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The Scoop - Tuesday December 27, 2016

Tuesday December 27, 2016


Cincinnati: Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock is expected to take the same job at Cincinnati, reports Pete Thamel. Read more here.

Western Kentucky: NC State safeties/co-special teams coordinator Clayton White will be the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky according to SI's Pete Thamel. We can confirm the hire.

Southern Miss: Offensive line coach Jack Wright will not return next season after one year with the program, head coach Jay Hopson has told the Hattiesburg American. Hopson added that "it won't take long" to fill the position. Prior to joining the staff, Wright served as the head coach at Northwest Mississippi (JC) for two seasons, winning the national title in 2015.

UConn: Former UConn and Maryland head coach Randy Edsall is a "very strong candidate" to return as the Huskies head coach, Brett McMurphy reports.

Houston: Mississippi State quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson will be the new offensive coordinator at Houston (UH has announced the hire). Prior to joining the Mississippi State staff prior to the 2014 season, Johnson served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah.

Towson (FCS - MD): Following their second four win season in the past three years, Towson head coach Rob Ambrose apparently is seeking a new defensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills: The organization has announced that GM Doug Whaley will officially lead the search for the Bills next head coach.

Central Methodist (NAIA - MO):Central Methodist University is seeking a defensive graduate assistant. Must have experience playing and/or coaching the defensive secondary. If you have interest please send your resume and references via email to

Hastings (NAIA - NE): Hastings College is seeking an offensive graduate assistant. Must have experience playing and/or coaching a skill position. Plan includes tuition remission and stipend over a 10 month period. Candidate must have the ablility to be accepted to the MAT program at Hastings College. Interested candidates should email resume to No phone calls please.

Notre Dame: The Irish have formally announced the addition of Brian Polian as special teams coordinator. Polian previously served on the Fighting Irish coaching staff from 2005-2009 where he coordinated the special teams and coached the defensive backs and linebackers.

Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan has been relieved of his duties as head coach and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach. Assistant head coach / defensive assistant Rob Ryan also will not return.

UConn: AD David Benedict notes that he has a short list of guys he's interested in for the vacant head coaching job, and adds that he won't use a search firm.

San Diego Mesa (JC - CA): Former Citrus College (JC - CA) offensive coordinator Gary Watkins Jr. has accepted the offensive coordinator job, per sources.

San Francisco 49ers: Chip Kelly told reporters yesterday that he has not had any talks about his future with Niners ownership, and expects that to happen after the season is done. Kelly is currently 2-13 in his first season with the franchise.

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