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The Scoop - Sunday December 23, 2018

Sunday December 23, 2018


#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. FBS – FCS – D-II

McNeese State (FCS - LA): Central Oklahoma defensive backs coach Nick Graham has accepted a position on Sterlin Gilbert's staff.

Georgia Tech: Source tells FootballScoop Toledo running backs coach Kerry Dixon is expected to join Geoff Collins' staff likely to coach receivers we hear. Prior to joining the Toledo staff for this season, Dixon spent three seasons as receivers coach at Florida.

Austin Peay (FCS - TN): Sources tell FootballScoop Mark Hudspeth is adding Jordan Frazier as director of football operations and Maurey Bland as director of player personnel. Frazier previously worked with Hudspeth at Louisiana Lafayette and currently was on staff there as special teams quality control. Bland was with Hudspeth at Mississippi State.

Florida State: Kendal Briles has now been announced as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Willie Taggart's staff.

Miami Dolphins: Owner Stephen Ross is "considering sweeping changes" and GM Chris Grier is expected to remain with the team, according to Jason La Canfora. The report adds that Mike Tannenbaum, who heads the personnel decisions, and head coach Adam Gase are "in jeopardy" of being let go but Ross has not yet made a final decision on their futures.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are not expected to bring head coach Steve Wilks back for a second season, according to Adam Schefter.

Sacramento State (FCS - CA): Special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Fred Kelley is not being retained, per source.

Appalachian State: Ken Dorsey has now been formally announced as an offensive assistant.

Jim Caldwell: Former Lions and Colts head coach Jim Caldwell is expected to be a candidate for head coaching openings this off season, Adam Schefter tweets.

Charlie Weis: Former Kansas and Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis shared with ESPN over the weekend that he's interested in coming back to the NFL as an offensive coordinator in the right situation. Weis hasn't coached in the league since serving as the offensive coordinator with the Chiefs in 2010.

Appalachian State: FIU assistant athletic director Ken Dorsey will be named offensive coordinator at App State, according to Brett McMurphy. A number of reports have sicne shared that Dorsey won't have the offensive coordinator title and will join the staff as an offensive assistant. Dorsey previously served as the quarterbacks coach with the Carolina Panthers from 2013-17.

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden has fired strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw, per Adam Schefter. Gruden brought Shaw with him to Oakland shortly after landing the Raiders job. Shaw previously trained athletes at Tom Shaw Performance at ESPN's Wide World of Sports and previously worked with the Patriots and Saints on speed and conditioning stuff.

Cincinnati Bengals: Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, if let go in Denver, is expected to be a candidate for the defensive coordinator job with the Bengals, per Adam Schefter. Jospeh served as Marvin Lewis' defensive backs coach for two seasons (2014-15) before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2016.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Head coach Doug Marrone is expected to return to lead the team in 2019, per Ian Rapoport. The Jags appeared in the AFC title game last season, but struggled to a 4-10 mark heading into today.

Carolina Panthers:Ian Rapoport shares that head coach Ron Rivera is expected to return in 2019. The Panthers, under new team owner David Tepper, are heading into the final game of the regular season 6-8, but showed signs of improvement after Rivera took over defensive play calling duties.

Houston: Last night, following their 70-14 loss to Army, a reports surfaced stating that head coach Major Applewhite's future in Houston was "in doubt," and that offensive coordinator Kendal Briles had resigned and is on the move. Read about all of it here.

Fort Scott (JC - KS): Fort Scott Community College has an immediate opening for the linebacker's position group. You will coach your own position group, have your own recruiting area, help with special teams and help in the weight room. This position comes with Housing and Meals. The position comes with salary and has the option for making money being an RA. Interested applicants email your resumes and references to No phone calls.

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