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The Scoop - Thursday November 16, 2017

Thursday November 16, 2017


UTSA: Hours after numerous local reports said she pulled out of the search at UTEP....numerous reports now say Northern Arizona AD Lisa Campos will be the new AD at UTSA (announcement tomorrow).

Kansas State: K-State released a statement this afternoon directly refuting Brett McMurphy's report from this morning that K-State's administration had an agreement in place with Jim Leavitt. Their choice of words were interesting to say the least. Update> Brett McMurphy stands by his reporting.

Arkansas: FootballScoop update on the chatter at Arkansas

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Jeff Long: You should hire the former Arkansas director of athletics Jeff Long. Seriously, take a look.

Alma (D-III - MI): Head coach Greg Psconda will not return. Psconda led the program for six seasons and compiled a 20-40 record, including a 7-3 mark in 2016. A search for his replacement will begin immediately and linebackers coach Mark Merlo, a member of the staff since 2010, will lead the team moving forward as a search for Psconda's replacement begins immediately.

North Alabama (D-II): Per source, offensive line coach / run game coordinator Scott Harper is no longer on staff.

Tennessee: Tennessee officials are "ramping up their pursuit" of Jon Gruden, according to a report from GoVols247. The report is here, though it is behind a pay wall. Our read on the Tennessee search from sources inside the profession. Update> In response to the report, Jimmy Hyams who covers Tennessee football reports via multiple sources Tennessee in not "interviewing or making a pitch to" Gruden today in Tampa.

"There are times we won't recruit a kid just because they don't play multiple sports."

Kansas State: School officials, led by then-AD John Currie (who now is AD at Tennessee), had an agreement in place to bring then-Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt on staff to replace Bill Snyder as head coach in 2018, but Snyder nixed the plan according to a report from Brett McMurphy.

Hampton: Hampton has announced it will leave the MEAC to join the Big South in July. It will become the second HBCU to leave an HBCU conference; Tennessee State is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Northern State (D-II - SD): Northern State University (DII-SD) is accepting applications for the position of Offensive Coordinator. The position includes but is not limited to overseeing the offensive staff, conducting game plan meetings, play-calling, and coaching a position group. The full benefits position will have a full-time recruiting area, with other duties assigned by the head coach. Apply via this link.

Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Southwest Minnesota State University is seeking applicants for a graduate assistant working with the defensive side of the football. Responsibilities include practice/game preparation with a defensive position group (will be determined by applicants experience), recruiting, summer camps, equipment, video and all other aspects of the football program. Qualifications include acceptance into graduate school (3.0 minimum GPA), enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester, and meet the MnSCU vehicle driving qualifications. Compensation package includes $8,000 and tuition waiver. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until filled. Interested applicants should email resume and references to No phone calls please.

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton noted today that newly hired Mike Westhoff will oversee all of the special teams units and work alongside special teams coordinator Bradford Banta and assistant special teams coach Kevin O'Dea.

Endicott (D-III - MA): Head coach Kevin DeWall will not return next season after finishing 3-7 last year. DeWall was 13-17 in three seasons leading the program.

NFL: Yesterday the NFL sent Jerry Jones a letter accusing him of conduct detrimental to the League. The League is preparing for battle...

New Research: Using Trap and Cloud Coverages to Defend Trips – At Alabama prep powerhouse Opelika High School, Defensive Coordinator Erik Speakman is starting to see more perimeter run game to the away side of his split field coverage concepts, which stresses his away backer and weak safety in the 4-2-5. By incorporating trap coverage, he is able to get quick run support from the boundary corner while the cloud check protects runs to the trips side. Both of these coverages allow an unblocked defender to the ball. In his exclusive X&O Labs clinic report, Coach Speakman details both these coverage concepts. Click here to read the report.

Pacific Lutheran (D-III - WA): Head coach Scott Westering, a member of the school's Hall of Fame, has announced his resignation after 14 seasons and a 73-54 record. Assistant head coach Jud Keim has been named interim head coach and the school notes in their release that they plan to immediately launch a national search for a new head coach.

Wilkes (D-III - PA): Trey Brown has been let go as head coach after four seasons. Under Brown, Wilkes was 7-33 overall and 0-10 this season. The school is immediately launching a national search for their next head coach.

Toledo: By picking up their 9th win of the season over Bowling Green last night, head coach Jason Candle picked up a $5,000 bonus and has earned $40,000 in bonus money this season, per Steve Berkowitz.


1stdown-Hurt the protection RB in the a gap

Cumberland (NAIA - TN):Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN is looking to schedule a guaranteed game on September 8, 2018, or October 27, 2018. Please contact Donnie Suber at

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