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The Scoop - Sunday November 27, 2016

Sunday November 27, 2016


San Jose State: Source tells FootballScoop San Jose State has made the decision to part ways with head coach Ron Caragher.

Tom Herman's first opponent at Texas: National championship expectations.

Texas: Bobby Burton of 247 reports none of Charlie Strong's assistants will be retained by Tom Herman.

Alabama: On rumors of Lane Kiffin taking another offensive coordinator position, like with Ed Orgeron at LSU, Nick Saban told the media today, "He hasn't mentioned it to me, and I'm sure he would if there is something out there."

Houston: The assistants following Tom Herman to Texas will not return for the Cougars' to-be-determined bowl game, ESPN's Sam Khan, Jr., reports.

Nevada: Sources confirm to FootballScoop that Nevada is parting ways with Brian Polian. The school has since announced the move. In his four seasons on the job, Polian guided the Wolf Pack to two bowl games and placed a program-record 21 players on Academic All-Mountain West teams in 2015. Polian's record in four seasons were 4-8, 7-6, 7-6, and a 5-7 finish this season while losing 15 starters to injury. “I have respected the way Coach Polian emphasized academic and life achievement among his student-athletes, and I wish Brian and Laura Polian and their family great success in the future," Nevada president Marc Johnson said in a statement. This program is set up to win in the future. Read more about the decision and the future of Nevada football here

Houston: Houston is using Collegiate Sports Associates to find Tom Herman's replacement, according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle.

Texas: Houston assistants Oscar Giles (defensive line) and Corby Meekins (tight ends) are also joining Tom Herman's staff in Austin, per 247. Sam Khan Jr. adds that special teams coordinator / corners coach Jason Washington and recruiting director Derek Chang are also coming along.

Nebraska: Special teams coordinator Bruce Read has been let go. Read came with Riley from Oregon State and has a very long history with Riley having worked with him at the Chargers as well. Read has over 30 years experience coaching special teams primarily out West.

UCLA: Offensive coordinator Kennedy Polamalu has been let go. In recent weeks there had been chatter that he might remain on staff in a reduced role (running backs) but alas, that was not what happened.

Before he's introduced at Texas later today, Tom Herman penned a farewell letter to Houston.

Texas Tech: Athletic director Kirby Hocutt, "I believed in Kliff Kingsbury when I hired him and I believe in him today." Hocutt added there is no question Kingsbury returns as head coach. When asked if David Gibbs would be back, Hocutt said, "I hope so, no reason not to believe it." Hocutt added that he believes Kliff will be more involved on the defensive side going forward as well.

LSU: Sources tell FootballScoop LSU has moved quickly to lock up Dave Aranda, offering an enhanced contract. LSU believes Aranda will execute the new contract shortly.

Oregon: Mark Helfrich stated this morning that he spoke with AD Rob Mullens on the phone today and will meet with him in person sometime midweek. This playing out over the course of days, in the face of a USA Today report that Oregon is expecting to fire Helfrich just feels bad.

LSU: Special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto is no longer part of the staff reports Ross Dellenger of the Advocate. We can confirm the move.

FAU: Charlie Partidge has been relieved of his duties, per multiple reports. Partridge led the program for three seasons, going 3-9 in each season. Read more here.

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Sources tell FootballScoop several positions have opened at SFA with receivers coach Demo Odems, defensive coordinator Matt Williamson, defensive tackles coach Chris Van Horn and defensive backs coach / co-special teams coordinator Mike Walton all not returning to the staff.

Florida State: Jimbo Fisher's contract will be "strengthened" this off season, according to comments FSU President John Thrasher made to

Notre Dame: Addressing rumors that his representatives have been exploring options outside of Notre Dame, Brian Kelly released a statement saying, "I have not, am not, and will not be interested in options outside of Notre Dame. I'm fully committed to leading this program in the future."

Concordia (NAIA - Ann Arbor, MI): Concordia University is currently seeking an offensive graduate assistant. Candidates with OL or TE playing or coaching experience will be given preference. Duties will be assigned by the head coach and include coaching a position, managing a recruiting area, video work, etc. Interested applicants should submit a resume, list of references and a statement of faith to offensive coordinator, Andrew Rode via email at This position will be expected to start immediately.

Oregon: Last night USA Today reported Oregon is expecting to fire Mark Helfrich. Scroll on down for the news.

#Nuggets: Two teams are in, two others are close and Jim Harbaugh is bitterly disappointed. Dive in here.

Texas: Tom Herman will bring offensive line coach Derek Warehime with him to Austin, according to Sam Khan, Jr., of ESPN.

McMaster University (Canada): Interim head coach Greg Knox has been promoted to the head coaching post after going 6-2 and finishing third in the conference. Knox is a former Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) assistant.

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