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The Scoop - Thursday January 19, 2017

Thursday January 19, 2017


Buffalo Bills: Rick Dennison, Gary Kubiak's offensive coordinator in Denver the past two seasons, will be the new OC for the Bills.

Colorado: In announcing their hire of DJ Eliot as defensive coordinator Colorado noted, "Eliot has a proposed three-year contract agreement that will be submitted for review and approval by the CU Board of Regents." Unusual language; but alrighty then...

Western Michigan: Source tells FootballScoop Tim Lester is expected to hire Southern Illinois receivers coach Ashton Aikens. Aikens, who has coached receivers the past three seasons at SIU, previously coached at Northwestern (special teams QC) where he also played receiver.

Auburn: Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone isn't a candidate for the Auburn OC position reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.

Bluffton (D-III – OH): Bluffton has an opening for offensive coordinator. Position includes but not limited to: Implementing offensive scheme, Practice and Game Planning, Managing the offensive coaches and players. Additional responsibilities in Recruiting and Academic Monitoring as well as any obligation assigned by the Athletic Director. All interested and qualified applicants should email resume and references to Denny Dorrel at No Phone Calls.

San Diego Mesa (JC - CA): San Diego Mesa is seeking experienced assistant coaches for WR and DL for the upcoming 2017 season. Candidates must demonstrate great knowledge, ability to teach the position, and have a passion for recruiting. This is a stipend only position. Pay is $3,500 per season. Other income opportunities may exist if candidate has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science or Kinesiology. Must be able to attend all meetings and practices. Email resume to No phone calls please.

Williams College (D-III - MA): Williams College Football has an opening for a defensive coordinator. This will be a full-time position. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, list of references, and resume to Head Coach Mark Raymond at

Oregon: Raymond Woodie, Willie Taggart's defensive coordinator at South Florida, will now join Taggart at Oregon as special teams coordinator. Woodie has been with Taggart at both USF and Western Kentucky.

James Madison: Mike Houston has agreed to a new five year contract with JMU including an increase in both base pay and incentives.

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Miami Dolphins: Former Rams linebackers coach Frank Bush has accepted the assistant head coach/linebackers job with the Fins, per Adam Schefter. They've also promoted special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi to associate head coach. Chris Kuper has been promoted to assistant offensive line coach.

Auburn: Texas A&M offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone "could be the leader" for the OC position at Auburn reports Travis Haney of 247 sports.

San Diego State: The Aztecs have announced a 5-year contract extension for head coach Rocky Long. Long, 66, is 54-26 in six seasons at the school and 22-6 with back-to-back Mountain West titles over the past two seasons.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame has formally introduced Del Alexander as wide receivers coach.

Adrian College (MI): Grand Valley State grad assistant Michael Pannone has joined the Adrian staff coaching the defensive line.

Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame, is currently seeking candidates for the Offensive Graduate Assistant position. Qualified candidates must have previous experience playing or coaching the Offensive Line. All candidates must posses strong communication and computer skills. Please send cover letter and resume with references to

Jacksonville (FCS - FL): Jacksonville is looking for a home game on Sept. 30 of the 2017 season. Interested parties should contact DFO/director of high school relations Brooks Armstrong at

Scoop Him Up: A passionate, energetic, and detail oriented coach with multiple levels of experience, Jesse Norris is looking to return to the college level. After graduating from Hillsdale College, he has spent time at Culver-Stockton College as wide receiver coach, special teams coordinator, video coordinator, and equipment manager, as well as defensive back coach. Following that, Norris spent time at Lima Shawnee High School as assistant football coach and head track coach. Most recently he served as the head football coach at Plantation High School, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is a relationship-based coach that looks to further student athletes understanding of life and football. Norris looks to lead by example and create a passionate, energetic, and loving atmosphere. He can be reached by email at or by cell 419-204-2098.

North Carolina: East Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams is back to North Carolina reports We have also been told the move has been in the works for several weeks.

San Francisco 49ers: Packers executive Eliot Wolf has withdrawn from the Niners' GM search, multiple outlets have reported.

Satellite camps: The NCAA is moving forward with plans to severely restrict camp policies. What would that mean for the satellite camp industry?

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NFL: The Oakland Raiders have officially filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Here's how their Vegas stadium might look.

Baltimore Ravens: Joe D'Alessandris has been hired as offensive line coach for the Ravens. D'Alessandris coached the Chargers offensive line from 2013-2015 and has nearly 40 years coaching experience.

Denver Broncos: Kansas City Chiefs assistant special teams coordinator Brock Olivo has agreed to become the new special teams coordinator for the Broncos reports Mike Klis. Also, Alex Marvez adds that Johnnie Lynn will join the staff as assistant defensive backs coach (with Samson Brown leaving that role to join the Rams staff).

FAU: Lane Kiffin "has held conversations with" FIU assistant Tim Harris Jr. about joining the FAU staff reports FAUOwlAccess. Harris Jr., who has coached running backs the past two seasons at FIU, is the son of Tim "Ice" Harris, longtime south Florida coach. Will update when more is clear about Harris Jr.'s decision.

Western Michigan: Cory Sanders, the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at West Florida (D-II), has accepted the defensive backs job at Western Michigan, sources tell FootballScoop. Sanders previously served as the head coach at St. Joseph's College (D-II - IN) and previously worked with WMU head coach Tim Lester previously at Elmhurst (D-III - IL).

West Florida (D-II): The University of West Florida is now accepting applications to fill their defensive coordinator / defensive backs position. All interested candidates should email resume, cover letter and list of reference to head coach Pete Shinnick at Please no phone calls Applicants can also apply on-line at the UWF Human Resource website.

Beloit (D-III - WI): Kevin Canty has joined the staff and will serve as offensive line coach / run game coordinator, per sources. Canty was most recently the offensive coordinator at Jordan HS (Durham, NC), and prior to that served as the offensive line coach at Brevard College (D-II - NC).

Washington Redskins: Former 49ers outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver is interviewing for the defensive coordinator job today, per Adam Caplan and former Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman is expected to interview for the job as well according to Josh Reed.

Tennessee: According to 247, Utah State associate head coach / running backs coach Mike Canales will "imminently" be named quarterbacks coach on Butch Jones' staff. Canales previously served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at North Texas, South Florida, and Arizona among other stops in his coaching career. 247 adds that the contracts of defensive line coach Steve Stripling and offensive line coach Don Mahoney both expire at the end of next month.

Minnesota: Minnesota is seeking applicants for two positions; a director of player development and recruiting assistant. If interested, send resume and materials to No phone calls please.

Western Kentucky: Brock Willis, who spent the past four seasons with Willie Taggart at South Florida in an analyst role, has joined WKU in a quality control role working with special teams and defense.

Millikin (D-III - IL): Millikin University has an immediate opening for an Offensive Coordinator. It is a 12 month position with pay commensurate with experience. For more information, visit this link or email head coach Dan Gritti at

New Research: 11/12 Personnel Overload Structures to Stress Defenses - Making one or two checks to unbalanced looks can be stressful enough for defensive coordinators, but presenting up to nine formations in one contest is sure to get some alignment issues. In his X&O Labs exclusive clinic report, T.F. Riggs High School (SD) head coach Steve Steele presents the nine overload formations from his 11 and 12 personnel groupings that he uses on a weekly basis, including specific alignments and the run and pass concepts he uses to exploit how defenses will adjust to them. Click here to read the report.

Whittier (D-III - CA): Whittier College, a Division III program in Los Angeles, CA is seeking applicants for a restricted earnings coaching position (WRs coach). Qualifications: Bachelors degree required with successful football playing and/or coaching experience, strong professional/interpersonal communication skills and organizational efficiency, outstanding character and leadership qualities a must. This is a 12 month full time position that will pay $10,000 per year, and limited meals. No housing or benefits are included, so candidates currently living in or around L.A., or with the ability to relocate to Los Angeles are more likely to make this position work effectively based on the pay of this position. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, contribute to the weekly gameplan, have video editing duties (HUDL), and have his own recruiting area. Preferred start date is March 1, 2017. Please email a cover letter, resume, and references to head coach Mike Neale at No phone calls please.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (D-II): OPSU is currently seeking an offensive assistant working with the QBs or RBs. This will be a restricted earnings position with the ability to earn 12-15,500 depending on experience. Candidates with QB playing or coaching experience, at the college level, will be given preference. Duties will be assigned by the head coach and include coaching a position, having your own recruiting area, video work, etc. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to offensive coordinator, Buddy Blevins via email at OPSU is transitioning to NAIA for the 2017-2018 seasons.

Kentucky State (D-II): Kentucky State is looking to hire a defensive assistant coach. Defensive line preferred. This is a full-time position with benefits. Interested candidates can contact Michael Digman at

Buffalo Bills: The Bills have interviewed Panthers quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey for their offensive coordinator job, according to the Charlotte Observer.

North Texas: Marty Biagi has formally been introduced as the special teams coordinator.

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