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The Scoop - Monday January 30, 2017

Monday January 30, 2017

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San Francisco 49ers: Broncos director of college scouting Adam Peters will interview for the player personnel director job in San Francisco, per Mike Florio.

Houston Texans: The Texans have hired Wes Welker as an offensive and special teams assistant. They've also hired Bobby King as linebackers coach; he previously served on staff from 2011-13.

UCLA: Quality control assistant James Thomson has been named head coach at Northview High School in Georgia.

New Orleans Saints: Former Niners head coach Mike Nolan has joined the staff as linebackers coach, according to Nick Underhill of The Advocate.

Cincinnati: Former Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker has been named running backs coach on Luke Fickell's staff.

Wofford: Jon Wheeler has been announced as outside linebackers coach. Wheeler is a 2005 Wofford graduate.

Malone University (D-II): Former Lindenwood offensive line coach Brice Carlson will be the new offensive line coach at Malone source tells FootballScoop.

ASA-Miami (JC - FL): ASA College Miami has an immediate opening for the position of Defensive Coordinator. This is a full time job with no housing or meals. Interested applicants can apply by submitting your cover letter, resume, and references to head coach Chris Boden at No phone calls please.

Santa Monica College (JC - CA): Santa Monica College is looking for a Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach. Requirements include strong OL skill and technique instruction along with demonstration abilities. Experience in recruiting, designing practice plans and adjusting to multiple fronts desired. This is a highly competitive stipend position with classes for Masters' Degree in Kinesiology or related field. Local southern California coaches are highly encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to Head Coach Bill Laslett at No phone calls please.

Cincinnati: Luke Fickell will make an average annual salary of $2.2 million over the course of his 6-year deal, according to contract details obtained by Fox 19. Fickell will make $1.9 million his first season, a figure that will increase to $2.4 million in the final three years of his deal and has the opportunity to earn $250k for a New Years Day Bowl Appearance, $75k for a bowl appearance, $25k for a bowl win, and $10k for an 8 win season, and an additional $10k for each win after that capping at 12 wins equal to $50k. Last year's assistant coaches salary pool was set at $2.14 million, and Fickell's deal calls for a salary pool of $2.5 million. Fickell's buyout by the university if he were terminated before December 1, 2017 would be $11 million, dropping to $9.1 million if before the same date in 2018, $7.1 million by 2019, $4.8 million by 2020, $2.4 million by 2021, $1.2 million by 2022, and drops to $0 after December 1, 2022. If Fickell leaves for another program, he would owe $3.5 million if he left before December 21, 2017, with that figure dropping $500k each year that follows until December 31, 2022 when he'd owe $750k and then $0 after December 31, 2022

Scoop Him Up: Tommy Restivo was the defensive coordinator for the 2016 McNeese State Cowboys, where he also worked with the safeties. Before joining MSU, he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at South Carolina State University (2014-2015). Coach Restivo's defenses were ranked in the top 5 in 8 categories. He also coached Javon Hargrave, who was a 3rd round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Prior to SCSU, Restivo was a secondary coach at the University of Louisville under head coach, Charlie Strong. He coached Calvin Pryor, a 1st round draft pick for the New York Jets. Louisville's defense was a top 5 ranked defense in most FBS categories. In 2010-2011, he was a quality control coach working with linebackers and defensive line. Before Louisville he was a quality control/GA at for the 2008 National Championship team at the University of Florida. Interested programs can contact coach Restivo at

ASA-Miami (JC - CA): ASA College Miami has an immediate opening for the position of Wide Receivers Coach. This is a full time job with no housing or meals. Interested applicants can apply by submitting your cover letter, resume, and references to offensive coordinator Dean Kennedy at No phone calls please.

Iowa State: Former Illinois head strength coach Aaron Hillman is joining the Iowa State staff as director of player development. Prior to serving as head strength coach at Illinois from 2012-2015, Hillman previously served as a strength coach at Michigan, Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Cincinnati and Ball State.

West Virginia State (D-II): We hear John Pennington's staff is coming together; but we understand they are still seeking a defensive coordinator.

Hey coach, are you currently represented by an agent? Need your input here.

Kentucky: Inside linebackers coach Matt House will be promoted to defensive coordinator source tells FootballScoop. Before joining Kentucky for the 2016 season, House served as defensive coordinator at both Pitt & FIU.

Santa Monica College (JC - CA): Santa Monica College (JC-CA) is looking for a Defensive Coordinator. Requirements include experience with recruiting, delegation of responsibilities for position coaches, creating practice plans, scouting reports, and installation and direction of multiple defensive schemes. Six years coaching experience as a DC at the college level is preferred. This is a highly competitive stipend position with classes for Masters' Degree in Kinesiology or related field. Local southern California coaches are highly encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, resume and three professional references to Head Coach Bill Laslett at No phone calls please.

Toledo: Hank Poteat (CBs) and Mike Bellamy (WRs) have formally been announced as new members of Jason Candle's staff at Toledo. Bellamy spent last season at Mississippi State and the four seasons before that at Illinois, and Poteat was the corners coach at Kent State the past two seasons.

St. Thomas (D-III - MN):St. Thomas is looking for a game September 8, 2018 and September 14, 2019 (Week 2) and is flexible with home & home locations or the possibility of paying a guarantee depending on game location. Interested programs can contact head coach Glenn Caruso at


Guardian Caps: Guardian Caps are helping interior, power position players by addressing the buildup of all the daily blows in practice. Coaches are implementing the padded external helmet covers for 9-on-7/inside run to pad blows to heads, knees, hands, etc. Used by the reigning champ Clemson Tigers for the past 3 years, Guardian Caps can be a great way to mitigate practice blows, protect helmet damage, and keep participation numbers high.

Notre Dame shows off their annual allotment of helmets and Under Armour gear

Christopher Newport: Lafayette defensive coordinator Art Link has been announced as the new head coach at CNU.

Chadron State (D-II): Chadron State College is seeking applicants for a defensive coaching assistant. A candidate with DB playing or coaching experience is preferred. Compensation consists of a graduate tuition waiver (optional) and a stipend of $12,000 t0 $15,000. Housing and meals are not included. The successful candidate will have his own position group and recruiting area. The head coach will assign additional duties. Start date is negotiable. Please email resume and references to No phone calls please.

Indianapolis Colts: New Colts GM Chris Ballard plans to keep Chuck Pagano for the 2017 season and the re-evaluate for 2018, per Adam Schefter.

Please join us in praying for the family of former college head coach Ed Sweeney, who passed away over the weekend. Sweeney served as the head coach at Dickinson College, Colgate, Frostburg State, Mount Ida, and most recently served as the associate head coach / defensive coordinator at Stevenson University.

Minot State (D-II - ND): Per source, Southwest Minnesota State (D-II) assistant head coach / defensive line / linebackers coach Mike Aldrich will be the new head coach of the program. Prior to joining the staff in 2016, Aldrich previously served as the head coach at Augustana College (D-II - SD) and defensive coordinator at Wayne State College (D-II - NE).

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly noted today during his presser that offensive coordinator Chip long will also work with the tight ends. Kelly adds that Mike Elston will move from linebackers back to defensive line (where he spent his first five seasons with the Irish) and that all other returning coaches will stay in their current positions. Tommy Rees' official role is that of a graduate assistant, but Kelly noted that he will be the quarterbacks coach and have full duties in that respect.

Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA): Evan Knight is joining the Jordan Langs' staff as defensive coordinator, per source/ Knight has spent the last two seasons coaching the linebackers at St. Francis (FCS - PA).

Charleston Southern (FCS - SC): New Mexico State special teams coordinator Zane Vance is expected to join the Charleston Southern staff as defensive coordinator source tells FootballScoop. Vance served as defensive coordinator for the Aggies for the 2015 season.

Clarion (D-II - PA):Clarion Universityis looking for a home game in the first week of the 2017 season. Interested parties should contact defensive coordinator James Thomas Jr. at

Limestone College (D-II - SC): Valdosta State defensive grad assistant Taylor Anderson has joined the Limestone staff coaching the defensive backs source tells FootballScoop.

Rex Ryan: ESPN has signed Rex to work Super Bowl Sunday on NFL Sunday Countdown from 11am -2pm reports SportsBusinessDaily's John Ourand. Ourand adds "ESPN says the deal only covers Super Bowl Sunday, but it clearly makes ESPN a front-runner to sign Ryan to a longer deal if he's unable to find a coaching job he likes."

Kansas: Faulkner University (NAIA - AL) quarterbacks coach Brian Hudson has accepted a position on the Kansas staff, per source.

Limestone College (D-II - SC): Per source, Kutztown (D-II - PA) offensive line coach Corey Woods has resigned and accepted a position on the Limestone College staff.

FootballScoop Podcast:This week, on Beyond the Whistle, Doug (@CoachSamz) talks with a few accomplished head high school coaches about balancing their duties coaching with their family life and being a husband and father. Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here.

Kutztown (D-II - PA): Per source, offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brad Mangle will not return to the staff.

49ers: More on the 49ers hiring of John Lynch as their new general manager here...including fact that he reached out to Kyle Shanahan earlier this week to let him know he'd like a shot at the job.

ASA-Miami (JC - FL): Assistant head coach / defensive coordinator, Jacoby Watkins, has resigned from ASA-Miami to pursue other opportunities, per source.

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