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Tuesday January 5, 2010

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Washington Redskins: Shanahan is getting a five-year deal.

Minnesota State University - Moorhead: We hear the head coaching job is open.

Buffalo Bills: Special teams coordinator Bobby April has exercised a clause in his contract that has made him a free agent.

Kansas State: We hear Bill Snyder has talked with former San Jose State defensive coordinator Keith Burns.

Weber State: We hear quarterbacks coach Jason Beck is moving to wide receivers. Our source tells us former Montana Western head coach Tommy Lee will be the new OC. Our source tells us Cecil Thomas has accepted the offensive line position. We hear the defensive line job is open.

Jackson State: We hear former New Mexico State running backs coach Ernest Wilson will be the new offensive coordinator.

Nevada: We hear defensive tackles coach Jim House will not return.

Florida: The Gators have hired Syracuse running backs coach Stan Drayton. Drayton coached with the Gators a few years ago. DJ Durkin's title will be "Linebackers Coach."

Southern Miss: Larry Fedora has stated he will likely stay in house for the offensive coordinator position. We hear if Fedora stays in house, quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson will be the guy.

Mississippi State: Our sources tell us no interviews are expected to take place between now and the convention. We hear Dan Mullen will likely get things wrapped up shortly after the convention, where he will talk with the next defensive coordinator.

Louisiana Tech: We hear head coach Derek Dooley is interested in Texas Tech defensive ends coach Charlie Sadler for the defensive line position.

Chattanooga: We hear assistant coach Tony Coode will be moving over to the defensive side of the ball.

Grand Valley State: We hear Matt Mitchell will likely promote defensive line coach Matt Yoches to defensive coordinator.

Cleveland Browns: Mike Holmgren will interview Eagles GM Tom Heckert for the same position with the Browns.

Washington Redskins: GM Bruce Allen is negotiating a contract with Mike Shanahan's agent.

Kansas: Check the DFO Scoop

Pittsburgh Steelers: Quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson has decided to retire.

Chicago Bears: Ron Turner (offensive coordinator), Pep Hamilton (quarterbacks), Rob Boras (tight ends), Harry Hiestand (line), Luke Butkus, and Charles London will not return to the staff.

Arkansas: FootballScoop has confirmed that neither Steve Caldwell or David Kelly have accepted positions at Arkansas, although both coaches could end up in Fayetteville. Our sources tell us Caldwell will interview tomorrow. Kelly does have an offer and is considering the move, but we hear that another SEC school is in the picture.

Central Michigan: One of our sources tells us Curt Mallory (Illinois) is still in the mix for the head coaching job.

Coastal Carolina: Our sources just told us that former Hofstra defensive line coach Kevin Mapp has accepted the defensive line job at Coastal Carolina.

Florida State: FootballScoop has learned that Rice defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator Darin Eliot will be joining the FSU staff. We had heard on December 15th that a Rice assistant would be going to Florida State. At the time, we thought wide receivers coach Larry Edmondson might be the guy because he had coached with Jimbo Fisher at Auburn back in the day. Our sources tell us that Eliot is the guy and he will be coaching the defensive ends at FSU.

Richmond: It appears Byron Thweatt (linebackers), Dave Legg (cornerbacks/special teams), Kevin Lewis (defensive tackles), Stacy Tutt (running backs) and Bill Polin (offensive line) will all be rehired and work on Latrell Scott's new coaching staff at Richmond. Fork Union Military Academy assistant Tripp Billingsley will coach the wide receivers. Devin Fitzsimmons (tight ends) and Chad Wilt (defensive line) will also join the staff. Fitzsimmons served as a GA at Virginia last season. Wilt coached the Virginia defensive line.

Central Michigan: Our sources are telling us that Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos will interview for a third time with Central Michigan. We hear Wake Forest offensive coordinator Steed Lobotzke is one of the three finalists along with Enos. At this time, we haven't been able to find out the remaining candidate.

Texas Tech: Tommy Tuberville is interviewing. We hear Texas Tech officials picked up Tubs at the airport today.

Southwest Minnesota State University: invites applications for a full-time athletic fixed-term Assistant Football Coach/Athletic Administration position to begin February 12, 2010 or a date to be negotiated. SMSU is located in the town of Marshall (pop. 13,000) in southwest Minnesota. The Assistant Football Coach will be the defensive coordinator and will be involved in all aspects of coaching responsibilities including recruiting, practice, organization, scheduling and trip organization. Review of the applications will begin on January 25, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position, please complete the online application process at Additional information on Southwest Minnesota State University can be found at: Southwest Minnesota State University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Cumberland University: (Lebanon, TN) is seeking to hire Two Graduate Assistants (One Offense/One Defense). Bachelor's Degree and the ability to obtain admission into the Cumberland University Graduate School is required. Graduate School information and degrees may be found at Previous college participation and/or coaching experience is preferred for both positions. Experience playing or coaching the offensive line preferred for the offensive GA. Also, experience in using video editing systems is preferred (Preferably LRS, but would be willing to train). Duties will include assisting the head coach and all coordinators with all aspects of running a fundamental football program by adhering to conference and university rules and regulations, recruitment of future student-athletes, coaching a position, monitoring current athletes, video editing responsibilities, and all other duties assigned by the head coach. Graduate School tuition, room and board, and meal plan provided. Located approximately 20 miles outside of downtown Nashville, Cumberland University is a private, selective, liberal arts university which sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women and is a member of the NAIA Division I and the Mid-South Conference. To Apply: Please forward a letter of interest and resume with references to head coach Dewayne Alexander at, or mail to Dewayne Alexander, One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, TN 37087. No phone calls.

Texas Lutheran: We hear on campus interviews have started this week.

Nevada: Our sources tell us that Stanford co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Andy Buh will be going to Nevada as the defensive coordinator.

Michigan: Former Domino's Pizza CEO Dave Brandon has accepted the AD position at Michigan.

Western Kentucky: We hear Willie Taggart offered a position to Stanford defensive backs coach Clayton White.

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