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The Scoop - Monday October 30, 2017

Monday October 30, 2017

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Florida: When asked about the Florida job today, Willie Taggart said this, via The Oregonian: "I am committed to the University of Oregon and focused on Washington, a big-time game for us this week. I asked our players and coaches to be focused and committed to that and that's what I'm committed to, as well." Florida AD Scott Stricklin said Sunday night he will not personally contact candidates until after their respective seasons are complete.

Florida State: Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly has "stepped down but will remain on staff" reports Jim Henry, sports editor at the Tallahassee Democrat. Jimbo Fisher just had a presser earlier today and did not mention this. Will update.... Update> Source tells FootballScoop the report from the Tallahassee Democrat is not correct.

Jim McElwain: The Denver Post noted today that Jim McElwain still owes $1 million to Colorado State in connection with his buyout. Per contract McElwain owed CSU $7.5 million. They negotiated a settlement in which Florida paid CSU $3 million, Mac would pay $2 million and Florida is paying CSU $2 million for a game guarantee (2018 in Gainesville). McElwain's payments were scheduled for $333,000 every June 30th for six years. He has made all three payments due thus far. Read more from the Post here.

Livingstone College (D-II - NC): Livingstone College is seeking opponents for the first three weeks of the 2018 season. Interested teams please contact head coach Daryl Williams at 713.291.5040.

New Orleans Saints: Saints owner Tom Benson, 90, spent Sunday evening at the hospital after what the Saints are referring to as a "long weekend" which included Mr. Benson appearing at a number of functions and games. Greg Bensel says Mr. Benson is doing well and will be home soon and is expected back at work later this week.

Tennessee: Sources tell FootballScoop UT AD John Currie continues to tell Butch Jones to focus on making it to a bowl game. Currently 3-5, the Vols have Southern Miss this weekend, then travel to Missouri before concluding with LSU & Vanderbilt in Neyland.

Willie Taggart: In his first year as Oregon's coach, one might assume Taggart's buyout (should he be lured to another job) would be prohibitively high.... Well, no, not at all (in fact it is shockingly low).

Illinois: The Illini have announced plans, and impressive renderings, for a new $79 million Football Performance Center.

Coaching status report: #MACtion - A look at those who are on the rise and those who could really use some wins.

Florida: With defensive coordinator Randy Shannon moving into the interim head coach role, the Gators are making defensive line coach Chris Rumph defensive coordinator, and former Idaho head coach Robb Akey is being promoted from his analyst role to defensive line coach. Doug Nussmeier will remain as offensive coordinator.

Why Willie Taggart's buyout makes him shockingly available should Florida pursue him.

Matt Campbell: "You're teaching the world that in college football, toughness, discipline, and details still matter."

Florida: Yesterday, Jim McElwain and Florida agreed to part ways. Head here for our full recap.

Tennessee: For the latest update on Butch Jones' future with the Vols, scroll down to yesterday's Scoop page.

An Ivy League coach was reportedly ejected after shattering a press box window

Florida: Athletic director Scott Stricklin explains how hiring a head coach isn't like buying a TV.

#Nuggets: The best one-click recap of the weekend of college football. Enjoy the weekend's #Nuggets.

Power of Football:Our friends at USA Football, working together with several high school associations have produced several powerful short videos depicting the #PowerofFootball. Enjoy, & please share your own stories at: poweroffootball.org/yourstory