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The Scoop - Wednesday December 14, 2016

Wednesday December 14, 2016


Davidson: Running backs / special teams coordinator Mario Price has accepted a position with the AFCA in Waco. Price is a Baylor alum.

Oregon State: Pittsburgh Sports Now is reporting that Pitt AD Scott Barnes is headed to Oregon State to be the new athletic director there. ... And Scott Barnes has issued a release saying that report is not accurate. Carry on.

Citrus College (JC - CA): LA Valley College offensive line coach Tanner Farwell will be the new offensive coordinator / offensive line coach at Citrus College source tells FootballScoop.

FAU: Lane Kiffin has informed five assistant coaches that they will not be retained moving forward, according to the Sun-Sentinel. They are Roc Bellantoni (DC / LBs), Jared Allen (RBs), Chris Hurd (TEs / STC), Terrance Jamison (DL) and Ben Strickland (safeties). Offensive coordinator Travis Trickett accepted another position today, joining Shawn Elliott's staff at Georgia State as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Ole Miss: Sources tell FootballScoop that Auburn defensive backs coach Wes McGriff continues to be a strong candidate for Ole Miss' vacant defensive coordinator post, but we're told that no deal has been reached at this time. When Gus Malzahn was asked about the possibility, he noted McGriff is "one of the best in the business" but would not comment on possible contract talks, according to 247 Sports.

Oregon: Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt will be the new defensive coordinator at Oregon, reports both Fox Sports and ESPN. More on the hire here.

Georgia Southern: Cal Poly offensive coordinator Juston Wood will join the Georgia Southern staff coaching the receivers reports Georgia Southern's Scout site.

Wakeyleaks: Louisville AD Tom Jurich released a statement Wednesday admitting his coaching staff accepted, shared and used knowingly stolen information. Days after their game vs. Wake, Bobby Petrino on ESPN stated the staff had no knowledge of Wake's game plan. Very bad look for Louisville. Can't imagine more ripples from these leaks aren't coming out...soon.

Nevada: Sources tell FootballScoop Jay Norvell will not retain any of Brian Polian's staff.

Culver Stockton (NAIA - MO): The program has named Tom Sallay its new head coach. Sallay has been the defensive coordinator at St. Francis (NAIA - IL) the past two seasons.

Georgia State: Sources tell FootballScoop, FAU offensive coordinator Travis Trickett will join Shawn Elliott's staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks. Trickett served as offensive coordinator at Samford University for four seasons prior to joining the staff at FAU for the 2016 season.

UC Davis: Per source, Lawrence (D-III - WI) offensive coordinator Mark Speckman will join Dan Hawkins's staff at UC Davis.

Liberty: Quality control assistant Kyle DeArmon has been promoted to wide receivers coach, while Ron Brown will shift to running backs coach. Scott Downing will shift to tight ends and fullbacks coach, and Aaron Stamn will move to offensive line coach.

Pete Carroll: When asked if he'd be willing to completely rule out the possibility of coaching the LA Rams, Pete Carrol replied "Yes" and then started laughing according to the LA Times. Carroll signed an extension with the Seahawks back in July taking him through 2019.

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Western Kentucky: Adam Rittenberg reports that Mike Sanford is getting a four-year deal worth $800,000 a year.

Baylor: Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire will join Matt Rhule's staff at Baylor reports the website SicEm365. That makes 3 Texas high school coaches joining Rhule's staff.

Delaware (FCS): Danny Rocco has now been formally announced as head coach.

Western Kentucky: The school has now announced Notre Dame offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford as the program's new head coach. A press conference has been called for 3pm Eastern to formally announce Sanford. Here's our piece on the hire.

Western Carolina (FCS): John Wiley has been announced as the program's new defensive coordinator. Wiley, the former defensive coordinator at Appalachian State who resigned after joining Everett Withers' staff at Texas State just before the season started, has 27 seasons of college coaching under his belt, including being a part of three FCS national championships.

Missouri Western (D-II): Head coach Matt Williamson has announced his coaching staff as follows; Chet Pobolish (QBs / OC), Patrick St. Louis (OL / run game coordinator), Ryan Watts (WRs), Colin McQuillan (RBs), Michael Walton (DC), Scorpio Horn (DL), and Justin Richter (DBs).

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Richmond (FCS): Chattanooga (FCS) head coach Russ Huesman has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Richmond, per multiple reports. Huesman was 59-37 over eight seasons with three conference titles at UTC.

LSU: Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada has accepted the LSU offensive coordinator job, according to Andy Staples of SI.Ross Delleneger adds that Canada's deal will be a three-year contract worth more than $1 million annually. More on the hire here.

Kentucky State (D-II):Kentucky State is looking for a game on September 9th, 2017. Preferably a guarantee game, but we would be open to other options. Interested programs can contact offensive coordinator Michael Digman at

Anna Maria (D-III - MA): Per source, WPI (D-III - MA) defensive coordinator Dan Mulroney will be named head coach.

Louisiana-Lafayette: Mike Lucas, who served as the team's interim defensive coordinator for the season, has been elevated to defensive coordinator. Under Lucas, the defense finished in the top 50 nationally in rushing defense and total defense. Also, co-defensive coordinator Charles Harbison will remain in his current role.

Benedictine College (NAIA - KS): Running backs coach Ryan Kelly has accepted the head coaching job at Atchison County Community HS (KS), per source.

Bethel (NAIA - TN): Bethel University, TN, member of the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference, has an immediate opening for a Graduate Assistant. The position will begin in January and will be responsible for coaching Defensive Backs. Experience playing the position is required. Strength and Conditioning experience along with knowledge of using HUDL will be strongly considered. Graduate Assistants receive tuition, housing, meals and a stipend. Please submit letter of application, resume and references to Resumes will be accepted until position is filled. No phone calls please.

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