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The Scoop

Tuesday January 6, 2009

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Arkansas Tech: Sources tell FootballScoop that former Southern Arkansas defensive coordinator Jeff Byrd has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Arkansas Tech.

Auburn: Former Arkansas quarterback Rhett Lashlee has accepted the offensive GA position at Auburn.

Detroit Lions: Leslie Frazier (Vikings DC), Mike Mularkey (Falcons OC), Todd Bowles (Dolphins secondary), Rex Ryan (Ravens DC) are expected to interview this week. Steve Spagnuolo (Giants DC) and Jim Schwartz (Titans DC) have interviewed already.

Illinois State: As we first reported, former Louisiana-Monroe co-defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian has officially joined the Illinois State staff as defensive coordinator.

Iowa State: The Cyclones have announced that former Auburn defensive ends coach Terry Price has joined the staff at Iowa State.

Louisville: Former Tennessee defensive backs coach Larry Slade, former Utah State head coach Brent Guy, and former Southern Miss offensive coordinator Jay Johnson have all been hired at Louisville.

LSU: In addition to Ron Cooper, Chicago Bears assistant Brick Haley is expected the join his close friend John Chavis in Baton Rouge. Haley is a veteran defensive line coach.

Miami (OH): We hear Mike Haywood is keeping one Miami (OH) assistant.

Mississippi State: We hear the Dan Mullen is trying to lure North Carolina linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen to Starkville.

New Mexico: As FootballScoop first reported over a week ago, North Dakota State defensive coordinator Willie Mack Garza has now officially joined the staff at New Mexico.

Presbyterian College (SC): Head coach Bobby Bentley is expected to resign today to accept South Carolina high school district 5 athletic director's position.

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South Alabama: We hear that former New Orleans Saints assistant George Henshaw has spoken with head coach Joey Jones about the vacant offensive coordinator position.

Washington: Sources tell FootballScoop that Youngstown State assistant Jeff Mills and St. Louis Rams assistant Mike Cox will be joining the UW staff.