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The Scoop - Monday December 24, 2018

Monday December 24, 2018


Merry Christmas! We hope everyone is able to spend time with loved ones remembering what we are all celebrating, the one event that literally changed time forever. Happy birthday Jesus!

#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. FBS – FCS – D-II

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have announced an extension for head coach Pete Carroll through the 2021 season, worth more than $11 million per year. Carroll, who will be 70 by the time his contract expires, is 88-54-1 with one Super Bowl, two NFC titles and likely his seventh playoff appearance this year in nine seasons at the helm in Seattle.

Michigan: Former Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego is working with the Wolverines as a consultant for the Peach Bowl.

James Madison (FCS - VA): Sources tell FootballScoop Shane Montgomery is expected to be new offensive coordinator for Curt Cignetti's staff. Montgomery, who served as head coach at Miami (OH) from 2005-08, served as OC / QBs at Charlotte last season after having served in the same capacity at Youngstown State 2010-17. #ExtraScoop - The 2004 NFL draft featured Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Big Ben Roethlisberger...Cignetti coached Rivers at NC State & Montgomery coached Big Ben at Miami (OH). [Kurt Roper, who coached Eli at Ole Miss recently accepted the quarterbacks position at NC State.]

Eastern Illinois (FCS): In addition to defensive coordinator Chris Bowers (see below), Adam Cushing is also adding a number of other assistants with Northwestern ties as well, per Teddy Greenstein, including; defensive graduate assistant Deonte Gibson (DL), Dayton (FCS - OH) receivers coach Mark Philmore (WRs), Cornell (FCS) running backs coach John Kuceyeski (Offensive Coordinator & Superbacks), Fordham (FCS - NY) receivers coach Chris Batti (QBs), and Missouri defensive quality control analyst Neal Renna (safeties). Also, former EIU linebacker Adam Gristick will coach the linebackers, Central Michigan running backs coach Jayden Everett will coach the same position for EIU, and Benny Boyd will coach the corners. In addition, Cushing is "eyeing" Northwestern assistant director of sports performance Joe Orozco for the strength job, per the report.

Navy: Source tells FootballScoop in addition to Kennesaw State defensive coordinator Brian Newberry, KSU defensive ends coach Kevin Downing is also expected to join Navy's staff. Hear there might be another KSU staff member coming as well. Stay tuned....

Matt Millen: Peter King has shared that Matt Millen's wife told him Matt had a heart transplant this morning and the "Doctors said the heart was a perfect match and he is doing well. The surgery went smoothly." Please keep Matt in your prayers for a successful recovery from the procedure and a strengthening of his body.

Jim Harbaugh: The Jets are planning on making a run at Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, per report.

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Northwestern director of player personnel Chris Bowers is joining Adam Cushing's staff as defensive coordinator, per Adam Rittenberg. Bowers had previously served as the defensive coordinator at Concordia (D-II - WV) and Defiance (D-III - OH), and also served as secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Valpo (FCS - IN) prior to joining the Northwestern staff.

Reedley College (JC - CA): Offensive line coach Andrew Halstead is the new head coach at Immanuel HS (CA), per source. We understand defensive line coach Gordon Halstead is leaving to join his brother's staff as a coordinator as well.

Colorado School of Mines (D-II): Colorado School of Mines has filled their offensive coordinator / quarterbacks job. Thanks for the overwhelming interest.

Fort Scott (JC - KS): Fort Scott CC has an immediate opening for the linebacker's position group. You will coach your own position group, have your own recruiting area, help with special teams and help in the weight room. This position comes with Housing and Meals. The position comes with salary and has the option for making money being an RA. Interested applicants email your resumes & references to No phone calls.

Florida State: Yesterday, Willie Taggart formally announced the addition of Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles as his new offensive coordinator. 

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL): Garces HS (CA) head coach AJ Gass has left for a position with the Eskimos, per source.

Head coaching changes: See all of the 2018 NFL and College head coaching changes here – including a new interactive map.