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The Scoop - Monday July 26, 2021


West Virginia: West Virginia has been proud, faithful Big 12 members for these past nine years..... but if you're a Power 5 league thinking of expanding they're willing to listen

Missouri: AD Jim Sterk is stepping down after five seasons at the helm. He'll remain in place until his successor is hired. Sterk previously ran the athletics department at San Diego State, Washington State and Portland. 

SEC growth: FootballScoop staff reached out to 20 coaches, administrators and executives to gauge their thoughts on the pending growth of the SEC. Their words offer insight into where this is all headed

Itasca CC (JUCO - MN): Itasca CC is seeking a perimeter skill position coach on offense. This is a great opportunity for a young coach to work within one of the most prolific offenses in NJCAA football over the last couple of seasons. The hired candidate would also be working directly under HC/OC Weldon Braxton. Coach Braxton is a member of the FCA 35 Under 35 Leadership Institute class of 2021. The hired applicant MUST report to campus no later than August 1, 2021. Please send all resumes to staffing director/DC Jazz Watkins at Phone calls will not be responded to.

Indianapolis Colts: Brian Decker, who has been with the team five seasons and previously served as director of player development for a few seasons, has been named director of team development and Kevin Rogers has been promoted from pro personnel director to director of player personnel, per Adam Caplan.

DePauw (D-III - IN): Chris Rutledge, who previously worked as a graduate assistant at FAU, has joined the program as offensive line coach / run game coordinator.

Arkansas: Sam Pittman and Barry Odom have hacked their day in a way every coach can duplicate -- discussing team issues while engaging in what is objectively the best exercise for the entire body, heart, mind and soul. That's right, they go for a walk.

Southwest Baptist (D-II - MO): Southwest Baptist University is looking to fill two graduate assistant positions; one opening for defensive backs and one for running backs/tight ends. These positions will include tuition assistance and a stipend. Duties will be assigned by the head coach and include coaching a position, managing a recruiting area, video work, etc. Interested applicants should submit a resume and list of references to defensive coordinator, Marcus Klund via email at

Coe (D-III - IA): Coe College is looking to hire a defensive assistant coach. This position is a 9- month appointment, with an as soon as possible start date. It is eligible for an annual salary and organizational benefits. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: recruitment of student-athletes on- and off-campus, on-field coaching, practice planning, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, video editing with Hudl and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach or Director of Athletics. Bachelor's degree required and 1-3 years of previous coaching experience on defense is preferred. To learn more about the position or to apply, visit . Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references through the College’s application site. No phone calls please.

New England Patriots: Co-offensive line coach Cole Popovich, who has been with the team the past six seasons in a variety of roles, is no longer part of the Patriots staff due to the NFL's COVID vaccine requirements, per multiple reports.

Duquesne University (FCS - PA): Duquesne is currently accepting applications for volunteers on offense and defense. We are seeking candidates who are looking to gain experience within a Division 1 football program. Please send resume and references to

LA Rams: He helped make Sean McVay famous as a Sports Illustrated writer. Now he's joining the Rams' front office

Indianapolis Colts: Head coach Frank Reich has tested positive for COVID, despite being fully vaccinated, the Indy Star reports, adding that there is one other positive case among the staff. Reich, who is exhibiting no symptoms, tested positive last week and is not expected to return to the team until August 2nd.

Bemidji State (D-II - MN): Bemidji State University, a D2 school located in Bemidji, MN is seeking applicants for an assistant defensive backs coach. This position is unpaid with potential for promotion in the future. This is a volunteer position. Compensation, meals, housing or benefits NOT provided. Previous coaching or playing experience preferred. Duties associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following: recruiting, equipment, video, practice preparation, organization of team functions, operations, graphic design and assisting the football staff in all phases of the program. Flexible off-campus jobs are available for those interested. Please email cover letter, resume, and references to if interested. Serious applicants only. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Tentative start date of August 1, 2021.

Big 12: Texas & Oklahoma released statements this morning. The ball is now rolling downhill, in a decidedly Southeastern direction...

Northeastern State (D-II): Northeastern State University is accepting applications for their open defensive graduate assistant position. Preference will be given to candidates with a defensive back coaching background; however, all candidates are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Film breakdown, scouting reports, scout team organization, managing a position/recruiting area, daily football operations; in addition to other responsibilities designated by the head coach and defensive coaching staff. Experience using Hudl and Microsoft Works is preferred. Candidates must meet Northeastern State's graduate school requirements and pass a background check. Financial specifics will be discussed during the interview process. All interested candidates should send a resume and three references to defensive coordinator Michael Conrad at No phone calls please. Review of candidates will begin immediately.

Fontbonne (Sprint - St. Louis, MO): Southwest Baptist (D-II - MO) special teams coordinator / linebackers coach / defensive run game coordinator Austin Bortle has been announced as the program's first head coach. 

Lake Erie (D-II - OH): Lake Erie College has an immediate opening for a defensive line coach. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. Possible defensive coordinator duties could be assigned for the right candidate. Please send hiring materials to

Arizona State: As the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations expands, one assistant has been put on leave.

Franklin & Marshall (D-III - PA): Franklin & Marshall College is seeking a defensive line coach. This is a 10 month position 20K with no benefits. Job responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, managing the defensive line and their own recruiting area, film breakdown, creation of defensive film cut ups, data entry, assisting with game preparation and any other duties assigned by the Defensive Coordinator and/or Head Coach. The Preferred candidate will be proficient in Hudl, Google drive, Front Rush and various Social Media platforms. Interested candidates please send resume to

Missouri Valley (NAIA): Missouri Valley College, located in Marshall, MO is seeking applicants for a graduate assistant working with the offensive side of the football. Compensation includes room, board, and tuition (no stipend). Position includes but is not limited to: working with an offensive position group (will determine based off of applicants experience), assist with aspects of special teams, video editing (HUDL), managing a recruiting area, computer skills, and other duties assigned by the Head Coach. All interested and qualified applicants should email resume and references to Offensive Coordinator Shawn Daniel at No phone calls please.

Realignment: We all knew it was coming, and now we've got it: Texas lawmakers have drafted legislation aiming to gum up UT's departure to the SEC.

Mercer (FCS - GA): Mercer has an immediate opening for a Defensive Quality Control position. This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing OR benefits. Position includes, but is not limited to: assisting with a position on the field and in the meeting room, video editing/coordinating, film sharing, weekly data input, weekly analytics, on-campus recruiting assistance and other duties assigned by the head coach. Ideal candidates must have high energy, be self-motivated, be highly-organized. MUST be proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other computer skills. All interested and qualified applicants should email No phone calls please.

Alderson Broaddus (D-II - WV): AB is looking for a Defensive Backs coaching position to work with the Corners. This is a 10-month position that pays $16,000, and meals; there is NO, housing but you will have the option to purchase benefits. Position includes, but is not limited to: assisting with offense / special teams, strength and conditioning, social media coordinator, football operations, video breakdown, weekly data input, weekly analytics, on and off-campus recruiting and other duties assigned by the head coach. Ideal candidates must have high energy, be self-motivated, be highly organized, a proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, Visio and other computer skills. All interested and qualified applicants should email No phone calls please.

NFL: The Steelers will make unvaccinated players wear special bracelets.

University of Fort Lauderdale (NCCAA): UFTL is looking to hire an offensive line coach. Contract runs from August 1st - December 1st and is a stipend position. The University of Fort Lauderdale is a start up Football Program that play in the NCCAA D1. Our schedule includes D1, D2 and NAIA teams. This is a great opportunity to be apart of something special. We are a small school with a big name and vision.

Ottawa (NAIA - AZ): Ottawa University Arizona has an immediate opening for a restricted earnings defensive backs coach. College coaching and recruiting experience is preferred. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, equipment organization, practice planning, coaching a position group, leading meetings, film break down, player evaluation and recruiting, promotion and marketing of the program, and assisting in general day to day football operations. To apply for this position, send resume and references to Director of Football Operations Jesse Cartnal at