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The Scoop - Monday April 5, 2021

Monday April 5, 2021


FBS Staff Tracker: The 2020-21 FBS Staff Tracker page, where you can see how each new head coach is filling their staff, is up and running.

North Texas: Seth Littrell is set to promote Chris Petrilli to work with the Mean Green's kickers, punters and specialists, tweets Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle. Source tells FootballScoop Petrilli will also coach outside linebackers.

This Week in Deion: Coach Prime will be a point man on a major new SWAC sponsorship.

Kansas: This morning we shared that Kansas was closing in on hiring Northwestern deputy athletic director / assistant VP Travis Goff as their new athletic director, and multiple reports are sharing this afternoon that a deal could be done soon.

Alabama: Drew Svoboda has been announced as special teams coordinator / tight ends coach. We initially broke the news that Svoboda was Saban's top target back on March 29th.

Auburn: Joshua Thompson has been announced as Bryan Harsin's director of football operations. Thompson previously served as director of recruiting at Arkansas.

Hawaii: The program has paused in-person activities as a result of COVID protocols.

FIU: The program has formally announced the hire of Andrew Breiner as their new offensive coordinator. We initially shared the news of the former SEC offensive coordinator joining the Panthers staff back on March 25th. FIU has also announced Casey Horny, who previously served in a special teams quality control role at Texas, as the team's special teams coordinator.

Wofford (FCS - SC): Citing an insufficient number of players at specific position groups, Wofford has decided to opt out of their remaining spring schedule. They become the fifth FCS program to opt out of their remaining games.

Northwestern: The Director of Player Engagement is responsible for providing direction and support to the development of the Northwestern Football student-athlete. This position will provide day-to-day support to student-athletes in areas such as community engagement, academic progress, ‘big brother’ and mentoring programs. Supporting all diversity and inclusion initiatives, this position will hold a leadership role with the NU Football program. To apply, visit this link.

Nick Saban: The most dangerous type of RPO, according to Nick Saban.

Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan University is looking to hire a Football Creative Coordinator / Recruiting Assistant. Candidates MUST have graphic design experience (creative video experience is a plus). This position pays between $25,000-$30,000 a year with no benefits. Interested candidates should email their resume and work samples to emu_football@ .edu with the subject line: Football Creative Coordinator.

Alfred (D-III - NY): Alfred University is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Assistant Coach opening on the offensive side of the ball, coaching wide receivers. Prior coaching or playing experience is preferred. This position includes a stipend, some meals but no housing. This is a 10 month contract. If interested please email Offensive Coordinator, Stephen Pribble at Please no phone calls.

Auburn: Ben Steele has been announced as a special teams analyst. Steele spent the 2020 season as the tight ends coach for the Falcons. The program has also announced the addition of Clesi Crochet as assistant to head coach and football operations.

FCS game cancelled: The Southern vs. Prairie View game scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled.

Monmouth (FCS - NJ): Deputy athletic director Jeff Stapleton has been announced as the school's new athletic director, effective at the start of the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Iowa State: Athletic director Jamie Pollard, who has been in his post since 2005, has signed an extension with the Cyclones through 2026. The school notes that there is no scheduled salary increase, and he was earning $757k before the temporary COVID pay cuts instituted by the school.

Purdue: James Adams from Navy is being hired to fill the defensive backs opening on Jeff Brohm's staff, per Tom Dienhart. Multiple reports have shared the same. Adams coached the corners the past two seasons for the Midshipmen and previously has been on staff at Western Michigan, Charlotte, and Wofford (FCS).

Florida State: Mike Norvell has announced the addition of Randy Shannon to his staff.

Scoop Roundup: We are now deep into the Spring FCS schedule, and things are getting real. The Scoop Roundup.

Kansas: Sources tell FootballScoop, Kansas' AD, coaching searches narrowing focus... The update.

LSU: LSU is losing a key staff member to the New York Giants, source confirms to FootballScoop.

Deion Sanders: They have "I Believe" on their gear, but after their second straight loss, Deion publicly questions if his team actually believes.

Kansas: With no AD and no football coach, Kansas handed basketball coach Bill Self a ridiculous new contract last week.

Nick Saban: One of the top defensive minds in football insists that, because of the tactics they employ, that offensive coaches are “part of the Taliban.”

Second-Chance Call Sheet: Even the most seasoned play callers have plays they wish they could do-over. How can you learn from those, and intentionally develop your staff and coordinators? How about doing this second-chance call sheet exercise as a staff.

Midwest Prep (Postgrad - IL):Midwest Prep is looking to play college JV or JUCO games in April and May. We can travel and will consider anything in a 4 hour radius of Chicago. If interested, please contact Head Coach Tyrone Richardson at

New Coaching Changes Page: Keep track of all the 2020-21 NFL and College head coaching movement here.

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