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The Scoop - Thursday December 1, 2016

Thursday December 1, 2016


Indiana: In connection with Kevin Wilson resigning, he has accepted an agreement worth $542,000 to walk away.

LSU: Ed Orgeron's financial agreement with LSU to serve as interim head coach following Les Miles's firing called for a one-time lump sum payment of $675,000 over and above his then salary as an assistant coach reports Ross Dellenger of The Advocate.

Indiana: Indiana has named defensive coordinator Tom Allen the Hooisers' full-time head coach. "I'm going to work like it depends on me," Allen said, "and pray like it depends on God."

FIU: Per CanesInSight, Kevin Beard (who spent this season at Georgia in a quality control role) is joining the staff and will coach the wide receivers at FIU. Beard is the former wide receivers coach at Miami (FL).

Utah State: AD John Hartwell issued a statement saying Matt Wells will return next season but noted there will be staff changes moving forward.

USA Football National Conference: Jon Gruden has been added to the lineup of speakers at USA Football's National Conference January 27th - 29th at the Pro Bowl in Orlando. Join us and 1,000+ coaches at the Conference for only $99.

Indiana: FootballScoop has learned that Kevin Wilson will step down later today.

UNLV: Sources have confirmed to FootballScoop a Las Vegas Review-Journal report that Purdue running backs coach DeAndre Smith will join the UNLV staff in the same capacity.

New Haven (D-II - CT): The University of New Haven has an immediate opening for a Defensive Graduate Assistant Football Coach. The successful applicant will be responsible for a position group on defense, video editing, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach. Bachelor’s degree required, must be admitted into Graduate School. The position includes tuition, stipend and meal plan. Please email a cover letter, resume and references to head coach Chris Pincince at No phone calls please.

Scott Frost: Speaking to the media today, UCF head coach Scott Frost noted "I'm not a candidate for Oregon."

Southern Miss: Southern Miss is looking to hire a director of digital marketing and creative services. Head here to see full details on the position and to apply.

Delaware (FCS): Sources tell FootballScoop Delaware has been targeting Richmond head coach Danny Rocco to become their new head coach. Richmond plays at North Dakota Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs. In 5 years at Richmond, Rocco has won 42 games and a win this weekend would guarantee the Spiders their second straight 10 win season.

#Nuggets: We're about to find out how much conference championships really matter in the CFP era, and why many in college football are rooting against Navy this weekend.

Pasadena City College (JC - CA): Pasadena City College is seeking qualified applicants for four assistant football coaches working as GAs on both sides off the ball mostly at skill positions. Playing experience or coaching experience at the collegiate level is desired, but will take High School too. Preference will be given to applicants who are local to Southern California, have experience coaching and have experience in recruiting student athletes. Applicants should have experience with Hudl software. Prospective applicant responsibilities will include administrative duties in game week organization and preparation, video breakdown of games and practices, opponent scouting, and creating tendency reports. If interested, please e-mail offensive line coach Steven Mojarro at

David Cutcliffe: Building a program the right way requires two things... 

FAU: Multiple sources tell FootballScoop AD Pat Chun would like to hire a coach with previous head coaching experience. Sources tell us among the candidates are both Mario Cristobal (assistant HC / tackles & tight ends / recruiting coordinator at Alabama) and Randy Shannon (associate HC / co-DC at Florida) but we also hear of other candidates, some with NFL experience. Will update as more is clear. Given the candidates, this one should play out after this weekend's championship games.

Minnesota Vikings: Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as interim head coach for the Vikings game vs. the Dallas Cowboys as head coach Mike Zimmer recovers from emergency eye surgery last night.

Purdue: Les Miles "is no longer a possibility" as the new head coach of the Boilermakers, according to Brett McMurphy.

Houston: Les Miles has been in contact about the Houston job (as we have previously reported) and Lane Kiffin has emerged as a candidate, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Yesterday, UH board chair Tilman Fertitta told the Houston Chronicle Miles is under consideration.

Bryant (FCS - RI): Head coach Marty Fine has submitted his resignation and will look to pursue other opportunities. Fine took over the program in 2004 and helped transition the program from Division II to FCS and posted an overall record of 53-27. Fine and Bryant University finished this season 5-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

Colorado: Buffs athletic director Rick George told ESPN that he expects Mike MacIntyre to opt to remain at Colorado, and adds that they will sit down and talk about a contract extension after the Pac-12 title game.

Defending 3rd Down with Efficiency: Defending first and second down is about executing fundamental schemes, fronts, and coverages accordingly. But a large part of being successful on third down is trying to make both the opposing quarterback and the offensive coordinator unsure of what they are looking at. While tempo offenses allow for a changing of plays before the ball is snapped, it's vital to keep both those individuals guessing on third down. Wheaton College (IL) finished in the top 5 at the Division III level in red zone defense and scoring defense. Defensive coordinator Jordan Langs spoke exclusively with X&O Labs detailing his philosophy and scheme to get off the field on third down. Read the exclusive report here.

Minnesota Vikings: Head coach Mike Zimmer had to have emergency eye surgery last night and his status for their game today is unknown at this time.

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