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The Scoop - Monday December 31, 2018

Monday December 31, 2018


On this final day of 2018 we hope you are able to step back and take a minute to contemplate the year it has been; and to make some plans for 2019. Thank you for helping us make this the best year in FootballScoop's 20 year history. We have big plans for 2019.... and we hope you do too. #StayTuned... God bless.

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

Northwestern: Asked after Monday night's Holiday Bowl win about reports of the Green Bay Packers' interest in him, Pat Fitzgerald provided an emphatic response...

Oklahoma State: Numerous reports are stating that Mike Yurcich is leaving the program and is on the move...

Austin Peay (FCS - TN): Sources tell FootballScoop that Old Dominion recruiting coordinator Spencer Grubbs is leaving to become the director of recruiting on Mark Hudspeth's staff.

Green Bay Packers: Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFluer has received a request to interview for the Packers head job, per Ian Rapoport.

Miami: Manny Diaz shared on the radio this evening that he's informed multiple coaches on staff that they are being let go. Some of those changes are expected to come on the offensive side of the ball. Stength coach Gus Felder is one of those that will not return. InsideTheU adds that the offensive coaches that won't return are tight ends coach / special teams coordinator Todd Hartley, co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, offensive line coach Stacy Searels, quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, offensive coordinator / running backs coach Thomas Brown. Update:Christy Chirinos of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the entire offensive staff has been let go.

Appalachian State: The program has announced that Greg Gasparato, who joined the staff back in January coaching the safeties, will be a defensive assistant on Eli Drinkwitz's staff.

Arizona Cardinals: Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb have also been let go, per multiple reports.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have requested permission to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor for their head coaching job, per Ian Rapoport. Prior to joining the NFL ranks, Taylor served as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Numerous outlets are also reporting that the team is also requesting an interview with Rams passing game coordinator / tight ends coach Shane Waldron and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Ole Miss: The Rebels have formally announced the addition of Rich Rodriguez as offensive coordinator.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have requested permission to interview Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, per Adam Schefter.

Tennessee Titans: Head coach Mike Vrabel shared today that he'd like to have defensive coordinator Dean Pees back, and expects to hear a decision from Pees shortly. Pees is 69 and left a game back in mid-November with some health issues before eventually returning to the team. His career includes defensive coordinator stops with the Patriots, Ravens, and Titans.

Iowa State: Matt Campbell has declined an interview request from the New York Jets, per multiple reports.

Midwestern State (D-II - TX): Midwestern State University is currently seeking qualified applicants for a defensive backs coach. Coaching responsibilities to include, but not limited to, defensive backs. Coaching & playing experience at Division I FBS, FCS and Division II is preferred. Interested applicants should send a letter of application, resume, and three recommendation contacts including phone numbers to head coach Bill Maskill at Please no phone calls.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have requested permission to interview Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor Jason La Confora has tweeted.

Georgia Tech: As we reported this morning, Geoff Collins has now announced Dave Paternaude and Andrew Thacker as his OC & DC. More on who is expected to be on his staff here.

49ers: Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan said today he doesn't plan to make any changes to his staff.

New York Jets: The Jets have put in a request to interview Tampa offensive coordinator Todd Monken Tom Pelissero tweets. Hattiesburg to NYC (via Tampa) is quite a story... #HopeItHappens

Georgia Tech: A look at some of the Temple assistants expected to join Geoff Collins' staff at Georgia Tech.

Vic Fangio: Fangio has fielded interview requests from the Dolphins and Broncos, tweets Adam Schefter. The Bears' defensive coordinator cannot interview this week with Chicago prepping for a playoff game.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have requested an interview with Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, tweets Adam Schefter. Munchak was the Titans' head coach from 2011-13.

Atlanta Falcons: Former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will interview for the Falcons' offensive coordinator position tweets Jason La Canfora.

Receivers Coach of the Year: Please join us & AstroTurf in congratulating West Virginia's Tyron Carrier who was selected by prior winners as the 2018 FootballScoop Receivers Coach of the Year.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are totally reworking the staff as Dan Quinn has fired OC Steve Sarkisian, DC Marquand Manuel and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. Quinn will serve as his own defensive coordinator going forward the team has announced.

Utah State: Mike Sanford has now been formally announced as the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach for the program.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have requested permission to interview Vikings interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski for their offensive coordinator job and Ian Rapoport adds that Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni is on Cleveland's short list of head coaching candidates.

New York Jets: The Jets have requested permission to interview Cowboys passing game coordinator / defensive backs coach Kris Richard, per Tom Pelissero.

Houston: School officials have reached out for official permission to interview Dana Holgorsen, per a tweet from Pete Thamel.

Dan Campbell: Saints assistant head coach / tight ends coach Dan Campbell has interview requests from the Packers and Browns, per Ian Rapoport. Prior to joining the Saints staff, Campbell went 5-7 as the interim head coach with the Dolphins following the dismissal of Joe Philbin.

New York Jets: The Jets have submitted a request to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, per Ian Rapoport.

Hamline (D-III – MN): Giovan Jenkins corners coach has resigned to pursue other opportunities we are told.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have submitted an interview request for Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberlfus, per a tweet from Tom Pelissero.

Miami Dolphins: General manager Chris Grier will now oversee football operations. Mike Tanenbaum is being reassigned to an unspecified role...

Temple: An update at Temple; and this has ripples...

Arizona: The Cardinals have now made it official. Steve Wilks has been fired. One year as head coach....

Games today: Full slate with Cincinnati v Virginia Tech (noon ET - ESPN), Stanford v Pitt (2pm ET - CBS), Michigan State v Oregon (3pm ET - Fox), Missouri v Oklahoma State (3:45pm ET - ESPN), Northwestern v Utah (7pm - FS1) and NC State v Texas A&M (7:30pm - ESPN).

NFL head jobs: Keep track of all of the NFL head coaching openings here.

Cincinnati: The Bengals are parting ways with long-time head coach Marvin Lewis. More here.... 

Words matter: 13 year NFL vet shares a wonderful story of a 20 second encounter with his high school defensive coordinator that changed the trajectory of his life. Great story here. Enjoy.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos have fired head coach Vance Joseph, Adam Schefter tweets. Schefter adds that the Broncos have requested permission to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Head here to read more...

Penn State: Athletic director Sandy Barbour and Penn State have come to an agreement on a contract extension, but the two sides are still finalizing the details, Barbour has shared with the media today.

Arizona: Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has told his staff he's out, reports Ian Rapoport. More here...

Cleveland: GM John Dorsey noted this morning that Gregg Williams will interview for the head coaching position tomorrow. Dorsey added they plan to interview a number of candidates; adding the OC Freddie Kitchens is also a candidate.

Minnesota: Amid reports of "keep an eye on" Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer last night; Zimmer began his morning by texting NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, "I'm not retiring or resigning. Period." Pelissero says team sources tell him they would be shocked if Zimmer, who is under contract one more year, is out.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are hiring NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as their new GM, Adam Schefter reports.

Houston: Although the job has always appeared to have been Dana's if he wants it; a report last night says it was first offered to...

Josh McDaniels: The Packers have requested permission to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Adam Schefter tweets.

Brian Flores: The Browns and Packers have submitted requests to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores for their respective openings, per Adam Schefter.

Miami: Last night we shared that Miami was strongly considering making Manny Diaz their new head coach.... Then, #TheU made Manny Diaz their new head coach.

An NFL veteran shares how a simple comment from a HS coach completely changed the trajectory of his life

Alvernia (D-III - PA): Per source, corners coach Dennis Eizzi is no longer with the program.

Ole Miss:Rich Rodriguez has accepted the offensive coordinator job, per reports.

Tampa Bay Bucs: After their season finale yesterday (a 34-32 loss to the Falcons), the Bucs announced that Dirk Koetter had been relieved of his duties.

New York Jets: The Jets announced yesterday that head coach Todd Bowles will not return.

Colby College (D-III - ME): David Dunn, who served as the offensive coordinator last season at Colby College, has been named head coach at Christopher Columbus HS (FL). Prior to joining the Colby staff, Dunn coached the tight ends at Marshall.


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