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The Scoop - Thursday November 9, 2017

Thursday November 9, 2017


Florida: Houston sports radio host Marc Ryan tweeted this afternoon "From a very reliable source. UF has reached out to representatives of Bob Stoops, Chip Kelly and Charlie Strong to gauge interest in becoming the Gators next head coach. These are believed to be UF's top choices." Throughout the week, FootballScoop has heard from multiple sources in connection with this search. The information we have heard does not support Ryan's tweet. We are told Spurrier has been helping Stricklin when asked. If Stricklin wanted Stoops' ear, they would just call and talk or visit, no going through reps. Sources tell us Scott Frost is a very real candidate for this job. Will update as more is clear. Update> Florida AD Scott Stricklin took to the twitter in response to the tweet from a radio guy writing, "Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear".

Auburn: Jay Jacobs will step aside as Auburn's AD this summer, and Tommy Tuberville wants to replace him.

Arkansas: The UA Board reports, according to Tyler Thomason, that no action is being taken on head coach Bret Bielema or athletic director Jeff Long after their executive session held earlier today. Bielema's situation is well documented; Long's contract expires on June 30.

Les Miles: After a report inevitably bubbled up that Les Miles held interest in the Oregon State job, Dennis Dodd reports that Oregon State has not contacted Les. For more entertaining and equally plausible Les Miles possibilities, read Nuclear Winter.

TCU: When asked by ESPN if he ever envisions himself leaving TCU, Gary Patterson replied, "It would have to be something you just couldn't say no to, but here's the thing with me: I never say never, because I always get pissed off at those coaches when they say, 'This is my last stop,' or they sign a new contract and change jobs the next year. For me, it's not only TCU, but Fort Worth is a special place."

Nuclear Winter: It's mid-December now in FootballScoop's Nuclear Winter. Scott Frost emerges from Cinderella's Castle to choose his next job, which sends shockwaves across the entire FBS landscape.

Charlie Weis: Former Notre Dame and Kansas head coach Charlie Weis is joining the SiriusXM team as an NFL analyst. His on-air debut will be tomorrow on Airing it Out with co-host Bruce Murray from 10am-12pm EST, per Eric Hansen.

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.

Central Michigan: With their win over Eastern Michigan last night, head coach John Bonamego will get a $15,000 bonus for becoming bowl eligible, Steve Berkowitz points out.

Ohio:Steve Berkowitz points out that Frank Solich is due a $5,000 bonus for beating Toledo last night to get to 8-wins on the year.

Western Michigan: By beating Kent State and getting to bowl eligible, Steve Berkowitz notes that Tim Lester will get a $25,000 bonus.

Fort Lewis (D-II - CO): Per source, interim head coach Joe Morris has had the interim tag removed and will be the program's head coach moving forward. Morris, who also serves as the defensive coordinator, led the program to a 5-5 record this season, including a two-game win streak to finish the year.

Graduate Success Rate Bonuses: A number of coaches are collecting bonuses based on their team's new NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures, according to Steve Berkowitz, including; Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson ($125k), Arizona State's Todd Graham ($100k), Nick Saban ($100k), and Missouri's Barry Odom ($25k).

UW-Stout (D-III):UW-Stout, Located in Menomonie WI, is looking for two games for 2018-19. Open dates are September 1st (week 1), September 15th (week 3) & September 22nd (week 4). Would like a two year home and away contract but will do a one year. If interested, please contact Head Coach Clayt Birmingham at


Broyles Award: The nominees for the Broyles award have been released.

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Robert Morris (NAIA - IL): Robert Morris University has open dates on September 1st and 29th, 2018. Open to a one year deal, two year deal preferred. Interested programs can contact Erik Osborne at

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