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The Scoop - Thursday December 26, 2019

Thursday December 26, 2019

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Keep track of how the new hires from around college football are filling their coaching staffs. Starting with The Scoop’s FBS Staff Tracker – 2019-20.

Lindenwood (D-II - MO): Former Missouri Southern, Illinois State and Murray State head coach Denver Johnson is the new offensive line coach at Lindenwood, sources tell FootballScoop.

LA Rams: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips shared today that he is aware of the rumors about his future with the team, but has not had any discussions about his future with Sean McVay or team ownership, Gary Klein tweets.

FAU: Sources tell FootballScoop that Willie Taggart has his new strength coach at FAU. Details on Strength Scoop.

Decade in Review: After ranking the 10 best games of the decade, we've now listed the 10 best coaching hires of the 2010s.

Miami (FL): Manny Diaz has decided to make a change at offensive coordinator, barring "a significant change in plans," per report.

Notre Dame: Quarterbacks coach Tommy Rees will call the team's plays during Saturday's bowl game, Brian Kelly shares.

Texas: Ohio State passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich is expected to be named the Longhorns offensive coordinator next week, Brett McMurphy tweets. At his media availability today, Yurcich wouldn't comment on the opportunity with the Longhorns and shared that his focus in "100% on Clemson."

Nevada: Jay Norvell has decided to fill the current open positions on his staff heading into the bowl game in a rather unconventional way.

Baltimore Ravens: Defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale, a candidate brought up as a potential head coaching candidate in this year's cycle, shares with PFT that he loves the city of Baltimore and the organization and that "it would have to be a dream-type job to take, where you know you can build a winning culture like we have here."

Pitt: Pat Narduzzi has a staff policy in place at Pitt that may have saved his coordinator's life.

LSU: Asked if he has any plans of slowing down at age 61, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger shared with SI, "as long as I feel like I can contribute to LSU, I will be here," and "If I feel like, hey, somebody else can do it better, I'll walk away from it. That's the way it is."

Penn State: James Franklin has announced the hire of Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca as their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

#ScholarshipAlert: Two programs award scholarships during the holiday season.

Ed Aschoff: Our condolences and prayers go out to Ed's family, his fiancee and all those whose lives Ed impacted. Ed's energy and joy for life were evident from a far, and must have been radiant for all those near to him. Rest in peace Ed. God bless.

Notre Dame: Asked about the progress of his offensive coordinator search, Brian Kelly shared that he won't do on-campus interviews until after January 1st.

Black Hills State (D-II - SD): Black Hills State University (DII) is seeking to hire two graduate assistants working with cornerbacks, and wide receivers. The position pays a 40-week stipend of $8,000. Graduate assistants will receive a reduced tuition rate. Additional income may be earned through BHSU Summer Camps. Candidates would be required to enroll immediately and begin right away. Applicants should email cover letter, resume, and references to Josh Breske at

QB Off-Season Mental Development–Quick and Intermediate Route Design: The main goal of an offensive coordinator is to know that the QB and play-caller are seeing the same things both pre- and post-snap—and that progression starts now in December, not in the summer. X&O Labs, the research company for football coaches, is releasing a new report next Tuesday focusing on the off-season mental development of quarterbacks. This new effort starts with the implementation of the “QB Manual” that relates the passing game into four simple segments: pass protection, pre-snap, post-snap and game situations/match-ups. The exclusive report present how this process is applied to all quick and intermediate routes in your menu. This report is designed to help your offense improve passing completion percentage, passing yards and completions per game. X&O Labs will release this report next Tuesday. Get it sent directly to your email at 7 am EST Tuesday morning. This is a FREE service from X&O Labs. Go here to register your email.

Fort Valley State (D-II - GA): Maurice Flowers has been announced as the new head coach after spending last season as the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Fayetteville State (D-II - NC).

Galo Roosters (Brazil): The Galo Roosters American football organization is looking to hire 3 coaches from July until December (OL, DL or LB Coach & Special Teams Coordinator). Position includes No salary, round trip airfare, housing, 2 meals per day, gym membership and chance to work and live in the beautiful city of Pampulha, Brazil. The Galo Roosters in 2019 set a new Brazillian league record with 44 games won in a row and won 3 out of the last 4 Brazillian Bowls. Must have a valid passport ready. If interested please send resume to Head Coach Marcus Herford at

Bowl Games Today: Independence Bowl featuring Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (FL) at 4pm EST on ESPN, and the Quick Lane Bowl featuring Eastern Michigan vs. Pitt 8pm EST on ESPN.

Augsburg (D-III - MN): Derrin Lamker, the head coach at Edina HS (MN) and former head coach at Osseo HS (MN), has been named the head coach at his alma mater.

Salve Regina (D-III - RI): Salve Regina is looking to hire a full-time defensive position. Experience in the secondary is preferred. Details, and how to apply, can be found via this link.

NFL and College Head Coaching Changes: Keep track of all the head coaching changes from NFL to FBS to NAIA via this page.