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The Scoop - Thursday March 23, 2017

Thursday March 23, 2017


Tennessee State (FCS): Tennessee State has completed the coaching staff as follows: Jeff Parker (assistant head coach / OC / QBs), Garry Fisher (DC / safeties), Nick Davison (defensive tackles), Gerald Chatman (DEs / OLBs), Rico Council (ILBs), Chris Chestnut (WRs), Kevin Mashack (RBs / recruiting coordinator), Russ Ehrnfeld (OL / centers and guards), and Antonio Bradford (tackles and TEs). In addition, Sidney Powell will switch from running backs to corners this fall.

Salve Regina (D-III -RI): Jack Mrozinkski, who previously served as the special teams coordinator / defensive backs coach at Ithaca College (D-III - NY), has been hired as the defensive coordinator for the program, per source.

ESPN: ESPN has formally announced, as reported earlier this month, Samantha Ponder will take over as host of Sunday NFL Countdown, Suzy Kolber will handle the network's Monday Night Football duties, and Trey Wingo will host all three days of the network's NFL Draft coverage -- beginning with next month's Draft in Philadelphia.

Ferris State (D-II): Sources tell FootballScoop that quarterbacks coach / run game coordinator Dan Rohn has earned a promotion to assistant head coach. Rohn enters his second season on Tony Annese's staff and previously served as the head coach at Grand Rapids West Catholic HS (MI), where he led the team to four state titles.

A re-designed helmet from Mississippi State researchers claims to be 3x “more likely to reduce concussions”

IUP: University of Charleston offensive coordinator Tate Gregory has accepted the same role at IUP, source tells FootballScoop.

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Salve Regina (D-III - RI):Salve Regina is looking for a home game Week 5 or Week 6 for the 2017 season. interested programs can contact

Arkansas Tech (D-II): Delta State defensive coordinator Raleigh Jackson plans to return to Arkansas Tech (he previously coached there for three seasons) as co-defensive coordinator, source tells FootballScoop.

Syracuse: Edinboro (D-II - PA) head coach Justin Lustig plans to accept the special teams coordinator / running backs job at Syracuse, source tells FootballScoop. Prior to taking over as head coach at Edinboro, Lustig had served as special teams coordinator at Ball State. Lustig took over an 0-11 team and went 9-2 in his one season as head coach at Edinboro and was subsequently named D2Football's coach of the year.

Sweet 16 update: Michigan v Oregon (7:09pm ET), West Virginia v Gonzaga (7:39pm ET), Purdue v Kansas (9:39pm ET) & Xavier v Arizona (10:09pm ET).

Manchester (D-III - IN): Manchester is looking to add an assistant coach on the defensive side of the ball. This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position that will pay $21k. Secondary job functions of the coach will be to teach up to 2 credits in the ESAT department, game day management responsibilities, coordinate team service projects, and coordinate team fundraising efforts. Previous coaching experience preferred. Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume and completed employment application via this link and e-mail questions to

Western Illinois (FCS): Tony Grantham, who spent last season coaching the linebackers at Louisville, is joining the staff as defensive coordinator and secondary coach and Deion Melvin, who spent the past six seasons coaching at Lindenwood, will coach the Leatherneck inside linebackers. In addition, quarterbacks coach / assistant head coach Jared Elliott is being elevated to co-offensive coordinator (a title he'll share with tight ends coach Doug Malone), Ben Hodges will move to outside linebackers and continue to serve as special teams coordinator, and offensive line coach Ty Howle is taking over as recruiting coordinator.

Louisville: Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon will coach the outside linebackers, Cort Dennison has moved from assistant defensive backs coach to inside linebackers, Lorenzo Ward will now handle the defensive backs on his own, and LD Scott will continue to coach the defensive line.

Albany (FCS - NY): Head coach Greg Gattuso has announced the additions of Bill Hurley (WRs), Will Fiacchi (offensive assistant) and Bill Nesselt (defensive assistant). In addition, Gattuso is also rearranging his current staff a bit, with Nate Byham now working as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, Keith Dudzinski will be the assistant head coach and coach the safeties, and Dave Plungas will serve as the outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.

Kentucky Wesleyan (D-II):Kentucky Wesleyan is still looking for an opponent for our September 23, 2017 date. We MUST have a home game and prefer an NCAA Division II opponent. If interested, please contact Brent Holsclaw at 270-852-3350 or

Toronto Argonauts (CFL): Head coach Marc Tresman has announced his coaching staff as follows; Marcus Brady (OC / QBs), Mitch Browning (OL), Tommy Condell (WRs), Josh Moore (RBs), Steve Walsh (senior assistant), Corey Chamblin (assistant HC / DC / DBs), Mike Archer (LBs), Kerry Locklin (DL), Tyron Brackenridge (assistant DBs), Gavin Lake (defensive quality control), Kevin Eiben (special teams coordinator), and Wendell Avery (assistant special teams).

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