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The Scoop - Friday January 7, 2022

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


Texas: Gary Patterson is reportedly in talks to join the Texas staff. Details here.

Mary Hardin-Baylor (D-III - TX): The legendary Pete Fredenburg has retired. Farewell to a legend

Coach of the Year: Please join FootballScoop and AstroTurf in congratulating our divisional Coach of the Year winners -- David Braun (FCS), Ryan Hodges (Division II), Nick Brady (Division III), and Andrew Rode (NAIA). 

Vanderbilt: Vandy has announced Nick Howell as defensive backs coach, Larry Black Jr as defensive line coach and the promotion of Justin Lustig to associate head coach. Black comes from Toledo while Howell comes from Virginia. 

Central Oklahoma (D-II): Adam McGuire has joined the staff as safeties coach.

Vanderbilt: David Raih is no longer part of the staff Bruce Feldman shared. Raih was hired as offensive coordinator but Joey Lynch took over the responsibilities a while back

LSU: Source tells FootballScoop Georgia Tech assistant director of football operations Gordon Thomas has accepted a similar role on Brian Kelly's staff at LSU. 

Rutgers: Ole Miss senior analyst Marquise Watson is expected to join the Rutgers staff as defensive line coach Pete Thamel has shared. 

West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II): West Virginia Wesleyan College, located in Buckhannon, WV has an immediate opening for two offensive assistant coaches to serve as the Wide Receivers coach and the other as Running Backs coach. One will be a Full-Time position and the other a Part-Time position. Applicants will be required to coach their own position group, manage their own recruiting area, assist in opponent film breakdown/reports, and perform all other duties assigned by the Head Coach & Offensive Coordinator. Applicants will assist the Offensive Coordinator in development of the Wide Receiver/Running-Back position segment of the team, which includes but not limited to organization of practice and games, scheduling, supervision of academic progress, public relations, and compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA rules. A Bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. We are looking for candidates with good communication, organization and time management skills and self-motivated individual with the ability to problem solve and work individually or in a group setting. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please email Cover Letter, resume and references to Head Football Coach Dwayne Martin at No phone calls please. Local candidates are encouraged to apply.

South Dakota State (FCS): Following the departures of Brian Bergstrom (Winona State) and Jascon Eck (Idaho) to head coaching opportunities, John Stiegelmeier has reorganized his staff. Zach Lujan will now serve as offensive coordinator. Ryan Olson is moving to offensive line. Jimmy Rogers will now serve as defensive coordinator and Christian Smith will now serve as defensive line / defensive run game coordinator. Stiegelmeier noted his search for receivers, tight ends and safeties remains ongoing. 

Rutgers: Minnesota co-defensive coordinator Joe Harasymiak will be Greg Schiano's new defensive coordinator Pete Thamel has shared. 

Colgate (FCS): Defensive coordinator Paul Shaffner has announced his retirement from Colgate. 

Florida: David Doeker has followed Billy Napier from ULL to Florida and will continue to serve as an offensive grad assistant. 

Missouri: Indiana defensive line coach Kevin Peoples is headed to Missouri to coach defensive ends the program has announced. 

Old Dominion: Source tells FootballScoop West Virginia assistant strength coach Chad Snodgrass is set to become head strength coach at ODU. 

Notre Dame: Monday we reported Marcus Freeman planned to hire Harry Hiestand as his new offensive line coach. Today Pete Thamel shared the same. 

Louisville: Georgia assistant director of strength Ben Sowders is headed to Louisville as the head strength coach. 

Kansas State: Collin Klein has been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator. Why this move means so much to so many in Manhattan

LSU: LSU will pay close to $20 million to employ its on-the-field staff in 2022.

Florida: North Carolina director of sports nutrition Kelsee Gomes is leaving to join Billy Napier's staff in the same capacity. 

Louisiana Lafayette: Sources tell FootballScoop Will Myers will be the new director of player personnel at ULL. Myers served as coordinator of scouting / assistant director of player personnel at Ole Miss the past two seasons. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore will interview tonight for the Jaguars head coach Tom Pelissero has shared. 

Penn State: Long-time strength coach Dwight Galt has announced he is retiring. 

Kentucky: Sources tell FootballScoop Mark Stoops is planning to hire....Mike Stoops

Tennessee Tech (FCS): Sources tell FootballScoop TTU has their new offensive coordinator and a new piece to the defensive staff as well

North Alabama (FCS): University of North Alabama Football is looking for a Full-Time RB Coach. The job will include benefits. We are looking for an experienced RB coach in a spread offense and would prefer to have experience with: (Special teams, recruiting coordinator or video/graphics). We would like someone who has recruiting experience in the South Region. Minorities are encouraged to apply. If you’re at the convention, please let me know as well in your email. If interested, please email Ryan Held at NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE!

Concordia Ann Arbor (NAIA – MI): Concordia University Ann Arbor is accepting applications for their open Graduate Assistant positions on both Offense and Defense. We are looking to fill these positions immediately. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coaching own position, film breakdown, practice organization, game day preparation, managing a recruiting area, student-athlete development, daily football operations; in addition to other responsibilities designated by the Head Football Coach and Coordinators. Interested candidates in the offensive position should submit their resume to Jonathan Coddington ( and candidates interested in the defensive position should submit their resume to Matt Strzalkowski ( If you will be attending the AFCA Convention, please indicate in your email, as interviews could take place there.

FootballScoop party: The annual FootballScoop party will be held Monday night, 5pm at Bar Rojo in the Grand Hyatt (immediately adjacent to the convention center). Join us and our good friends at Astroturf as we celebrate another great year in the profession. 

Football operations meetings in San Antonio: Summary agenda is here for the football operations meetings in San Antonio. 

North Carolina: In addition to Jay Bateman, sources tell FootballScoop Jovan Dewitt is not being retained. More on the changes to Mack Brown's staff here

Louisiana Monroe: An update at ULM, where sources tell FootballScoop Terry Bowden is now planning to hire experienced, co-defensive coordinators

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags plan to interview Tampa offensive coordinator Byron Jeremy Fowler has shared. 

North Carolina: As Inside Carolina reported yesterday, Bruce Feldman is reporting this morning, defensive coordinator Jay Bateman is not expected to return. Sources tell FootballScoop in addition to Bateman, Mack Brown is expected to have at least one additional change on his staff. Stay tuned.... 

Clemson: Nick Eason will earn $750,000 per year on a 3-year deal as Clemson's new defensive tackles coach/run game coordinator. 

Davenport (D-II - MI): Davenport University is s seeking an immediate hire for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Duties include, but are not limited to, assistant to the head coach, quality control, video editing, operations experience, dynamic recruiter, positional coaching experience (OL,RB,TE,QB). Preferred head coaching experience, minimum 4 years of coordinating experience, and 6 years collegiate coaching experience. Required minimum bachelor degree, masters degree preferred! Send resume to Interviews will begin immediately!

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.

ULM: Sources tell FootballScoop this morning that Terry Bowden's offer to Jay Hopson remains open; but as of this morning the deal hasn't been finalized.

Northeastern State (D-II - OK): Northeastern State University is accepting applications for their open Defensive Graduate Assistant position. We are looking to fill this position immediately. Preference will be given to candidates with a defensive back coaching/playing background; however, all candidates are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Film breakdown, practice organization, game day preparation, managing a recruiting area, student-athlete development, daily football operations; in addition to other responsibilities designated by the Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Candidates must meet Northeastern State's graduate school requirements. This position includes a stipend, housing/meals and paid graduate classes. All interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and three references to Defensive Coordinator Michael Conrad at No phone calls please. If you will be attending the AFCA Convention, please indicate in your email, as interviews could take place there.

Duke: Ball State special teams coordinator Pat Dougherty, who spent the past nine seasons in Muncie and also worked with their tight ends, is expected to join the Duke staff Adam Rittenberg tweets.

Oklahoma: JR Sandlin, who spent the last several seasons on staff at Jacksonville State leading their recruiting efforts and coaching tight ends, has joined Brent Venables staff in Norman.

Western New Mexico (D-II): Western New Mexico University invites applicants for a Defensive Graduate Assistant coach, position to be determined. This position will begin immediately. Responsibilities will include coaching a position and all duties assigned by the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Acceptance into the WNMU graduate program is required. Compensation for the position is a tuition waiver, housing, and $5,000 per year. Minority coaches are encouraged to apply. All interested applicants, please email with resume and references.

Louisiana Lafayette: Vanderbilt corners coach LaMar Morgan, a former Ragin Cajuns player, has been announced as defensive coordinator / safeties coach.

UCF: Kevin Bolden has joined the staff as director of recruiting relations / wide receivers asssistant.

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Julian Wilson has joined the staff as defensive backs coach after spending the last two seasons at Texas Tech, where he worked with the secondary.

Toronto Argonauts (CFL): Calgary Stampeders (CFL) defensive line coach Corey Mace has been named defensive coordinator of the Argos.

Sam Houston (FCS - TX): Sources tell FootballScoop John Perry is expected to become offensive coordinator and Cooper Bassett will be the new offensive line coach at Sam Houston.

Ohio State: Sources tell FootballScoop that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and the program have parted ways.

ESPN Film Room: The Worldwide Leader is planning to give viewers a heavy dose of Jimbo Fisher as the Film Room returns for Monday's national title game.

Auburn: Sources tell FootballScoop Mike Hartline is headed to join Bryan Harsin's staff.

Louisiana-Monroe: Terry Bowden and ULM are tabbing a former FBS head coach to fill their defensive coordinator role, sources tell FootballScoop.

USFL: The re-launch of the USFL will reportedly tab Kevin Sumlin and Gene Chizik to return to the sidelines to lead two of the teams.

Jacksonville State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Rich Rodriguez is tabbing a young star-in-the-making to run his defense.


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