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The Scoop - Wednesday January 3, 2018

Wednesday January 3, 2018

Humboldt State (D-II - CA): Source tells FootballScoop head coach Rob Smith has resigned. We also are told defensive coordinator Barry Sacks has accepted a position at Montana. As a reminder, just one month ago, Humboldt State gave the all clear to continue to operate their football program. Will update...


LSU: Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is remaining with the Tigers, "spurning Texas A&M again" tweets Ross Dellenger of The Advocate. We have been told the same. Update> Billy Liucci is now "confirming reports out of Baton Rouge and Ross Dellenger" that Aranda has decided to remain in Baton Rouge. From the A&M side, Liucci adds he hears Aranda is expected to get a 4 year, $2.5 million per, fully guaranteed deal from LSU now (to be defensive coordinator, felt we needed to clarify that). ESPN is now confirming the 4 year, $2.5 million fully guaranteed deal.

Louisiana Lafayette: Louisiana Monroe special teams coordinator / tight ends coach Matt Powledge is expected to join the ULL staff sources tell FootballScoop. We are told Powledge will coach outside linebackers & coordinate special teams at ULL.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are adding Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator per multiple reports. Clyde Christensen will remain on staff, transitioning to another role.

Auburn: Memphis corners coach Marcus Woodson has joined the Auburn staff. Woodson had been offered a position at Mississippi State and had been contacted by other SEC programs as well. He'll be the 10th assistant at Auburn.

Green Bay: Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is a candidate to fill an opening on the Packers' staff tweets Tom Silverstein.

Rutgers: Chris Ash plans to promote director of player personnel Toby Neinas to an on field coaching spot to fill the "10th assistant" reports Ryan Dunleavy who covers the program. Ash remains on the look for both an offensive coordinator and a defensive line coach as well.

Arizona: Sources tell FootballScoop AD Dave Heeke plans to interview multiple candidates for the position. Will update....

Green Bay: The Packers aren't retaining offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett or quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt per Schefter, Mort and Rob Demovsky who covers the Packers for ESPN.

Arizona: Rich Rodriguez will receive a $6.28 million buyout, as outlined in his contract, according to a tweet from the Arizona Republic's Anne Ryman.

Vanderbilt: Thank you all for the overwhelming interest in our positions. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.

Arizona State: Source tells FootballScoop Western Illinois head coach Charlie Fisher has accepted the receivers position at Arizona State. Fisher and OC Rob Likens previously coached together at Temple. Prior to taking over as head coach at WIU for the 2016 season, Fisher served as OC at Richmond two seasons and previously coached at Penn State, Vanderbilt, Miami (OH), Temple and NC State among other places.

South Carolina: Sources tell FootballScoop Bryan McClendon is expected to remain with Will Muschamp's staff. Stay tuned....

Louisiana Lafayette: Louisiana Monroe receivers coach / recruiting coordinator Tim Leger has accepted the same role at ULL. Prior to joining Matt Viator's staff at ULM, Leger previously served as OC / WRs at McNeese from 2007-15. Leger's son Gunner plays baseball at Lafayette.

Florida State: Donte Pimpleton (RBs) and Raymond Woodie (LBs) have formally been announced as additions to Willie Taggart's staff.

Oklahoma: Head coach Lincoln Riley has given defensive coordinator Mike Stoops an important vote of confidence following their Rose Bowl semifinal loss.


CoachComm: CoachComm has once again completely revolutionized sideline communications with the introduction of the all-new CoachComm X-System, featuring new and exciting tools for 21st century sidelines! This proven technology used by D1 teams is now available for any size program.

Warner University (NAIA – FL): Warner University has an immediate opening for an intern position working with the offense(position TBD). Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and work within Warner University’s Christian mission. The position will have their own recruiting area in the state of Florida and will be responsible for coaching and managing their own position, including position meetings. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to film breakdown and data entry, assisting with special teams, recruiting, running positional meetings, assisting with game preparation, and other duties assigned by the head coach. The position pays $10,000 and does NOT include benefits or housing. Please send a cover letter, resume, Christian faith statement, and references to Head Football Coach, Rod Shafer at . Please include a personal statement of Christian faith and ongoing discipleship development. Review of applicants will begin immediately.

UCF doesn't care about your rankings, they're declaring themselves national champions.

Chicago Bears: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio interviewed for the head coaching job today, the team announced.

Shorter (D-II - GA): Zach Morrison, who was a member of Shorter's inaugural football team back in 2005, has been hired as the programs new head coach. Morrison spent last season as the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach at Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA). At Shorter, Morrison was named Student Athlete of the Year in 2008.

Florida: Sources tell FootballScoop Mississippi State offensive & defensive quality control coaches Bret Beachner and Karibi Dede are both on their way to join Dan Mullen's staff at Florida.

Ole Miss: Source tells FootballScoop Oregon corners coach Charles Clark is a candidate to join the Ole Miss staff.

Muskingum (D-III - OH): Muskingum University, located in New Concord, Ohio, invites applications for the full-time position of Head Football Coach, within the Department of Athletics. Muskingum is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. We are seeking a dynamic, collaborative and energetic leader to become the next Head Football Coach. The Coach will work closely with a new Athletic Director to continue the transformation of Muskingum football into one of Ohio’s premier Division III programs. Bachelor's required. Master's preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to: James R. Wilson, Special Assistant to the President for Athletics, Muskingum University, Montgomery Hall, New Concord, Ohio 43762. All three will preferably be emailed to Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Muskingum University is an equal opportunity employer.

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St. Lawrence (D-III - NY): St. Lawrence University is looking for an offensive graduate assistant coach (QBs / WRs). This candidate will have playing/coaching experience in a spread, no huddle offense. College playing and or coaching experience is a must. Start date is ASAP. It is a 15,000 stipend paid over 9 months, health insurance, and a free masters degree. Applicants should email resume and 3 references to Head Coach Dan Puckhaber at


Southwest Minnesota State (D-II): Per source, the defensive coordinator job is open.

Bemidji State (D-II - MN): Bemidji State University is seeking a defensive line assistant coach in a restricted earnings role. Previous playing or coaching experience with the defensive line is preferred. This role is compensated with a $10,000 salary plus camp earnings. Minorities are encouraged to apply. All interested applicants please email your resume and cover letter to

San Diego Mesa (JC - CA): Per sources, head coach Peter Lofthouse has resigned and and offensive coordinator Gary Watkins has been promoted to head coach.

Texas A&M: The Aggies are in the process of hiring Dave Aranda away from LSU reports Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle. Brent adds the deal could be finalized today. FootballScoop sources tell us A&M's offer is considerably over $2 million per year, full autonomy on defense and "anything Dave needs to do his job to the best of his abilities".

Cincinnati Bengals: Offensive line coach Paul Alexander won't return.

Mississippi State: Source tells FootballScoop Chase Haslett offensive grad assistant at Nebraska leaving for the same role at Mississippi State.

Arizona: Report states Les Miles and Arizona have mutual interest and are in talks.

Chicago Bears: Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards will interview with the Bears tomorrow, tweets ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Texas A&M: Sources indicate Texas A&M is making another run at LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. This time, they brought the whole damn bank.

Senior Bowl: Mike Klis tweets the Broncos will coach the North team and the Texans will coach the South at the Senior Bowl.

UCLA: Former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, who spent the last season on staff at Texas A&M, is returning to UCLA in a graduate assistant role, and NFL veteran quarterback Thad Lewis is expected to join the staff as an offensive analyst, Bruce Feldman tweets.

Oakland Raiders: Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will interview for the defensive coordinator position on the staff of a head coach yet to be officially named, per Ian Rapoport's tweet.

Dallas Cowboys: Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia will be allowed out of his contract to join Jon Gruden's Oakland staff, tweets Ian Rapoport.


Florida: The Gators have announced the additions we reported yesterday (and a few weeks back re Knox) of Sal Sunseri and Greg Knox as assistant coaches on Dan Mullen's staff.

UCLA: 49ers assistant defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase, who has previously been on staff at Duke and Ohio State, will be the new defensive line coach on Chip Kelly's staff, per a tweet from Bruce Feldman. Feldman adds that Roy Manning will be the new special teams coordinator. Manning has coached the outside linebackers at Washington State since 2015.

Memphis: Memphis has formally announced Keith Patterson as linebackers coach, T.J. Rushing as defensive backs coach, and Will Hall as associate head coach and tight ends coach. The release notes that Hall will be Memphis's 10th assistant hire. Patterson and Rushing came from Arizona State, while Hall was the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette. Here's how the full staff breaks down: Kenny Dillingham, offensive coordinator/QBs; Chris Ball, defensive coordinator; Will Hall, associate HC/TEs; Ryan Silverfield, assistant HC/run game coordinator/OL; David Johnson, passing game coordinator/WRs; Anthony Jones, RBs; Joe Lorig, special teams coordinator/OLBs; Keith Patterson, run game coordinator/LBs; Paul Randolph, DL; T.J. Rushing, DBs.

Troy: Lexington Catholic (Ky.) High School head coach Mark Perry will join the staff as director of operations.

Colorado: The Buffs have formally announced former Florida and South Carolina offensive coordinator Kurt Roper as quarterbacks coach.

Sam Houston State (FCS - TX): Sam Houston State is looking to hire a full-time coach to coach the defensive line or linebackers. Interested candidates can contact (Update> We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for the overwhelming response). No phone calls please.

Lehigh (FCS - PA): Per source, senior defensive advisor, and former defensive coordinator Joe Bottiglieri will not return to the staff.

Heidelberg (D-III - OH): Heidelberg University has an opening for a full time quarterbacks coach. This is an entry level, full time position with benefits. Interested candidates can email resumes to

Independence CC (JC - IA): Independence Community College has a full-time offensive position available looking to begin immediately. The position will preferably work with quarterbacks and running backs. The position’s includes salary, camp bonus and housing along with meals. Responsibilities include coaching your position, running position meetings, assisting with special teams, assisting with weekly game planning, film breakdown and data entry (DVSPORT), recruiting assigned area, and other duties assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. This is an entry level position with commensurate salary. Position start date is as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately. I will be at the Convention as well so Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to head coach Jason Brown at No phone calls please.

Tampa Bay Bucs: According to a report from longtime beat writer Ira Kaufman, the Bucs only brought back Dirk Koetter because they lost out on the Jon Gruden sweepstakes.

East Carolina: Sources tell FootballScoop offensive line coach Geep Wade has left the staff. Prior to these past two seasons at ECU, Wade previously coached at Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Chattanooga and UT-Martin.

Independence Community College (KS): Independence Community College has a Full time Offensive position available looking to begin Immediately. (QB’s/RB’s). The position’s includes salary, camp bonus and housing along with meals. Responsibilities include coaching your position, running position meetings, assisting with special teams, assisting with weekly game planning, film breakdown and data entry (DVSPORT), recruiting assigned area, and other duties assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The ideal candidate would have a minimum 1 year coaching experience or collegiate playing experience. This is an entry level position with commensurate salary. Position start date is as soon as possible. Review of candidates will begin immediately. I will be at the Convention as well so Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to Head Coach Jason Brown at No phone calls please.

Cincinnati Bengals: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor has signed a new contract, keeping him with the team, per multiple reports.

Mike Vrabel: Mike Vrabel is interviewing for the Lions head coaching job today in Houston, via Ian Rapoport's tweet. Vrable also has an interview request with the Colts, Rap adds.

Anderson (D-III - IN): Georgia Southern strength & conditioning assistant, and former Indiana offensive lineman Collin Rahrig has joined the Anderson staff as offensive line coach / strength and conditioning coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop.

Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher has announced his offensive staff as follows; Darrell Dickey (OC / QBs), Tim Brewster (TEs), Dameyune Craig (WRs), Jay Graham (RBs), and Jim Turner (OL).

Oakland Raiders: Yesterday we wrote this update on Jon Gruden's plans. This morning, Gruden went on ESPN radio and basically said, "If you guys read that article on the FootballScoop yesterday, yeah, those guys got it right."...or something close to that. Listen to Gruden explain the deal himself.

Chicago Bears: The Bears have submitted a request to interview Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards, per Ian Rapoport's tweet.

Denver Broncos: New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview for the Broncos quarterback job, Mike Garafolo tweets.

Illinois State (FCS): Brock Spack has announced the addition of Harold Etheridge as his new offensive line coach. Etheridge previously spent nine seasons as an Illinois State assistant and has also previously coached at Army, Georgia State, Washington State, and North Texas.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt Football is in need of graduate assistants on both sides of the ball. Looking for driven and motivated individuals with a strong work ethic. Interviews will only occur once accepted into a graduate program at Vanderbilt. Please send resumes to Charlotte Siegel, Coordinator of Internal Football Operations. (Update> Thank you all for the overwhelming volume of applications. We are no longer accepting applications at this time.)

Florida: Sources tell FootballScoop that Arkansas director of recruiting EK Franks has accepted a position on Dan Mullen's staff at Florida. We understand Franks' title will be assistant director of recruiting.

Rich Rodriguez: RichRod has released a statement acknowledging a very serious mistake; but denies (& will fight) what is being alleged.

Arizona: Last night, Arizona announced that they fired Rich Rodriguez.

Wagner (FCS - NY): Terrance Knighton has joined the staff, sources tell FootballScoop. Knighton, a defensive lineman, earned a one-year deal with the Patriots after spending training camp with the team, and recently retired to pursue a career in coaching.

UNC Pembroke (D-II - NC): UNC Pembroke is looking to hire a full-time coach to work with the running backs. The position will also have a large involvement in special teams. A master’s degree in the Physical Education field (P.E./Health/Recreation/Exercise Science/Sport Management, etc.) is required. Interested applicants should email Graduate School Transcripts, a resume & cover letter to, and also apply via this link.

Appalachian State: Appalachian State is looking to fill a Graphic Designer paid internship position to work specifically in the Recruiting Department. Duties include aiding and assisting with the recruitment of perspective student athletes through the use of social media graphics, motion graphics, mailings, and other mediums to reach high school athletes. Please send resumes and 3 original designs to

Arkansas Tech (D-II): Arkansas Tech University is seeking an offensive graduate assistant with playing or coaching experience on the offensive line, or tight end positions. This position will be provided 6 hours of graduate credits per semester, and $7,500 over the course of a 10 month contract. All interested applicants please email your resume and cover letter to

Black Hills State (D-II - SD):Black Hills State University is seeking an opponent for November 10, 2018 and November 16, 2019. Will consider all options, but interested in home/away agreement or possible FCS guarantee game. Interested parties should email John Reiners at

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