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The Scoop - Monday January 1, 2018

Monday January 1, 2018


Louisiana-Lafayette: Texas Tech running backs coach Jabbar Juluke has agreed to join Billy Napier's staff as running backs coach source tells FootballScoop. Multiple outlets have reported he plans to join Billy's staff tonight as well.

Georgia: Sources tell FootballScoop Memphis inside linebackers coach / recruiting coordinator Dan Lanning has agreed to join Kirby Smart's staff at Georgia. We expect Lanning to coach outside linebackers at Georgia. Sources tell FootballScoop Lanning was offered multiple group of 5 defensive coordinator positions over the past few weeks. Lanning previously worked with Kirby Smart, Glenn Schumann, Mel Tucker and crew at Alabama in the 2015 season. Lanning also previously worked at Pitt, Arizona State and Sam Houston State.

Colorado: Former South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper will join Mike MacIntyre's staff at Colorado per Brian Howell of Buffzone. Howell adds Roper will coach quarterbacks at CU. Rope and Mac worked together both at Ole Miss and Duke.

Denver Broncos: Adding to the report below, here is a full recap of the coaches the Broncos let go today (via Mike Klis): running backs coach Eric Studesville, receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, special teams coordinator Brock Olivo, outside linebackers coach Fred Pagac & assistant defensive backs coach Johnnie Lynn.

Wofford (FCS - SC): Sources tell FootballScoop Wofford is hiring Pitt defensive coordinator Josh Conklin as their new head coach. Conklin spent 2007 - 09 at Wofford as defensive backs & special teams. This will be Conklin's first time as head coach after serving the past five seasons as defensive coordinator at FIU & Pitt.

LSU: Special teams consultant Greg McMahon is expected to be hired as full-time special teams coordinator reports Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. McMahon had been with the New Orleans Saints since 2006.

Green Bay: Packers GM Ted Thompson will transition to a new role and the team plans to hire a new GM reports Ian Rapoport. Chris Mortensen adds Russ Ball (VP of Football Admin), Brian Gutenkunst (Player Personnel Director) and possibly Eliot Wolf (Director of Football Operations) are expected to have redefined duties in connection with the move.

Dallas Cowboys: Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley will not return, per tweet from Ian Rapoport. However, Joe Machota (who covers the Cowboys for the Dallas News) says the report is "not true".

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Memphis: Sources tell FootballScoop former Louisiana Lafayette offensive coordinator Will Hall will join Mike Norvell's staff at Memphis. The former West Georgia and West Alabama head coach is expected to coach tight ends and have associate head coach title as well we are told.

Chicago Bears: General Manager Ryan Pace has signed an extension through 2021. Ian Rapoport adds via a tweet that the head coach Pace eventually hires will get a four-year deal.

Michigan: With his name being thrown around for NFL openings, Jim Harbaugh was asked after their Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina today if he had coached his last game at Michigan, to which he responded simply, "No," per the Detroit News.

SouthCarolina: Head coach Will Muschamp doesn't get any bonus money for their Outback Bowl win over Michigan today, but has collected $50,000 in on-field bonuses this season, Steve Berkowitz tweets.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have been granted permission to interview Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrable, per Albert Breer.

Denver Broncos: Running backs coach Eric Studesville will not return tweets Nicki Jhabvala. Nicki adds receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson and special teams coordinator Brock Olivo will also not return.

Green Bay Packers: Inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac have been let go, according to a tweet from ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have requested to interview Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores tweets Adam Schefter. Ian Rapoport adds Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Dakota State (NAIA - SD): Dakota State University is looking to hire a full-time dual football/track coach. Football: prefer a defensive coach with college or high school defensive playing or coaching experience with either Defensive Backs or Linebackers. Track: prefer college or high school participation or coaching experiences with Jumping events. Looking to hire as soon as we find a candidate that matches both programs needs. Email resume and references to head football coach Josh Anderson at as well as head track/cross country coach Anthony Drealan at State benefits will apply and salary will be in the low $20K a year.

North Carolina: Tommy Thigpen, who spent the past five seasons coaching the linebackers at Tennessee, has greed to join Larry Fedora's staff at UNC, per a report from Scout.

Green Bay Packers: Defensive coordinator Dom Capers will not return, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Demovsky adds that other defensive changes are expected to follow. Capers has been coaching since 1972, in the NFL since 1986, and served as the first head coach for both the Carolina Panthers and the Houston Texans.

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Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have requested permission to speak to Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo as well, per tweet from Mike Garafolo.

Kirby Smart:"I always judge a coach by two things..."

Chicago Bears: The Bears are preparing to interview Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo for their head coaching job later this week, per Mike Garafolo's tweet.

Steve Wilks: The Panthers defensive coordinator has fielded interview requests for the head coaching jobs with the Colts, Giants, and Lions, per Tiffany Blackmon of NFL Network.

New York Giants: According to a tweet from Adam Schefter, Giants GM Dave Gettleman has informed the team's assistant coaches that they are free to look for other jobs without the Giants blocking them.

Florida State: Sources tell FootballScoop Oregon director of recruiting David Kelly has now left Oregon...headed to Tallahassee.

LSU: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has turned down a pursuit from Texas A&M and has elected to stay with LSU, according to a report from Ross Dellenger.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Dirk Koetter doesn't expect to give up play calling duties in 2018, and does not expect firing any staff members, per Greg Auman. Also, Rick Stroud notes Koetter anticipates both defensive coordinator Mike Smith and offensive coordinator Todd Monken will return.

Denver Broncos: Vance Joseph has been informed that he will return to lead the Broncos for a second season in 2018, per a tweet from Adam SchefterUpdate: John Elway has confirmed Joseph will return. "Vance and I had a great talk this morning about our plan to attack this offseason and get better as a team," he tweeted. "We believe in Vance as our head coach. Together, we'll put in the work to improve in all areas and win in 2018."

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians is expected to retire from coaching

Cardinals’ HC Bruce is expected to retire from coaching, per league sources. Leaving the game on his terms. Another HC vacancy expected.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2018

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adam Schefter tweets. "Leaving the game on his terms." More on the news here.

Detroit Lions: Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the head coaching job on Tuesday, per a tweet from Josina Anderson.

Colorado State: Sources tell FootballScoop Ohio University offensive line / co-offensive coordinator Dave Johnson will join Mike Bobo's staff at Colorado State. Prior to the past four season with Ohio, Johnson also coached at Cincinnati, West Virginia, seven seasons at Georgia (with Bobo), and at Marshall.

Detroit Lions: Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Ron Prince has been let go, tweets Albert Breer.

Bowl games: In case you needed reminding, here's today's bowl slate -- Outback Bowl, Michigan vs. South Carolina (noon ET, ESPN2); Peach Bowl, Auburn vs. UCF (12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN); Citrus Bowl, LSU vs. Notre Dame (1 p.m. ET, ABC); Rose Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Georgia (5 p.m. ET, ESPN); Sugar Bowl, Clemson vs. Alabama (8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Ithaca (D-III - NY): Ithaca College seeks applicants for a defensive intern. Responsibilities include, running position meetings, assisting with special teams, assisting with game planning, film breakdown and data entry, covering your own recruiting area, and other duties assigned by the head football coach. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. This is an entry level position with commensurate salary. Position start date is as soon as possible. Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to

Cleveland Browns: The Browns could let go of eight assistants today reports Mike Jurecki.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have reportedly requested interviews with Vikings OC Pat ShurmurPatriots DC Matt Patricia, Texans DC Mike Vrabel and Panthers DC Steve Wilks.

Baltimore Ravens: Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is retiring reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Pees has served as defensive coordinator of the Ravens since 2012 and previously served in the same capacity for the Patriots 2006-09.

Oakland: The Raiders are confident Jon Gruden will say yes eventually; but they have to fulfill the Rooney Rule first per Ian Rapoport who adds Gruden plans to call the offense and hire Paul Guenther to serve as his defensive coordinator.

UCLA: Sources tell FootballScoop Angus McClure has been retained by Chip Kelly. We are told McClure will coach tight ends. Tracy Pierson has reported the same.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys are expected to release quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson with other offensive staff changes possibly coming, tweets Alex Marvez.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals and Marvin Lewis plan to "take a bit of time" before reaching a decision about whether Lewis will remain head coach tweets Jim Owczarski of The Enquirer. Mike Garafolo adds that Marvin has told his staff it could be "a day or a few" before things shake out. Stay tuned.... Albert Breer adds to this, pointing out Lewis' contract is up, so to bring him back they would have to give him a new deal.

Chicago Bears: Ian Rapoport tweets that the Bears have fired head coach John Fox. Adam Schefter has tweeted the same. Read more on the situation, including who the Bears may target, here.

Alma (D-III - MI): Sources tell FootballScoop that Alma College is reopening their head coaching search after narrowing the field down to five finalists and conducting a number of interviews. The position has been open since November 16th.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have let go head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell led the Lions to their second-straight nine-win season with a win over the Packers last night. Read more here.

Baltimore Ravens: Longtime defensive coordinator Dean Pees is informing the team this morning that he plans to retire, effective March 1, per a tweet from Ian Rapoport.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are expected to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, and Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub for their vacant head coaching job, per Ian Rapoport's tweet.

Denver Broncos: Last night, John Elway noted that he would sleep on his decision to keep head coach Vance Jospeh for another season, or let him go. Will update...

Oakland Raiders: Adam Schefter noted last night, "It's simple, Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders."

Mississippi Valley State (FCS): Derek Welch has been brought on staff as defensive coordinator, per source. Previous coaching stops for Welch include Southwest Mississippi CC (JC) defensive backs, East Central CC (JC - MS) linebackers, and Northwestern State (FCS - LA) corners.

Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes.