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The Scoop - Thursday December 14, 2017

Thursday December 14, 2017

Louisiana Lafayette: Chris Karpman is reporting Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier has now been offered the Louisiana Lafayette head job. Karpman is reporting the offer to Napier is a five year contract (financial terms not included in the report). Will update...


Mississippi State: Mark Hudspeth will have the associate head coach title (in addition to tight ends).

Kent State: Source tells FootballScoop Ed Warinner is no longer a candidate. This one feels like it should be wrapped up real soon. Stay tuned....

Texas Tech: Defensive coordinator David Gibbs has agreed to a two-year extension at TTU. The deal $650,000 per year. Gibbs had been contacted a few days ago (per source) to gauge whether he was interested in speaking about the Arizona State defensive coordinator position.

Memphis: Cordova high head coach Anthony Jones is joining Mike Norvell's staff. Jones' position is TBD we understand.

Life Hack: Become a bowl director.

BC Lions (CFL): Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterbacks coach Jarious Jackson will be the new offensive coordinator / quarterbacks for BC.

Kent State: Although most relevant update to the search is below, FootballScoop can now publicly confirm Syracuse is one of multiple programs which had more than one assistant interview for the job. Fascinating.

Jones County (JC - MS): Sources tell FootballScoop former Ole Miss assistant AD for high school and Junior College relations Barney Farrar is joining the staff at Jones County. Source tells FootballScoop Farrar will coach either safeties or tight ends; and will have an area to recruit. We had previously been told Farrar would lead recruiting going forward; but we understand now he won't have the recruiting coordinator role / title.

Kent State: Syracuse co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Sean Lewis is a strong candidate for the Kent State job tweets Bruce Feldman, who earlier this morning reported Ed Warinner was as well (also noting Kansas DC Clint Bowen as an option). FootballScoop sources tell us Kent State AD Joel Nielsen invited Lewis and one other candidate to campus after first asking both if they would accept the job if offered. Lewis has served on Dino Babers' staffs at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green and Syracuse since the 2012 season when he coached inside receivers at EIU. Prior to that he was a grad assistant at Akron one season. Lewis moved from receivers to quarterbacks for the 2015 season when Sterlin Gilbert left Bowling Green for Tulsa. Stay tuned...

Missouri: Former Arkansas linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves is joining the staff as inside linebackers coach.

Unearthed video of Chad Morris shows he was the same guy as a 32-year-old HS coach as he is today as the 49-year-old Arkansas head coach.

Central Arkansas (FCS): Austin Peay (FCS - TN) linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Max Thurmond is joining the staff as defensive coordinator, per source.

Colorado State: Head coach Mike Bobo has signed a 3-year contract extension through 2022. Head here to read more of the details, including the pay bump included in the extension.

Houston: New athletic director Chris Pezman will make $325,000 annually, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle. Head to AD Scoop for more of the details.

Holy Cross (FCS - MA): Sources tell FootballScoop that Assumption College (D-II - MA) head coach Bob Chesney will become the new head coach at Holy Cross. Local reporter Jennifer Toland has tweeted the same. Tuesday, we reported that Chesney was one of a few finalists for the job. Chesney led the Assumption program to an 11-win season in 2015, followed by a 9-win season in 2016 before putting together an 11-2 season and appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals this past fall.

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Louisiana Lafayette: An update on Louisiana Lafayette's search.

BYU: BYU has made the hiring of Jeff Grimes as offensive coordinator official.

High School Football’s Declining Numbers: 18 months ago, the researchers at X&O Labs set out to better understand why the national participation of high school football was declining—and to bring solutions back to coaches that could grow the game. What they found during their research was far greater than what they had hoped to discover. Yes—they found solutions to football’s declining participation numbers. These are real solutions that can truly grow the game. That was not surprising being they have a network of over 60,000 football coaches at the high school, college and professional levels. The truly exciting development is they discovered a small group of high school coaches who are using these solutions to re-build their programs to achieve higher levels of success in an ever-changing culture, society and world—and, here’s the fun part, they’re winning more games! To learn more about this growing trend: Go here and see the details.

Bo Davis: Davis, the former defensive line coach at Alabama who joined the UTSA program back in February, must serve a two year show-cause until April 13, 2019, the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee announced, denying Davis' appeal. Davis appealed the decision saying that the date of the show-cause should have started on the date of his resignation from Alabama, but the appellate court decided to stick by their original ruling that the date of announcement of the penalties as the formal start date of the show-cause. During the show-cause, any NCAA school that hires Davis must restrict him from all off-campus recruiting activities, which UTSA has done since bringing him on board.

Washington: Defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake is getting a contract extension, according to a tweet from Dave Mahler.

East Central (D-II - OK): Wisconsin defensive quality control coach Antonio Fenelus is joining the staff as defensive backs coach / pass game coordinator.

UTEP: Per multiple outlets, as well as our sources, Dana Dimel is rounding out his staff as follows; Mike Canales (OC), Mike Cox (DC), Reggie Mitchell (RBs), Jake Waters (inside WRs), Mike Tuiasosopo (DL), Joe Robinson (DL), Rutgers quality control coach Scotty O'Hara is expected to coach the outside receivers, and sources tell us that McKendree (D-II - IL) offensive coordinator Matt Rahl will join the staff as well.

Coach of the Year: Join us in congratulating Iowa State's Tyson Veidt as the 2017 FootballScoop Linebackers Coach of the Year presented by AstroTurf.

Miami (OH): As we reported earlier this week, Spence Nowinsky has now been announced as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

North Carolina Central (FCS): Defensive coordinator / assistant head coach / safeties coach Granville Eastman will lead the team in 2018 as the interim head coach. He replaces Jerry Mack, who left to become the offensive coordinator at Rice.

Franklin (D-III - IN): Franklin College invites applications for the position of assistant football coach and athletics communications assistant. This position is a 10-month staff position reporting to the Director of Athletics. Assistant Football Coach responsibilities include: recruiting, coaching defense and coordinating special teams; academic monitoring and other duties assigned. Athletics Communications Assistant responsibilities include oversight and support of various aspects of the departmental communications function. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with successful collegiate coaching and recruiting experience. Submit letter of application, resume and names/contact information of three professional references via email to

North Greenville (D-II - SC): North Greenville University is looking for a guarantee game (FCS) on 9-1-19 or 9-8-19. Interested parties email

Kent State: Here's our update on what's happening with Kent State's search for a new head coach.

BYU: Last night, FootballScoop learned that LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is expected to accept the offensive coordinator job at BYU. LSU intends to hire LA Chargers assistant offensive line coach James Cregg as Grimes' replacement, per source. Scroll down to yesterday for more info.

Crown (D-III - MN): Crown College is seeking an opponent for a home and home series during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Open dates are Week 2 (September 8, 2018 and September 7, 2019) or week 10 (November 3, 2018 and November 2, 2019). Preference would be to be the away team in 2018 and the home team in 2019. Preference will also be to D-III teams in the Midwest. If interested, contact head coach John Auer at

Head coaching changes: 2017-18 NFL & college head coaching changes