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The Scoop - Monday December 12, 2016

Monday December 12, 2016


LSU: With Lane Kiffin officially off the board, LSU officials will meet with Matt Canada on Tuesday morning with a possible announcement soon thereafter, according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Florida Atlantic: FAU will introduce Lane Kiffin at a 10 a.m. ET press conference tomorrow.

Notre Dame: Wake Forest defensive coordinator Mike Elko will interview with Notre Dame early this week per Bruce Feldman.

Western Kentucky: Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford will be the new head coach at Western Kentucky reports Pete Thamel of SI. More on the move here.

Temple: Richmond head coach Danny Rocco, who has been offered the Delaware head job, is speaking with Temple today according to Kevin Tresolini of the News Journal / DelawareOnline.

Kansas: David Beaty has received a two year extension (along with a raise) at Kansas. Kansas only won one game vs an FBS opponent this season...Texas. Under the new agreement Beaty is slotted to earn $1.6 million next year (with $100,000 increases each year through 2021). Under his prior deal, Beaty earned $800,000 this season.

Temple / Ole Miss / Old Dominion: Sam Houston State head coach KC Keeler could be involved with the search at Temple Bruce Feldman relayed today. SHSU offensive coordinator Phil Longo is a very strong candidate at Ole Miss sources have told FootballScoop. Over the weekend we heard from multiple sources that Ole Miss was hoping to complete the hiring Tuesday or Wednesday pending final clearances. In a separate note, the PilotOnline reports that Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder will not interview with Temple and that ODU has offered Wilder a new, long-term deal. "His agent responded by saying 'thank you' and that 'we'll get back to you next week'."

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LA Rams: Special teams coordinator John Fassel has been named interim head coach.

Houston: Major Applewhite has signed a 5-year deal worth $1.5 million per year, according to ESPN's Sam Khan, Jr. His buyout is the amount remaining on the contract, plus 50 percent if he leaves for another school in Texas. He will recieve a $100,000 bonus for reaching the 9-win mark and $100,000 for each win beyond that.

Oregon: Running backs coach Gary Campbell, a veteran of the Oregon staff for over three decades, tells Duck Sports Authority, "If I don't stay here at Oregon, then I'll probably retire. I may look at some other things but there is not a whole lot I want to do as far as coaching. It would have to be something really good."

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL): Source tells FootballScoop the Eskimos have promoted Carson Walch to offensive coordinator.

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LA Rams: Jeff Fisher has been let go the team has announced. Chris Mortensen was the first to report the move. Just eight days ago, the Rams had announced a 2-year extension for Fisher. Fisher's dismissal is the first NFL head coaching opening of the year. More on this breaking news here.

FAU: Lane Kiffin will average around $1 million a year as FAU's head coach over the life of his contract, according to Brett McMurphy. Kiffin made $1.4 million at Alabama as the offensive coordinator and had reportedly been offered considerably more to go to LSU as offensive coordinator.

Louisiana College (D-III) Louisiana College is currently seeking 2 football intern positions starting January 2017 and ending December 2017. The positions will require a bachelors degree, coaching and/or playing experience, and Hudl experience. The position is a non-paid position, but will provide meals and dorm housing. Position will include, assisting an offensive or defensive position, assist recruiting, assist DFO, and academic assistance. Interested applicants please send resumes to Please no phone calls.

Ithaca (D-III - NY): Dan Swanstrom has been named head coach. Swanstrom was most recently the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Penn (FCS). He replaces Mike Welch, who annoucned at the beginning of the season that 2016 would be his last.

Tulsa: Philip Montgomery has signed a new 5-year deal, he noted at his presser today. Local reporters Kelly Hines and John Hoover were among the first to report the news.

Alabama: Nick Saban confirmed during his presser today that Lane Kiffin will remain with the team through the College Football Playoff.

West Florida (D-II - FL):The University of West Florida (DII - Pensacola, FL) is seeking a home game Sept. 9th, 2017. Looking for a D2/NAIA/D3 opponent preferably. Interested programs please contact Kylle Shoemaker at

Cisco College (JC - TX): Former defensive coordinator and longtime Tyler Junior College (TX) assistant Russell Thompson is the new head coach.

Adrian College (D-III - MI):Adrian College is seeking a home game opponent for September 8th, 2018. Possible series to follow. Interested parties please contact Harry Bailey via email at or call 517-416-7197.

Hardin Simmons (D-III - TX): Hardin Simmons University needs a home game either Sept. 2 or Sept. 9, 2017. Please contact head coach Jesse Burleson at

Harding (D-II - AR): Harding University is seeking applicants for a defensive graduate assistant coaching position working with defensive backs. Most importantly, we are interested in someone who has a desire to serve God and who sees coaching as an avenue to impact lives for Christ. Responsibilities include working with a position group, film break down, assisting with recruiting, and other duties as assigned. This position carries with it $3,500 of tuition credit per semester. No housing, meals, or stipend is included. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Those interested in applying for this position should email Luke Tribble at Please include a letter of application, resume, and three references. No phone calls please.

Georgia: The trip to the Liberty Bowl has triggered bonuses that equal nearly $300,000 for Georgia's coaching staff, according to Marc Weiszer. Kirby Smart will get a $75,000 bonus for the bowl, while his assistants will earn the following; offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and defensive coordinator Mel Tucker ($37,500 each), OL coach Sam Pittman and DL coach Tracy Roker ($35k each), WRs coach James Coley and OLBs coach Kevin Sherrer ($32,500 each), TEs / special teams coordinator Shane Beamer ($30k), RBs coach Dell McGee ($27,500), and ILBs coach Glenn Shumann ($25k).

Georgia State: Sources tell FootballScoop South Carolina offensive line grad assistant Cedric Williams is expected to join Shawn Elliott's staff as offensive line coach.

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LSU: As The Advocate reported yesterday, Pitt OC Matt Canada has become a strong candidate for LSU's offensive coordinator position. Dan Wolken is reporting that Canada will meet with Ed Orgeron in the next 24 hours.

So you want to work for Bill Belichick....

FAU: ESPN's Brett McMurphy and Chis Low are reporting that Lane Kiffin has accepted the head coaching job at FAU. We have confirmed the hire. Chris Low adds that he expects Lane to continue to serve as OC at Alabama through their playoff run.

Northern State (D-II - SD): Northern State, a member of the NSIC (DII-SD) is accepting applications for a full-time assistant football coach, serving as the defensive coordinator. Primary duties include coaching the defensive line and overseeing the entire defense. Position will include, but not limited to: conducting daily defensive line meetings, planning and coordinating individual and defensive group practice drills, identifying and diagraming opponents plays, overseeing the academic progress of the defensive line, and scripting and formulating practice plans. Position will have a full-time recruiting area, experience in recruiting on and off-campus is preferred and will be a major part of the position. Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred. Minimum of three years playing and/or coaching defense is required. Interested applicants can apply via this link. No phone calls please.

Florida Atlantic: Our report on how the FAU opening has become a Cold War between two sets of college football superpowers.

Buffalo Bills: Adam Schefter stated this morning, "I'd be surprised if Rex Ryan is the coach of the Bills after this season."

A 6 foot 7 inch OL lining up at QB might be the greatest highlight video of all time

Oregon: Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is a "name to watch" for the Oregon defensive coordinator position reports Josh Newberg of 247. Willie Taggart frequently seeks Jim Harbaugh's advice on things like this and Harbaugh knows Leavitt well from their time together with the 49ers.

Former Colorado State head coach Sark Arslanian has passed away, just a few months shy of his 93rd birthday. Coach Arslanian coached as recently as two years ago. Please join us in praying for his family and the CSU community.

Cincinnati: Luke Fickell's contract will average $2.3 million over six years, the buyout is $3.5 million, and that figure will go down by $500k annually, according to Pete Thamel of SI.

FAU: As we reported last night, sources tell FootballScoop that Tim Drevno, Michigan's offensive coordinator, is a candidate for the FAU head coaching vacancy. Last night we also heard that Lane Kiffin might have come back into the fold. We're told an announcement could come in the next day or two.

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