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The Scoop - Saturday August 21, 2021

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Former Tennessee Titans general manager Floyd Reese died this morning at age 73. Reese, who had a 21-year run (1986-2006) with the Oilers/Titans as a coach and executive, is the winningest general manager in franchise history. Please join us in keeping Floyd's wife Sally, their children, family and friends in your prayers. 

Edmonton Elks (CFL): The Elks (who picked up their first win Thursday and are now 1-2 on the season) have relieved special teams coordinator Chris Rippon of his duties. Rippon had been hired in April as assistant to the head coach / special teams coordinator.  

Western Carolina (FCS): Awful news to share as offensive line coach John Peacock has died.

Auburn: Bryan Harsin has tested positive for COVID.

Hawai'i: Hawai'i is the first FBS program that will not host fans at least some games this fall. Will they be the last?

Arizona State: ASU football is seeking to hire a "football brand coordinator". The Football Brand Coordinator prepares a variety of skilled graphic work of various advertisements, posters, exhibits, brochures, books, newsletters, flyers, and videos using various production techniques which include computer graphic systems and software. Designs electronic and printed materials for a variety of athletic and university applications, as appropriate. Will work alongside the department’s creative, media, and PR team members to provide a significant, consistent look for Sun Devil Athletics, as well as the university. Reports to the Director of Player Personnel. Learn more and apply at this link.

Defiance (D-III - OH): Less than two weeks out from their first game, head coach Manny Matsakis is no longer with the program and Defiance is turning to a veteran of college coaching to lead the program on an interim basis.

Presbyterian (FCS - SC): Presbyterian is looking to hire a Director o Video Productions and a Assistant AD for Strategic Communications. Please email athletics@presby.edu.

LSU: Former offensive line coach James Cregg is suing LSU.

D-II & D-III Top 25s: The polls have been released

Most important hires: Our Zach Barnett with an in-depth look at the 15 most important assistant coaching hires from this past cycle. 

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