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The Scoop - Tuesday December 6, 2016

Tuesday December 6, 2016


Oregon: USF head coach Willie Taggart will be the new Oregon head coach sources confirm to FootballScoop. ESPN's Brett McMurphy first reported the news.

Sacramento State (FCS): Sources tell FootballScoop, Sac State is making some changes. We understand that offensive coordinator / quarterbacks Paul Peterson and special teams coordinator / rovers Anthony Parker will not return to the staff.

San Francisco 49ers: Jay Glazer reports tonight Chip Kelly will be back next year regardless of how this season plays out.

Benedictine College (NAIA - KS): Running backs coach Ryan Kelly has left the staff.

With Matt Rhule off to Baylor, 16 FBS jobs have now opened this offseason.

Nevada: Eastern Washington head coach Beau Baldwin on Tuesday confirmed he interviewed for the open Nevada job. When asked to expand on that, per Spokane sportswriter Jim Turner, Baldwin said, "Richmond. Next question." EWU hosts Richmond this weekend in the FCS playoffs.

Limestone College (D-II - SC): Limestone, a Division II institution invites applications for the full-time, 12-month position of offensive coordinator. The successful candidate will assist the head coach in all aspects of the program, including but not limited to: coaching offense, responsible for the recruitment of quality individuals, and week to week game planning and opponent scouting for the passing/run game. This person will also assist with daily meetings with players on academics, athletics, and social activities. A Bachelor’s degree is required for this position. Candidate must have a commitment to and responsibility for adhering to all rules and regulations of Limestone College and the NCAA. Candidates must have previous successful coaching experience at the NCAA level. The selected candidate must be willing to consent to, and pass with satisfactory results, an investigative consumer report. Applicants should complete the online application and upload a cover letter and resume (optional). If you have additional questions regarding the position, you may direct them to Head Coach Mike Furrey at No Phone Calls Please. Limestone College is an equal opportunity employer. AA/EOE

Baylor: Matt Rhule's contract with Baylor will be a 7-year deal, per Brett McMurphy.

Houston: Lincoln Riley "hit it out of the park" during his interview with Houston, Dennis Dodd writes for CBS. Sources connected to the search have told us the same. We'll keep you posted.

Northern Michigan (D-II): Sources tell FootballScoop that UNC Pembroke (D-II - NC) head coach Shane Richardson has chosen to withdraw his name from consideration for the head coaching job at Northern Michigan and has elected to stay at UNC Pembroke.

Navy has answered Army's special uniforms with a new look of their own.

Broyes Award: Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables has been named the winner of the 2016 Broyles Award.

Fresno State: Jeff Tedford has announced the hiring of Jamie Christian (RBs/ST), Kirby Moore (WRs), Scott Thompson (TEs), J.D. Williams (DBs), as well as Spencer Harris as director of player personnel and Brian Wilkinson as DFO.

Baylor: Scout reports that Temple director of player personnel Evan Cooper will join Matt Rhule at Baylor.

Temple: Assistant head coach / tight ends coach Ed Foley will serve as Temple's interim head coach, per Matt Fortuna. Sources tell FootballScoop Temple will have a full open search for their next head coach.

Baylor: Temple head coach Matt Rhule will be the program's new head coach, according to Ashley Hodge who covers Baylor. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports has now reported the same. UPDATE>>Baylor has now officially announced the hire of Rhule.

Lincoln (D-II - MO): Former Albany State (D-II - GA) offensive coordinator Steven Smith is the new head coach of the Blue Tigers.

Missouri: Barry Odom notes that he plans to ask his eight current assistant coaches to return in 2017, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The dismissal of defensive line coach Jackie Shipp is the lone full-time opening for Odom at this time. Odom also noted that he plans to maintain defensive play calling duties moving forward after taking over those duties with five games left this past season.

Gregg Popovich's answer for chasing championships while developing better people is a model for all coaches.

Mike Gundy: ESPN's Brett McMurphy has just reported the same thing we did last night, that Mike Gundy is not involved in the Baylor process.

Baylor: Last night we wrote that Baylor and A-State head coach Blake Anderson had begun negotiating, noting that the deal is not done. Reps have since alerted us to contract language in Anderson's contract with A-State precluding him from being able to engage in direct talks without prior consent which they had not sought as of last night. Our understanding is that several coaches, typically through their agents, have discussed terms of a deal with Baylor only to have the deal then fizzle. Will update as more transpires.

Whittier (D-III - CA): Whittier College is seeking applicants for two graduate assistant coaching positions (1 offensive, 1 defensive). Qualifications include acceptance into graduate school (3.0 minimum GPA). The position includes a monthly stipend of $200, some meals, and free graduate school (Masters Edu.). No housing, or benefits are included, so candidates currently living in or around L.A., or with the ability to relocate to Los Angeles are more likely to make this position work effectively based on the pay of this position. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, contribute to the weekly game plan, have video editing duties (HUDL), and have his own recruiting area. Start date is as soon as possible. Please email a cover letter, resume, and references to head coach Mike Neale at No phone calls please.

Northern Michigan (D-II): Northern Michigan has announced five finalists for their head coaching position and they are; Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten, Ferris State co-defensive coordinator Kyle Nystrom, Grand Valley State (D-II - MI) co-defensive coordinator Nick Postma, UNC Pembroke (D-II) head coach / defensive coordinator Shane Richardson, and Fairmont State (D-II) head coach / offensive coordinator Jason Woodman. Interviews will take place on-campus starting today and going through Monday December 12th.

Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians told reporters that rumors of him considering retirement following a few heath issues this season "could not be further from the truth."

Nevada: The Wolf Pack are down to a few finalists that include Eastern Washington (FCS) head coach Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, who adds that at least one candidate remains unknown at this point. Bruce Feldman adds Jay Norvell to the list of candidates in play for the job. We hear there is another candidate as well. The Gazette-Journal adds that on-campus interviews are taking place this week and they hope to make a hire by Friday.

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