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The Scoop - Thursday January 10, 2019

Thursday January 10, 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

Wyoming: Source tells FootballScoop offensive line coach Scott Fuchs is not expected to return. Additional source tells FootballScoop Craig Bohl is expected to hire former Colorado offensive line coach Klayton Adams to fill the role.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals would like to hire Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor after the Rams season ends, according to ESPN. Details on Taylor's meteoric rise here.

Arkansas-Monticello (D-II): Defensive backs coach Brandon Bailey has been promoted to defensive coordinator, per source. Bailey previously served as a student assistant at Georgia Southern and Tulane.

South Carolina: Defensive line coach Lance Thompson is not expected to be retained reports Josh Kendall. We have been hearing the same for some time and hear Will has already picked Thompson's replacement. Stay tuned....

Michigan State: Mark Dantonio has now announced the changes outlined below, and added that tight ends coach Mark Staten will also coordinate the special teams and defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Mike Tressel has added the assistant head coach titles. Dantonio adds that the staff are still under two-year contracts, but some salaries will likely be adjusted.

Temple: Local news coverage in Philly is now reporting the deal is in place with Rod Carey as we reported was expected.

Kentucky: Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has announced that he is staying with the Wildcats.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have announced the addition of Matt Barnes as special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach. Barnes previously coached the linebackers at Maryland and added special teams coordinator duties heading into the 2018 season.

North Carolina: Mack Brown has now announced Robert Gillespie is being retrained and will work with the running backs, Scott Boone will serve as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, Stacy Searels will coach the offensive line. Also, the additions of official Darrell Moody and Sparky Woods are now official in senior advisor roles.

Michigan: Jim Harbaugh interviewed Boston College co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile for a defensive staff position with the Wolverines, per 247. Campanile has coached at Rutgers and Boston College and has worked with tight ends, wide receivers, and defensive backs in his seven seasons coaching college football and he'd likely work somewhere in the defensive backfield in Ann Arbor, per the report.

Atlanta Legends (AAF): Source tells FootballScoop offensive coordinator Mike Vick is leaving the staff as well. Tuesday we reported Brad Childress was leaving and Kevin Coyle would be promoted to head coach. The team announced those two moves yesterday.

Michigan: Michigan has now named Josh Gattis their new offensive coordinator. From the release Gattis' official title will be: Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator and an assistant offensive coach for the Wolverines.

West Virginia: Vic Koenning has been formally announced as defensive coordinator / safeties coach.

Cleveland Browns: Former Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is set to interview for the offensive coordinator job, per Ian Rapoport.


Troy: Troy has now officially announced the hire of Chip Lindsey as their new head coach.

Michigan State: According to Graham Couch, Mark Dantonio is shuffling the responsibilities of his staff, noting that Brad Salem will move from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and running backs coach and Dave Warner will move from running backs to quarterbacks, offensive line coach Mark Staten will move to tight ends coach, and tight ends coach Jim Bollman is taking over the offensive line. Also, Don Treadwell, who assisted with the defensive backs and worked with special teams while helping as an offensive consultant will move to wide receivers coach, and Terrance Samuel will take over for Treadwell's duties, which included "freshman head coach" to help support first-year players in their growth and development. Dantonio is expected to address staff changes at a press conference called for 5:45pm EST.

West Virginia: As we reported days ago, WVU is confirming today, Vic Koenning is coming with Neal Brown as defensive coordinator.

Georgia: Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has been offered the offensive coordinator job, per Matt Jones of KSR. Jones adds that Gran has been offered over $1.1 million per year and would have complete control of the offense. Late afternoon update> FootballScoop spoke with folks with direct knowledge of the situation and believe it is fair to say Eddie was contacted about a role on the staff at Georgia. Based on our conversations, it seems "offered" is a bit overstated. Sit tight on this one.

Ellsworth CC (JC - IA): Ellsworth Community College will have a couple positions available. Ellsworth CC is looking for offensive and defensive coaches looking to get into college football. These positions are stipend positions with the potential to provide free housing and meals. Looking for the best candidates but all responsibilities will include; coaching a position and having their own recruiting areas. In the subject line, please type the position you would be interested in. Please send your resume & references to The position would begin ASAP.

Michigan: Alabama co-offensive coordinator Josh Gattis is joining the staff as offensive coordinator according to Bruce Feldman of the Athletic.

North Dakota State (FCS): New head coach Matt Entz has announced the additions of David Braun (DC / safeties), Grant Olson (LBs), AJ Blazek (OL), and Noah Pauley (WRs). Braun spent the past two seasons at Northern Iowa (FCS) most recently as the special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, Olson played on three national title teams at NDSU and spent the past two seasons coaching the linebackers at Indiana State (FCS). Offensively, Blazek spent the past three seasons coaching the Rutgers offensive line, and Pauley spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Minnesota-Duluth (D-II).

Penn State: Duke receivers coach Gerad Parker is joining James Franklin's staff at Penn State the program announced earlier this afternoon. Parker earned accolades for the way he served as interim head coach at Purdue at the end of the '16 season. He was then hired as Cincinnati; but left that Spring to join David Cutcliffe's staff at Duke.

Atlanta Falcons: Source tells FootballScoop Dan Quinn has promoted offensive assistant Justin Outten to assistant offensive line coach. Outten has served as offensive assistant the past two seasons with the Falcons. He previously had coached offensive line at Spring Westfield High for 8 seasons.

Detroit Lions: Former Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarrkisian and former Jaguars offensive coordinator Nate Hackett are in the mix for the Lions vacant offensive coordinator job, per Alex Marvez.

Denver Broncos: Vic Fangio shared at his introductory presser today that he still plans to call the defense, noting, "They hired me because of my work on the defensive side of the ball. I believe, for the most part, I'm pretty good at it, so I'll still do it. I think it's important that I do."

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Sarkisian and Vance Joseph have spoken with Kliff Kingsbury about coordinator opportunities, Alex Marvez shares.

Carolina Panthers: Alex Marvez tweets that coaching the defensive backs in Carolina is another potential landing spot for Chuck Pagano.

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton walked into the locker room with $225,000 and the Lombardi....

Georgia State: Offensive line coach Cedric Williams will not return source tells FootballScoop. Williams joined Shawn Elliott's staff for the 2017 season after having coached with him at South Carolina.

Seton Hill (D-II - PA): Seton Hill University’s football program is accepting applications for the position of graduate assistant (offensive line). Bachelor’s Degree (3.0 minimum) and acceptance into one of Seton Hill’s eligible graduate programs is required. Prior playing or coaching experience with the Offensive Line is preferred. This position provides a full graduate tuition scholarship in one of Seton Hill University’s eligible graduate programs & payment for hours worked. Please send resume and cover letter to Seton Hill University is committed to having a faculty and staff that reflects the diversity of our global population. AA/EOE

Atlanta Falcons: In addition to the change of role for Kyle Flood (see below), Dan Quinn has announced that assistant wide receivers coach Dave Brock will move to assistant running backs, and running backs coach Bernie Parmalee is moving to an assistant with the special teams. Quinn also shared today that he does not expect any more major changes to his coaching staff.

Utah: Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, Utah offensive line coach Jim Harding, and Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae are candidates for the offensive coordinator job at Utah, per the Salt Lake Tribune. Ludwig previously served as Utah's offensive coordinator for four seasons before leaving after the 2009 season, Harding has been on staff for five seasons and previously held a co-offensive coordinator title in 2015-16, and Anae previously coordinated the offense at BYU for nine seasons before following Bronco Mendenhall to Virginia.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo will interview for a spot on Kliff Kingsbury's staff, Jordan Raanan tweets.

Liberty: Source tells FootballScoop Hugh Freeze plans to hire Kyle Pope from Alabama's staff as his new linebackers coach. At Alabama Pope assists with the defensive line. Pope, a linebacker at Jacksonville State, had coaching experience at Jax State, Holmes CC, West Alabama, Presbyterian before joining the staff at Alabama for the past 2 seasons.

West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II): Head coach Del Smith has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Del was 10-23 in three seasons leading the program.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano is another candidate being considered for the defensive coordinator role, with Kent Somers adding that he is currently the "front runner" for the job. Pagano is also receiving consideration for the defensive coordinator roles in Cleveland and with the Jets as well.

Atlanta Falcons: Dan Quinn shared today that assistant offensive line coach Kyle Flood will serve as an in-game assistant helping with replay challenges and clock management decisions.

Georgia Tech: Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key has been announced as assistant head coach / run game coorrdinator / offensive line coach by Geoff Collins.

Cleveland Browns:Ian Rapoport tweets that former Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken will interview with the Browns for the Browns vacant offensive coordinator this weekend & has also spoken with the Jaguars about their offensive coordinator opening.

Maryland: FootballScoop first reported back on December 6 that Josh Gattis was expected to be the offensive coordinator at Maryland. Now, other outlets are reporting that it's happening.

Arkansas State: The program has now announced the addition of Malcolm Kelly as outside wide receivers coach, and Sean Coughlin as offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Kelly previously served as an offensive graduate assistant at Houston and coached the outside wide receivers at Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX). Coughlin previously spent 13 seasons at Missouri State (FCS) most recently as associate head coach / co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

Kennesaw State (FCS - GA): Danny Verpaele, the defensive coordinator / linebackers coach at Valdosta State (D-II - GA), has accepted the linebackers job on staff, per Alison Posey of ABC 27.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph is in Arizona interviewing for the defensive coordinator position with Kliff Kingsbury, per Ian Rapoport. Rap adds that Joseph is still in the mix for the Bengals head coaching job as well.

Georgia Tech: Geoff Collins has formally announced the additions of Vince Sinagra (cheif of staff) and Scott Wallace (DFO). Both guys previously worked with Collins at Temple the past two seasons in the same respective capacities.

Temple: Source tells FootballScoop Temple is expected to hire NIU head coach Rod Carey. Read more on the situation here.

Miami: 247 is reporting "Tee Martin to Miami as OC is very likely to happen." However, sources tell FootballScoop this is not expected to occur.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (D-III – TX): The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Football Program is looking to hire a graduate assistant in an off the field capacity. This position will be responsible for assisting in both recruiting and operations. This is strictly an OFF the field position. The position will include tuition assistance and a stipend. All interested applicants please email your resume and references to

Liberty: Source tells FootballScoop Hugh Freeze has hired Jim Nichols as chief of staff. Nichols, the former Faulkner head coach who previously has worked on staffs at Auburn, Troy, Texas Tech, was currently serving as director of athletics at MDCA near Orlando, FL.

New York Jets: Along with Gregg Williams (see below) former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph and former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano are the other guys in the mix for the defensive coordinator job, per Albert Breer.

Tampa: Look for Nick Rapone to have "a role in the defensive secondary" tweets Greg Auman who covers the Bucs. Rapone served as BA's defensive coordinator at Temple and is considered by many who have worked with him one of the top defensive coaching minds in the game.

Dabo Swinney: While accepting a coach of the year award, Dabo called up his coaching mentor Woody McCorvey on stage to help illustrate how much football matters. Watch this really special moment.

St. Francis (NAIA – IL): The University of St. Francis invites applications for a defensive coaching position. The defensive coordinator title may be available for the right candidate. All candidates should have prior defensive coaching experience, but we are open to any position on that side of the ball. Compensation will be dependent on experience, but this will not be a benefits-eligible position. Please email head football coach Joe Curry at and attach a resume, cover letter & list of 3 references (with contact information).

New York Jets: Adam Gase is considering hiring Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator Adam Schefter says in a uniquely worded tweet.

Georgia State: Former Georgia Tech safeties coach Shiel Wood is joining Shawn Elliott's staff as linebackers coach reports Ben Moore of 247. Prior to joining Paul Johnson's staff this past year, Wood served as defensive coordinator at Wofford where he previously had coached with current Georgia State DC Nate Fuqua.

Kansas: Sources tell FootballScoop that Kansas is not retaining director of football operations Nolan Jones. Jones previously served as DFO at Northwestern, Kentucky, Michigan, Kent State and Southern Miss.

Faulkner (NAIA - AL): Head coach Shayne Wasden has stepped down. Source tells FootballScoop Wasden is expected to return to Troy as part of Chip Lindsey's staff. Wasden spent 10 seasons on staff at Troy as an associate head coach. Shayne's brother Tommy Wasden has been named head coach after spending the 2018 season as associate head coach with the program. Tommy started his career as a high school coach including 16 seasons at Goshen, Pike County, Meadowview Christian and Mobile Christian. He also spent two years as the headmaster at Meadowview Christian and 16 years as the president of Mobile Christian.

Montana State (FCS): Kane Ione has been named defensive coordinator at Montana State. Ione previously served as a defensive analyst at Washington.

Troy: In case you missed it, Chip Lindsey is expected to be the next head coach at Troy.

Dime Robber Defense Shrinks Vertical and Horizontal Space: Perhaps it was Iowa State University that first put the Odd Double Cloud defense on the football map last season, but Bridgewater College (VA) defensive coordinator Rob Everett has been using some form of it for the last five seasons. What started out as a game plan adjustment against flex-bone option offenses (with corner support on the perimeter) has morphed into an every down defense for the Eagles this season. The cancellation of the B gap up front held opponents to 3.1 yards per carry in the run game and using an additional safety as a middle hole robber bolstered combination coverage packages. As a result, the Eagles lead the conference in total defense, 3rd down and red zone efficiency. Next Tuesday, X&O Labs will be releasing an exclusive clinic report from Coach Everett which details the entire package, including the coverages and pressures he’ll use in this system (this report includes game film). X&O Labs will email this report directly to your email address next Tuesday at 7 am. Enter your email address here--its free.

Willie Taggart: A former Oregon player is suing Willie Taggart, the NCAA, Oregon and a strength coach - seeking $11.5 million.

Mike McCarthy: The former Packers head coach plans to sit out the 2019 season and will coach in 2020, according to multiple reports. McCarthy figures to be a top head coaching candidate in the 2020 hiring cycle.

NY Jets: Matt Rhule is staying at Baylor, and the Jets hire Adam Gase.

North Dakota (FCS): Iowa offensive graduate assistant Joe Pawlak has been named the program's new offensive line coach. Pawlak played his college ball at Northern Illinois and served as a graduate assistant for two seasons before landing on the Iowa staff.

Miles (D-II - AL): Per source, Delta State (D-II - MS) defensive backs coach Jesse Thompson has taken the same position at Miles College.

Nebraska: Defensive tackle Mick Stoltenberg, who battled knee injuries throughout his college career, has decided to hang up the cleats and plans to pursue a career in coaching, per Husker Extra.

Head coaching changes: See all of the 2018 NFL and College head coaching changes here – including a new interactive map.