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The Scoop - Monday November 27, 2017

Monday November 27, 2017

Tennessee: FootballScoop reported earlier today that the Vols were discussing bringing David Cutcliffe back to Knoxville as head coach, but ESPN's Chris Low tweets Monday night that Cutcliffe has informed UT officials he plans to finish his career at Duke.


Mississippi State: Joe Moorhead has joined the mix for the Mississippi State job, tweets USA Today's Dan Wolken.

Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Brad Smiley's hiring as offensive coordinator has now been announced. School spokesman Doug Ireland tells us all decisions on position coaches will be made once Smiley arrives next week and once a defensive coordinator is hired.

Tennessee: UT chancellor Beverly Davenport did not sign Greg Schiano's memorandum of understanding, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Low. Still, lawyers for both sides are expected to argue whether Schiano is owed compensation for the Vols' breaking of the MOU on Sunday.

Iowa State: Iowa State has announced a new contract for Matt Campbell (and he took care of his staff as well). Details here.

Mississippi State: Word in the coaching profession is that Jeremy Pruitt remains a strong candidate for the Mississippi State job, but sources tell FootballScoop Brent Venables has been asked to come in and interview. We've been told Bulldogs AD John Cohen, formerly Mississippi State's baseball coach, intends to hire a "ball coach" as his new football coach. Pruitt and Venables both strongly qualify as ball coaches.

UCLA: Troy Aikman told Ben Bolch of the LA Times no one other than Chip Kelly was interviewed for their opening.

Why Ross Bjork chose Matt Luke to be Ole Miss's head coach.

Hal Mumme: Source tells FootballScoop Hal Mumme intends to step down from his head coaching position at Belhaven (MS). During his four years at Belhaven, Mumme successfully transitioned the program under the NCAA and significantly upgraded the facilities. Source tells FootballScoop Mumme would like to get back onto the field coaching, focusing less time on administrative matters that come with overseeing a program. Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Source tells FootballScoop Trinity Valley CC (TX) head coach Brad Smiley will step down at the end of his season (this weekend) and will become offensive coordinator at Northwestern State. Smiley has served 10+ years as head coach at TVCC. Florida: Dan Mullen would be owed $12 million if Florida fired him and would owe Florida $2 million if he left tweets Edgar Thompson who covers the Gators. Playoff updates:FCS -- D-II -- D-IIIMissouri: The University and Barry Odom are working on an extension reports Dave Matter who covers Mizzou athletics. Odom and Missouri started the season 1-5 before rattling off 6 straight wins. Odom, who is 11-13 overall through two seasons leading the program, has three years remaining on his original 5-year deal that pays him a salary of $2.35 million before incentives. Georgia Southern: New head coach Chad Lunsford's salary will begin at $650,000 tweets Nathan Deen who covers GSU athletics. Incarnate Word (FCS - TX): Source tells FootballScoop, head coach Larry Kennan has been informed he will not return. Kennan had just finished his sixth season as head coach at UIW. On the field Kennan's squad won one game this season and three last year. Tennessee: Contrary to one report out there, Jason Witten will not leave the Dallas Cowboys to be Tennessee's head coach. "That's something I'm not pursuing," he said on KTCK-AM in Dallas. Broyles Award: The five finalists for the Broyles award have been announced. Search Firms: Ole Miss noted today they spent $137,000 with Turnkey Search firm on this search. Davidson (FCS - NC): Head coach Paul Nichols has been let go sources tell FootballScoop. This was Nichols' fifth season as head coach (and third straight 2-9 season). Charlotte: Defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt, quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen and wide receivers coach Damien Gary are no longer with the team, FootballScoop can confirm. The moves were first reported by Agent 49 on Twitter. Tennessee: The latest update on Tennessee' search (per sources) is something. Florida: Dan Mullen's contract is a six-year deal worth $6 million annually, per a tweet from Pat Dooley who adds that his buyout to Mississippi State is $500,000.

Mississippi State: Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has interviewed with State AD John Cohen the Tuscaloosa News reports.

BYU: Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer has been fired the program has announced. After Kalani Sitake went 9-4 in his first season as head coach, BYU dropped to 4-9 this season. With the rest of the offensive staff chose by Satake this was a tough spot for first time college OC coupled with a first time college head coach.

Florida: Sources tell FootballScoop, Dan Mullen has offered positions at Florida to Mississippi State assistants John Hevesy (offensive line), Billy Gonzales (receivers) and Todd Grantham (defensive coordinator). All three are expected to go with Mullen. Additional staff from Mississippi State are being considered but at this time just those three have been offered positions we are told.

Ole Miss: Matt Luke's contract is $12.6 million over 4 years, beginning at $3 million this upcoming year tweets David Brandt of the AP. Salary pool is $5.135 million for the 10 assistants (reportedly 4th nationally behind LSU, Clemson and Alabama per Chase Parham's tweet).

Georgia Southern: Sources tell FootballScoop, Georgia Southern plans to promote interim head coach Chad Lunsford to full time head man. More on the hire & Lunsford here.

Scott Frost: Asked today on the AAC teleconference to say he'll be back at UCF next year, Scott Frost reiterated his focus is on "the team" and the championship game (via tweet from Mark Giannotto). Welp.

Tennessee: Director of athletics John Currie has released a statement explaining his belief in and vetting of Greg Schiano; however he is moving on (as we all know). Currie adds he expects to introduce the next head coach of the Vols "soon". The question is, will Currie get to make that hire?

Pikeville (NAIA - KY): University Of Pikeville, a NAIA School that competes in the Mid-South Conference, is seeking applications for a Offensive Graduate Assistant. Job Responsibilities include: coaching a position, helping with equipment, working with special teams, managing a recruiting area, holding position meetings, assisting with day-to-day offensive preparation and any other areas assigned by the Head Coach or Coordinator. Applicants must be able to work with students and possess strong interpersonal skills. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be accepted in the University of Pikeville Graduate School. Graduate Assistant will be provided 6 hours of classes per semester, $500 a month, housing and a meal plan. Interested applicants should submit a completed University of Pikeville application, resume, three to five professional references, and a letter of interest online via this link . Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled as soon as possible with an expected start date of January 11th, 2018.

Montana (FCS): Former Montana head coach, and current San Diego State special teams coordinator, Bobby Hauck is reportedly interviewing today for the head job at Montana.

Southeast Missouri (FCS): Head coach Tom Matukewicz has signed a 2-year extension through 2020, the school has announced.

Georgia Southern: Steve King with WJCL published an article today stating interim head coach Chad Lunsford has a ground swell of support from "athletes, alumni and boosters" after his Eagles steamrolled South Alabama 52-0 and beat Mark Hudspeth's squad in Louisiana. King noted Kennesaw State coach Brian Bohannon is expected to interview for the job (his team advanced to the 2nd round of the FCS playoffs Saturday). King says all interviews are expected to be completed in the next two days.

Rice: "A name to keep an eye on" in the Rice search is UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters per tweet from Joseph Duarte who covers the Owls.

Tennessee: Responding to a Dennis Dodd column stating Lane Kiffin "waits by his phone" to return to Knoxville, Lane Kiffin tweets, "Not waiting at all! Getting this team ready to win its 9th straight game against a great North Texas team."

Oregon State: Oregon State has parted ways with its entire coaching staff save for interim head coach Cory Hall, according to The Oregonian. The school will honor their contracts, but the staff was told to evacuate the football facility by Tuesday night.

Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Source tells FootballScoop new head coach Brad Laird (was promoted from defensive coordinator) is planning to replace the entire staff, "starting from scratch."

Rice: Bruce Feldman mentions Stanford coordinators Mike Bloomgren and Lance Anderson along with South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as candidates for the Rice opening in a tweet this morning.

Texas A&M: The latest on Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M.

Mississippi State: Tampa offensive coordinator, and former Southern Miss head coach, Todd Monken has been contacted by Mississippi State officials regarding their head coaching opening reports Rick Stroud who covers the Bucs. Although not ideal for an NFL OC to leave his team at this time (because of college recruiting demands); Tampa isn't headed for the playoffs and these opportunities don't come all that often.

Mississippi State: Bruce Feldman tweets Mississippi State has some interest in Michigan quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for their head coaching position.

Rice: Long-time head coach David Bailiff is expected to be let go today tweets Bruce Feldman. More on the news and a look at the job here.

Louisiana Monroe: Source tells FootballScoop, ULM defensive line coach Manny Michel is retiring. Michel, beloved throughout Louisiana and the entire South, will be missed my many in the game and all those he coached.

Tennessee: Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell will not be involved with the Tennessee job following the break up between Schiano and Tennessee tweets Pete Thamel. I chuckled imagining John Currie going to his bosses saying, "Guys I can fix this Schiano thing, all I need is another $9.4 million. Cool?" Yeah, no. That wasn't going to happen.

Rutgers: Head coach Chris Ash and Rutgers signed an updated five-year contract taking him through the 2022 season before their season finale against Michigan State over the weekend, per a report from NJ Advance Media. Ash's salary terms remain unchanged and he will make $2.2 million in 2018. The report adds that Ash coached the first two seasons on a signed Memorandum of Agreement while NCAA sanctions were hovering over the program, so this represents his first official contract.

Ole Miss: Last night, Ole Miss promoted Matt Luke to head coach. Read more here.

Tennessee: The Vols search to replace Butch Jones will forever be known as the one social media effectively decided, and that's concerning.

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