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The Scoop - Thursday February 22, 2018

Thursday February 22, 2018


UCLA: As we reported this morning, Pete Thamel is now also reporting Justin Frye will be the new offensive line coach at UCLA. Phil Trautwein, who recently had accepted the offensive line job at Yale is expected to fill the job at Boston College.

Utah State: Former East Carolina punter Worth Gregory is joining the Utah State staff as special teams quality control source tells FootballScoop.

Indianapolis Colts: Toronto Argonauts offensive coordinator Marcus Brady will join Frank Reich's staff in an unnamed role, according to 3 Down Nation.

Simon Fraser (D-II - Canada): Per source, James Holan has been hired as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He was previously the head coach at Piedmont High School in California.

Florida A&M (FCS): John Eason has been named full-time AD.

Illinois: Source tells FootballScoop Illinois head coach Lovie Smith is hiring Gill Byrd as safeties coach. Byrd, who coached defensive backs for the Buffalo Bills last season, has previously coached with Lovie in St. Louis, Chicago and Tampa. Jeremy Warner has also reported the hire; but Warner reports he will coach corners.

Arkansas State: A-State has two positions open in Football media (one graphics design and one in video) posted on Operations Scoop.

Mississippi State: Former South Alabama head coach Joey Jones has joined the staff as special teams coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop and per multiple reports.

Fresno State: Defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer has left the staff to become the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats' assistant head coach. He spent four seasons as the Ti-Cats' defensive coordinator before spending one season at Fresno, and played 13 seasons in the CFL.

Alabama: The Tide has announced Nick Saban's coaching staff for the 2018 season. This might as well be an entirely new staff.

Rutgers: Rutgers has officially announced the hiring of Noah Joseph as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He spent the past four seasons as Indiana's safeties coach and defensive recruiting coordinator. The school has also announced the hiring of Temple cornerbacks coach Cory Robinson as cornerbacks coach and pass game coordinator.

Mid-Route Adjustments and Progressions in Air Raid Concepts: One of the intangibles of the Air Raid offense is its malleable enough to be adjusted off of an offense’s personnel. Routes like the shallow, snag, stick and option routes make it harder for a defense to decipher the plays being run. One play can look like four different plays out of the same formation. In an exclusive clinic report for X&O Labs, Moniteau High School (PA) head coach Jon McCune details how he’s adjusted these Air Raid staples to fit into any offense. X&O Labs will release this report Tuesday morning at 7 am EST to its email list of 60,000 football coaches. To ensure you receive this report directly in your inbox, click here and enter your email.

UCLA: Source tells FootballScoop Chip Kelly brought Boston College offensive line coach Justin Frye in to interview for his offensive line job. Pretty good shot Frye winds up at UCLA we are told. Frye played at Indiana then served as a grad assistant at both Indiana and Florida, before going with Steve Addazio to Temple and then to Boston College where he has been since 2013.

A coach is suing Louisiana College after he says he was denied joining the coaching staff due to his Jewish heritage. 

Wake Forest: Glenville State (D-II - WV) offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Trevor Mendelson has accepted a position at Wake Forest as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line source tells FootballScoop.

ESPN: With Jon Gruden now in Oakland, Kirk Herbstreit will step in to sit alongside Mel Kiper, Jr., for the first round of ESPN's NFL draft coverage.

South Carolina State (FCS): Offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator Danny Lewis has left the staff to become the head coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C.

Temple: We're told defensive quality control assistant Josh Linam has left the staff to become the head coach and defensive coordinator of the Monash Warriors of the Gridiron Victoria League in Melbourne, Australia.

Carthage College (D-III - WI): Per source, Iowa State graduate assistant Kenny McClendon is the new defensive line coach at Carthage.

Missouri Southern (D-II): Missouri Southern is looking to fill several openings. Apply online here. No phone calls please.

Montana State-Northern (NAIA - MT): Montana State-Northern is seeking applicants for the position of assistant football coach for offense (Wide Receivers) to begin immediately. Preferred candidates will have prior experience playing/coaching on the offensive side of the ball, preferably with the Wide Receivers. Candidates will be responsible for coaching their own position group, a recruiting area, film editing/breakdown (HUDL), and all other duties assigned by the head football coach. A bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. This is a restricted earnings position that will pay $10,000. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Offensive Line Coach, Steven Oliver ( No phone calls.

Dakota State (NAIA - SD): Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., is looking for a football graduate assistant to start in July. 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. 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

Shorter (D-II - GA): Shorter is looking for a defensive GA to work with defensive backs. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted at The new hire will be expected to start immediately.

Montana State (FCS): Former Northern Illinois offensive coordinator Bob Cole has joined the staff as passing game coordinator, and former Bobcat and Washington GA Cole Moore has returned to his alma mater as director of football operations and player personnel.

Dartmouth (FCS - NH): Dartmouth College, a member of the Ivy League, seeks an Assistant Football Coach - Receivers. The successful candidate will assist with all areas of the program including recruiting, practice/game planning and coaching, individual skill development, and administrative tasks. Requirements: Bachelor's degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience; six years’ experience playing and/or coaching at the high school or college level; experience coaching receivers preferred; excellent organization and communication skills, and the ability to recruit effectively within the Ivy League philosophy of no athletic scholarships and highly selective admissions standards. Applicants can view a full job description and complete a required online application at A letter of application, resume, and names of at least three professional references are required.

Anna Maria College (D-III - MA): Anna Maria College, located in Paxton, Mass., is accepting applications for a Spring Intern Coach. This position could turn into a part time position in the fall. Defensive Side (DL) or (LB). The position of Assistant Football Coach – (Intern) reports to the Head Football Coach and is responsible for assisting the entire operation of the program including (but not limited to) the recruitment of student-athletes, film breakdown and evaluation, practice planning, participate in player skill development, meetings with players and staff and other duties assigned by the Head Coach. Some meals will be provided as well as a marginal Stipend. Candidates should have success coaching or playing football, the ability to recruit and motivate student-athletes, a strong commitment to academic success as well as compliance with the NCAA and institutional policies and procedures. Bachelor’s Degree required. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Local Candidates encouraged. Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to HC Dan Mulrooney, EMAIL ONLY PLEASE.

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