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The Scoop

Wednesday January 13, 2010

Miami Dolphins: ESPN is reporting Al Groh interviewed today for the DC position.

Texas Tech: It appears Matt Moore (offensive line), Dennis Simmons (wide receivers), Charlie Sadler (defensive ends), and grad assistant Sonny Cumbie will remain on staff. It is unclear which position Simmons will hold. Tubs' contract is worth $8.6 million, plus incentives. Tuberville will receive $1.5 million this year, $1.6 million in 2011, $1.7 million in 2012, $1.8 million in 2013 and $2 million in the final year of his contract in 2014.

Texas Tech: Carlos Mainord (safeties), Eric Russell (special teams coordinator), and Brian Mitchell (corners) have been informed they will not be a part of the new staff. The Texas Tech AD said he didn't think Ruffin McNeal would remain on the staff either.

Murray State: We are hearing Chris Hatcher has interviewed Florida defensive quality control Kenneth Parker for the defensive line job.

South Florida: Rivals' Tom Dienhart has reported that Tommy Bowden is meeting tonight with USF officials. Another report says that Doug Williams (Tampa Bay Bucs - Director of Pro Personnel) interviewed on Tuesday.

Cornell: We hear Cornell had a phone interview with Texas A&M - Commerce head coach Guy Morris. Interesting thought...Morris is not believed to be a leading candidate, but Cornell seemed very interesting in recruiting the state of Texas from what we hear.

Arkansas: Our sources tell us Petrino has narrowed the offensive line job to Chris Klenakis (Nevada OC / OL), Steve Shankweiler (East Carolina), a coach that recently accepted position at another school, and one other coach that we were not able to confirm.

Memphis: FootballScoop has just learned that Bowling Green offensive line coach John McDonell has accepted the offensive line job at Memphis.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have asked permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers assistant Keith Butler regarding the DC position.

Washington Redskins: Lou Spanos has been hired as linebackers coach.

FIU: According to a report, Southern Illinois OC Phil Longo and Stephen F. Austin OC Shannon Dawson interviewed for the OC job.

Texas Tech: Lincoln Riley and Clay McGurie will not be a part of Tuberville's staff.

Youngstown State: We hear Illinois offensive graduate assistant Carmen Bricillo has accepted the offensive line job. Bricillo assisted with the offensive line at Illinois.

LA Tech: We hear former ULM special teams coordinator Chris Vaszily will interview tonight or tomorrow with Dooley for the wide receivers position.

UNLV: We are hearing former Louisville offensive line / run game coordinator Brent Myers has accepted the Tight Ends position at UNLV. Dominic Daste will now coach the running backs.

Memphis: Our sources tell us Memphis is down to Dan Finn (Idaho offensive line) and John McDonell (Bowling Green offensive line) for the offensive line job.

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Tennessee: Our sources tell us AD Mike Hamilton is researching Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. We have also heard an unbelievable name for the Tennessee job. Not sure how we can get this one further confirmed, but a source close to this particular head coach tells us, "Trust me. If Tennessee offers, it will happen." This would be a huge splash hire for the Vols and equally surprising as Kiffin leaving for SC.

Cornell: We hear Syracuse assistant head coach / tight ends / special teams coach Bob Casullo has already interviewed for the Cornell job.

South Florida: Our sources have just told us that Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple is in the mix for the South Florida job. We didn't know it at the time, but we just heard Whipple was close to landing the Cincinnati job that went to Butch Jones.

Stanford: We are hearing former Notre Dame assistant Randy Hart has interviewed for the defensive ends job at Stanford.

Tennessee: We reported early this morning that Tennessee did indeed have great interest in Jon Gruden. The Sporting News is now reporting that Hamilton reached out to Gruden, but was turned down.

Washinton Redskins: Offensive line coach Joe Bugel has announced his retirement.

LA Tech: We hear Dooley has all of his interviews set up. Our source tells us former Memphis wide receivers coach Darrin Hinshaw and former Illinois OC Mike Schultz interviewed for the wide receivers job. We hear a couple of more guys will interview for both the defensive line and wide receiver jobs.

Tennessee: ESPN's Joe Schad just reported that AD Mike Hamilton told him Phil Fulmer is not a candidate for the job. Hamilton said he'd like to wrap this up by Sunday, but also stated it's better to be late with the right guy.

Faulkner University: We are hearing Harding University defensive backs coach Scott Symons has accepted the passing game coordinator position at Faulkner University.

USC: Norm Chow's agent has just come out stating that Chow has not been contacted by Lane Kiffin. Shelly Smith just stated a minute ago live on SportsCenter, "There is no question they want him here at USC and several people have been in touch with Chow."

Stanford: Our sources tell us that Villanova defensive coordinator Mark Reardon is set to interview for a position at Stanford.

Tennessee: AD Mike Hamilton asked Kiffin if he would consider contract negotiations. Kiffin said it wasn't about a contact, but about the opportunity to coach at SC. Kiffin told Hamilton on Saturday morning he would be interested in the job if Pete Carroll left. USC athletic director Mike Garrett called Kiffin yesterday and immediately offered the job.

Louisville: FootballScoop has confirmed that Ron Dugans has accepted a position on the Louisville staff. Dugans coached the wide outs at Georgia Southern last season.

Texas A&M: Our sources have just told us Boise State defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has met with Mike Sherman on campus in College Station. We were told a decision could be made in the next few hours.

Southern University (LA): We are hearing that Mike Jones is leaving Hazelwood East HS to join Stump Mitchell's staff. Jones made the game saving tackle in Super Borwl XXXIV for the Rams.

Cornell: FootballScoop has learned that Cornell is set to interview Ole Miss offensive coordinator Kent Austin for the head coaching position. Terry Shea and Ron Vanderlinden (Penn State linebackers) have interviewed. We hear two others have interviewed, but have not confirmed those names.

Nicholls State: We are hearing Bobby April, son of former Bills special teams coordinator Bobby April, will be taking the secondary / special teams job at Nicholls State. No word yet if the new staff has spent time at Rox's.

Louisville: FootballScoop has just confirmed that Alabama offensive grad assistant Mike Groh has accepted a position on the Louisville staff under Charlie Strong.

USC: FootballScoop has confirmed that Lane Kiffin contaced Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott. We have just just confirmed that Scott will be staying at Clemson.

North Texas: FootballScoop has learned the North Texas offensive coordinator Todd Ford has accepted the head coaching job at Cedar Ridge HS (TX).

Kansas State: San Jose State assistant Keith Burns did indeed accept a position at Kansas State working with the defensive backs.

UT-Martin: FootballScoop has learned that former Pikeville head coach Mac Bryan has accepted the offensive line job at UT-Martin.

Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel is going to Kansas City as defensive coordinator.

Buffalo Bills: The Bill have requested to interview Cardinals assistant Russ Grimm.

Tulsa: We are hearing there is some shake-up on the staff at Tulsa. A source tell us that Lake Travis HS head coach Chad Morris been offered the co-offensive coordinator position. We are tyring to confirm if wide receivers coach Clarence James is moving to director of high school relations.

Tennessee: We just heard from a great source that Tennessee does indeed have interest in Jon Gruden.

Dixie State: Interim head coach Scott Brumfield has accepted the head coaching job.

Mississippi State: We are hearing Dan Mullen will be talking with MTSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz on campus tonight. Rivals' reported Houston's Kevin Sumlin interviewed Diaz as well.

Tennessee: ESPN's Chris Low is reporting Will Muschamp is Tennessee's top target.

Olivet College: We are hearing new head coach Rich Huklow is bringing several coaches with him from Marshall HS.

Nicholls State: Our sources tell us Charlie Stubbs is bringing in his own defensive backs coach, as Rashad Watson will not remain on the Nicholls State staff.