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Tuesday December 1, 2009

Florida State: It will be interesting to see if Jimbo Fisher targets Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri for the defensive coordinator position at FSU. Sunseri and Fisher worked together at LSU in the early days of the Nick Saban era in Baton Rouge. West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel could be the top target for the positon from what we hear. Casteel and FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett coached for together for years at West Virginia.

Malone University: FootballScoop is hearing head coach Mike Gardner announced his resignation a little over an hour ago to his team at Malone University (OH). Our source tells us Gardner has accepted the head coaching job at Tabor College (KS).

South Carolina: Spurrier is getting a 1-year contract extension through the 2013 season.

Grambling: We are hearing wide receivers coach Sammie White will not return.

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Murray State: Our sources tell us NC State linebackers coach Andy McCollum has talked with the athletic director. We are hearing several interviews have been setup today for later this week and next week.

Nicholls State: FootballScoop has learned that assistant Kent Keith has been named interim head coach.

Lawrence University: a Division III institution and member of the Midwest Conference invites applications for the full time position of Assistant Football Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. Start date of ASAP. Chartered in 1847, Lawrence Universityis a nationally recognized liberal arts undergraduate institution located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Responsibilities: The successful candidate must demonstrate effective teaching methods and excellent leadership, role modeling, organizational and interpersonal skills in coaching a position group. Further, the successful candidate must have the ability and computer literacy to manage an effective DIII recruiting plan focusing on the recruitment and retention of student athletes at a highly selective Liberal Arts University. The candidate will report to the Director of Athletics and Recreation and the Head Football Coach. He/she will enthusiastically support the philosophy, mission, and goals of the university and the Department of Athletics. Specific responsibilities include the overall management of a position group (offensive line is the priority). The recruitment and retention athletic responsibilities will include data collection and management, supervision of mailings and student workers, and recruiting visit management. Additional duties can be assigned by the Athletic Director. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, a demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and a commitment to the academic development of student athletes is required. College coaching and recruiting experience preferred. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 31, 2009. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references to: Chris Howard, Head Football Coach, Lawrence University, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54912-0599. Email applications will be accepted for this position at chris.howard@lawrence.edu . Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lawrence University: a Division III institution and member of the Midwest Conference invites applications for the full time position of Associate Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator. Start date of ASAP. Chartered in 1847, Lawrence Universityis a nationally recognized liberal arts undergraduate institution located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Responsibilities: The successful candidate must demonstrate effective teaching methods and excellent leadership along with the role modeling, organizational and interpersonal skills necessary to install and run a successful offense. Further, the successful candidate must have a relentless work ethic regarding the recruitment and retention of student athletes at a highly selective Liberal Arts University. The candidate will report to the Director of Athletics and Recreation and the Head Football Coach. He/she will enthusiastically support the philosophy, mission, and goals of the university and the Department of Athletics. Specific responsibilities include the overall management of the offense, including coaching, player development, and supervision of the offensive staff. Primary out of season duties will include the recruitment and retention of qualified student athletes, and additional duties as assigned by the Athletic Director. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, a demonstrated knowledge of NCAA rules and a commitment to the academic development of student athletes is required. College coaching and recruiting experience preferred. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately. For full consideration, application materials should be received by December 31, 2009. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a minimum of three references to: Chris Howard, Head Football Coach, Lawrence University, 711 East Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54912-0599. Email applications will be accepted at chris.howard@lawrence.edu for this position. Lawrence University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Valpo: We are hearing Walt Harris is interested in the Valpo job.

Portland State: Our sources tell us that both Al Borges and Mark Speckman interviewed extremely well. We are hearing that Portland State will also be interviewing a minority candidate within the next few days.

Northeastern State (OK): We hear there is a position open on defense.

Akron: Check the DFO Scoop and the Strength Scoop.

Texas: Will Muschamp is not leaving Texas. There had been some speculation that Muschamp could be a candidate at Notre Dame.

Puget Sound: FootballScoop has learned head coach Phil Willenbrock will not return.

Mississippi Valley State: As we mentioned yesterday, Willie Totten has officially resigned as head coach.

Florida State: Bowden retired.

TCU: Sources tell FootballScoop that Gary Patterson has agreed to a long-term extension that will greatly benefit his assistants as well.

Ferris State University: We hear that secondary coach Chris Reese has resigned.

Youngstown State: Mark Stoops said Monday he's in no hurry to leave Arizona, despite Ohio media reports that he's being considered for the vacant head coaching job at Div. I-AA power Youngstown State.

"I've invested too much in this program to go anywhere with this stuff until after the season," said Stoops, a Youngstown native. "I've put too much into it, I'm too close to this program, I work for my brother. ... All this stuff takes care of itself later. I really just care about trying to finish on a good note. To finish 8-4 here and to have a chance to finish tied for second in this league is really quite amazing."

Virginia: Our sources tell us NY Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (UVA alum) is interested in the head coaching position.

Maryland: Our sources are telling us that Ralph Friedgen will return as head coach.

Riverside Community College (CA): Our sources tell us head coach Bill Brown has resigned.

UNLV: Our sources tell us Dennis Franchione is certainly in the mix.

Georgia Southern: We are hearing that head coach Jeff Monken is talking with former Memphis defensive line coach Brent Pry regarding the defensive coordinator job at GSU. Pry previously served as the DC at UL-Lafayette.

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UL-Lafayette: "Rickey (Bustle) and I had some preliminary conversations today (Monday) and plan to talk with him again tomorrow (Tuesday)," AD David Walker said.

"We are still paying attention to see if any bowl possibilities still exist, but we hope to have a decision made as soon as possible because we know that this is an important recruiting time for our coaches."

Hampton: We hear wide receivers coach Pete Allen and tight ends coach Roy Johnson will not return. Our sources tell us OC Terry Beauford was let go yesterday morning.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: OC Jonathan Cannon, defensive line coach Gary Harper, and linebackers coach Carl Kidd will not return.

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Truman State: Our sources tell us Central Missouri co-defensive coordinator Greg Nesbitt will interview today.

Saint Francis University: We hear head coach Dave Opfar resigned.

Syracuse: Defensive line coach Darrell Jackson will not return.

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