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The Scoop - Thursday November 30, 2017

Thursday November 30, 2017


Please join us in praying for the family of Jeffrey M. Stephens, a longtime college coach, who passed away earlier this week after a battle with cancer. Coach Stephens had coaching stops at Montana Western, Southern Illinois, Geneva College, Walsh University, and Thiel College.

UCLA: Sources tell FootballScoop Cal defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro is headed to L.A. to serve as Chip Kelly's defensive coordinator. Azz and Chip Kelly have worked together for most of the last decade. Although he has coached defensive line at Cal and Oregon (and in the league with the Eagles and Niners) of late, Azz previously served as defensive coordinator at Duke and UMass earlier in his career.

Tennessee: It is being reported that Mike Leach has been offered the position and a deal could be announced soon... Oh, and if this sounds familiar, we actually predicted this in NuclearWinter...and wrote about this possibility on the 25th (including next steps for Wazzu once this happens).

Tennessee: Fox Sports basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb tweets tonight "Good source - Sumlin not interested in Tennessee job". We'll keep you posted...

Jimbo Fisher: As FootballScoop reported earlier today, Jimbo confirmed he will coach Florida State's game against ULM on Saturday.

Liberty: Flames AD Ian McCaw said Thursday that Turner Gill will continue to lead the program moving forward. Liberty has gone 6-5 in three consecutive seasons and begins life as an FBS Independent in 2018.

Arkansas: Tulsa director of athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg will be the new athletic director for the Razorbacks, according to multiplereports. Update> Sources tell FootballScoop those reports were premature at best. Stay tuned...

NC State: NC State and Dave Doeren have agreed to a 5-year deal through 2022, according to the Associated Press. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Simon Fraser (D-II - BC): Head coach Kelly Bates will not return after three seasons, the program has announced. Recruiting coordinator Keenan North and assistant coach Quinn Courtney will remain on staff while a replacement is identified.

SWAC: Commissioner Duer Sharp is resigning, though it is not clear when he will step down from his post, according to Luke Johnson of The Baton Rouge Advocate.

Northern State (D-II - SD): Coe College (D-III - IA) offensive coordinator Myers Hendrickson has accepted the offensive coordinator job. Hendrickson spent the last two seasons at Coe, where they went 15-7, including a second-round appearance in the D-III tournament.

UCLA: Source tells FootballScoop Chip Kelly is planning to keep three offensive assistants from Jim Mora's staff - Jimmie Dougherty (who coached receivers for Mora), DeShaun Foster (RBs) and offensive line coach Hank Fraley.


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Tennessee: Les Miles is very interested in the Tennessee job; but has not had any contact with Tennessee officials tweets ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

Tennessee: Mark Schlabach tweets that Tennessee plans to talk with former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. The possibility of a coaching swap involving Sumlin and Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is also a possibility, source tell us.

Sacramento State (FCS): Head coach Jody Sears has agreed in principle to a multi-year contract extension to remain as head coach after a 7-4 finish in 2017 the school has announced. Sears joined the staff in the spring of 2014 as the defensive coordinator, and was quickly elevated to interim head coach, leading the program to a 7-5 mark.

Manny Diaz: His career started off with journalism aspirations, then he landed a job at ESPN before convincing his pregnant wife to "roll the dice" on a chance to coach college football...

Saginaw Valley State (D-II): Per source, offensive line coach Mike Acona is no longer on staff.

Thomas More College’s Pistol Triple RPO System:While most RPO systems complexities are centered on pre- and post-snap reads triggered in seconds, the researchers at X&O Labs have found the ones being used at Thomas More College (KY) are built more like pure triple option schemes than pass/run options. Designed by a former flex bone QB, Thomas More College Offensive Coordinator Trevor Stellman designed a post-snap run first system with a legitimate read progression for the QB on the perimeter. The QB driven system not only elicits four post-snap options but also takes hits off him on the perimeter. It’s propelled TMC into the top ten in rushing at the Division-III level, averaging over 270 yards on the ground the last two seasons. X&O Labs will release the full research report on TMC’s Pistol Triple RPO System next Tuesday at 7 am EST. This report includes over 20 videos and illustrations. To ensure you receive this exclusive research report directly in your inbox,click here and enter your email address. 

Jimbo Fisher: When asked about when he wants job rumors to clear, Jimbo Fisher said, "I always make decisions at the end of the year after things are finished."

Mississippi State: Sources tell FootballScoop Joe Moorhead is bringing Penn State running backs / special teams coordinator Charles Huff down to Starkville. At Mississippi State, Huff is expected to serve as assistant head coach / co-offensive coordinator (presumably still work with the running backs). Huff, who has been at Penn State since the 2014 season, has previous SEC experience as part of James Franklin's staff at Vanderbilt and also coached running backs for the Buffalo Bills for one season. Huff is a Finalist for FootballScoop 2017 Running Backs Coach of the Year.

Tennessee: Source tells FootballScoop Dave Doeren has turned down the offer from Tennessee and will remain at NC State.

McKendree (D-II - IL): McKendree University, located just outside of St. Louis, is looking to fill both week 3 (9/15) & week 4 (9/22) for 2018. Looking for DII teams for possible home/home or 1 year deals. Teams that have an interest, please e-mail HC Mike Babcock at or call 618-537-6847.

Arkansas: An update on Gus Malzahn and the Arkansas search(es).

Wisconsin: By being named Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the media and coaches head coach Paul Chryst earned a $20,000 bonus, Steve Berkowitz tweets.

Jimbo Fisher: As Florida State officials reportedly urge Jimbo for a decision, a report says the worst-kept secret in college football could be announced as early as today.

Arizona State: Responding to the reported hiring of Herm Edwards, ASU president Michael Crow said, "Ray Anderson is a great talent scout. We should have some news later in the weekend."

UTEP: Sources tell FootballScoop that Sam Houston State (FCS - TX) head coach K.C. Keeler is a candidate for the head coaching opening at UTEP. Keeler is 44-11 leading the Bearkats since 2014, and prior to that was the head coach at Delaware, where he went 85-52 with a national title in 2003, and two more appearances in the FCS national title game with the Blue Hens (2007 and 2010). Keeler currently has the program in the FCS playoffs and is 10-1. If Keeler is the choice for UTEP, this could be a real life Nuclear Winter scenario; however we would not expect Keeler to formally interview or make any decisions before Sam Houston's playoff run is over.

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Arkansas: Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt is not interested in leaving for the Arkansas AD job, and will not be leaving to join the Razorbacks, per a report from Lubbock Online. We have been told the same.

New Mexico: Director of recruiting Vince Natali has resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities, per source.

Ole Miss: Ole Miss will receive its NCAA ruling on Friday, according to Antonio Morales of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

NC State: NC State has reportedly made its offer to keep Dave Doeren.

Mississippi State: Per a tweet from Pete Thamel, Joe Moorhead is getting a four-year deal worth and average of $2.7 million annually. Thamel adds that Moorhead was willing to take less for himself in order to get a larger salary pool for his staff.

Florida: Todd Grantham, who coordinated the defense at Mississippi State last season, has officially been named defensive coordinator on Dan Mullen's staff with the Gators.

Tennessee: Late last night, multiple reports surfaced that NC State's Dave Doeren has been offered the head coaching job at Tennessee.

Rutgers: Rutgers is looking for a graduate assistant on defense working with the defensive line. Please send your resumes to

Western Connecticut (D-III): Western Connecticut State University is looking for an offense or defensive assistant football coach. Bachelor’s degree required. This position will be responsible for coaching a position, have a recruiting territory and other duties assigned by the head football coach. Playing experience at the collegiate level is preferred and coaching experience is a plus. No benefits provided. Please include your cover letter in the e-mail and attach your resume and references to No phone calls please.

Montana: Looks like former head coach Bobby Hauck is coming back as head coach. Scroll down to yesterday for the full update.

University of Charleston (D-II):The University of Charleston (NCAA II), located in Charleston, WV is looking to fill an open date in 2018 (Week 7 – Oct. 13). Teams that have an interest, please e-mail or call 304-340-3736.

Occidental (D-III - CA): Occidental is looking to hire an offensive coordinator. This is a 12 month, full-time position with excellent benefits. Bachelor's degree or the equivalent in education and experience required, Master's degree in related field preferred. A knowledge and commitment to option football is required, as well as three years college coaching experience. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to

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