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The Scoop - Thursday December 8, 2016

Thursday December 8, 2016


Coach of the Year: Finalists for the defensive and special teams Coach of the Year awards presented by ProGrass have been announced. Offensive finalists were announced yesterday.

Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Ruston High head coach Brad Laird will be the new defensive coordinator at Northwestern State.

UC Davis (FCS): Los Angeles Valley College head coach Robert Tucker will join Dan Hawkins' staff as defensive coordinator source tells FootballScoop. Tucker's Monarchs went 11-0 this season (best record in school history, only undefeated JC team in California). In 2015, he took over a team that had been 3-7 and went 9-2 in including first bowl win in 19 years at LA Valley.

Georgia State: GSU has annoucned that they will introduce Shawn Elliott at an 11am EST press conference tomorrow.

USF: South Florida has "zeroed in" on Charlie Strong and a decision could come soon, according to a report from Roy Cummings. Cummings adds that "USF is acting quickly to have him in place and contacting / reassuring recruits this weekend before the 'dead period' begins next week." Cummings adds that Strong could come on the cheap, leaving Texas on the hook for the majority of his buyout.

Purdue: JaMarcus Shephard has formally joined the staff as an assistant coach. Shephard coached the inside receivers for Mike Leach at Washington State this past season.

Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Brad Laird, a Hall of Fame quarterback for the program, has been announced as associate head coach / defensive coordinator.

Catholic University (D-III - Washington, DC): Lindsey Wilson (NAIA - KY) defensive coordinator Mike Gutelius has been tabbed head coach.

FIU: According to Pete Thamel of SI, former Fresno State offensive coordinator Dave Schramm has opted not to take the offensive coordinator job on Butch Davis' staff, after initially accepting the offer.

Oregon: AD Rob Mullens said at Willie Taggart's introductory press conference that Oregon's assistant salary pool will be between $3.7 and $4 million. The current pool is $3.6 million, according to the Oregonian's Andrew Greif.

FIU: FIU has announced Kenny Holmes as defensive line coach.

Georgia State: South Carolina assistant coach Shawn Elliott will be the new head coach at Georgia State, USA Today's Dan Wolken reports. Multiple other outlets have since reported the same.

Lindsey Wilson (NAIA - KY): Lindsey Wilson College is accepting applications for its Defensive Coordinator position. This is a 12-month, full-time position with benefits. Qualifications include: minimum of a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred; previous successful coaching experience, with college experience preferred. To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references tohead coach Chris Oliver via email at LWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and encourages diversity among applicants for all positions. Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

Thoughts on Matt Rhule's intro at Baylor, what he inherits and what he could accomplish.

Western Michigan: PJ Fleck and WMU are engaged in active contract negotions on a new deal, accorindg to The Detroit News, and things are "close" to being finalized. Athletic director Kathy Beauregard later confirmed the confirmed that they are negotiating before adding that the talks are "elite".

Dakota State: Dakota State University in Madison, SD is looking for a football graduate assistant to start in January. The graduate program is a Master’s in Educational Technology. This program from Dakota State is one of the best MSET Programs in the country. Experience coaching at any position will be considered. Video, Equipment, and recruiting experience a plus. Compensation is a stipend of $12,000 and 2/3 tuition reduction. Cost of living is also very affordable in Madison. This program is a 1-year Master’s program and a commitment longer than 1 year is not required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher and a GRE score is required for admission to the grad program. Please send resumes to

Georgia Southern: Sources tell FootballScoop Georgia Southern approached New Mexico offensive line coach Saga Tuitele about joining their staff. We hear Tuitele opted not to pursue the opportunity.

Texas: Michael Huff, a former Thorpe Award winner for the Longhorns, as joined the staff as a quality control assistant working with the defensive backs.

Campbellsville (NAIA - KY): Campbellsville University is seeking two full-time assistant coaches, offensive line and linebackers. Campbellsville is a Christian university and candidates must adhere, promote and contribute to the Christian environment. Only applicants with at least three years college coaching / recruiting experience should apply. Interested candidates please email head coach Perry Thomas at with their cover letter and resume. No phone calls will be accepted. Resume deadline is December 12th.

Urbana (D-II - OH): Urbana University seeks applicants for a full-time assistant coach who will serve as the defensive coordinator for the Blue Knight football program. In addition to these duties, the position will be responsible for other duties as assigned by the head coach. Previous collegiate defensive coordinator experience is preferred. Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter and references to noting “Assistant Football Coach” in the subject line of the email. Interviews may take place at the AFCA Convention in Nashville in January.

Ole Miss: The program has announced that co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach coach Dan Werner will not return. Also, assistant AD of high school relations Barney Farrar is no longer part of the staff.

LSU: Ed Orgeron will receive a one-time payment of $675,000 for his role as the interim head coach, per Ross Dellenger, who adds thatSteve Ensminger will receive a one-time lump sum of $75,000 for taking over as the interim offensive coordinator. Ensminger will be paid a daily rate of $833 if he remains the offensive coordinator beyond December 15th. Dellenger also adds that interim defensive line coach Pete Jenkins is making $25,000 a month and interim outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson is receiving $15,000 a month.

Mixing Coverage and Pressure to Defend Empty: In years past, offenses would align in empty formations for two main reasons: to accentuate the talents of an athletic quarterback or to pick apart defenses that are forced into playing vanilla coverage structures. But these days it becomes necessary to defend both of these components by knowing when to play coverage and when to send pressure. The defensive staff at prep powerhouse Arlington High School (TX) spoke exclusively with X&O Labs detailing how they scheme against empty and 4-5 call package they use to defend gaps in the run game and neutralize opponents’ top pass threat. Read the exclusive report here.

West Texas A&M (D-II): Source tells FootballScoop, Sioux Falls (D-II - SD) defensive coordinator Tremaine Jackson will be the new head coach at West Texas. Jackson also previously served as defensive coordinator at Texas Southern.

Houston: ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Kiffin, Major Applewhite and Todd Orlando are now the three finalists (Les Miles & Lincoln Riley had been in it). McMurphy reports Houston officials are meeting tonight.

Houston: Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will be the new head coach at Houston, per a report from Dan Wolken, who adds that school president Renu Khator is the only person needed for the final OK. However, a number of others, including Joseph Duarte who covers UH for the Chronicle, are reporting that no offer has been extended and no decision has been made. Houston AD Hunter Yurachek tweeted grey smoke, indicating no decision yet.

Nevada: Last night we shared the news that Nevada is hiring Jay Norvell as their new head coach.

Georgia Southern: Offensive line coach Allen Mogridge has resigned we can confirm. Multiple local reports had this last night we are told.

Lane College (D-II - TN): Lane College is looking for a guarantee game on September 16th 2017, preferably an FCS opponent. If interested contact head coach / director of athletics Derrick Burroughs at 731-421-7461.

Lincoln (D-II - MO): Lincoln University is looking for a D2 or NAIA opponent on September 30, 2017. The game must be a home contest for us. Interested programs can email

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