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The Scoop - Thursday December 15, 2016

Thursday December 15, 2016


Furman (FCS): North Carolina State running backs coach / recruiting coordinator Des Kitchings is expected to be the new head coach at Furman, per a report from Pete Thamel of SI.

Minnesota: The Gophers are threatening to boycott all team activities in protest of 10 players being suspended from the team. More on the situation here.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to hire Wake Forest defensive coordinator Mike Elko, sources tell FootballScoop. The news was first reported by Pete Thamel of SI.

North Dakota State College of Science (JC - MN): North Dakota State College of Science is accepting applications for 2 part-time assistant coaches. Positions could be for offensive line or WRs/RBs the other position could be for defensive backs (safeties). Preference will be given to those that have played or coached at the collegiate level. Compensation includes housing, a stipend and possibly a meal plan, Job duties include working with academics, coaching and recruiting an assigned position group. Additional duties could include - video analysis, special teams coaching, strength & conditioning, game statistics and other responsibilities as assigned by the head coach. Qualified candidates should email a resume, cover letter and 3 references to head coach Merle Johnson at Candidates must also apply via Human Resources via this link. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

Bluefield College (NAIA - VA): Head coach Ordell Walker has stepped down after four seasons as head coach.

Wakeyleaks: Virginia Tech AD Whit Babcock has confirmed the school has been contacted in relation to leaked material recieved before the Hokies' 2014 game with Wake Forest. That game ended in a 6-3 double overtime Wake Forest win, by the way. "We have no indication at this time that any information was shared with any other staff members, nor utilized during the game itself. However, should more information become avilable, we will be forthcoming and transparent," Babcock said.

Cabrillo (JC - CA): Head coach Bill Garrison has announced his retirement and associate head coach Jim Winkler has assumed the duties of head coach as the search for Garrison's replacement has begun.

LSU: Sources tell us Coach O has landed his guy to lead special teams at LSU, with long-time NFL special teams coordinator Bobby April expected to sign on full-time with the Tigers. April is the former special teams coordinator of the Titans, Jets, Raiders, Eagles, Bills, Rams, Saints, etc, etc, etc... Louisiana guy, born in New Orleans. Update: LSU has now announced the hire of April as a special teams analyst.

Florida Atlantic: Sources tell FootballScoop Lane Kiffin is planning to bring Mike Locksley to FAU as offensive coordinator. Matt Zenitz of has confirmed the report. Locksley is formerly the head coach at New Mexico from 2009-11 and served as Maryland's offensive coordinator from 2012-15. He spent this fall as an offensive analyst at Alabama. Bruce Feldman has tweeted that he's told the reports are not accurate at this time.

Cal: Defensive coordinator Art Kaufman will not return to the staff Cal has now announced. Cal's release adds that they "Wish him the best in future coaching endeavors." This was Kaufman's 35th season in coaching including 18 as a defensive coordinator.

FAU: Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin is joining Lane's staff as defensive coordinator, per Bruce Feldman.

Walsh (D-II - OH): Sources tell FootballScoop that Olivet College (D-III - MI) head coach Dan Pifer will become the new head coach at Walsh. Olivet went 9-2 this season, including a 6-0 mark in the MIAA.

Ole Miss: Ole Miss is planning to hire Phil Longo and Wes McGriff as offensive and defensive coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop. More on the hires here.

South Carolina: Will Muschamp noted at his presser today that John Latina, a 37-year coaching veteran, will come out of retirement and coach the team's offensive line for their bowl game. Muschamp added that he won't hire a new offensive line coach until after January 1st.

Though they ended in the same hand gesture, everything about Charlie Strong's introductions at Texas and South Florida was completely different. 

Adrian College (D-III - MI): Adrian College is seeking applicants for a defensive line coach and a defensive backs coach. Both are full-time 11 month positions which require a bachelor's degree and 1 to 3 years of coaching experience preferred. Duties will include but not limited to developing practice plans for position group, in-state and out of state recruiting, monitoring of position's academic requirements, and other duties assigned by the head coach. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three references to Travis Rubingh at Preview of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

"Landmarking" Your Red Line Run Game:At Rose-Hulman IT (IN) the "red line" is referred to as the line four yards from the sideline. It's a landmark used in the Fightin' Engineers wide zone run game such as jet sweep and power read where the ball carrier knows he cannot cutback or be at the risk of absorbing blindside hits from backside pursuit players. This is why offensive coordinator Brian White teaches his runners to reach specific landmarks on these concepts before he can make any cuts. Coach White spoke exclusively with X&O Labs detailing these landmarks, and how they change upon the defensive front. To read this report on, click here.

Nevada: Source tells FootballScoop Jay Norvell is planning to hire Vince Hug as his director of football operations. Hug, who previously served as DFO at San Jose State, had been on staff at Arizona State serving in an assistant director of operations capacity.

Wooster (D-III - OH): The College of Wooster is seeking an offensive intern coach (OL). Preference to those that have played or coached OL at the collegiate level. Compensation includes a $10,000 annual stipend and money for the AFCA Convention. You will have the opportunity to coach your own position, run your own meetings and recruit an assigned territory. Please email cover letter, resume and references No phone calls, thanks.

Old Dominion: Bobby Wilder's agent Dennis Cordell told the Virginian-Pilot the coach and ODU have agreed on a 5-year extension, but that Wilder won't sign the deal unless the school also includes salary upgrades for his assistants. Meanwhile, ODU AD Wood Selig told a local radio station, "If that’s what they’re saying, that’s what they’re saying. But that’s not what I left thinking the last time we were together." Selig still thinks the two sides get a deal done. If signed, the new contract would bump Wilder's salary up $105,000 to $660,000 a year.

Montreal Alouettes: Interim head coach Jacques Chapdelaine has been promoted to head coach after finishing the season with a 4-2 mark, and Kavis Reed has taken over as general manager of the team. Reed previously served a the assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

AFCA: Davidson running backs / special teams coordinator Mario Price's has joined the AFCA staff full-time as director of social media.

Florida: With Geoff Collins off to Temple, associate head coach / linebackers coach Randy Shannon will serve as the defensive coordinator for the team's bowl game.

Fresno State: Orlondo Steinauer, the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, has been hired as Jeff Tedford's defensive coordinator.

Georgia State: Sources tell us that Shawn Elliott is adding Samford (FCS - AL) defensive backs coach Sam Shade to his staff.

Chowan University (D-II - NC): Chowan University is looking for a 2017 game in Week 2 (9/9/17). Will consider starting a home-&-home series or traveling for a guarantee game. Interested programs please contact

San Jose State: Arnold Ale, who coached the linebacker at SJSU last season, has been hired as the new head coach at Carson HS (CA).

Wheaton (D-III - IL): Wheaton College is looking for a scrimmage sometime between Wednesday August 23rd and Saturday, August 26th of 2017. Looking for a multi-year arrangement ideally, and we're willing to travel up to 2.5 hours. Interested programs can contact offensive coordinator Jesse Scott at

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