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The Scoop - Wednesday November 30, 2016

Wednesday November 30, 2016


Jim McElwain: Asked directly about whether he plans to return to Florida next season with his name being mentioned for the vacant Oregon job, McElwain responded simply "Yeah." McElwain also added "I haven't heard from Oregon," and "I've got a heck of a job. In case anybody checked, this is the University of Florida. We're playing in what they call the SEC Championship game. It really hasn't crossed my mind."

SMU: Chad Morris has signed a 3-year extension keeping him under contract through 2023, the program has announced.

Oregon: South Florida's Willie Taggart has emerged as a "strong candidate" at Oregon according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Methodist (D-II - NC): Keven Williams, who has been the acting head coach since the resignation of CJ Goss back in January earlier this year, has been promoted to head coach. Prior to being named acting head coach, Williams served as offensive coordinator dating back to the 2011 season and has been with the program since 2009.

West Texas A&M (D-II): Former Missouri Western (D-II) head coach Jerry Partridge is a strong candidate at West Texas A&M sources tell FootballScoop. Partridge spent the past 25 seasons at Missouri Western, including 20 as head coach (overall record of 149-83), twice winning the MIAA (2003 & 2012).

Lindenwood-Belleville (NAIA - IL): Head coach Dale Carlson will not be retained next season. "I would like to thank Dale Carlson for his time spent leading Lindenwood University-Belleville football program," said AD Ryan Kaiser in a statement. "At this time we believe a change in direction is in order to be able to compete at the highest level of the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA)."

Nevada: Sources tell FootballScoop UCLA quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo is a candidate at Nevada. Tui has spent the past eight years coaching at Washington, UCLA and USC.

Houston: Asked about the possibility of Art Briles returning to Houston as head coach, board of regents chairman Tilman Fertitta said "I would love for Briles to be on our super-short list, but until we can get full clarity I can't see us going there," according to multiple local reports. With respect to Les Miles, Fertitta said, "I think we have interest in him and he has interest in us." Fertitta later added that there will be a large buyout for the first few years worked into the contract of whoever Houston decides will be the next leader of the program.

Steve Spurrier: The HBC will receive the Contributions to College Football Award at ESPN's Home Depot Awards show next Thursday night.

Chip Kelly: When asked about Oregon today, Chip Kelly said he had no plans to return to college coaching and had no spoken with anyone at Oregon other than Helfrich. Read more here.

NFL Referees Association: Executive director Jim Quick has announced his retirement and Scott Green has been named his successor. Green is the former president of the NFLRA and is a retired NFL referee.

Todd Monken: Monken, who has spent this past season as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Bucs under Dirk Koetter, told the press today that he has not heard from any colleges and is happy in the NFL with the Bucs organization, according to Greg Auman. Monken previously led the Southern Miss program from 2013-15, where he improved the program from 1-11 in year one, to 9-5 in year three.

Georgia Tech: Athletic director Todd Stansbury, who officially took the reigns earlier this week, issued a vote of confidence in head coach Paul Johnson today, saying, "There’s nobody out there that wants to play us. That tells a lot about the state of the program and fear that opposing coaches have of our head coach,” according to the AJC. Stansbury also added that he and Johnson talked earlier this week about what needed to be done to continue to build the program and noted "My goal, what I hope to bring to the table, is to help provide him with what he needs to continue that success, build on that success, so that we can continue to compete at a highest level."

San Jose State: Oklahoma State running backs coach Marcus Arroyo is a candidate at San Jose State according to Bruce Feldman. We can add that sources tell us Nevada has reached to to him as well; plus Jeff Tedford at Fresno State. Interesting times...Arroyo's wife swam at San Jose State and he previously served as the co-OC playcaller from '06-08.

Houston: Interim head coach Todd Orlando outlined the coaching duties for the bowl game as follows; Major Applewhite (OC), Darrell Wyatt (WRs), and Kenith Pope (RBs) will remain in their regular roles, Craig Naivar will handle special teams and DBs, James Casey will coach the TEs, offensive GA CJ Irvin will work with the OL, defensive GA Roosevelt Maggitt will work with the DL, and defensive GA Dan Carrell will handle the linebackers.

Vanderbilt: Derek Mason and the school have begun discussions about a contract extension and raise, per ESPN.

Houston: President Renu Khator tweeted this morning that they hope to have filled the head coaching job in two weeks. Sources tell FootballScoop some of the coaches Houston plans to speak with include Dana Holgorsen, Troy's Neal Brown, Arkansas State's Blake Anderson and Todd Orlando and Major Applewhite. We also have heard of potential interest in Tulsa head coach Philip Montgomery. Les Miles is another name of interest here. Expect this one to heat up late this weekend / early next week is what we've been hearing.

Vanderbilt: In an open letter on the Vanderbilt website, Vice Chancellor David Williams offered the following on head coach Derek Mason: " If you have watched our football program as I have, you cannot miss the progress that is occurring on the playing field. While our record is 6-6, our last two victories over the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee were clear evidence that the decision to place our football program under the leadership of Coach Mason was, in fact, the right decision," before adding "the Chancellor and I, as well as the entire athletic department, are proud of the job Coach Mason has done."

Georgia State: The program hopes to have a new head coach in place by December 15th, according to what athletic director Charlie Cobb told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Cobb notes that the search is underway, but no formal interviews have taken place yet and that the base salary of the next coach will be between $525k and $550k and he will get between $1.0 and $1.1 million to fill his staff.

Lafayette: Lafayette has announced offensive coordinator Mickey Fein as interim head coach.

Oregon: Last night Oregon announced that head coach Mark Helfrich would not return. An early look at candidates.

Baylor: Late last night ESPN's Mark Schlabach reported that Baylor's search shifted Tuesday "after Chad Morris elected to remain with the Mustangs" and is now "expected to focus on Cal's Sonny Dykes". Separately, FootballScoop was told Tuesday that Baylor has had discussions with Dykes (Baylor AD Mack Rhoades has interviewed Dykes several times before) and is considering waiting until after the Pac-12 championship to speak with Mike MacIntyre; but Baylor does not consider Chad Morris out of this. We'll keep you posted....

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