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The Scoop - Thursday February 28, 2019

Thursday February 28, 2019


#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. NFL – FBS – FCS – D-II

Jim Chaney: Chaney, now the offensive coordinator at Tennessee, signed a contract extension in February of 2018 that took him through June of 2021, per Seth Emersond, who adds that Chaney owed UGA a buyout of $500k when he left for the Vols.

North Texas: Adrian Mayes has officially joined the staff as tight ends coach.

Rice: Running backs coach Drew Svoboda, a former head coach at Klein Collins HS (TX), will be the new special teams coordinator for Rice, per the Houston Chronicle.

Auburn: The program has officially announced the following staff changes; linebackers coach Travis Williams has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator, defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson has added recruiting coordinator, Brett Whiteside is now the director of football operations AND administration, former Furman (FCS - SC) corners coach Adam Herring has joined the staff as a defensive analyst, Addison Williams is working as an analyst and assistant to the head coach, and Steven Haunga, who spent the past three years on staff at Tulsa, has joined the program as an offensive graduate assistant working with the offensive line. Also, Jorrell Bostrom has been promoted from director of player personnel to a role that encompasses all player-related activities and former AUburn offensive lineman Kendal Simmons will work as an offensive analyst.

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Ohio: As we shared about a week ago, the program has officially announced the addition of Arkansas State offensive line Allen Rudolph as their new offensive line coach. Also, offensive coordinator Tim Albin has been promoted to associate head coach / offensive coordinator and Pete Germano has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator / defensive ends coach.

Salt Lake Stallions (AAF): Former Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook has joined the staff and will coach the secondary and special teams.

Southern Miss: Austin Sharp is joining the staff as an offensive graduate assistant and will work with the skill positions after serving as a student assistant with the program the last three years. Also, per source, Arkansas State offensive graduate assistant Michael Gibbs is joining the staff as a graduate assistant as well.

Chaffey College (JC - CA): Chaffey College currently has position open coaching the running backs. We are looking for an eager recruiter and someone willing to come in and develop relationships with the current RBs. The position’s salary will start at $9,030. Candidates with technology/social media experience will be a plus. Responsibilities include coaching your position, running position meetings, assisting with special teams, assisting with weekly game planning, film breakdown and data entry (HUDL), recruiting assigned area, and other duties assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. Position start date is as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to Associate Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator Artie Allen at No phone calls please.

Penn State: V'Angelo Bentley has been hired as a defensive graduate assistant working with the defensive backs, per source. Bentley worked as an intern working with the defensive backs at Ohio State this past season.

Cal: Ohio State intern Ryan Conry, who worked with the Buckeye defensive backs, has been hired as a defensive graduate assistant at Cal working with the defensive backs, per source.

Michigan: Former New Orleans Saints special teams coordinator Bradford Banta will join the staff as an analyst, tweets ESPN's Field Yates. Banta and Jim Harbaugh played together with the Indianapolis Colts.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints have hired DJ Williams, a former Grambling quarterback and son of Doug Williams, as a quality control working with the quarterbacks, according to Ian Rapoport.

Nebraska: Fifty-one months after canning him, Nebraska is finally done paying Bo Pelini. How much did they pay him to go away?

FIU: The program has officially announced the additions of Bryn Renner (Corners) and Kenard Lang (DL). As we shared back in early January, both guys were on staff in off-field roles previously - Lang as a defensive analyst and Renner as director of recruiting / offensive assistant.

LSU: Former William & Mary (FCS - VA) offensive coordinator DJ Mangas is joining the LSU staff as an offensive analyst, Brody Miller tweets.

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South Dakota State: The program has announced that offensive line coach Jason Eck has been promoted to offensive coordinator, as we've shared previously. Also, Tight ends coach Luke Schleusner will fill the role of passing game coordinator, Zach Lujan will move from running backs to quarterbacks, and on defense linebackers coach Jimmy Rogers and safeties coach Brian Bergstrom will serve as co-defensive coordinators for the 2019 season, while defensive tackles coach Christian Smith will now coach the defensive line and corners coach Dan Jackson will add special teams coordinator responsibilities. The program still needs to hire a running backs coach and assistant defensive line coach.

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Wagner (FCS - NY): Wagner College is seeking applicants for a wide receivers coach. This individual will be responsible for coaching their own position, recruiting a designated area, and any other responsibilities appointed by the head football coach. Previous playing experience at the position and/or coaching is encouraged. The compensation for this position includes housing, and graduate classes. If interested, please send your resume, and reference list to Walter Kusmirek at

Nebraska: Scott Frost shared during a radio appearance that outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Jovan Dewitt is battling a form of throat cancer, and there is a good likelihood that it is a treatable form. Please join us in praying for coach Dewitt.

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Cal: Andrew Browning, who served in a quality control role last season after five years coaching the defensive line at UTEP, has been promoted to defensive line coach.

12/21 Personnel OZ/Boot Package:One of the more advantageous things an offense can do to a defense is dictate movement. And there is nothing that creates more horizontal flow than outside zone concepts. The University of Northern Colorado hung its hat on its outside zone and boot package this past season to get the box displaced along the line of scrimmage and distract the eyes of coverage defenders resulting in big plays. Their outside zone combined for an efficiency average of 60.8% and it averaged over six yards per carry. Running backs coach Brandon Maguire and offensive line coach Trevor Wikre present an exclusive clinic report with X&O Labs detailing the two base OZ runs in the Bears' system and the movement passes of them. X&O Labs will release this report Tuesday morning via email. To ensure you receive this report, go here and add your email.

Georgia State: Brad Glenn has been hired as the team's new associate head coach / offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after spending the past seven seasons at Western Carolina (FCS) in the same capacity. Also, former Florida State defensive line coach Brad Lawing has now officially joined the staff as defensive line coach.

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Whittier (D-III - CA): Whittier College is seeking applicants for an Assistant Football Coach (offensive skill position). Qualifications: Bachelors degree required with successful football playing and/or coaching experience, strong communication skills, organizational efficiency, outstanding character, and leadership qualities a must. This is a 12 month position that will pay $30,000 per year. No housing, or benefits are included. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, contribute to the weekly gameplan, assist in film breakdown, and have his own recruiting area. Please email a cover letter, resume, and references to head coach Mike Neale at No phone calls please.

#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. NFL – FBS – FCS – D-II