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The Scoop - Sunday December 18, 2016

Sunday December 18, 2016


Oregon: Sources tell FootballScoop that Jimmie Dougherty, an offensive assistant on Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan, is joining the Oregon staff as wide receivers coach. Dougherty previously served as the assistant head coach / offensive coordinator / passing game coordinator / receivers coach at San Jose State prior to coming to Ann Arbor. Prior to that, he coached the wide receivers at Washington before earning a promotion to passing game coordinator. Dougherty and Harbaugh previously worked together at the University of San Diego where he coached the receivers, tight ends, quarterbacks and was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Rutgers:Rutgers247 and are reporting that former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill and Rutgers are finalizing a deal to make Kill the new offensive coordinator, notes that "Kill's hire is considered imminent but pending the finalization of details." Mulitiple others, including Pete Thamel of SI, are reporting the same. Kill emotionally retired from coaching following the 2014 season citing health reasons and has been serving as the associate athletic director at Kansas State. Will update as we learn more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags have fired head coach Gus Bradley. Bradley was 14-48 in his 3-plus seasons leading the franchise and just 2-12 this year. Read more, including a statement from owner Shad Khan, here.

Chattanooga (FCS): John Carroll (D-III - OH) head coach Tom Arth will be the new head coach at Chattanooga, reports Daren Stoltzfus. Arth has served as head coach at John Carroll the past four seasons, where he compiled a 40-8 mark and scored wins over Mount Union and Wisconsin-Whitewater before falling in the Division III semifinals. He was named the national head coach of the year by on Saturday. Arth also served as a backup to Peyton Manning for three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Notre Dame: According to Pat Forde, former Michigan and San Jose State offensive coordinator Al Borges will interview for the offensive coordinator job this week with the Irish. Our understanding of this visit is just that. Borges, sources tell FootballScoop, is not a candidate for the job and is not interviewing while there.

Nevada: Jay Norvell is hiring LaGrange College head coach Matt Mumme as his new offensive coordinator at Nevada multiple sources tell FootballScoop. Prior to taking the head coaching position at LaGrange for the 2013 season, Mumme served as offensive coordinator at Davidson College. Mumme also previously coached at McMurry, New Mexico State and Southeastern Louisiana.

Northwestern Oklahoma State: Assistant head coach / defensive coordinator Dan Lemke will not return to the staff sources tell FootballScoop.

Buffalo Bills: Adam Schefter has reported this morning that "it would be nothing short of a huge surprise if Rex Ryan were back with the team next season." Schefter adds that GM Doug Whaley is safe and will be hiring his third head coach.

Georgia State: Wofford defensive coordinator Nate Fuqua will be the new defensive coordinator at Georgia State.

New Orleans Saints: Jason La Canfora reports that in the event that the Saints decide to move on from the Sean Payton era, they "aren't expected to ask for much to trade" him during the off season. La Canfora adds that moving Payton's contract would free up $40 million during a time when future ownership of the team is in question and lists the Colts, Rams, and Chargers as possible landing spots.

Northwest Missouri State (D-II): The school has announced that defensive coordinator Rich Wright has been promoted to head coach following the departure of Adam Dorrel to Abilene Christian (FCS - TX). Wright has led one of the best defenses in the country for a few years now and was named the FootballScoop Defensive Coordinator of the Year following the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Abilene Christian: ACU has formally announced Adam Dorrel as head coach. He will be introduced on Monday.

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