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The Scoop - Thursday January 4, 2018

Thursday January 4, 2017


Arizona State: San Diego State cornerbacks coach Tony White will join Herm Edwards's staff as passing game coordinator and secondary coach, according to 247's Brandon Huffman. FootballScoop reported last week that White was offered the job; but also was a candidate to be promoted to defensive coordinator at SDSU.

Florida: Source tells FootballScoop Christian Robinson is leaving Mississippi State to join Dan Mullen's staff as 10th assistant coaching linebackers with Todd Grantham. Ed Aschoff has also reported this.

Oakland: Alex Marvez tweets tonight Jon Gruden is expected to make Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson his offensive coordinator "if indeed" he gets hired as head coach of the Raiders.

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Southeastern Louisiana (FCS): Greg Stevens is coming back to Southeastern as offensive coordinator. Stevens spent the past several seasons at Eastern Illinois in the same capacity. This will be his second stint as OC under Ron Roberts at SLU and third overall (the two were also together at Delta State).

Florida State: Bruce Feldman tweeted today that Michigan's Greg Frey is Willie Taggart's new offensive line coach. We tweeted & reported the same on December 26.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are hiring Mike Sullivan (from the NY Giants) as quarterbacks coach and Curtis Modkins (from the Bears) as running backs coach tweets Mike Klis.

Washington: Source tells FootballScoop San Jose State defensive backs coach Will Harris is joining UW as their 10th assistant.


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Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have hired Bears offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn as their new offensive line coach per Armando Salguero.

LSU: LSU officials are "deep in settlement talks" with Matt Canada's representatives reports Ross Dellenger who covers the Tigers for The Advocate. The University owes Canada just over $3 million. Per Dellenger's tweet "the end is near." Dellenger adds the separation should be complete by the end of the weekend.

Wisconsin: Jon Budmayr has been promoted to quarterbacks coach. The former Wisconsin QB has been on staff the past three seasons, most recently as offensive quality control.

App State: Source tells FootballScoop Wofford inside linebackers coach Greg Gasparato is set to join the defensive staff at App State. There is some buzz on "the internet" that defensive line coach Mark Ivey might be heading to Georgia Tech; but sources tell FootballScoop that is not happening. Stay tuned (a couple of days perhaps) for defensive coordinator news as well...

Rutgers: Source tells FootballScoop Toledo offensive coordinator Brian Wright is a candidate for the same position at Rutgers.

Kent State: Source tells FootballScoop South Dakota offensive line coach Bill O'Boyle is expected to be the new offensive line coach at Kent State. Prior to joining the staff at South Dakota, O'Boyle served as offensive line and then offensive coordinator at Southern Illinois for 3 seasons.


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Pat Shurmur: The Vikings offensive coordinator is interviewing for the Lions head coaching job today, and will interview for the Cardinals head coaching position tonight, per Ian Rapoport's tweet.

Illinois State (FCS): Former Redbird defensive lineman Travis Niekamp has formally joined the staff as defensive coordinator.

Ohio State: Multiple reports today that Alex Grinch's title at Ohio State is co-defensive coordinator. We (and others) reported the move quite a while back.

Oregon: Former Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams has been announced as outside linebackers coach.

Georgia Tech: Defensive line coach Mike Pelton will not return, per a tweet from Kelly Quinlan.

Briar Cliff (NAIA - IA): Briar Cliff has a graduate assistant opening working with the defense (safeties or linebackers). This is a 10 month positon and includes a $5000 stipend, free tuition, and meal plan. Responsibilities include running positional meetings, assisting with special teams, helping with weekly game plan, film breakdown and data entry (HUDL), recruiting, and other duties assigned by the Head Football Coach. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience at the Safety or Linebacker position. Candidates must be able to gain acceptance to graduate school, which is a 3.0 requirement. Review of candidates will begin immediately and Defensive Coordinator Eric Daniels will be at the AFCA Convention in Charlotte. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to head coach Dennis Wagner at

Kent State: Chattanooga (FCS - TN) defensive backs coach Jonathan Cooley is joining the staff to coach the corner, per a tweet from Bruce Feldman.

Ottawa Redblacks (CFL): Longtime college coach John McDonell, who most recently served as a senior offensive analyst at Georgia State, will be announced as the new offensive line coach, per a report from the Ottawa Sun.

Ole Miss: As we noted yesterday, Oregon corners coach was a strong candidate to join the staff at Ole Miss. Bruce Feldman tweets today he has now formally agreed to join the staff.

Texas A&M:Billy Liucci tweets that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko is heading to Texas A&M as defensive coordinator and to "expect an official announcement shortly." Read more here.Update>> Brian Kelly has confirmed the move.

Les Miles: Bruce Feldman now tweets that he has confirmed with Hugh Freeze that Les and Hugh had not spoken specifically about the Arizona job.

Boise State: The program has announced the addition of Chad Kauha'aha'a as their new defensive line coach. Chad spent the past three seasons at Oregon State, where he coached the defensive line and picked up the title of associate head coach for the past two seasons. He's also coached the defensive line at Wisconsin, Utah, Utah State, and Weber State.

Furman (FCS - SC): Furman is looking to hire an assistant director of football operations and video coordinator. See DFO Scoop for full details, and how to apply.

Les Miles: Source tells FootballScoop there is no truth to Bruce Feldman's report that Les has interest in making Hugh Freeze his offensive coordinator at Arizona.

Texas A&M: As FootballScoop first reported last month, the Aggies have formally announced Darrell Dickey as offensive coordinator.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Titans head coach and current Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak will interview for the Cardinals' head coaching position over the weekend, tweets the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac.

Sam Houston State: Sam Houston State is no longer accepting calls or emails for their defensive line or linebackers job and anyone interested in the position need to apply online via this link.

SMU: Earlier today Bruce Feldman reported Randy Clements would be new offensive line coach at SMU. He just tweeted that Clements will not be going to SMU. Stay tuned....

Kansas State: K-State is hiring Zach Hanson as their 10th assistant per their 247 site. Hanson had been slated to be Dana Dimel's offensive line coach at UTEP. At K-State, it is being reported he will coach tight ends. We can confirm he will join the K-State staff.

Denver Broncos: Former UTEP head coach Sean Kugler has been hired to coach the Broncos' offensive line tweets Mike Klis.

Northwestern: Packers defensive quality control Tim McGarigle is returning to Northwestern. McGarigle served as a grad assistant at Northwestern back in 2011 and has since coached linebackers at Western Michigan and Illinois before spending this season in Green Bay.

Please join us in praying for the legendary Yale coach Carm Cozza, who recently passed away at 87 years old. Cozza led the Yale program from 1965-1996, winning 179 games, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Maryland: Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater is joining DJ Durkin's staff as safeties coach reports Scott Greene who covers the Terps. Heater had served as DC at Marshall since the 2013 season and at Temple two seasons prior to that. Heater and Durkin coached together at Florida the 2010 season.

Les Miles: Bruce Feldman tweeted today Les "has interest" in making Hugh Freeze his OC. Yesterday we noted a report Les and Arizona had mutual interest. Today, Jason Scheer who covers the Wildcats tweets this is the pitch being made to Arizona.

Detroit Lions: Packers associate head coach Winston Moss interviewed today with the Lions.

Tennessee: Source tells FootballScoop more than one assistant interviewed yesterday in Knoxville with staff members including Phillip Fulmer (but not with Jeremy Pruitt).

SMU: Former Baylor offensive line coach Randy Clements will be the new offensive line coach at SMU tweets Bruce Feldman.

Arkansas Tech’s 21 Personnel RPO Menu: Last season at Arkansas Tech University, offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon called an RPO on 35% of snaps. And while the Wonder Boys averaged 225 yards rushing and 210 yards passing per game, the most telling stat is that none of these 313 plays resulted in a sack or an interception. Being in 21 personnel enabled his unit to be gap sound and protect the QB. X&O Labs will release the full clinic report on Arkansas Tech’s 21 personnel RPOs next Tuesday at 7 am EST. This report includes video and illustrations. To ensure you receive this exclusive report directly in your inbox, click here and enter your email address.

UCLA: Source tells FootballScoop Chip Kelly has offered UCLA offensive coordinator role to Mark Helfrich. There have been reports that Helfrich is a candidate for the head coaching position at Arizona but that process is ongoing. Will update when a decision is made.

Mississippi Valley State (FCS): Per source, linebackers coach / strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Sawyer will not return to staff.

Dave Aranda: The LSU defensive coordinator doesn't study and break down game film like most coaches. He has a unique approach.

Green Bay Packers: Head coach Mike McCarthy said that while the club will hire a new offensive coordinator, McCarthy will call plays in 2018.

SMU: Connecticut and former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee will be the new offensive coordinator at SMU, according to SMU 247's Billy Embody. We can confirm the hire, adding Rhett is expected to also coach quarterbacks.

Endicott College (D-III - MA): Assumption College strong safeties coach Sean Golden has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Endicott.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens will retain offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, John Harbaugh said Thursday, and said his defensive coordinator hire will be "someone who has been involved in this system before." This could be a landing spot for former Colts head coach -- and former Ravens defensive coordinator -- Chuck Pagano, according to PFT.

Michigan: Per a tweet from Brandon Justice, Cincinnati defensive line coach Al Washington is leaving to join the Michigan staff. Washington previously coached the running backs at Boston College (where Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown was prior to leaving for Ann Arbor) for three seasons before moving to defensive line and taking over special teams coordinator duties.

Western Illinois (FCS): Assistant head coach / co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jared Elliott has been named head coach. Elliott joined the staff in January of 2016 after spending the previous three years at Carthage College (D-III) as co-offensive coordinator. Sources tell FootballScoop to largely expect Elliott to retain Charlie Fisher's staff.

Montana: Skyline Sports notes that former UNLV defensive coordinator Kent Baer is a candidate for the defensive coordinator role at Montana. They add, as we reported last night, that Barry Sacks will join the staff as a defensive assistant coach.

Arkansas: Justin Speros, a student assistant at Clemson the last four years, is joining Chad Morris' staff in an assistant recruiting / player personnel type role, per sources.

UAB: Sources tell FootballScoop UAB offensive coordinator Les Koenning's contract is not being renewed. Koenning joined Bill Clark's staff after spending one year with Charlie Strong at Texas. Prior to that, Koenning spent several years as Dan Mullen's first offensive coordinator at Mississippi State, at Texas A&M and Alabama.

Baltimore Ravens: Greg Roman, the former offensive coordinator for the 49ers and Bills who served last season with the Ravens as a senior offensive consultant, is no longer under contract in Baltimore,

One coach who is no longer under contract and will be a free agent: #Ravens Senior Offensive Assistant Greg Roman. Possible OC choice.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2018

">Ian Rapoport tweets.

Arizona: Source tells FootballScoop Dave Heeke is using Glenn Sugiyama (DHR) to assist with Arizona's search. We do not anticipate Charlie Weis being the recommendation this time.

Charlotte: Director of athletics Judy Rose has announced she will step down later this year.

Green Bay Packers: Director of football operations Eliot Wolf will interview for the GM job today, tweets Ian Rapoport.

Rick Trickett: Despite rumors out there that the longtime offensive line coach is set to retire, sources tell FootballScoop Trickett plans to coach moving forward and is currently weighing his options.

Texas A&M Commerce (D-II): Head coach Colby Carthel has signed an extension taking him through 2021. Carthel led the program to the national title this past season and has an overall record of 49-15 the past five seasons.

Buffalo: Source tells FootballScoop director of player personnel Roc Bellantoni will be promoted to fill Buffalo's 10th assistant.

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Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): SMSU invites applications for a full time, fixed-term position of Assistant Football Coach – Defensive Coordinator/Athletic Administration to begin as soon as possible. SMSU is located in the town of Marshall (pop. 13,000) in southwest Minnesota. The Assistant Football Coach will be involved in all aspects of coaching responsibilities including recruiting, practice planning, game planning, organization, scheduling and trip organization. The coaching responsibilities will be 75% of the position. Other job duties to be assigned may be in the areas of Recruiting Coordinator, Camp Coordination, Travel Coordination, Fundraising, Game Management, Equipment Room Management or other assignments that reflect the expertise of the candidate. Position may be assigned teaching duties as part of the position’s responsibilities. Review of the applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please complete the online application process via this link.

Quincy (D-II - IL): Quincy University is seeking an assistant coach in a restricted earnings roll. The candidate should have experience with RB/TE's or Defensive Backs, college playing and or coaching experience is a must. We will be looking to do interviews at the AFCA Convention. Please send all resumes and cover letters to Sean Kelly Please no phone calls.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts interviewed Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels last night, per multiple reports.

ESPN: Marty Smith has signed a new multiyear contract with ESPN. Smith is well known for his segments with College GameDay and SportsCenter, as well as his own interview show Marty Smith's America.

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LSU: In case you missed it last night, Dave Aranda has opted to stay at LSU instead of joining Jimbo Fisher's staff at Texas A&M, and will be getting paid handsomely for it too. Scroll down to yesterday for more info.

Pikeville (NAIA - KY):The University of Pikeville is seeking an opponent for Sept. 1st, 2018. Looking for a guarantee game, prefer a FCS or D2 opponent. Interested programs can contact Director of Football Operations Justin Lamb at or 606-438-6592.

Louisiana Lafayette: Ragin Cajuns great Hollis Conway has joined Billy Napier's staff as assistant director for diversity, leadership, and education.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers formally parted ways with defensive coordinator Dom Capers, and assistant coaches Scott McCurley (assistant linebackers coach) and Mike Trgovac (defensive line coach). Also, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett is being reassigned and the contract of quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt won't be renewed, per multiple reports.

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