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The Scoop - Thursday November 29, 2018

Thursday November 29, 2018


Central Michigan: Sources tell FootballScoop Jim McElwain has emerged as a strong candidate at Central Michigan.

Texas Tech: Sources tell FootballScoop Utah State head coach Matt Wells has agreed to become head coach at Texas Tech. More here. Update> Texas Tech has now announced the hire, adding that offensive coordinator David Yost and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson are both expected to join Wells in Lubbock. No dollars announced yet; but TTU AD Kirby Hocutt says this is a six year deal for Wells.

Georgia Tech: Chargers' OC Ken Whisenhunt will interview this weekend for the Georgia Tech head job reports Adam Schefter.

Colorado: Leading candidates for the job are Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, tweets Pete Thamel.

Texas State: Sources tell FootballScoop the entire 10-man, on-field coaching staff with the exception of wide receivers coach Ron Antoine has been let go.


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Kliff Kingsbury: Multiple reports out of Los Angeles this afternoon that Kliff will join Clay Helton's staff at SC. However, our sources and others are reporting this isn't a done deal. Have a look.

Tennessee Titans: Defensive coordinator Dean Pees shared today that his health issue "won't get resolved until the season is over. If the players have got too suck it up, I've got to suck it up," he shared, according to Travis Haney.

Kansas: Quick update in response to a number of questions... Given that Les signed his term sheet on the 16th and it was announced on the 18th; one would think a number of hires would be imminent. We understand Les Miles has had very preliminary discussions with a healthy number of former assistants; but sources tell us Les is being very deliberate (i.e. not getting the responses he thought he might get from potential first choices) in the vetting process. We hear his agent George Bass is now involved, performing a good amount of diligence on potential hires. Sources tell us money is available; but thus far Les hasn't found the right matches. Stay tuned...

Scottie Montgomery: Scottie Montgomery will be due $900,000 from ECU in connection with his termination reports Steve Berkowitz; however that amount is subject to offset from future earnings.

North Carolina: Sources tell FootballScoop, in addition to Greg Robinson, Mack Brown is also hiring Dre Bly to coach corners. A look at Mack's defensive staff here.

Mark Helfrich: Bears OC Mark Helfrich tells reporters he is not involved in any college searches.

East Carolina: Yeah, about that search (see the updates at the bottom).

Frank Giufre--Creating Pin and Pull Tags to Block Problematic Fronts:Because of the increasing presence of Bear fronts, the pin and pull concept has become a mainstay in several offensive play menus. What used to be a complement to inside and outside zone has now taken shape as a base play. At Northwestern its 50-60 percent of the run menu and at UCONN its accounted for over 20 percent of the Huskies’ run menu this season, which averaged over 199 yards per game. It gives offenses a chance to get on the perimeter quickly with bigger bodied offensive tackles. In an exclusive clinic report for X&O Labs, UCONN offensive line coach Frank Giufre (who was the assistant OL coach for the outside zone heavy Indianapolis Colts) reviews the tags he’ll use with the scheme to block various fronts and tells readers why the success of the Philadelphia Eagles changed his perception of the scheme. X&O Labs will release this report next Tuesday. Get this report delivered FREE directly to your email on Tuesday. Go here now.

UNLV: UNLV has announced that Tony Sanchez will return in 2019. Athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois shared in their official release, that they are "looking forward to a successful 2019 football season including bowl eligibility."

ECU: ECU has now announced that they've let go head coach Scottie Montgomery, and he will not coach the team in their season finale Saturday. More on that here.

North Carolina: Source tells FootballScoop Mack Brown is hiring a familiar name to be his defensive coordinator in Chapel Hill, and it's not Gene Chizik. Details here.

Bowling Green: Details of Scot Loeffler's contract at Bowling Green, where he shared that he plans to hire "the best coaching staff BG has ever seen."

USC: Source tells FootballScoop Clancy Pendergast is interested in hiring Illinois defensive line coach Austin Clark. Clark, who has coached defensive line at Illinois one season, previously spent 2016 & '17 on USC's staff working with the defensive line and linebackers. Prior to joining the SC staff for the '16 season, Clark spent one season as a recruiting assistant at Cal where he played defensive tackle.

Texas Tech: An update on Texas Tech's search for a new head coach.

Arkansas: Defensive coordinator John Chavis chosen to exercise a voluntary 2-year extension keeping him with the Razorbacks through the 2020 season. Chavis had the option to extend his deal at Arkansas if requested in writing before December 1. Whole Hog Sports points out that per the contract, his salary will increase from $995k to $1.5 million beginning March 1, 2019 and that will bump to $1.6 million on March 1, 2020.

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Arkansas running backs coach Jeff Traylor is interviewing this week for the head job tweets Adam Rittenberg. Tuesday we wrote about Traylor and other candidates for the job. Rittenberg adds that Mississippi State defensive analyst Van Malone (former SMU DC) has interviewed for the job as well.

LSU vs. A&M staff scuffle:new video has emerged showing A&M assistant Dameyune Craig storming the LSU sideline, screaming at Orgeron, flaunting at LSU's quarterback and then....#StrengthCoach.

Mike Houston: The James Madison (FCS - VA) head coach acknowledges he's been offered another job, but there's an issue...

Independence CC (JC - KS): Independence Community College, home of the Netflix series “Last Chance U,” is looking to fill multiple openings for “UNPAID” Position Coaches within our staff, on the defensive side of the ball. We are looking for an assistant LBscoach and an assistant DL coach, along with an assistant DBs coach. In addition to running meetings and practice for their assigned position, position coaches 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 coordinators as necessary. These are housing and meals positions. All positions will be considered to try and find best coach and best overall fit. Preferred candidates will have previous recruiting and coaching experience. If interested, please contact Head Coach Jason Brown at No phone calls please.

Georgia Tech: Here's an update with a look at the early candidates at Georgia Tech.

University of Jamestown (NAIA - ND): The University of Jamestown are seeking applicants for an offensive and defensive graduate assistant positions. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, coaching your own position group, assisting in practice preparation, game day duties, film breakdown, and recruiting. Bachelor’s degree is required, coaching and/or collegiate playing experience preferred. Includes full graduate tuition and meal plan, no stipend or housing. Please send resume, cover letter, and references to Head Coach Josh Kittell at No phone calls please.

Fort Lewis (D-II - CO): Fort Lewis College is looking to fill an open date on Nov 9th 2019. Looking for FCS, D-II, or NAIA game. Interested programs can contact

Tennessee: Update on the search for Tennessee's open offensive coordinator position.

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