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The Scoop - Sunday December 9, 2018

Sunday December 9, 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

Kansas: Source tells FootballScoop Les Miles is planning to hire former Colorado and Kentucky defensive coordinator DJ Eliot in the same role barring any unforeseen circumstances. Eliot joined Mike MacIntyre's staff for the 2017 season after Jim Leavitt left for Oregon. He had been with Mark Stoops both at Florida State and at Kentucky.

App State: App State's search now includes some interesting names...

Louisville: Sources tell FootballScoop, App State target Dwayne Ledford is leaving NC State to join Scott Satterfield's staff at Louisville. More on the move here.

Temple: Greg Schiano, Butch Jones and Josh Gattis are all interested in the Temple vacancy reports Marc Narducci who covers the program. Narducci adds that interim head coach Ed Foley will get an interview and he believes former Temple assistant Francis Brown (currently with Matt Rhule at Baylor) is also a candidate.

Eastern Illinois (FCS): Sources with direct knowledge tell FootballScoop Northwestern offensive line coach Adam Cushing will be the next head coach at EIU.

Chad K: Boise State defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a, affectionately known to many as Chad K, is a sought after man sources tell FootballScoop. Sources tell us Gary Andersen is hoping to be able to bring him to Utah State, USC is trying to add him to their staff and Boise State is hoping to extend his contract there. Stay tuned...

Utah State: Last Sunday we reported that Utah State planned to hire Gary Andersen. Today, Utah State hired....Gary Andersen.

UCLA: Offensive line coach Justin Frye is being promoted to offensive coordinator the program has announced. Chip Kelly did not have anyone with the offensive coordinator title this season.

Ole Miss: Former Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre has agreed to become defensive coordinator at Ole Miss reports Chase Parham who covers the Rebels. More on the hire here...

Iowa State: Matt Campbell, who signed a new 6-year deal last off season, has agreed to a contract extension taking him through 2024. More details here.

Northern State (D-II - SD): Per source, Southern Illinois (FCS) defensive line coach Austin Flyger has been hired as defensive coordinator.

Temple: Source tells FootballScoop Temple AD Patrick Kraft is hoping to have his next head coach selected by Wednesday or Thursday. This one is moving.... stay tuned.

Eastern Illinois: Source tells FootballScoop Kenni Burns has backed out of the process and will remain with Minnesota.

North Carolina: Mack Brown has now announced Jay Bateman as defensive coordinator / safeties. With this hire, Tommy Thigpen will move to linebackers.

Ole Miss: An update on Ole Miss' search for a defensive coordinator...

The Raiders: The Raiders will move on from general manager Reggie McKenzie following the season reports Jason La Canfora. La Canfora adds that the Raiders will overhaul their front office completely in advance of the draft in which they have a plethora of picks thanks to trades of Khalil Mack & Amari Cooper.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh shares with ESPN that he's staying at Michigan, and won't leave Ann Arbor for the NFL.

Western Kentucky: Montario Hardesty will join the WKU staff as running backs coach, a source tells FootballScoop. A former Tennessee and NFL running back, Hardesty worked with new WKU head coach Tyson Helton in Knoxville as an offensive quality control coach for the Vols.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Currently sitting at 4-9, there is a "growing perception" that executive vice president Tom Coughlin could take over for Doug Marrone and be the team's head coach in 2019, per Jason La Canfora.

South Carolina State (FCS): Head coach Buddy Pough recently completed the final season on his contract, and no decision has been made on his future, per the Post and Courier. Pough has led the program for 17 seasons, racked up 125 wins and six MEAC titles, and is four wins shy of becoming the school's all-time wins leaders. Pough led the program to a 5-6 mark in 2018.

Auburn: Yesterday we reported Bobby Bentley was Gus Malzahn's top choice to join the staff as offensive coordinator. Brandon Marcello, covers Auburn football, subsequently confirmed Bentley is the top choice; but added last night per his sources Bentley is expected to turn down the opportunity and remain at South Carolina. Bentley's son Jake will be a senior next season at South Carolina.

Austin Peay (FCS - TN): Austin Peay had strong interest in former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin for their head coaching job, but Martin has declined the interest, and is focused on staying in the Power 5 as an assistant, Pete Thamel tweets.

Missouri Southern State (D-II): The MSSU program has an opening for an offensive coordinator. Interested candidates can contact

North Carolina: A number of outlets reported last night that Army defensive coordinator Jay Bateman would be joining the UNC staff in the same capacity.

McMurry (D-III - TX): Defensive backs coach Kendall Roberson and recruiting coordinator linebackers coach MD Daniels are not being retained on new head coach Jordan Neal's staff, sources tell FootballScoop.

Jackson State (FCS - MS): Per source, offensive analyst Brady Ackerman will coach the receivers for the program.

Houston Baptist (FCS - TX): HBU is looking to hire a corners coach. Interested coaches can contact

Ellsworth CC (JC - IA): Offensive line coach Tyler Uselton will not return, per source.

Missouri Southern State (D-II): Sources tell FootballScoop that defensive line coach Mike Fanoga, defensive backs coach Byron Anderson, offensive coordinator Demo Odems, quarterbacks coach Cody Gree, and running backs coach Vincent Marshall were all let go. Also, we understand that Josh Hager has been hired as defensive coordinator.

Franklin Pierce (D-II - NC): Franklin Pierce has two graduate assistant positions available. One on each side of the ball. Looking for the best available coach. Includes coaching your own position, meals, and a stipend. Interested coaches can contact

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