Price previously worked together with the Jets organization.

Incarnate Word (FCS - TX): Polo Gutierrez will be the new special teams coordinator and defensive line coach, per source. Gutierrez is the former running backs coach at UTSA, and spent last season as the head coach at Texas Military Institute (TX).

Lycoming (D-III - PA): Lycoming College is accepting applications for an entry level coaching position. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all facets of the program, including coaching a position, recruiting prospective student-athletes, organization and planning of all practices, game preparation, film breakdown, and monitoring the academic progress of student-athletes. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Previous participation and/or coaching experience with QB/WR positions is preferred. This position is for 1450 hours annually and will pay an hourly rate based on experience. There are also some meals included. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to head coach Mike Clark, at No phone calls please.

Southern Illinois (FCS): Pat Poore, who was part of Jerry Kill's SIU staff from 2001-2007 before following him to Northern Illinois and then Minnesota, has joined the staff as receivers coach. Poore spent the past six seasons coaching the running backs and co-coordinating special teams at Minnesota on Kill's staff.

Villanova (FCS): Per source, running backs coach Ola Adams is being promoted to special teams coordinator and will also move to defensive backs / corners coach.

LA Rams: Aubrey Pleasant has joined the Rams staff, per multiple reports. Pleasant spent last season with the Redskins as an assistant secondary coach.

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