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The Scoop - Thursday January 3, 2019

Thursday January 3, 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

Appalachian State: Per multiple reports, former Western Kentucky offensive coordinator Junior Adams is joining the staff as wide receivers coach.

Operations meetings at the AFCA: Agenda for the DFO meetings at the AFCA is here.

Wilmington (D-III – OH): Wilmington College is looking to fill an assistant position coaching CBs. This is an intern (no graduate school) position that pays a stipend for a 10 month period and includes housing and meals. This coach will coach his own position, recruit own area and may have additional duties assigned by the Head Coach. Candidates who have recent playing experience or coaching experience with DBs, specifically CBs are preferred. Some interviews will be conducted at the AFCA Convention in San Antonio, TX. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and dates that you will be in San Antonio to Corey Fillipovich, Defensive Coordinator at No phone calls please.

Southern Miss: Offensive line coach Erik Losey and head strength and conditioning coach SaJason Finley will not return, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald.

Pat Fitzgerald: As Fitz declared after their bowl win, his agent Bryan Harlin reiterated today, he will not be a candidate for any NFL jobs (via: Teddy Greenstein).

Ball State: Mike Neu has hired Grady Brown as defensive backs coach. Brown coached corners at Louisville last season and previously coached at South Carolina.

Florida State: Special teams coordinator Alonzo Hampton has been let report tweets Bruce Feldman.

Georgia Tech: Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key is expected to be the final assistant that completes Geoff Collins' staff, per the AJC. Key is a former four-year starter on the Georgia Tech offensive line.

Miami: Former Houston head coach Major Applewhite will be named the new offensive coordinator on Manny Diaz's staff, per Stefan Adams and CanesInsight; however, sources tell FootballScoop that report is premature. Major is a candidate; but no decision or offer has been made.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are working to sign special teams coach Mike Priefer to a new deal, per Alex Marvez.

North Carolina: Mack Brown has found his strength coach, per report. Head over to Strength Scoop for the details.

Fitchburg State (D-III - MA): Head coach Jim McGuire has announced that Mark Sullivan is the team's new defensive coordinator. Sullivan previously served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Nichols College (D-III - MA).

Southeast Missouri State (FCS): Southeast Missouri State University has an immediate opening for a full-time offensive assistant coach. Coaching responsibilities to include, but not limited to, an offensive skill position. Coaching and playing experience at FBS, FCS and/or Division II is preferred. Some interviews will be conducted at the AFCA Convention in San Antonio, TX. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Please no phone calls.

Bethany (NAIA - KS): Per source, assistant head coach / run game coordinator / offensive line coach Tyrone Carter is no longer with the program.

Northwestern Oklahoma State (D-II): Northwestern Oklahoma State University is seeking candidates for an offensive graduate assistant position. Candidates with coaching and/or prior collegiate playing experience are strongly preferred. In addition to running meetings and practice for their assigned position, this position coach will be given a recruiting area, help with hosting recruiting visits, assist coordinator with game and practice plans, data entry/editing for film and recruiting database, and assist the Head Coach and Coordinator as necessary. This is stipend position, with room/board and a tuition waiver for the completion of a Master’s degree also provided. If interested, please email Assistant Head Coach, TJ Andrade at Will be conducting interviews next week at the AFCA Convention. No phone calls please.

Coach of the Year: Join us in congratulating Dave Aranda (linebackers) and Matt Entz (FCS coordinator) as FootballScoop Coaches of the Year presented by AstroTurf, as selected by their peers.

Montana State-Northern (NAIA - MT): Montana State-Northern is seeking applicants for the position of assistant football coach for defense (defensive line) to begin immediately. Preferred candidates will have prior experience playing/coaching on the defensive side of the ball, preferably with the defensive line. 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/defensive coordinator. A bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. This is a restricted earnings position that will pay $9,500. Head Coach Andrew Rolin would like to conduct interviews at the AFCA Convention. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to No phone calls.

Detroit Lions: Offensive assistant Derius Swinton will not return, according to multiple outlets.

Montana Tech (NAIA): Montana Tech has an immediate opening a defensive intern / restricted earnings coaching position. Primary responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all phases of the football program. Other responsibilities include coaching a position. Must be proficient in using Hudl Video Editor, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with film breakdown and data entry is a must. A monthly stipend will be provided as well as a portion of housing. This is an entry level position. College playing experience in the secondary and/or previous coaching experience is preferred in the secondary is preferred. Email resume & references to No phone calls please.

Houston: Dana Holgorsen said Thursday he will handle the offensive play calling at Houston.

Georgia Tech: Geoff Collins has now announced Larry Knight (defensive ends / outside linebackers), Jim Panagos (defensive line), Chris Wiesehan (tight ends / offensive special teams) & Ryan Horton (director of applied science). All four comes from Temple.

Buffalo: The Bills have parted ways with special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.

Tulsa: Linebackers coach Joseph Gillespie is being promoted to defensive coordinator.

FootballScoop Guide to the AFCA: The guide to the best of the upcoming AFCA convention in San Antonio is right here...including locally sourced food & drink recommendations. The FootballScoop party is Monday night, 5pm at Bar Rojo in the Grand to all coaches, wives & families. Hope to see many of you there.

AFCA 2019 Bar Rojo Social

Northwestern: Former Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson is being promoted to offensive line coach at Northwestern Adam Rittenberg has tweeted. Anderson spent this past season as an analyst on Pat Fitzgerald's staff.

Carroll (NAIA - MT): Jim Hogan, who spent 19 years on staff coaching as an assistant at Carroll under Mike Van Diest, has joined the Capital HS (Helena, MT) staff as offensive line coach. Hogan spent last season away from coaching to spend more time with his family.

Fordham (FCS - NY): Fordham University is seeking an offensive assistant coach, coaching the wide receivers. This is a full-time position. Interested applicants should submit a resume and references to Director of Football Operations, Evan Ostrow, at

UConn: The program has announced the addition of Darrell Perkins as defensive backs coach. Perkins recently wrapped up his third season as co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach at Fordham (FCS - NY).

Central Methodist (NAIA - MO): Central Methodist University is accepting applications for a graduate assistant working with the defense, linebackers or rovers. This position includes tuition, stipend, and on-campus housing (optional). The responsibilities include coaching a position, practice/game preparation, responsible for all social media content, recruiting, equipment, video, film breakdown, data entry, and other duties assigned by the head coach or defensive coordinator. Collegiate experience playing and/or coaching is preferred.Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, and references to David S.Calloway at Successful candidates must pass a background check and gain acceptance into the CMU graduate program. Review of applicants will begin immediately. No phone calls, please.

Louisville: Source tells FootballScoop Scott Satterfield is planning to bring two strong recruiters back to Louisville, hiring both Cort Dennison and Stephen Field away from Oregon. Sources tell us Dennison is expected to coach outside linebackers at Louisville (and have co-defensive coordinator title) while Field is expected to oversee recruiting. Before being hired by Mario Cristobal, Dennison was Louisville's inside linebackers / recruiting coordinator. Field spent 2017 as Louisville's director of high school relations. Dennison, we're told, is a done deal. Field has been offered the position at Louisville; but sources tell us he has not finalized his decision. Stay tuned....

Independence CC (JC - KS): Independence Community College is seeking several assistant coaches - 2 offensive assistants and 2 defensive assistants who will be unpaid positions and offer housing and meals. We are also looking to hire an unpaid Equipment manager who will be in control of our apparel, and daily operations in the equipment area. This is a part-time position with housing provided. We are looking to hire a full-time LBs coach on defense, the candidate will be responsible for coaching the LBs, recruiting, film-breakdown, scouting reports, off campus recruiting, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach. Bachelor’s degree required. Film proficiency is preferred. Prior coaching or playing experience preferred. We are also looking to hire a full-time defensive line coach. The candidate will be responsible for coaching the D-line, recruiting, film-breakdown, scouting reports, off campus recruiting, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach. Bachelor’s degree required. Film proficiency is preferred. Prior coaching or playing experience preferred. Interested applicants should submit a resume and references to head coach Jason Brown at We will be interviewing at the convention in San Antonio this weekend.

Houston: Dana Holgorsen is officially the highest-paid coach in Group of 5 history... by about 10,000 country miles. His assistants will be well compensated as well. Details here.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have requested permission to interview Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken tweets Jeremy Fowler.

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UT Permian Basin (D-II): The University of Texas Permian Basin is seeking an offensive assistant, coaching the WRs. This is a part-time position with housing provided. The candidate will be responsible for coaching a position, film-breakdown, scouting reports, off campus recruiting, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach. Bachelor’s degree required. Hudl proficiency is preferred. Prior coaching or playing experience preferred. Interested applicants should submit a resume and references to head coach Justin Carrigan at

Old Dominion: David Blackwell, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator at ECU before being promoted to interim head coach, will be the team's new defensive coordinator, Adam Winkler tweets.

Cincinnati Bengals: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is passing on the opportunity to interview with the Bengals, per a report from Mike Garafolo.

Kennesaw State (FCS): Source tells FootballScoop The Citadel defensive coordinator Blake Harrell is expected to join Brian Bohannon's staff at Kennesaw State in the same capacity. Harrell has been at the Citadel the past five seasons. Prior to joining the staff at the Citadel, Harrell was at Lenoir-Rhyne.

ESPN Film Room: Yeah, uh, about that....ESPN is scrapping the coaches film room for the national championship broadcast. Instead, they are doing what???

Saginaw Valley (D-II - MI):Saginaw Valley State University is looking to fill a home date next season for September 14. Interested teams should contact Jim Collins at or 989-964-7315.

UT Permian Basin (D-II): UT Permian Basin is looking for a week 10 game November 9, 2019. Interested programs contact Head Coach Justin Carrigan at

Texas Tech: Antonio Huffman, a former Texas Tech corner who spent the past sevens seasons as director of operations and assistant AD on Mike Leach's Washington State staff, is returning to Texas Tech as the chief of staff for Matt Wells, Don Williams tweets.

Linfield (D-III - OR): Brett Elliott has joined his alma mater's staff as co-offensive coordinator. Elliott spent last season coaching the quarterbacks at Texas State, and the season before that mentored the quarterbacks at Mississippi State.

Madonna (NAIA - MI): Madonna University, a new NAIA program in Michigan, has announced that Baldwin Wallace (D-III - OH) Brian Foos is the program's first head coach.

Denver Broncos: Due to scheduling issues and the playoff schedule, Zac Taylor will interview today, Mike Munchak will interview on Friday, Brian Flores on Saturday, and Vic Fangio on Monday, per Jeff Legwold.

James Madison (FCS - VA): Grant Cain is expected to join Curt Cignetti's staff at JMU as special teams coordinator / tight ends coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Cain most recently served as assistant head coach / special teams coordinator / linebackers coach at Mercer (FCS - GA).

Miami: Last night we shared that Manny Diaz has found his defensive coordinator...

Wheaton (D-III - IL): Wheaton College is looking for a Defensive Coordinator who first and foremost is a born again Christian, with a desire to inspire and mentor young men to pursue a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. The successful candidate must be aligned with the mission of Wheaton College and its Christ centered education and holistic athletic experience. The successful candidate must be capable of coordinating a defense at the highest level of Division III football. Qualified candidates must first submit institutional application online via this link, and then email head coach Mike Swider at resume with cover letter including: your statement of faith, faith journey, and understanding of the mission of Wheaton College.

Ole Miss: Matt Luke is planning to add another FBS offensive coordinator to his staff.

Fayetteville State University (D-II – NC): Fayetteville State University has immediate openings for restricted earnings coaching positions on offense and defense. Positions available are running back, corner back, and tight ends groups. New hires will be responsible for coaching their own position, run positional meetings, assist with special teams, and contribute to the weekly game plan. Bachelor’s Degree required along with college coaching and/or playing experience. Compensation package includes $5,000 with no housing or benefits. Experience with football computer and video software such as HUDL, X&O is highly encouraged. Furthermore, we will be conducting interviews at the AFCA Coaches Convention in San Antonio, TX for these positions. Please email resume and references to Fayetteville State University football operations department at resume reviews will begin immediately and will continue until filled. No phone calls please.

Navarro (JC - TX): Former Eastern Illinois (FCS) offensive coordinator Scott Parr is being hired as the new head coach, per source.

Illinois State (FCS - IL): Illinois State has open dates in 2020, 2021, and 2022 (two open dates). We are looking for games on 9/12/2020, 9/11/2021, 9/3/2022, and 9/10/2022. Open to FCS opponents. Willing to schedule a “Home and Home.” Please email Quality Control Analyst Nick Meyer at if interested.

McNeese State (FCS - LA): Per source, former Navarro College (JC - TX) head coach Jim Gush has been hired as the team's defensive coordinator. Gush previously spent six seasons as an assistant linebackers coach and defensive recruiting coordinator at Baylor and has also coached the linebackers at Kansas State and been a head coach and defensive coordinator at the junior college level.

Arizona: DeMarco Murray will coach the team's running backs. The news was first reported a few weeks back.

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