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The Scoop - Thursday March 22, 2018

Thursday March 22, 2018


Northwestern: If you're trying to break into college football and you get the opportunity to volunteer for Pat Fitzgerald, you should take it.

VMI (FCS - VA): Scott Wachenheim has formally announced the additions of Brian Sheppard (OC / QBs), Albert Reid (RBs), Seth Payne (DL), Jeff Sejour (OLBs), and Tarron Williams (corners).

Harding (D-II - AR): Harding University is seeking applicants for a defensive graduate assistant coaching position. Most importantly, we are interested in someone who has a desire to serve God and who sees coaching as an avenue to impact lives for Christ. Responsibilities include working with a position group (most likely defensive backs), film break down, assisting with recruiting, and other duties as assigned. This position carries with it $3,500 of tuition credit per semester. No housing, meals, or stipend is included. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Those interested in applying for this position should email Luke Tribble at Please include a letter of application, resume, and three references. No phone calls please.

College football's toughest schedule in 2018 (maybe) belongs to....

Fort Lewis (D-II - CO): Fort Lewis College D2 in Durango Colorado is looking for a game. Nov. 3, 2018. Will play home or away. Interested candidates can contact

Kansas: Graduate assistant Cassius Sendish has been promoted to safeties coach, David Beaty has announced. Sendish fills in for Todd Bradford, who recently left the staff after two seasons for a job in the oil industry.

Western New Mexico (D-II): Ivan Cordova has been named defensive coordinator. Cordova previously served as the defensive coordinator at Eastern New Mexico (D-II).

Benedictine (NAIA - KS): Benedictine College is looking for a Defensive Graduate Assistant (defensive line coaching or playing experience is preferred). The coach will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the program, including but not limited to recruiting, training, monitoring academic progress, promotions, and coaching team members. The Graduate Assistant Coach is required to abide by the rules and regulations established by Benedictine College, the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart), and the NAIA. All interested applicants please email your resume and cover letter to head coach Larry Wilcox No phone calls please.

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. We are looking for someone to START IMMEDIATELY. All interested applicants please email your resume and references to

Teaching Landmarks and Vision Principles to Zone Defenders vs. Hot Throws: At Hartwick College (NY), three-deep and two-deep zone coverage has been most effective when it comes to making big plays on defense, particularly in the pass game. It accounted for about two-thirds of the Hawks interceptions and sacks the last three seasons. According to DC/DB’s coach Mark Theophel, a big reason for this is getting zone defenders to understand how the proper landmarks correspond with the vision to relate to receivers. Next Tuesday, X&O Labs is releasing an exclusive clinic report featuring Coach Theophel and his three-deep and two-deep coverage techniques against particular route structures. To ensure you receive this clinic report directly to your email inbox, enter your email here.

Birmingham Southern (D-III - AL): Wide receivers coach Cody Pearcy

Carroll (D-III - WI): Carroll University in Waukesha, WI has a Graduate Assistant coaching position to fill starting July 1st 2018. The position will coach and must have experience with DL or RB. This position will also be involved with special teams and strength & conditioning. Proven experience in recruiting is preferred. The positions comes with a monthly stipend and full-time classes. Interested coaches should send a resume to

Alvernia (D-III - PA): Per source, Jacob Dopsovic has joined the staff as offensive line coach after spending the past three seasons in an offensive quality control role at Campbell University (FCS - NC).

Southwest Mississippi CC (JC): Southwest Mississippi Community College offensive coordinator Cameron Achord has been named head football coach following the departure of Tucker Peavey. Achord has spent the past five seasons coaching QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs and Special Teams Coordinator for the program. Prior to that Achord spent three seasons at Southern Miss as a graduate assistant and quality control coach.


Surface to Air System: Need ideas for your play action passing game? This Tuesday at 9 PM EST, Rich Hargitt of the Surface to Air System explains how he uses play action to create opportunities for RPOs. Click here to reserve your seat to this webinar!

Recruiting services: Nick Saban shares harsh words for how recruiting services are creating unrealistic expectations for kids today

Bucknell (FCS - PA): David Galante has been hired to coach the offensive line, per source. Galante previously worked as the assistant offensive line coach at Rutgers and also spent time as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line at Kean (D-III - NJ).

ESPN: Former Panthers, Broncos, and Bears head coach John Fox has been hired by ESPN as a studio analyst, per Richard Deitsch.

San Jose State: Fresno State City College (JC - CA) offensive line coach Pat Markarian has taken the offensive line graduate assistant job at San Jose State, per source.

Fresno City College (JC - CA): Buchanan HS (Clovis, CA) offensive line coach Ross Wood has been hired to coach the offensive line and quarterbacks coach Mark Hetherington has been promoted to offensive coordinator, replacing Vince Branstetter, who left to become the head coach at Roosevelt HS (Fresno, CA). Also, long time high school coach George Bonanno, who most recently served as the offensive coordinator at Edison HS (Fresno, CA), has been hired to coach the tight ends.

D-II assistant is facing serious prison federal prison time after being arrested on drug and gun charges

Anna Maria (D-III - MA): Anna Maria currently has no open positions on staff. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming interest.

St. John Fisher (D-III - NY):St. John Fisher College is looking for a game on either week 2 or 3. We prefer a home game (just 2018). Interested programs can call 585-385-8433.

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