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The Scoop - Thursday December 22, 2016

Thursday December 22, 2016


St. Olaf (D-III - MN): James Kilian, who previously served as the offensive coordinator at the University of St. Thomas (D-III - MN) has been named head coach at St. Olaf.

Ole Miss: Multiple outlets are reporting that former Oregon offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Matt Lubick is joining the staff and will coach the receivers. We can confirm the hire.

Houston: Major Applewhite has added the following folks to his staff, per multiple reports: Clay Jennings (co-DC / secondary), James Casey (TEs), AJ Blum (DL), Nelly Gonzalez (director of internal operations), and Marcus Tubbs (assistant athletic director of football ops).

Arizona Cardinals: Amid rumors he was considering retirement, Bruce Arians, 64, said Thursday he will return to the sidelines in 2017. "I'll be back," he told "I a'int going nowhere."

Minnesota State (D-II): Minnesota State is actively seeking applicants for the defensive coordinator position with the Maverick football program. For additional details on the application process visit this link.

Bemidji State (D-II - MN): Per source, Buffalo offensive graduate assistant Ryan Olson will be joining the staff as offensive line coach. Olson worked with the offensive line at Buffalo.

Lamar (FCS - TX): Sources tell FootballScoop former Texas State offensive coordinator Mike Schultz will be the new head coach at Lamar. A Sam Houston State graduate and Houston native, Schultz has made a number of stops around the state, including at Texas, UTEP and a decade-plus stint at Gary Patterson's offensive coordinator at TCU.

UC Davis (FCS): Cha'pelle Brown, who coached the secondary at Northern Arizona (FCS) the past two seasons, is joining the staff as defensive backs coach, per source.

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Per source, Northwest Missouri State (D-II) running backs / tight ends coach Ryan Gent will join the ACU staff and coach the wide receivers.

Houston: TCU assistant director of football operations Nelly Gonzalez will join Major Applewhite's staff at Houston as director of internal football operations, per source.

Troy: Athletic director Jeremy McClain tells the Dothan Eagle that he plans to offer head coach Neal Brown and the staff contract extensions. Brown signed a four-year deal after being hired on December 1, 2014, with a mutual option for a fifth. Troy finished the season 9-3, their best season since 2009, and have a chance for a 10th win against Ohio tomorrow night in the Dollar General Bowl.

Harding (D-II - AR): Romas Roberson, a graduate assistant on staff, has been promoted to assistant defensive line coach.

New Research - 20 Personnel RPO Design: Arkansas Tech OC Brent Dearmon is no stranger to the utilization of 20 personnel groupings, having spent two seasons as an offensive analyst with Gus Malzahn at Auburn. He’s accustomed to loaded boxes to defend his slant and stack formations which is why he’s packaged nine RPO’s to combat them. The Wonder Boys have produced one of the biggest offensive turnaround in college football - including a 360% increase in rushing yards from the previous season, racking up 36.5 points and 458.8 yards per game. In exclusive clinic report, Coach Dearmon details his most productive 20 personnel RPOs including how he tags routes to affect the 7th and 8th defender in the run fit. Click here to read the report. 

Baylor: Tennessee Tech (FCS) corners coach Bobby Maffei is joining the Baylor staff as a defensive analyst, per source. Maffei is a former Temple defensive grad assistant under new Baylor head coach Matt Rhule.

Chabot College (JC - CA): Chabot College has an immediate opening for offensive coordinator. Must have’s for the position include: experience in game-planning, film breakdown (HUDL), organization of meetings, practice planning, the ability to immediately diagnose issues during a game, ability to make proper adjustments, enthusiasm & confidence. Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree is preferred. Preference will go to applicants who have intercollegiate coaching & recruiting experience at the JC level or to those with successful offensive coaching experience at the local high school level. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population is highly preferred. Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background. Pay is dependent on education and experience. This is NOT a full-time position. For full consideration, a letter addressing the skills required and preferred for this position, resume, and the contact information of three professional references must be submitted via email to Coach Eric Fanene at Anticipated start date is early Spring, 2017, so we will move quickly on this hire. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Please no phone calls.

Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Per source, Bemidji State (D-II) tight ends / fullbacks coach Brett McMurray has accepted the inside linebackers job at Southwest Minnesota State.

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