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The Scoop - Wednesday January 2, 2019

Wednesday January 2, 2019


#StaffTracker: A one stop page where you can keep track of how the new head coaches are filling their staffs. NFL – FBS – FCS – D-II

Ohio State: Oklahoma State OC Mike Yurcich's new title at Ohio State will be quarterbacks / passing game coordinator. Yurcich's deal is two years at $950,000 per year.

Miami: Sources tell FootballScoop Manny Diaz has hired his new defensive coordinator.

Tampa: Just hours after the Jets announced they have completed their interview of Eric Bieniemy; the Bucs have now announced the same.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have completed their interview with Jim Caldwell.

Ole Miss: Sources tell FootballScoop that Matt Luke is planning to add another FBS offensive coordinator to his staff. Details here.

New York Jets: Multiple outlets report that Adam Gase is interviewing for the Jets head coaching job after his interview with the Cardinals.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos announce that they have completed an interview with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.

Arkansas Tech (D-II): Source tells FootballScoop Southeastern Oklahoma defensive coordinator Charles Burks will be the new defensive coordinator at Arkansas Tech.

New York Jets: The Jets will interview Adam Gase Friday tweets Jeff Darlington.

Chattanooga (FCS): Mercer defensive line coach Kenny Baker has joined the UTC staff tweets Stephen Hargis. Georgia State offensive line grad assistant Jacob Huesman, a former Mocs quarterback, is also joining the staff as tight ends coach Hargis adds.

Atlanta: The Falcons interviewed former Titans head coach Mike Mularkey today for their offensive coordinator position tweets Alex Marvez.

Buffalo Bills: Receivers coach Terry Robiskie is not expected to return tweets Alex Marvez.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Cowboys defensive pass game coordinator Kris Richard will interview for the Bucs head coaching job, per Ian Rapoport. Rap adds that Richard will also interview with the Jets and Dolphins as well.

Oakland Raiders: Director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales will not return.

Johns Hopkins (D-III - MD): Please join us in praying for the family of longtime head coach Jim Margraff, who has sadly passed away. Margraff was an incredibly successful coach and the patriarch of Johns Hopkins football.

Liberty: Source tells FootballScoop Hugh Freeze has hired his new strength coach.

Kilgore College (JC - TX): Offensive coordinator Willie Gooden has been promoted to head coach.

Elmhurst (D-III - IL): Sources tell FootballScoop that head coach Ron Planz has been let go after five seasons leading the program.

Lake Erie (D-II - OH): Lake Erie is looking to hire a defensive coordinator. This a full-time position with benefits. The salary range will be commensurate with experience. Lake Erie is a private school located just outside of Cleveland in Painesville, Ohio. Candidates with ties to the area are strongly encouraged to apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, & references to

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have requested an interview with Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., per Jason La Canfora.

New York Jets: The Jets have announced that they've completed an interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Houston: The hire of Dana Holgorsen is now official. His introductory presser is set for Thursday.

Cornell (FCS - NY): The Cornell football program is seeking applicants for a full-time 11-month assistant football coach position. Preference will be given to candidates with offensive line experience, but all positions will be considered. We are looking for the best candidate available. Some interviews will be conducted at the AFCA Convention in San Antonio, TX. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter, and dates that you will be in San Antonio to Alex Peffley, Assistant to the Head Coach at No phone calls please.

East Central (D-II - OK): East Central located in Ada Oklahoma has an immediate opening for defensive line assistant. This is a full time position that comes with benefits. Compensation will be $24,000 based on a 12 month contract. A Bachelor’s degree is required and college coaching experience with defensive line preferred. We will conduct interviews at the AFCA convention. Please email Al Johnson with resume and references to

Memphis: Former Texas Tech offensive coordinator Kevin Johns is a "serious candidate" for the same position on Mike Norvell's staff, per the Daily Memphian.

Jim Harbaugh: Another NFL team may be preparing a run at Jim Harbaugh, per report...

Minnesota Vikings: Hue Jackson is a "possibility" for the Vikings open offensive coordinator job, Jason La Canfora tweets. The Vikings fired John DeFilippo during the season and promoted quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski to the role on an interim basis. Stefanski has fielded some requests for head coaching jobs this off season, per multiple reports.

Tennessee Titans: With Matt LaFleur interviewing with the Packers on Sunday, and defensive coordinator Dean Pees taking some time to decide if his health will allow him to continue coaching, Paul Kuharsky reports that all of the Titans assistant coaches are expected to return. Also, Kuharsky adds that strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy has been let go.

Penn State: Wide receivers coach David Corley will not return. Corley was in his first season on staff after coaching the wide receivers at Army in 2017, and was at UConn dating back to 2014 prior to that.

Georgia Tech: Geoff Collins has formally announced the additions of Nathan Burton as co-defensive coordinator / safeties coach, and corners coach / defensive special teams coordinator Jeff Popovich. Burton previously coached the defensive backs at Temple, and Popovich coached the corners at Boise State last season and joined the staff in February after spending two seasons on staff with the Indianapolis Colts as the assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Memphis: The defensive line job opened by Paul Randolph's departure for Texas Tech is being filled by former North Carolina defensive line coach Deke Adams, Adam Rittenberg tweets.

Texas Tech: Memphis defensive line coach Paul Randolph is joining the Texas Tech staff in the same capacity, Adam Rittenberg tweets.

Cincinnati Bengals: Hue Jackson's interview for the head coaching job could happen as early as today, Ian Rapoport tweets. Other in-house candidates that have previously interviewed include Darrin Simmons (special teams coordinator) and Bill Lazor (offensive coordinator).

Miami Dolphins: Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores will interview with the Dolphins on Friday morning, per Joe Schad. It will be his first of four scheduled NFL head coaching interviews.

Charlotte: Sean Dawkins, who joined the Troy staff back in January to coach the running backs, is expected to become the new running backs coach on Will Healy's staff, Pete Thamel tweets.

Central Michigan: Sources tell FootballScoop Jim McElwain will hire former Idaho head coach Robb Akey for a senior defensive position on his staff. Akey, who last coached with McElwain at Florida, could potentially have the defensive coordinator title we were told but last we heard that decision had yet to be finalized.

Eastern Kentucky University (FCS): EKU is looking to hire a full-time Football Video Coordinator. EKU is the most tradition-rich Division I FCS football program with 21 conference championships, 21 playoff appearances, 2 national championships and 59 All-Americans. Experience within a college football program and knowledge of DVSport is preferred. Special preference will be given to those with experience with Adobe software (graphics and post-production). If interested, please send resume/portfolio to

New York Jets: Manish Meta tweets to "keep an eye" on Baylor's Matt Rhule as the Jets look to fill their head coaching opening. Rhule has spent the past two seasons in Waco (1-11 in year one and 7-6 this past season), and prior to that was the head coach and Temple for four years (28-23 overall including 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016). Prior to that, he spent a year on staff as the assistant offensive line coach for the NY Giants, and was a part of the Temple staff as an assistant or coordinator from 2006-11.

Wooster (D-III - OH): The College of Wooster has an immediate opening for a 10-Month restricted earnings offensive or defensive skill assistant coach. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, assist with special teams, contribute to the weekly game plan & have his own recruiting area. Computer and Video Skills is a must. Qualifications include: Bachelor’s Degree, college coaching and/or playing experience. Compensation package includes $10,000 and some meals. No housing or benefits. Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until filled. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to head coach Frank Colaprete at No phone calls please.

Pikeville (NAIA - KY): University Of Pikeville is seeking applications for a defensive graduate assistant. Job Responsibilities include: coaching a position, uploading film to Hudl, making highlight films/graphics, using photoshop, helping with equipment, working with special teams, holding position meetings, assisting in recruiting, assisting with day-to-day special teams/defensive preparation and any other areas assigned by the Head Coach or Coordinator. Applicants must be able to work with students and possess strong interpersonal skills. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must be accepted in the University of Pikeville Graduate School. Graduate Assistant will be provided 6/9 hours of classes per semester (1 ½ years to complete masters), housing and a meal plan. Interested applicants should submit a completed University of Pikeville application, resume, three professional references, and a letter of interest online via this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will be filled by January 9th, 2019.

Miami: Manny Diaz says he has three quality "finalists" for his offensive coordinator position. Says he values getting it right, more than moving quickly to make a hire. He added that he's making a new hire on the defensive side of the ball; and that is basically done. Stay tuned....

Dodge City Community College (KS): Dodge City is looking to fill a restricted earnings job. Pay is 5K, no room, no meals. Position TBD. Please send a resume with “Restricted Earnings” in the subject line to Head Football Coach, Ricky Coon: if interested.

South Florida: Valdosta State head coach Kerwin Bell is reportedly on campus today interviewing for the offensive coordinator job on Charlie Strong's staff.

Kansas City Chiefs: Albert Breer tweets that should offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy get one of the four head coaching jobs he's interviewing for, quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka is well positioned to replace him.

Brian Kelly: Is this the year Brian Kelly decides to leave Notre Dame for the NFL? One report states at least one NFL team may be ready to offer him big money...

Green Bay Packers: Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFluer will meet with the Packers about their head coaching job Sunday, per Paul Kuharsky.

Urban Meyer: One important voice wants Urban to be done coaching forever... his wife.

Mike McCarthy: The Browns will interview Mike McCarthy, the former Packers head coach, tomorrow, per Rob Demovsky, who adds that the Jets also have an interview set up with him.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards will interview for the head coaching job Friday, Ian Rapoport tweets.

Cincinnati Bengals: The organization will interview former Broncos head coach, and former Bengals defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph today per multiple reports.

Eric Bieniemy: The Chiefs offensive coordinator is set to interview for the Bucs and Jets head coaching jobs today, and will likely interview with the Dolphins tomorrow, per Albert Breer.Ian Rapoport tweets that Bieniemy will interview with the Bengals Friday and does not plan to interview for the Cardinals.

Denver Broncos: Ian Rapoport tweets that Chuck Pagano will interview with the Broncos later today, "and perhaps into tomorrow."

Arkansas Tech (D-II): Per source, Arkansas Monticello (D-II) offensive coordinator Kyle Shipp is leaving for the same position at Arkansas Tech.

Ohio State: Watch the moment after their Rose Bowl win that Urban Meyer hands the Buckeyes over to new head coach Ryan Day.

Snow College (JC - UT): Snow College has an immediate opening for a DL coach. This a non full-time, non-benefitted position, but does offer a salary commensurate with experience. Also an opportunity to make an additional $10k teaching PE courses. Bachelors degree required. College playing and coaching experience preferred. Please E-mail resumes to Preference will be given to those available to interview at AFCA convention in San Antonio-Monday Jan. 7th or Tuesday Jan. 8th. No phone calls please.

Kliff Kingsbury: The former Texas Tech head coach and current USC offensive coordinator is expected to interview for at least two NFL head coaching jobs, per Charles Robinson. Robinson says Kingsbury will formally interview with both the Jets and the Cardinals.

Oklahoma: After drawing NFL interest, Lincoln Riley has signed an extension and raise to keep him with the Sooners.

St. Vincent (D-III - PA): Former Clarion (D-II - PA) offensive coordinator Phil Hamilton is the new offensive coordinator at St. Vincent, sources tell FootballScoop.

West Virginia: A look at where this search appears headed per sources...once Dana is official to Houston.


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Bonus updates: A number of coaches have recently earned bowl bonuses, or wrapped up their bonuses for the year, per Steve Berkowitz: Georgia's Kirby Smart (ends season with $275k in on-field bonuses), Texas' Tom Herman picked up $50k for Sugar Bowl win and ends season with $100k in bonuses, Ohio State will pay their assistant coaches nearly $2.3 million in bonuses following Rose Bowl win (Greg Schiano earned a bonus of $446,250) while Urban Meyer finished the year with an additional $350k, Washington's Chris Petersen made an additional $450k in bonus money, Kentucky's Mark Stoops earned $250k bonus for their win over Penn State, UCF's Josh Heupel earned $175k in bonus money on the year, LSU's Ed Orgeron earned $150k for taking the Tigers to a non-semifinal bowl game, Joe Moorhead made $75k for Outback Bowl appearance, Penn State's James Franklin ends the year with $200k in bonus money, and Kirk Ferentz made $600k in bonus money, and can make another $125k if the Hawkeyes end the year in the Coaches or AP top 25.

Head coaching changes: See all of the 2018 NFL and College head coaching changes here – including a new interactive map.