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The Scoop - Monday January 27, 2020

Monday January 27, 2020


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New York Giants: Derek Dooley has joined the staff in an unspecified role. The former Missouri offensive coordinator coached wide receivers under new Giants coordinator Jason Garrett from 2013-17.

Kent State: Matt Johnson has been promoted from GA to running backs coach.

Ohio State: Billy Fessler, who was graduate assistant at Mississippi State, has accepted a graduate assistant at Ohio State University, per source.

Mississippi State: Source tell FootballScoop former Washington State quarterback Trey Tinsley has reunited with Mike Leach at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant.

Baylor: Former Detroit Lions defensive backs coach Brian Stewart will be the new corners coach at Baylor.

Appalachian State: Louisville quality control coach Nic Cardwell has been named an offensive assistant on Shawn Clark's staff. Cardwell played for the program from 2004-07 and then went on to work in a variety of roles for the program including as tight ends coach in 2018 before following Scott Satterfield to Louisville for a season.

New York Giants: Former Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens has joined the staff as tight ends coach, per multiple reports.

Appalachian State: Missouri offensive analyst Tony Petersen has been tabbed as offensive coordinator. Petersen previously served as offensive coordinator at ECU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, and Minnesota.

Columbia (FCS - NY): Columbia University Football is looking to fill the Director of Social Media, Assistant Director of Player Personnel role, primarily charged with creating graphics/posts for engagement on all Columbia Football social media platforms to promote the football team, football alumni and recruiting. Ideal applicants will possess strong knowledge of digital content creation via Photoshop for posting on Twitter and Instagram. Additional responsibilities in recruiting and operations. Please apply directly via this link.

Oklahoma: DeMarco Murray, who spent last season coaching the running backs on staff at Arizona, has joined Lincoln Riley's staff as running backs. More here.

Gannon (D-II - PA): Gannon University is looking to fill a Defensive Restricted Earnings position. This role will primarily work with the secondary. This position will also help run position meetings, put together defensive film, and any other duties assigned by the head football coach and defensive coordinator. Knowledge of Hudl is a must. Salary is $12,286 over 12 months with no benefits, housing or meals. Candidates should send their Cover Letter, Resume, and list of 3 references to No phone calls please.

Independence CC (JC - KS): Tyler Nelson has been named running backs coach.

LSU: Sources tell FootballScoop that Bo Pelini is expected to become the next defensive coordinator for the program. Update: LSU has announced the move.

Akron: Secondary coach Oscar Rodriguex Jr. has received results of a clear scan after a long 8-year cancer journey, and shares that the chances of the cancer returning is "low to non existent." 

Minnesota Morris (D-III): UMN Morris is looking for a game Sept 5th of 2020 and Sept 4th of 2021. Home and home contract. 2020 must be in Morris. Looking for a DIII contest. If interested please contact head coach Marty Hoffmann at

Grand Valley State (D-II - MI): Offensive coordinator Morris Berger has been suspended for praising Hitler's leadership in an interview.

McNeese (FCS - LA): The school has announced a change in leadership at the director of athletics post. Bruce Hemphill had served as the director of athletics since 2013, and will now serve as a special adviser to the president during the search for a new director of athletics. Tanner Stines, senior associate athletics director for administration and operations will serve as interim athletic director.

Iowa State: Former Cyclone All-Big 12 corner D'Andre Payne is joining the staff as a defensive graduate assistant.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have officially reached an agreement with Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry to be their new GM and Executive Vice President of Football Operations.

Carolina Panthers: Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon is set to join Matt Rhule's staff in a to-be-determined role, tweets Pete Thamel. Additionally, Ian Rapoport adds running backs coach Jake Peetz will move to quarterbacks, and former Redskins tight ends coach Brian Angelichio will join the staff in the same role.

Kobe Bryant: On Kobe's legacy of hard work. "If your practices aren't more competitive than the games themselves," he once said, "you're doing the wrong thing."

Liberty: The program is no longer accepting resumes for their special teams graduate assistant opening. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming interest.

New Mexico: Danny Gonzales has announced that former San Diego State head coach Rocky Long will be his defensive coordinator.

Missouri State: We've shared all of these previously as they've been hired, but to recap, Bobby Petrino has completed his staff as follows; Ryan Beard (DC / Safeties), Skyler Cassity (OLBs), Jeremy Darveau (OL / Run Game Coordinator), Nelson Fishback (TEs / Co-STC), Ronnie Fouch (RBs / Recruiting Coordinator / Co-STC), William Gay (DBs), Reggie Johnson (ILBs), Nick Petrino (OC / QBs), LD Scott (DL / Run Game Coordinator).

Penn State: Penn State is seeking to hire a director of football social media. To learn more about the job requirements and to apply please visit:

Eastern Kentucky (FCS): Per source, Butler (FCS - IN) linebackers coach / recruiting coordinator Derek Day has been hired as the inside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator at EKU.

Thiel (D-III - PA): Thiel College in Greenville, PA seeks applicants for a coaching intern. Primary responsibilities including recruiting an assigned area, lead, mentor, and develop a position group (offense or defense), assist with game planning, and other duties assigned by the head coach. This is a 10 month entry level position that provides a stipend, meal plan, and housing. Please send a cover letter, resume, and minimum of three professional references to

Louisiana Tech: Over the weekend, sources shared with FootballScoop Ohio State offensive grad assistant Trey Holtz (Skip’s son) is expected to join the LA Tech staff coaching inside receivers. Bleed Tech Blue first reported the move.

Advice: 15 pieces of advice for college coaches on recruiting visits, courtesy of a high school coach

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