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The Scoop - Tuesday January 23, 2018

Tuesday January 23, 2018


New Mexico State: Head coach Doug Martin has named former NM State tight ends coach Chase Holbrook the team's quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season, saying that "being a head coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator is just too much for me to do," before adding that the addition of Holbrook is best for the quarterbacks and team. Martin will still call plays and notes that they only have eight full-time coaches, while most programs have ten, so the tight ends will be coached by graduate assistant Chili Davis.

UNLV: Sources tell FootballScoop that former FAU offensive line coach Garin Justice has verbally agreed to become the new offensive line coach on Tony Sanchez's staff. Shortly before Rich Rodriguez was let go at Arizona, Justice had accepted the offensive line job on his staff, but was not retained by Kevin Sumlin. Bruce Feldman tweeted a similar report earlier.

Louisiana Lafayette: Bo Graham has been announced as a quality control coach working with the running backs.

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones has confirmed that backup quarterback Kellen Moore is now the team's quarterbacks coach.

Oklahoma: The Sooners have formally announced the hiring of Shane Beamer as assistant head coach for offense and tight ends coach.

Maryland: Matt Canada, who coordinated the offense at LSU last year, has joined the staff at Maryland as offensive coordinator is on campus today, Adam Rittenberg tweets. Rittenberg affirms that LSU will pay Canada his $1.7 million severance agreement and has signed a multi-year agreement with the Terps.

Carolina Panthers: Seahawks assistant special teams coach Heath Farwell is interviewing for the some job with the Panthers today, Alex Marvez tweets.

Baylor: Taking a look at the updated coaching staff at Baylor.

Wofford: VMI assistant defensive line coach Alan Smith is joining the staff as defensive line coach, a source tells FootballScoop.

Notre Dame: Per sources, Jeff Quinn is being promoted to offensive line coach. Quinn is the former head coach at Buffalo, and has recently served as both an analyst and assistant strength role for the Irish in recent seasons. Before landing the Buffalo job, Quinn was the offensive coordinator / offensive line coach on Brian Kelly's staff at Cincinnati, and was also on staff with Kelly at Central Michigan and Grand Valley State (D-II - MI), were he spent 15 seasons. Update>>The school has now announced the move.

Washington Redskins: Per source, Phil Rauscher is leaving the Broncos to become the assistant offensive line coach for the Redskins. Nicki Jhabvala, who covers the Broncos for the Denver Post, previously tweeted that Rauscher was closing in on a deal with the team. With the Broncos, Rauscher was an assistant to head coach Vance Joseph.

UCLA: Chip Kelly has finalized his coaching staff and their duties (all of which we've previously reported) and announced the following; Dana Bible will coach the quarterbacks, Roy Manning will coach the outside linebackers and special teams, and Vince Oghobaaase will work with the defensive line. Carrying over from the previous staff are Jimmie Dougherty (WRs), DeShaun Foster (RBs), Hank Fraley (OL), and Angus McClure (TEs). Jerry Azzinaro will serve as defensive coordinator, Don Pellum will work with the inside linebackers, and Paul Rhoads will coach the defensive backs.

LSU: Sources tell us LSU is looking to add one of the top strength coaches in the country.

Langston (NAIA - OK): Langston University is currently seeking a graduate assistant Football Coach. Responsibilities will include coaching your own position group, and managing a recruiting area. Defensive playing or coaching experience is preferred (defensive backs). Bachelor’s degree and admission into Langston University graduate program is required. Yearly benefits include a monthly stipend, tuition waiver, housing & meals. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP by emailing resume and references to Coach Mike Cannon at

Arizona Cardinals: Former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has wrapped up his interview for the offensive coordinator job with the Cardinals, per multiple reports. Adam Schefter tweets that the Cardinals plan to speak with former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as well.

Aurora (D-III - IL): Aurora University is currently seeking a Graduate Assistant Football Coach. Responsibilities will include coaching your own position group, and managing a recruiting area. Defensive playing or coaching experience is preferred. Bachelor’s degree and admission into AU graduate program (minimum 3.00 GPA) is required. Yearly benefits include a $5,000 stipend & tuition waiver, no housing or meals. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by emailing resume and references to Defensive Coordinator Tim Yourison at

Kentucky: Former Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith will join the staff as wide receivers coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Smith played college ball at Kansas State, and coached the running backs and wide receivers during two separate stints there, while also coaching at Arizona in 2007 and 2008 (running backs and then inside receivers), and Rice in 2006 (running backs). Smith was hired to coach the wide receivers for the Razorbacks in 2013 and coached them through this past fall.

Langston (NAIA - OK): Langston University located in Langston, OK (30 mins North of OKC) is seeking a game for the upcoming season. We are looking to play a D2 or FCS program. Our current open date is September 1st, 2018. Interested parties please contact Coach Mike Cannon at

MIT (MA): A national search is underway for the Engineer's new head coach following the departure of Chad Martinovich (see below).

Rochester (D-III - NY): Chad Martinovich, the head coach at MIT (D-III - MA) the past nine seasons, has been named head coach. Martinovich led MIT to a 10-1 record and Division III playoff berth in 2014, and led the program to a 7-3 finish this past fall.

Michigan State: Coaching staff update for Mark Dantonio's staff at MSU.

Oklahoma State: The ongoing search for the Cowboys defensive coordinator position has included talks with six candidates including Tulane defensive coordinator Jack Curtis, South Carolina assistant head coach Lance Thompson, Duke defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, Troy defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, and two additional candidates, including one from the FCS level, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN.

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Wagner (FCS - NY):Wagner College is looking for a Division II game on September 12, 2020. If interested, contact Director of Football Operations, Ryan Monaghan at

Columbus Lions (National Arena League): The Columbus Lions are seeking player personnel scouts in select regions of the United States (Dallas / Fort Worth and Houston areas). Chosen candidates must live in the region specified. These are part-time positions. Interested candidates can send their resume and contact information to director of player personnel Clayton Banner at No phone calls please.

Arkansas State: Scotty Conley will join the same as assistant AD of football operations, sources tell FootballScoop. Conley previously served as the DFO and director of high school relations at North Texas.

NFL: Senior VP of officiating Alberto Riveron will return for the 2018 season, Adam Schefter tweets.

Green Bay Packers: Jason La Canfora tweets that Jason Simmons is the secondary coach, not assistant secondary coach, as was previously reported elsewhere.

Colorado: Eastern Illinois (FCS) co-defensive coordinator Kwahn Drake is expected to join the Colorado staff as defensive line coach, per a tweet from Dan Wolken.

James Bettcher: The former Cardinals defensive coordinator is scheduled to meet with the Titans and Giants for their vacant coordinator jobs at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, per Ian Rapoport.

Incarnate Word (FCS - TX): Cody Crill has been formally introduced as the program's offensive coordinator. Crill was the head coach at Navarro College (JC - TX).

UNLV: Per source, Idaho linebackers coach Eric Brown is leaving to join the UNLV staff.

Ohio State: After turning down the Titans' offensive coordinator job, Ryan Day has been promoted to Ohio State's offensive coordinator. More on the move here.

FAU: Source tells FootballScoop UNLV offensive line coach John Garrison will be the new offensive line coach at FAU. Garrison has served as UNLV's OL coach since 2015. He previously had coached offensive line at Nebraska as well.

San Diego State: SDSU is accepting applicants for an assistant DFO position. See DFO Scoop for more details, and how to apply.

Snow College (JC - UT):Snow College is seeking home and home series with other JUCOs, D2, D3 or NAIA schools. Snow would be willing to return the trip. Dates needed to fill for the 2018 season are August 25th and September 1st. Interested schools please contact head coach Paul Peterson at

Virginia University of Lynchburg (NCCAA):Virginia University of Lynchburg is looking for countable guaranteed away games in the Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, eastern Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Pennsylvania areas. The program is willing to travel further if necessary. Open dates are September 1, September 8, September 29, October 13, October 20 and November 3. Interested programs can contact

Boise State: Director of program development Chris Ross has been named head coach at Red Oak HS (TX), per Matt Stepp. Ross previously served as head coach at Wichita Falls HS, Cedar Park HS, and Prosper HS.

Michigan State: Eastern Michigan defensive line coach Chuck Bullough is joining Mark Dantonio's staff at Michigan State reports Hondo Carpenter of SpartanNation.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers are moving Jason Simmons from assistant special teams coach to assistant defensive backs coach, per Alex Marvez.

Savannah State (FCS - GA): Savannah State University seeks qualified applicants for Assistant Football Coach. This position serves as Defensive Coordinator for a Division I FCS program; leads and coaches according to the NCAA, State, National, MEAC and Institutional guidelines. Provides support to the Head Coach in all aspects of on-field coaching, player development, academic success, recruiting, film study, practice organization, position meetings, scouting opponents, and special teams coaching. Responsible for Defensive Scout Team and Game Plan development; recruits assigned area, monitors strength and conditioning of athletes; and is accountable for the performance of the Defensive team, including strategy, planning and adjustments. Responsibilities include community service/public relations, locker room, high school relations, and the supervision and training of assistant coaches assigned to the defensive staff. Coordinates activities critical to a successful football program; may be directed to perform job related tasks other than those specifically delineated in this description. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. In order to be considered, all applicants must complete the online application via this link. No phone calls please.

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