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The Scoop - Monday January 18, 2021

Monday January 18, 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.

NFL Updates: See a running ticker of the latest news on the following head coach and general manager openings:

Chargers | Falcons | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans

Houston Texans: The Texans announced they have completed interviews with Matt Eberflus, Leslie Frazier, David Culley and Eric Bieniemy.

Jeremy Pruitt: This evening, Jeremy Pruitt responded to his being fired. Safe to say, he's not pleased with how this went down.

LSU: Ed Orgeron said tonight he is hiring Jorge Munoz back as an analyst, the role he had at LSU in 2019 before leaving to go to Baylor for the 2020 season. Orgeron added his son Parker will serve as an analyst this season as well.

Michigan: Maryland special teams coordinator George Helow is joining Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan as safeties coach Adam Rittenberg tweets. Bob Shoop, who coached the safeties this past season, will not return.

Alabama: Nick Saban is looking at possibly adding a second former NFL head coach for his offensive rebuild in Tuscaloosa.

LSU: Well, hold on. The Saints might not be letting Ryan Nielsen out of his contract.

Tennessee: The Vols are just beginning their "search" for their next AD; but pretty good shot he or she is on this list.

Los Angeles Chargers: Raiders tight ends coach Frank Smith has accepted the run-game coordinator role with the Chargers per multiple reports.

LSU: Ed Orgeron is planning to hire his protege as his new defensive coordinator.

Washington Football Team: Former Panther GM Marty Hurney is meeting with Washington's front office today, including coach Ron Rivera and is the top candidate for the vacant GM position, per Ian Rapoport.

Minot State (D-II - ND): Minot State University is seeking an offensive graduate assistant coach, working with the running backs. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, assist with special teams, contribute to the weekly game plan and have his own recruiting area. Must be hard working, passionate, extremely motivated and accepted into graduate school (3.0 minimum GPA). Compensation package includes a $5,000 stipend, camp bonus and tuition waiver. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to No phone calls please.

LSU: Appears LSU now has their defensive coordinator.

Purdue: Per multiple reports, the Boilermakers are hiring Marshall defensive coordinator Brad Lambert as co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach.

Tennessee: A look at those coaches expected to be in the mix to be the next head coach at Tennessee. And while we're at it, let's have a talk about how good this job really is.

Cleveland Browns: Kevin Stefanski said today he doesn't anticipate any changes to the Browns' coaching staff.

Tennessee: In addition to Jeremy Pruitt, Brian Niedermeyer and Shelton Felton, Tennessee has also fired nearly the entire recruiting & personnel staff.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Fowler tweets that "multiple sources connected to the Eagles search" believe that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is a prime candidate for the AD job. Fowler adds that Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles interviews this afternoon and has some internal support.

Seattle Seahawks: Adam Gase has spoken with the Seahawks about the offensive coordinator job and that the team also plans to speak with Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka as well, according to Jeremy Fowler.

Coaching decisions:Best & Worst coaching decisions - week 19 - via EdjVarsity

Cincinnati: With Marcus Freeman off to Notre Dame, Luke Fickell reportedly has his new defensive coordinator.

Ole Miss: Coleman Hutzler will join the staff as special teams coordinator,'s Matt Zenitz tweets. Yesterday we reported the same, and we first mentioned this back on the 9th.

Marshall: New Herd head coach Charles Huff signed a 4-year deal worth $755,000 per year. Former Marshall head coach Doc Holliday was set to earn $762,000 pre-pandemic in 2020. Huff earned $550,000 this year at Alabama.

Lone Star Conference (D-II): The LSC will not sponsor a conference championship for the spring 2021 season, the league announced today. Several LSC teams will still play limited schedules this spring.

West Virginia: Sources tell FootballScoop Baylor offensive line grad assistant Jens Danielsen is joining the staff at West Virginia.

University of Mary (D-II - ND): The University of Mary, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, a part of the Division II NSIC Football Conference, has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Football Coach. Offensive Line, Defensive Line, or Wide Receivers job will be determined based on best candidate. A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred. Must be able to pass the background check. Coach will be responsible for coaching their position, recruiting their own area, assisting with game planning, and other duties assigned by head coach. This is a full-time position, so benefits are included. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Please submit your application along with your cover letter, resume, and references via this link.

Tennessee: The Vols are planning to fire Jeremy Pruitt amidst losing and the NCAA probe.Update: Tennessee has officially fired Pruitt for cause, effective 5 p.m. tomorrow. The school has also fired Shelton Felton and Brian Niedermeyer for cause.

Houston Texans: Eric Bieniemy is interviewing with the Texans today, per multiple reports.

New York Jets:

Jets coach Robert Saleh will interview a few defensive coordinator candidates from diverse backgrounds, but one name to keep a keen eye on for the job: Falcons assistant Jeff Ulbrich. Saleh and Ulbrich were together in Seattle.

The ex-49ers LB was interim DC in Atlanta, post-DQ.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 18, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Albert Breer notes that Falcons assistant, Jeff Ulbrich is a name to keep an eye on for the defensive coordinator job on Robert Saleh.

Seattle Seahawks: Passing game coordinator Dave Canales was recently offered the Vanderbilt offensive coordinator job, but has turned it down to remain in the NFL, per Ian Rapoport, who adds that Canales is expected to get some NFL offensive coordinator looks.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags have parted ways with former special assistant to the GM John Idzik, who was originally brought in to work with Dave Caldwell, Ian Rapoport tweets.

San Francisco 49ers: Chris Foerster will replace John Benton as offensive line coach and Rich Scangarello is returning to the organization s quarterbacks coach, per Michael Silver.

New York Jets: According to Michael Silver, in addition to Mike LaFleur, Robert Saleh is also bringing Niners assistant John Benton to New York as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. He is also adding Greg Knapp (QBs coach) and Rob Calabrese (pass game specialist) as well.

San Francisco 49ers: Run game coordinator Mike McDaniel has officially been promoted to offensive coordinator. He steps in for Mike LaFleur, who left to become the Jets offensive coordinator.

Big South (FCS): The Big South on Monday reaffirmed it will play a 5-team schedule this spring, beginning next month and running through the conference title game on April 24. Big South teams will play four league games and up to four non-conference games.

Andy Reid: Andy Reid is the only coach in NFL history to accomplish this feat.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Urban Meyer has made his first hire in Jacksonville.

Arkansas Pine Bluff (FCS): Per source, Bill Nickell is the new offensive line coach for the program. Nickell was an AFCA finalist for assistant coach of the year in ‘19 and 30 under 30 selection in ‘17. Previous stops include Lake Erie College (D-II - OH), Lock Haven University (D-II - PA), Kent State and Urbana (D-II - OH).

Jacksonville Jaguars: Both Scott Linehan (former LSU passing game coordinator) and Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen will interview for coordinator positions early this week with the Jaguars and former Falcons interim head coach Raheem remains another top candidate for the defensive coordinator post and will interview as well, Ian Rapoport tweets.

LA Chargers: Tom Pelissero tweets that one possibility for the offensive coordinator job on Brandon Staley's staff is Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connel, and adds that current Chargers offensive coordinator Shane Steichen is also a strong option.

West Virginia: Jake Casteel, the son of Jeff Casteel, has been hired as a defensive graduate assistant at West Virginia. Jake spent this past season as a defensive graduate assistant at Boise State.

Detroit Lions: The Lions will finalize their deal with Saints associate head coach Dan Campbell today to be their new head coach, but an official announcement won't come until Wednesday so that Campbell is able to do exit interviews with his Saints players first, Ian Rapoport tweets.

LA Chargers: Late last night, a report shared that LA Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley is set to become the team’s new head coach, capping a remarkable rise from D-III coordinator to NFL head coach in just five seasons.

Keystone College (D-III – PA): Keystone College invites applications for a Restricted Earning Assistant Football Coach (Defense). Responsibilities will include recruiting, coaching and monitoring your own position, development of student-athletes off the field, analyzing film, as well as other administrative duties assigned by the Head Coach. This is a 10-month, stipend position, which will comply with all NCAA Division III and College rules and regulations. No benefits included. Housing option available, along with some meals. Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, experience coaching or playing at the collegiate level preferred. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to with the subject line “Keystone Defensive Assistant”. No phone calls please. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Keystone College is an EEO/AA employer.

Michigan: Friday Michigan thought they had Christian Robinson. Saturday Michigan thought they had Christian Robinson. But , there were some developments over the weekend.

Indiana: Georgia defensive backs coach Charlton Warren will be the new defensive coordinator at Indiana sources tell FootballScoop. Adam Rittenberg first reported the news.

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

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