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The Scoop - Saturday January 23, 2021

Saturday January 23, 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 and hires on the following NFL jobs that came open this off season.

Chargers | Falcons | Eagles | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans

Vanderbilt: Colorado State offensive coordinator Joey Lynch is leaving Steve Addazio's staff to join Clark Lea's first staff; but he reportedly won't be the offensive coordinator.

Michigan: All athletics are being shut down at Michigan for two weeks due to Covid related issues.

Vanderbilt: So.....Vanderbilt is making a surprising hire for offensive coordinator.

Houston Texans: Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly has fielded interview requests from the Lions and Titans, and Houston blocked both, Albert Breer tweets.

LA Chargers: Former Cardinals assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton is bing hired as special teams coach in LA,

The #Chargers are hiring former #AZCardinals assistant special teams coach Derius Swinton as their new ST coach, per source. The first coordinator for new coach Brandon Staley.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ian Rapoport tweets. Pep Hamilton: Pep, who coached quarterbacks for the Chargers this past season, is expected to interview for the Steelers and the Titans offensive coordinator positions in the coming days Ian Rapoport tweets. John Glennon shares that Pep actually already interviewed with the Titans. Michigan: Sherrone Moore, who has coached the team's tight ends the past few seasons, is moving to offensive line coach, according to multiple reports. Sam Webb shares that Moore will also have the co-offensive coordinator title. Tennessee: Sources tell FootballScoop Danny White is seeking to move fast, vetting Tony Elliott, a Big Ten head coach and more...Michigan:

Sources: UNC running back coach Robert Gillespie has been targeted to be the next RB coach at Alabama.

— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 24, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brett McMurphy tweets that offensive line coach Ed Warinner is leaving the program and West Bloomfield HS (MI) head coach Ron Bellamy will join the Wolverines staff. We wrote that Bellamy was a top target to join Harbaugh's staff back on January 8th. Bellamy just led the West Bloomfield program to a state title earlier today.

Alabama: North Carolina running backs coach Robert Gillespie is being targeted for the running backs job on the Tide's staff,

Sources: UNC running back coach Robert Gillespie has been targeted to be the next RB coach at Alabama.

— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 24, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pete Thamel tweets. LSU: Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones will interview for the LSU defensive coordinator job on Sunday

Sources: #LSU will interview #Vikings defensive backs coach Daronte Jones for its defensive coordinator job on Sunday. Jones has coached DBs at Wisconsin, Hawaii and UCLA, as well as with the Bengals and Dolphins, and in the CFL. Jones also coached at two Louisiana high schools.

— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 23, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adam Rittenberg tweets.. Jones has coached defensive backs at Wisconsin, Hawaii (both with Dave Aranda) and UCLA as well as with the Bengals and Dolphins in addition to two Louisiana high schools 15+ years ago.

Philadelphia: Indianapolis secondary coach Jonathan Gannon is the "clear favorite" for the Eagles defensive coordinator position Albert Breer tweets.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have formally announced the addition of Aaron Glenn as the team's new defensive coordinator. Further, Dan Graziano is reporting the Lions plan to make former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn their new offensive coordinator.

San Francisco 49ers: Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher is joining the team in a senior defensive role,

The #49ers are hiring former #Giants DC James Bettcher in a senior defensive role, source said. He’ll provide veteran assistance for new coordinator DeMeco Ryans, as well as simply bolster the staff with the loss of Robert Saleh.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 23, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ian Rapoport tweets.

Atlanta Falcons: The team has formally announced the hires of Gary Emanuel (DL), Steve Hoffman (senior assistant), Justin Pelle (TEs) and Matt Pees (defensive assistant).

Troy: Source tells FootballScoop Brendan Bognar has accepted the quarterbacks grad assistant position at Troy. Bognar, a former quarterback at Murray State, was on staff at Samford in an assistant quarterbacks coach role.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are hiring former Eagles tight ends coach Justin Peelle in the same capacity Adam Caplan shares.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have parted ways with quarterbacks coach Robby Brown and are hiring a MAC offensive coordinator as his replacement.

Bluefield State (D-II - WV): Sources tell FootballScoop that Lawrence Robinson has joined the staff as defensive backs coach (he was previously at Allegheny College) and Raphael Johnson has joined the staff as defensive line coach (he was most recently at Wheeling University).

Minnesota State Mankato: Sources tell FootballScoop Sam Lundberg will be the new tight ends coach at Minnesota State - Mankato. Lundberg previously spent time at Ellsworth CC (IA) as the tight ends / offensive line coach, along with, stops at Augustana University (S.D.) and the University of New Mexico.

Miami Dolphins: New Mexico quarterbacks coach is leaving the staff to take an offensive assistant position with the Dolphins, Pete Thamel tweets.

Dayton (FCS - OH): The receivers position at Dayton is open. This is a full time, 9.5 month position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Hit this link to apply.

The Berlin Football Team: Our program has a volunteer job opening for offensive line coach in the city of Berlin, Germany. We provide airfare, and housing. Please send a resume to

West Alabama (D-II): West Alabama has an immediate opening for an Offensive Graduate Assistant position. Pays tuition and a monthly living stipend. Interested candidates send resume and references to

College of the Siskiyous (JC – CA): With the departure of Stacy Collins to Boise State, College of the Siskiyous has hired Tyler Knudsen as the head football coach.

Memphis: Memphis is planning to fill linebackers job with Jordon Hankins TigerSportsReport has shared. Sources confirm the planned hire to FootballScoop. Hankins is well known for his time as defensive coordinator at UT Martin. He spent this past season at Marshall serving as linebackers / special teams coordinator.

Tennessee: Yesterday morning we shared the scoop of Danny White's interest in Tony Elliott...

Marshall: Sources tell FootballScoop Charles Huff has his coordinators and position coaches. The offensive side (& special teams) is here. Defensive side is here.

Boise State: With Jeff Choate leaving for Texas, sources tell FootballScoop Montana State co-defensive coordinator Kane Ioane is headed to Boise State. More here... 

Marshall: Sources tell FootballScoop Clint Trickett has accepted a position on Charles Huff's staff at Marshall.

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Texas: Sources tell FootballScoop Sark plans to hire Montana State head coach Jeff Choate.

Ole Miss: Lane Kiffin is pulling an assistant from USC.

Baylor: The program has formally announced the following hires to the support and strength staff; Dennis Polian (senior associate AD / Football chief of staff), James Blanchard (Assistant AD for football scouting), Edward Jones (assistant AD for player development), Lance Barilow (Senior associate director of athletics performance), Tim Johnson (associate director of athletics performance), Matt List (athletic performance coach), Aaron Hunt (recruiting and personnel assistant), and Matt Mitchell (quality control).

Chicago Bears: Safeties coach Sean Desai is being promoted to defensive coordinator, the organization has announced.

Texas A&M: Sources tell FootballScoop analyst Walt Whitehead is retiring. With over 50 years of service in the profession, time off is well deserved. Enjoy the next phase Coach.

Louisville: Sources shared with FootballScoop Louisville has their new quarterbacks coach.

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

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