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The Scoop - Monday December 6, 2021

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Virginia: We shared it this morning; and we continue to hear the buzz on this one

Ole Miss: Lane's new large

Texas Tech: Joey McGuire's first offensive staff is close to complete.

Louisiana Tech: Jake Brown, who spent last season on staff at Texas Tech, is joining the staff as co-offensive coordinator / receivers coach, Chris Vannini has shared.  

UConn: William & Mary (FCS - VA) offensive line coach Gordon Sammis is expected to join Jim Mora's staff as offensive line coach, Pete Thamel has shared.  

Akron: Akron is expected to hire Reno Ferri to coach the tight ends under Joe Moorhead, Pete Thamel has shared.

Kansas: Pete Thamel shares that Syracuse receivers coach Terrence Samuel is joining the Kansas staff in an offensive staff position. 

Houston: The University of Houston is looking to hire for three positions. Director of On-Campus Recruiting. This position will help with all official and unofficial visits and assist with day-to-day operations within the recruiting department. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Please include in the subject line “Director of On Campus Recruiting”. Recruiting Coordinator. This position will assist the coaching staff in the identification and recruitment of prospective student athletes. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Casey Smithson at Please include in the subject line “Recruiting Coordinator”. The University of Houston is looking to hire a Director of High School Relations. This position will assist the coaching staff in fostering relationships with high school coaches namely in the state of Texas. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Casey Smithson at Please include in the subject line “Director of High School Relations”. Applicants must have experience as a high school coach in the state of Texas. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Washington: Sources tell FootballScoop Courtney Morgan is leaving Michigan to join Kalen DeBoer's staff

USC: Jamar Cain, who coached the outside linebackers / defensive ends at Oklahoma, is expected to join Lincoln Riley's USC staff, Bruce Feldman shares. 

Manny Diaz: After being fired by Miami earlier today to pave the way for Mario Cristobal to come in and take his spot, Manny Diaz made it clear how he felt about how the last few weeks played out for him and his staff in his farewell letter.

Florida: Florida has announced Patrick Toney as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.  

Delaware (FCS): Delaware's new head coach should be a familiar face to Blue Hen Nation.

Florida: Ryan O'Hara is joining the staff as an offensive analyst and will help with the quarterbacks, GatorCountry tweets.

South Florida: Jeff Scott hiring veteran defensive coordinator with Big 10 and SEC experience to coordinate his defense at USF, per report.

Holy Cross: Bowling Green deputy AD Kit Hughes has been named director of athletics at Holy Cross.  

Washington: Fresno State offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb has now announced he is joining Kalen DeBoer at UW. 

Florida: Safeties coach Wes McGriff is not being retained as a part of Billy Napier's staff, per Gators Online.  

Miami: The 'Canes have now formally announced the hire of Mario Cristobal.

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Keith Patterson is expected to be ACU's next head coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Details here.

Oklahoma: Brent Venables says he plans to hire a defensive coordinator. 

Akron: Joe Moorhead is targeting former UConn, Maryland, Mississippi State and Miami assistant Terry Richardson as his running backs coach, Pete Thamel tweets. Thamel also adds that Ohio State graduate assistant, and former Mississippi State GA Billy Fessler is being targeted for the quarterbacks job on staff.  

Miami: Manny Navarro tweets that Mario Cristobal's deal at Miami is for 10-years and worth $8 million per season with "significant investments for support staff, assistant coaches, recruiting," and that Miami will have the highest assistant coaches salary pool in the entire ACC.

Fresno State: Almost a week ago, we shared an update at Fresno State sharing that Jeff Tedford was a strong candidate to return to the Bulldogs head coaching post, and today multiple outlets are sharing that he's in fact the school's leading candidate for the job vacated by Kalen DeBoer's departure to become the head coach at Washington. 

Lane Kiffin: Details of Lane's new contract at Ole Miss are out.

Florida: Louisiana strength coach Mark Hocke is joining Billy Napier at Florida. His title at UF is associate head coach / director of football strength & conditioning. 

Southern (FCS - LA): Sources tell FootballScoop Southern is planning to hire Eric Dooley as their new head coach. Update> The University has confirmed this one. 

Duke: Dallas Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards has emerged as a candidate to replace David Cutcliffe at Duke, Tom Pelissero tweets. Edwards is a former four-year letterman for the Blue Devils. 


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Georgia Southern: Source tells FootballScoop Michigan State offensive analyst Effrem Reed will be Clay Helton's running backs coach at Georgia Southern. Reed, who works with the running backs at Michigan State, played at Louisiana Lafayette and is expected to recruit Louisiana for Georgia Southern. We reported Friday Ryan Aplin was headed to GSU and Saturday Bryan Ellis as well. ESPN and The Athletic reported Ellis' hire today as well.

Harding (D-II - AR): Harding University has graduate assistant openings on both sides of the ball starting in January. Harding is seeking candidates with tremendous passion, relentless energy, a christian faith, and a strong desire to be involved with all levels of recruiting. Responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) assisting with a position group, recruiting, film breakdown, and academic monitoring. A monthly stipend and tuition credit will be provided. Candidates should send a cover letter and resume with references to Matt Underwood at No phone calls please.

Minot State (D-II – ND): At Minot State, sources tell FootballScoop that defensive coordinator Mike Scheper is not be returning.

William Penn (NAIA - IA): William Penn University is seeking applicants for the position of Graduate Assistant, 4 open positions. H-Backs/TE and Offensive Skill, Defensive Line and Linebackers. These positions will be asked to run position meetings, recruit their own area, and other duties assigned by the Head Coach. All applicants must be accepted into the William Penn Master’s program. Stipend, full tuition wavier, and possible housing included. Please email cover letter, resume, and references to Special Teams Coordinator, Taylan Ybarra, with the subject “WPU GA” to No phone calls please.

Tabor (NAIA - KS): Tabor College is looking for applicants for a Graduate Assistant Position. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and meet the requirements for admission to Tabor’s Graduate School. Tabor College is a Christian organization and requires all potential employees to communicate a clear commitment to being a follower of Jesus. You will be responsible for working with the head coach in all aspects of developing a competitive NAIA program with some assignments for athletic administration. Benefits include $3,500 stipend, tuition, books and fee waiver, one meal per day Monday through Friday. Living expenses are the responsibility of the successful candidate. Please send Cover Letter, Resume, and References to

Rutgers: Rutgers Football is seeking a Recruiting Operations Coordinator. This role is full time with benefits and will assist the Director of Recruiting Operations. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assist with the planning and logistics of on-campus visits, game day recruiting operations, log information via an array of databases (ARMS, JumpForward, etc.) and assist with additional clerical duties. The Recruiting Operations Coordinator must have outstanding organizational skills, be highly motivated with the ability to thrive in a fast paced environment and detail oriented. At least one year of experience in college football recruiting or football operations is a plus, but not required. Please email cover letter, resume and references to with ‘Recruiting Operations Coordinator’ as the subject line.

Oklahoma: Sources tell FootballScoop Brent Venables is targeting Ole Miss offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby to be his offensive coordinator in Norman. This deal could get done today.

Pace (D-II - NY): Pace University has an opening for a full-time defensive coach. This is a job with benefits. This position will coach the defensive position he is best suited and will recruit a primary area in person within our recruiting footprint. The position with have additional ancillary responsibilities associated with the football program. Responsibilities will include assisting head coach in the development of leading and organizing all facets of a division II program, knowledge and adherence to NE10 and NCAA rules and mentoring student athletes. Applicants should have coaching experience (preferably college coaching experience and / or defensive coaching experience). Candidates will have their undergraduate degree, a valid driver’s license, regular access to a vehicle and a clean background. Please submit resume, references and cover letter via email Please refrain from phone calls for the position.

Miami: Sources tell FootballScoop Manny Diaz has been fired. Sources tell FootballScoop Mario is expected to come back to the U. Today. Stand by....

Southern Miss: Liberty offensive line coach Sam Gregg is expected to join the staff as offensive coordinator, sources tell FootballScoop. Gregg and Will Hall worked together at West Georgia.

Virginia Tech: At Virginia Tech, Derek Jones' role will be corners coach / defensive recruiting coordinator per source.

Virginia: Penn State's Anthony Poindexter is deep in this Virginia search. An update...

Colorado State: Per a report this morning, Nevada's Jay Norvell is the top candidate to replace Steve Addazio with the Rams.

Indiana: Sources tell FootballScoop Tom Allen is planning to hire Walt Bell as his new offensive coordinator.

Texas Tech: Chris Level is now reporting this is a done deal. Zach Kittley will be Texas Tech's new offensive coordinator.

Florida: University of Louisiana Lafayette director of player personnel Jacob LaFrance is headed to Florida with Billy Napier sources share with FootballScoop. 

Central Oklahoma (D-II): UCO tabs accomplished, veteran coach to lead program.

Coaching Salaries: A run of $90+ million deals at the college level hasn't gone unnoticed by NFL coaches.

Louisiana: Louisiana has promoted Cajun great Michael Desormeaux to head coach. More here.


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