Thursday August 25, 2016
North Carolina: UNC announced through joint statements Thursday night ousted Illinois head coach Tim Beckman will no longer volunteer with the staff. Read more here.
That's gonna leave a mark: Mark Dantonio's staff landed a stunning right cross directly across the face of Michigan's program. No word yet on if Harbaugh is taking us to Defcon 3 or 4....
Arkansas: Former Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham has come out of retirement to work with the Hogs as a defensive analyst. Burnham will with defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads, whom he coached under at Iowa State.
ESPN: ESPN has announced SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett will replace the late John Saunders as host of ABC's college football studio coverage. Saunders had sat in the anchor chair since 1992. Additionally, former Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma will leave his role as an NBC college football analyst to work in the same capacity at ESPN. He'll replace Robert Smith on the ESPN2 studio team.
LSU: LSU is searching for a replacement for longtime administrator Herb Vincent, who left the school almost two years ago for a similar role with the SEC. The vacancy, listed as "senior associate athletic director for external affairs," will serve as the general spokesperson for the LSU athletic department. Read more on the position here.
Rutgers: Rutgers football has an immediate need for a recruiting assistant position. Duties include on-campus recruiting, supervision of student helpers and the liaison to the University's Student Ambassador Program. Please send resume to Anthony Van Curen at email@example.com.
Virginia: Patrick Higgins, the former offensive coordinator at UTEP from 2013-2015, has joined the staff in an analyst role. Higgins coached the outside receivers at BYU from 2005-2010 under Bronco Mendenhall.
Bunch Pop RPO: Like many offensive coaches studying the RPO system, offensive coordinator Eric Bendig decided to take one of his top formations, the Bunch formation, and blend it with his top run and pass concepts. The result was the Bunch Pop RPO, which helped his program gain 4,117 yards of offense, averaged 6.3 yards per play and 33 points per game last season. In this exclusive X&O Labs clinic report, Coach Bendig details the three post-snap options he utilizes in the concept and variables that affect the decision making process of the quarterback. Read the clinic report here.
Detroit Lions: Former Western Michigan DFO Jessica Larmony has joined the Lions organization as the Community Relations coordinator, source tells FootballScoop.
NFL Competition Committee: Denver Broncos GM and executive VP of football operations John Elway and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians have been added to the NFL's competition committee, per Adam Schefter.
North Carolina: Larry Fedora notes that volunteer assistant, and former Illinois head coach, Tim Beckman's role with the team does not involve contact with players and that Beckman will assist with scouting and film. More from Fedora on allowing Beckman to volunteer here.