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The Scoop - Monday November 12, 2018

Monday November 12, 2018


Western Kentucky: Mike Sanford's job is on the line over WKU's final two games, according to a report. More here.

Saint Vincent College (D-III - PA): Head coach Ron Dolciato will not return the school announced today. The Bearcats were 16-34 under Dolciato in his five seasons as head coach.

Nuclear Winter: Two words -- it's back.

Cincinnati Bengals: Hue Jackson, fired as the Browns' head coach on Oct. 29, will "imminently" join the Bengals staff, tweets Ian Rapoport. It is not immediately known what role Jackson will have on the staff.

New York Jets: Head coach Todd Bowles said Monday he does not plan to make any staff changes "at this time."

Dixie State (D-II - UT): Sources tell FootballScoop head coach Shay McClure and his staff have been let go following a 7-4 season including going 5-0 at home and beating the #6 team in the country two weeks ago. In three seasons as head coach McClure won 5, 6 and 7 games.

Aurora (D-III - IL): Sources tell FootballScoop that head coach Rick Ponx, who has led the program since 2013, and the program have mutually agreed to part ways. Ponx was 20-30 overall with the program, highlighted by a 6-4 season and tie for 1st place in the league in 2016.

NCAA: The NCAA has hired Greg Hudson and Tre Stallings into their football development staff. Hudson, the former Purdue, East Carolina and Minnesota defensive coordinator, most recently served as part of Notre Dame's staff in 2016 taking over as DC after Brian VanGorder was let go. Stallings was on Lovie Smith's staff at Illinois the last season and this season, serving as director of player development.

Vermilion CC (JC - MN): Per source, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Chris Riley has left the program to pursue other opportunities.

Kansas: CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd wrote this afternoon that Kansas AD Jeff Long has shown interest in former Arizona State head coach Todd Graham.

Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley doesn't have a timeline in mind for hiring a defensive coordinator, or if they'll even look to hire someone else, according to NewsOK. "I haven't made any decisions on what we're going to do there or not. Our focus was after we made the change that we were gonna get through this back half of the season and see where we're at," Riley shared. Ruffin McNeill has served as defensive coordinator since October after Riley let go Mike Stoops.

Arkansas Tech (D-II): Per sources, head coach Raymond Monica will not return. After averaging nearly 8 wins per season from 2015-2017, the Wonder Boys finished this season 3-8.

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McPherson (NAIA - KS): Head coach Paul Mierkiewicz has been let go, sources tell FootballScoop. McPherson finished the 2018 season 3-7 overall.

Carroll (NAIA - MT): Head coach Mike Van Diest is retiring after 20 years leading the program and 203 wins. Van Diest led the program to six NAIA national titles, most recently in 2010 with a runner-up finish in 2011.

Jeff Brohm: Speaking this morning, Jeff Brohm addressed the Louisville opening by saying, "It's important for me to not comment on any speculation. Right now, I have a job to do.... I'm going to stay focused on that. I'm very appreciative of the job I have right now." Read into that what you will....


New York Jets:Ian Rapoport tweets that his understanding is that any possible changes to the Jets staff will be made "after the season, rather than during."

Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Per source, defensive coordinator Todd Strop has been let go.

Fort Scott CC (JC - KS): Fort Scott CC is looking for a full-time OL coach. This position comes with Free Meals but NO Housing. You’ll be in charge of coaching OL, you will be given the Run Game Coordinator title and working directly with the Head Coach. You’ll be in charge of your own recruiting area of High School prospects and will be able to network with other colleges that come into Fort Scott to recruit Juco prospects. The pay is $25K per year. Email Resumes to

Cincinnati Bengals: Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin has been relieved of duties. Josina Anderson first reported the news which has now been confirmed.

Baltimore Ravens: Jason La Canfora reports that the Ravens and John Harbaugh are "very likely headed to a 'mutual parting of the ways' in 2019." La Canfora adds that Harbaugh is not in jeopardy of an in-season firing but the odds of him coming back to lead the Ravens in 2019 is "quite bleak," and next year is set to be the final year of his contract.

Dakota Wesleyan (NAIA - SD): Dakota Wesleyan is seeking a full-time defensive assistant football coach (LBs or DL). This position will also carry the title of Special Teams Coordinator. This is a 12-month staff position that includes benefits. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assist the head coach with all aspects of the football program, full-time recruiting area, academic monitoring responsibilities, coordinating all aspects of special teams, assisting with community service and fundraising. A minimum of 3 years of college coaching experience on the defensive side of the football will be weighed very heavily in determining this position. A strong connection to recruiting the Midwest will also be given high priority when considering candidates for the position. Review of applications will begin immediately. The successful candidate must pass a background check before officially being offered the position. Please send cover letter, resume and references to Head Coach Ross Cimpl at

Division II: Last year, a five-seed and six-seed battled it out for a national title. Here’s what this year’s Division II playoff field looks like.

Findlay (D-II - OH): The University of Findlay is looking for a home and home in 2019 and 2020. 10/26 in 2019 and 10/24 in 2020. Would like a D2 opponent to fill these dates. Please contact Head Coach Rob Keys at

Division III: The playoff bracket has been released. Sure it has it’s usual favorites, but it also has some really interesting storylines.

Jeff Brohm: Louisville addresses speculation that Purdue’s Jeff Brohm is their top target.

Southwest Baptist (D-II – MO): Southwest Baptist University is looking to fill an open date on 09/21/2019. Will play FCS, D2 or an NAIA school to fill this date. Would like to get a home and home for 2019 and 2020 if possible. Please contact Head Coach Robert Clardy at

Independence CC (JC - KS): Independence Community College, home of the NETFLIX series “Last Chance U,” is looking to hire 4 unpaid interns. The best possible applicants will be hired. These are UNPAID positions, but do include HOUSING and MEALS. Both positions must be willing and able to recruit high school athletes, able to network with colleges that come recruit our campus and be able to work and manage elite level athletes on a daily basis. Positions will report to the offensive coordinator & defensive coordinator and head coach. Please email resume and references to head coach Jason Brown at

NAIA: 11 different teams have appeared in the NAIA national title game dating back to 2009, and 7 of them are in this year’s field. Here’s the what the NAIA playoff looks like.

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