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The Scoop - Friday January 14, 2022

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2021-22 Tracking Pages: Our pages tracking the hires across college football are now live.


Dixie State (FCS): Craig Stutzmann has been named offensive coordinator at Dixie State. Stutzmann spent the past two seasons at Washington State as co-OC / quarterbacks. 

LSU: Brian Kelly's fightin' Tigers are making a play to strengthen their personnel department....from inside the SEC West. #ItJustMeansMore 

UCLA: UCLA has announced Chip Kelly has signed a new contract that covers the next four seasons. No details were announced. Jon Wilner who covers Pac 12 ball notes per a source that Kelly's contract averages at $4.7 million per season. 

Iowa: Kirk Ferentz has signed an extension through 2029, extending his current deal by four years, at $7 million a year. The extension takes him through his 96th year at the school. Something like that.   

South Carolina: Jacksonville Jaguars assistant defensive line coach Sterling Lucas has joined the staff as defensive ends/outside linebackers coach. 

Ohio State: Ohio State has officially announced Perry Eliano as safeties coach. He was part of a FootballScoop Coach of the Year award winning duo in Cincinnati's backfield in 2020. 

Averett (D- III - VA): Averett University has hired Matt Ford as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He most recently served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Bucknell. He has previous coaching stops at Franklin and Marshall College, Valparaiso, and Lehigh, his alma mater. 

Minnesota: Minnesota has hired Brick Haley as its defensive line coach. He spent 2017-20 in the same spot at Missouri, and has previously coached D-lines for Texas, LSU, the Chicago Bears, and Mississippi State. 

Atlantis (NAIA - FL): Atlantis University in Miami, FL future NAIA is looking for home or away games for the spring and fall 2022 season. If you are interested please contact head coach TY Stevens at 305-479-4809 or

Washington State: Texas State special teams coordinator/running backs coach Nick Whitworth is joining the staff to coach special teams and tight ends, tweets Pete Thamel.

Missouri: Texas State offensive coordinator Jacob Peeler is joining the staff as an offensive assistant, tweets Bruce Feldman. 

College Football Playoff: ACC commissioner Jim Phillips all but guaranteed the 4-team field won't expand anytime soon.

Mercer (FCS - GA): Bob Bodine has been promoted to offensive coordinator/offensive line coach, La'Donte Harris to passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, and Kevin O'Brien to tight ends coach/offensive recruiting coordinator. Fred Jones has been hired as run game coordinator/running backs coach. 

Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers have fired special teams coordinator Derius Swinton II, tweets Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. 

Florida Atlantic: FAU is making a key hire at the expense of a Conference USA rival, sources say. Details here.

Oregon: Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham has signed a 3-year deal starting at $1 million and rising $25,000 per year, and co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Matthew Powledge has inked a 2-year deal at $700,000 per.

2022 Season: As we settle into the offseason, here are a dozen games to look forward to in 2022.

Miami: Miami has named Ole Miss running backs coach, and Miami native, Kevin Smith as its running backs coach. 

Nebraska: At Nebraska, offensive coordinator Mark Whipple will make $875,000 in year one and $900,000 in year two. reports Sean Callahan. Special teams coordinator Bill Busch will earn $400,000 in 2022. 

Tennessee State (FCS): UTEP inside receivers coach Theron Aych has agreed to become offensive coordinator for Eddie George at TSU.

Edmonton Elks (CFL): Chris Jones has added Anthony Vitale as offensive line and Brandon Isaac as defensive backs coach. Additionally, he has retained Demetrious Maxie and Cam Robinson as well. Vitale comes from Eastern New Mexico and Isaac was head coach at Blackville-Hilda HS (SC). Sammy Gahagan has been announced as director of US scouting and Tyrone Robinson has been named strength coach. 

Georgetown (NAIA – KY): Georgetown College is accepting applications for a full-time assistant coach on defense. The position group assignment has flexibility for the best candidate, and will be responsible for other duties within the program. This is not a coordinator position. This is a 12-month, full-time position with benefits. To apply, submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Head Coach Chris Oliver via email at Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. 

Pin and Pull Efficiency: “Understand the Defense, Not the Scheme”: When the Pin and Pull concept makes up nearly 1/4th of your run game- as it does at Kutztown University (PA)- the focus shifts from learning the scheme to understanding how defenses will fit it. They’ll get a gamut of adjustments, including over shifted defenses, open side pressure and alternating fit patterns. Which is why offensive line coach Pat Taylor spends more time teaching his unit about reaction rather than scheme. His method of protecting the play is the focus of his report. And it’s been somewhat fool proof. This season the Golden Bears leaned on the Pin and Pull to produce a 7.7 yards per carry average en route to a 11-2 record. Read more.

Nebraska Kearney (D-II – NE): Nebraska-Kearney is looking to hire an Offensive Graduate Assistant coaching the Wide Receivers. Position will start as soon as possible. The job pays a 9 month stipend of $10,000. All credits are paid for to earn your Master’s degree. Possible health benefits included. Interested candidates should email cover letter, resume, and references to Offensive Coordinator, Drew Thatcher at

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Lake Forest College: Offensive Line Coach Tony Shiffman is leaving college football for a high school coaching position in Wisconsin. Lake Forest is currently reviewing applications for the position of offensive line coach. Interested candidates should e-mail resume and references to: Jim Catanzaro, Head Football Coach, at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please put “Offensive Line Applicant” in the subject line. 

Virginia University of Lynchburg: Virginia University of Lynchburg is currently seeking a Graduate Assistant Athletic Administrative assistant for football and other university sport teams. This position includes tuition and housing is provided. Individual will report directly to Athletic Director and Head Football Coach. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a resume, and three recommendation contacts including phone numbers to Head Coach, Tim Newman, at

Nebraska: Sources tell FootballScoop Nebraska has finalized the deal. Bryan Applewhite in the new running backs coach for the Huskers.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are interviewing former Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and former Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon for the same role Adam Schefter shares.

Houston Texans: Adam Schefter shares that Patriot linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to emerge as a leading candidate for the Texans head coaching job.

Pitt: Boston College offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is expected to be Pitt's new offensive coordinator Pete Thamel shares. This will be Cignetti's second run as OC at Pitt having served in the same capacity in '09-10. Since that run, Cignetti has coached at Rutgers, with the Rams, Giants, Packers and has been at BC the past two seasons.

Jon Heacock: Sources tell FootballScoop Iowa State defensive coordinator has opted to remain at Iowa State (and is expected to receive a raise in connection with the decision). Notre Dame's defensive coordinator search had been focused on Heacock of late.

Virginia: Tony Elliott has named Air Force defensive coordinator John Rudzinski his new defensive coordinator. Rudzinski had been on staff at Air Force the past 14 seasons. 

Bown Bonuses: College football bonuses throughout college football near $14 million after bowls, playoffs.


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