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The Scoop - Monday January 3, 2022

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Ole Miss: Nick Savage is joining the staff as the Rebels' head strength coach, according to Matt Zenitz. He spent the past eight years in the same role for Dan Mullen at Florida and Mississippi State. 

Akron: Sources tell FootballScoop Oregon director of recruiting strategy Sam Popper has accepted the director of player personnel position at Akron with Joe Moorhead. 

Temple: Rutgers special teams coordinator Adam Scheier is headed to Temple as tight ends / special teams coordinator, Pete Thamel has shared. 

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Missouri State outside linebackers coach Skyler Cassity is joining the ACU staff as defensive coordinator. 

Akron: Oregon defensive grad assistant Winston DeLattiboudere has officially joined the Akron staff as defensive line coach. 

Duke: Sources tell FootballScoop Mike Elko is poised to make Kevin Johns his new offensive coordinator

Miami: Jim Mastro, who was set to come with Mario from Oregon, now plans to remain on the West Coast (and will not coach in 2022) as he supports a family member with a health matter, Bruce Feldman shared this evening. 

Texas A&M: Sources tell FootballScoop Jimbo Fisher is in talks to bring an SEC West defensive coordinator to town.... 

Washington State: Wazzu has formally hired Mark Atuaia (running backs), Joel Filani (wide receivers), Pete Kaligis (assistant head coach/defensive tackles), Clay McGuire (offensive line) and Brent Vernon (chief of staff). Coach Atuaia had some things to say about his new job.

Temple: Ohio State assistant strength coach Chris Fenelon is expected to be Stan Drayton's head strength coach Pete Thamel shares. Colorado quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf is expected to join the staff as offensive coordinator, Bruce Fedlman shares. Langsdorf previously served as the offensive coordinator at Oregon State and Nebraska. Sam Cohn of the Philly Inquirer reports that Everett Withers will serve as Drayton's chief of staff and Tory Tekyl has joined the staff as director of football operations. 

Nevada: Ken Wilson has made a number of hires official today including: Kwame Agyeman (co-DC / safeties), Mike Bethea (co-DC / linebackers), Jalen Ortiz (corners), Joe Bolden (outside linebackers / special teams coordinator) and Mason Baggett (strength). Baggett, Ageyman and Ortiz all come from Oregon. Bolden was at Ohio State and Bethea comes from Ottawa University. 

Colorado: Outside linebackers coach Brian Michalowski will not return shares Brian Howell who covers the program. 

SMU: Dennis Slutak is joining the crew leaving Miami to become Rhett Lashlee's chief of staff / director of operations Bruce Feldman has shared. 

Boise State: Director of recruiting Eli Mandel is stepping down to work on the product side at Zcruit Brandon Huffman has shared. 

Notre Dame: A huge update at Notre Dame with news at special teams, offensive line, defensive coordinator and more.... 

Virginia: Navy defensive line coach Kevin Downing is expected to join Tony Elliott's staff Pete Thamel has shared noting Clint Sintim (who has been retained) is now expected to coach linebackers. Thamel adds Army receivers coach Keith Gaither and Chris Slade are both also expected to join the staff as well. 

Ottawa (NAIA - KS): Former SWOSU offensive coordinator Tyler Hennes is joining the Ottawa staff as co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks. 

Saginaw Valley State University (D-II - MI): Saginaw Valley is seeking to immediately hire a full-time wide receivers coach. Please send a resume, references, and cover letter to Head Coach, Ryan Brady at rebrady@svsu.edu. This position will include working with special teams, recruiting, summer camps, academic support, compliance, and any other duties assigned by the head coach.

Oklahoma: OU is reportedly planning to hire a corners coach that, a year ago today, worked for Texas. He's been some places in between then and now.

Purdue: Sources tell FootballScoop Jeff Brohm is likely to promote Ron English to defensive coordinator. 

Wake Forest: Sources tell FootballScoop Brad Lambert is expected to choose the opportunity at Wake. An update on the defensive staff at Wake Forest

Akron: Ohio State grad assistant Billy Fessler will be the new quarterbacks coach at Akron Brandon Marcello has shared. Fessler played quarterback at Penn State while Joe Moorhead was there. 

Notre Dame: Former Ohio State All-American and NFL linebacker James Laurinaitis will leave his media career to join the Notre Dame staff

Oklahoma: Clemson defensive tackles coach Todd Bates will join Brent Venables at Oklahoma, per multiple reports. More on this big move.

Virginia: Des Kitchings is leaving the Falcons' staff now (with one game to go in the regular season) Arthur Smith announced today. He's headed to Virginia to become Tony Elliott's offensive coordinator. 

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Brad Lambert: Purdue defensive coordinator Brad Lambert, a target for UVA's defensive coordinator job, is now being targeted to become defensive coordinator at Wake Forest. Pete Thamel first shared the news. We can confirm and add that Purdue corners coach James Adams is also expected to be involved.

UMass: Source tells FootballScoop Saginaw Valley (D-II - MI) receivers coach Matt Zanellato is expected to join the staff as an analyst.

Westminster College (NCCAA - PA): Westminster is currently seeking graduate assistant coach for both offense and defense. This position includes a $8500 yearly stipend, free housing/meals and paid graduate classes (path to graduate degree in 2 years.) Responsibilities include all aspects of the football program, including coaching a position, academic support and recruiting. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a resume, and three recommendation contacts including phone numbers to Head Coach, Scott Benzel, at benzelsr@westminster.edu. Westminster is a 6 time National Championship Team that is currently the defending PAC Conference Champions. Preference to candidates that have a passion for recruiting and want an advanced degree.

Southwestern (D-III - TX): Southwestern, in Georgetown, TX, is accepting applications for a part-time linebacker coach and a part-time tight end coach. No housing, no classes, no meals. A Bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. A background check is also required. To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and professional references to jaustin@southwestern.edu. No phone calls, please. Review of resumes will begin immediately.

Saginaw Valley State (D-II - MI): Saginaw Valley State University is currently seeking 2 volunteer assistant coaches. Responsibilities will include on field coaching, assisting with program operations, recruiting and other duties as assigned by the head coach. Interested applicants should send a resume to Assistant Head Coach, Jeremy Prudhomme, at jdprudho@svsu.edu

Georgia Tech: Former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke is set to join the staff as quarterbacks coach, and offensive coordinator Chip Long will slide to tight ends, according to multiple reports. Weinke was most recently the quarterbacks coach on Jeremy Pruitt's Tennessee staff.

Virginia Tech: Joe Rudolph has accepted a senior role on Brent Pry's staff at Virginia Tech sources share with FootballScoop. 

USC: Sources confirm Kiel McDonald is headed to USC.

Valdosta State (D-II): Sources tell FootballScoop Valdosta has their new head coach signed up.

Virginia Tech: Michael Hazel, who has been an integral piece of James Franklin's staff at both Vanderbilt and Penn State, is leaving Happy Valley to become Brent Pry's chief of staff at Virginia Tech, sources confirm to FootballScoop. Bruce Feldman shared the news this morning.

Temple: Sources tell FootballScoop Stan Drayton has his new offensive line coach.

Alabama: Sources tell FootballScoop Alabama senior analyst Ron Cooper is expected to become head coach at LIU.

Virginia: Sources tell FootballScoop Tony Elliott is targeting a defensive coordinator from the Big Ten

Jacksonville Jaguars: GM Trent Baalke is reportedly pushing for ownership to consider Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

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