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The Scoop - Tuesday January 17, 2017

Tuesday January 17, 2017


John Carroll (D-III - OH): Michigan defensive analyst Rick Finotti will be the new head coach at John Carroll sources tell FootballScoop. Prior to joining Michigan's staff Finotti served as head coach at St. Edward (OH).

Oregon: Oregon has suspended strength coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay following the hospitalization of three players last week.

Texas: Interim AD Mike Perrin released a statement Tuesday defending the hiring of former Baylor staffer Casey Horny as a special teams quality control assistant. "Before approving the hiring, I spoke with Coach Horny and reviewed his background and his role at previous universities. Coach Horny committed to Coach Herman and me that he is in total alignment with our culture of integrity at the University of Texas."

Indiana State: Wyoming defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Curt Mallory is expected to become the head coach at Indiana State, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports and WTHI-TV.

Minnesota: P.J. Fleck has announced his first full staff at Minnesota -- Kirk Ciarrocca (OC/QBs), Kenni Burns (RBs), Brian Callahan (TEs), Matt Simon (WRs) and Ed Warinner (OL) on offense, and Robb Smith (DC/LBs), Maurice Linguist (DBs), Bryce Paup (DL) and Robert Wegner (STs) on defense and special teams. Fleck's support staff consists of Gerrit Chernoff (general manager), Dan Nichol (strength), Maurice Hendrickson (director of player personnel), and Matt Childers (video).

San Francisco 49ers: The Niners intend to offer their head coaching position to Falcons' OC Kyle Shanahan reports Adam Schefter. More on the plan here.

Houston: Co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Clay Jennings received a one year, $250,000 deal per Joseph Duarte.

Wake Forest: The Deacons are finalizing a deal to hire former Minnesota defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel to the same position, according to Barton Simmons of 247.

San Francisco 49ers: Seahawks exec Trent Kirchner has withdrawn from the Niners' GM search, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins interviewed Greg Manusky for their defensive coordinator position today. Manusky coached the outside linebackers last season for the organization, and has previous experience coordinating the defense with the Colts, Chargers, and Niners.

Oregon State: Wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Jason Phillips will earn $220,008 per year on a 2-year contract, and safeties coach John Rushing will make $200,004 annually on a 2-year deal, according to contract details obtained by Gina Mizell of The Oregonian.

Houston Texans: Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's contract expires on January 24th (next Tuesday), according to Adam Caplan. On Monday, head coach Bill O'Brien noted that Crennel "has done a great job," before adding, "I know that we would love to have him back." Caplan adds that the organization has not yet started negotiating a new contract with Crennel

Oregon: The Ducks have formally announced the addition of Mario Cristobal as co-offensive coordinator / run game coordinator. FootballScoop first reported the news of the two sides talking two weeks ago.

LA Chargers: Jason La Canfora reports that former Jags head coach Gus Bradley is the front runner to land on Anthony Lynn's staff as the Chargers defensive coordinator.

USA Football: USA Football is seeking to hire a marketing director, to be located at headquarters in Indianapolis, responsible for managing USA Football's brand, and their growing number of sub-brands across all channels. Bachelor's degree, plus 5 years marketing / management experience required. Head here too learn more & apply for the job.

Wingate (D-II - NC): Per source, Washington State special teams graduate assistant Jack Taylor is leaving to become the co-special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Wingate.

LA Chargers: Anthony Lynn notes at his press conference today that offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be retained.

Texas State: Zak Kuhr, who coached the running backs at Rutgers last season after previously working under Everett Withers at James Madison (FCS - VA) as co-OC / RBs coach, has joined the Texas State staff as co-offensive coordinator.

Cleveland Browns: Alex Marvez reports that Clyde Simmons is joining the Browns coaching staff after spending the past five seasons as the assistant defensive line coach with the Rams. Marvez adds that Simmons will work with the defensive line.

Auburn: Per Lauren Rew, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich is interviewing for the vacant offensive coordinator spot on Gus Malzahn's staff.

Miami: Miami is looking to hire an intern in football operations. See full details and how to apply on DFO Scoop.

Coastal Carolina: Per source, wide receivers coach Renato Diaz, who has been with the program the past five seasons, will not return.

West Florida (D-II): UWF is seeking qualified applicants for an entry-level position coaching tight ends. Duties will include coaching the tight ends, recruiting an assigned area, academic monitoring, administrative duties, extensive video breakdown of games and practices on HUDL, opponent scout as well as some equipment room duties. Additional duties may be assigned by the head coach, offensive coordinator or the director of athletics. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, and playing experience/coaching experience at the collegiate level. Strong communication and time management skills are an absolute must. Qualified applicant must have extensive experience with hudl digital editing system. Salary is $10,000; housing and meals are not included. Send resume and cover letter to offensive coordinator, Jammie Deese, at and please no phone calls.

McNeese State (FCS - LA): Defensive coordinator Tommy Restivo is stepping down to pursue other football opportunities source tells FootballScoop.

Carolina Panthers: Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl is stepping away from coaching to spend more time with his sons, both college wide receivers.

Utah: Eastern Washington running backs coach Kiel McDonald is expected to be the running backs coach at Utah, according to Bruce Feldman.

Baldwin Wallace (D-III - OH): Jim Hilvert, the head coach at LaSalle HS (OH), has accepted the head coaching job at Baldwin Wallace, sources tell FootballScoop. At LaSalle HS, Hilvert led the program to three-straight state titles.

Cincinnati: Former Purdue interim head coach Gerad Parker will be the new running backs coach for Luke Fickell at Cincinnati source tells FootballScoop.

How Mike Gundy made his team tougher by practicing less and lighter than he ever has before.

College Football Playoff: Former Virginia Tech head coachFrank Beamer, Robert Morris president Chris Howard and Ohio State AD Gene Smith have been appointed to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Tennessee: Butch Jones is likely to promote Larry Scott from tight ends to offensive coordinator per multiple sources; however the announcement could be held until Butch secures the quarterbacks coach he is planning to hire. We understand additional moves within the staff are still being considered.

Brevard (D-II - NC): Sources tell FootballScoop that former NFL running back Eric Gallon is joining the staff as running backs coach and he will also carry the title of assistant head coach. Gallon formerly coached at Tennessee State (FCS) and Youngstown State (FCS - OH).

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags are expected to add Clemson defensive line coach Marion Hobby to their coaching staff, per Alex Marvez who adds that Hobby is expected to coach the defensive line.

Nebraska Kearney (D-II): Co-offensive coordinator Joe Holtzclaw will not return next season after two years with the program, per KFXL. Holtzclaw served as offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Pacific Lutheran (D-III - WA): Pacific Lutheran University (DIII) has an open date this year on September 16th or 23rd. Interested programs can contact Prefer home game. Travel guarantees negotiable.

Eastern New Mexico (D-II): Head coach Kelley Lee has hired Andrew McCraw to coach the offensive line and serve as run game coordinator. McCraw is an ENMU alum and former Greyhounds graduate assistant who recently served as the head coach at Socorro HS (NM).

Davenport (D-II - MI): Following the departure of Lou Esposito to become the co-defensive coordinator at Western Michigan, offensive coordinator Steve Casula has been named interim head coach of the program.

Boise State: Former Fresno State offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau is expected to join the Boise State staff coaching receivers sources tell FootballScoop. Prior serving at Fresno State last season, Kiesau spent a year with Nick Saban at Alabama. Kiesau has also served as OC at Washington, Kansas & Colorado and coached receivers at Cal as well.

Keiser University (NAIA - FL): Doug Socha, who spent this past season as an offensive assistant with the Buffalo Bills, has been named the program's first head coach. Socha previously served as the head coach at Oxbridge Academy (FL), Delray Beach's American Heritage (FL) and as an assistant at the University of Buffalo and Canyons JC (CA).

Fresno State: AD Jim Bartko has come forward as a survivor of child molestation, and is encouraging others to do the same. Read more here.

Western Michigan: Kevin Johns has been hired as offensive coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop. Johns spent the last six seasons as either a co-offensive coordinator or the sole offensive coordinator at Indiana.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (D-II): OPSU is currently seeking an offensive assistant working with the QBs or RBs. This will be a restricted earnings position with the ability to earn 12-15,500 depending on experience. Candidates with QB playing or coaching experience, at the college level, will be given preference. Duties will be assigned by the head coach and include coaching a position, having your own recruiting area, video work, etc. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to offensive coordinator, Buddy Blevins via email at

Brevard (D-II - NC): Sources tell FootballScoop that former NFL player Everett Lindsay has joined the staff as the offensive line coach. Lindsay started at all five offensive line positions during his 11 seasons in the NFL and went on to coach for the Arizona Cardinals under Dennis Green.

Arkansas: Last night, Bret Bielema announced that defensive backs coach Paul Rhoads has been promoted to defensive coordinator.

Elon (FCS - NC): Per source, Penn State defensive graduate assistant Ryan Smith has been hired to coach the corners.

Faulkner (NAIA - AL): Faulkner University is accepting applications for its defensive coordinator position. This is a 9-month, full-time position with benefits. Successful college experience is preferred, with preference given to candidates with a strong recruiting background. To apply, contact Charlie Boren at

Lamar (FCS - TX): Faulkner University (NAIA - AL) defensive coordinator Cam Clark has accepted a position on the Lamar staff, per source.

San Diego Mesa (JC - CA): San Diego Mesa JC is seeking experienced assistant coaches for WR and DL for the upcoming 2017 season. Candidates must demonstrate great knowledge, ability to teach the position, and have a passion for recruiting. This is a stipend only position. $3,500 per season. Other income opportunities may exist if candidate has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science or Kinesiology. Must be able to attend all meetings and practices. Email Resume to No phone calls please.

Chowan (D-II - NC): Chowan has an immediate position for an assistant coach, defensive backs, is available. This is a full-time (12-month) position that will report to the Head Football Coach and will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the University’s intercollegiate football program. The selected individual will assist with all aspects of game and practice preparations, evaluate personnel as well as mentor and monitor the student-athletes progress on and off-the-field; and, follow all rules and guidelines set forth by the NCAA Division II, the CIAA, and Chowan University. The selected individual will be held accountable to recruit and retain quality student-athletes for the University and the football program and perform other duties as assigned by the Head Football Coach. Preferences include collegiate coaching experience (or other significant coaching experiences) working with defensive backs, experience as a recruiting coordinator, recruiting Southeastern states, as well as video breakdown, analysis and editing with Hudl. Salaried position with benefits and retirement. Start date will be as soon as possible. Bachelor degree required, Masters preferred. Forward application materials (cover letter, resume and references) to head coach Tim Place at PlaceT@Chowan.Edu. Please, no phone calls.

Robert Morris (NAIA - Chicago, IL): Robert Morris University Illinois is looking for a game on September 30th, 2017. Please contact Erik Osborne at if interested.

Moorpark College (JC - CA): Moorpark College is seeking a RBs coach for the 2017 season. Moorpark College is located in southern California, 5 miles from Thousand Oaks and plays in one of the most competitive divisions in California. This is an entry position with a $2k fall stipend, no meals, housing or benefits. This position is for coaches wanting to build a foundation and experience. Coaches will get gear and team meals during season. This position will assist the head coach with the day to day operations. You will get experience in football operations, video breakdown, assisting in the MC football academic program, recruiting, as well as on-field coaching with your own position group. You must be a self motivated individual with a desire to learn and work hard. Email head coach Stuart: a letter of interest and please explain how you will be able to support yourself during the season. Only want LOCAL residents to apply for the job. Interviews will start this week. No phone calls please.

Susquehanna (D-III - PA): Susquehanna is looking to hire an intern to work with the defensive line. The intern position reports to the head coach and may have a second report relative to an assigned secondary duty. The primary tasks are to assist the Head Coach in all aspects of the program including: plan practices and game strategies; game day responsibilities; and recruiting qualified student-athletes in concert with the academic mission of the University. In addition, a secondary responsibility will be assigned that could include: game management, intramurals and club sports, facilities management, or strength & conditioning. The maximum length of the intern position is three years. This Intern position pays $12,000 per year plus medical benefits. Interested candidates can apply online at

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