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The Scoop - Thursday February 18, 2021

Thursday February 18, 2021

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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.

Los Angeles Rams: Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and the Rams have "mutually parted ways" per a team spokesman.

Dan Mullen: Dan Mullen says no NFL talks now; worries about future of college football

Charlotte: As we reported last week, Charlotte has now announced the hire of Perry Parks.

Army: Wes Fleming has joined the staff as a defensive QC. He was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Midland (NAIA - NE).

Michigan: Michigan has announced a 5-year extension keeping AD Warde Manuel under contract through the 2025-26 academic year.

Glazier: Join us tonight at 7pm Eastern for a free live event: "Building a Defensive Call Sheet with Template" presented by Jeremy DeSoto (DC at Evangel). Learn how to: Plan for critical situations - Practice your call sheet - Organize your calls. Save your spot!

UCF: Herb Hand, who recently joined Will Healy's staff at Charlotte after a few seasons at Texas as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, is heading to UCF as offensive line coach.

Purdue: Neil Callaway's title as the tenth assistant for the program is assistant offensive line coach and Dale Williams will remain as offensive line coach while overseeing tight ends as well and Ryan Wallace, who coached the tight ends last year, is now offensive / special teams assistant, per multiple reports.

Georgia State: Former Louisiana Monroe offensive coordinator / offensive line coach Eman Naghavi is joining the staff at Georgia State Adam Rittenberg shares.

UMass: Kyle Segler, who spent the last few seasons as the co-special teams coordinator / tight ends coach, is joining the staff as tight ends coach, Bruce Feldman tweets. We can confirm.

Fairmont State (D-II - WV): Mike Moon, who previously served as a defensive graduate assistant working with the defensive line at Old Dominion, has accepted the defensive line job.

Fort Scott CC (JC - KS): Fort Scott Football seeks qualified applicants for a entry-level assistant coach. Candidates must have an established track record of Character and Athletic development. Along with established reputations for loyalty and trustworthiness, candidates must show at least two years of coaching experience or comparable playing experience and a proven ability to contribute in recruiting. Candidates must have obtained at minimum an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution. The position must work to realize the vision of Fort Scott football and adhere to all program values. The position will assist with operations, personnel management, and assist with the defense. For the right candidate, this position may be responsible for leading a position group and/or managing his or her own recruiting area. This position reports directly to the Defensive Coordinator under the supervision and discretion of the Head Coach. The best overall person, coach, and recruiter will be selected - even with a different background. Coaches with defensive backgrounds are encouraged to apply. High School coaches looking to make the jump to college are encouraged to apply. This is a month-to-month stipend position with on-campus living, free meals, and RA responsibilities ($6,800/yr.). Fort Scott is a centrally-located, national-recruiting two-year college with advanced-transfer-track degree programs. Fort Scott is a member of the highly competitive KJCCC. Any interested, qualified candidates are requested to send a copy of their resume and references to the Director Of Football Operations at

Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech has hired Ian McFarland as the program's brand manager, where he will oversee the Yellow Jackets' social media efforts. He comes to Atlanta from Louisville, where he worked in graphic design.

Oregon: A former PAC-12 defensive coordinator is set to join the Ducks staff, sources tell FootballScoop.

UCF: Gus Malzahn is adding a SEC assistant and veteran defensive coordinator to his staff, per report.

UC Davis (FCS): Michael Frisina has accepted a special teams quality control role on the UC Davis staff, per source. Frisina spent the 2020 season as a volunteer special teams analyst at UNLV and prior to that he was a volunteer recruiting intern at Stanford.

Montana State (FCS): Per source, new head coach Brent Vigen is again snagging a coordinator from the PAC-12.

Clemson: Georgia State offensive line coach Thomas Austin is leaving to join the Clemson staff, per 247.

Syracuse: Pete Thamel tweets that Syracuse is expected to hire San Diego State's Mike Schmidt as the school's new offensive line coach. Schmidt has spent the last eight years as the team's offensive line coach, and past 11 years with the Aztec program.

UW-Stevens Point (D-III): Former player Taylor Lucas has joined the program as offensive line coach. Lucas comes back to UWSP after spending the last three years at Saint Anselm (D-II - MA) where he served as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator.

EXCLUSIVE: “Tempo the Center” Philosophy in Buffalo’s Wide Zone Concept:The University at Buffalo led the nation in rushing this season with 287.4 yards per game, the highest rushing output for a non-service academy team since the 2017 season. And while its most efficient run scheme, the wide zone concept, averaged 7.9 yards per carry it’s explosiveness was off the charts, literally. According to Pro Football Focus, UB’s wide zone ranked 2nd nationally in explosive play run rate (10+ yards) and 2nd in yards before contact (3.9 yds) prompting offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki to say it was the best he’s run the play in 16 years. While having the MAC player of the year in RB Jaret Patterson helped, the offensive staff credits how they tweaked the tempo of the play to produce an explosive play rate of over 26%. In an exclusive clinic report with X&O Labs, Coach Kotelnicki and offensive line coach Scott Fuchs explain how they correlate the offensive line and backs to work rhythmically to stretch then puncture the defense. X&O Labs will email this exclusive report next Tuesday to their 60,000 readers—and you can get it sent to your email, too (FREE). Don’t miss this exclusive report: Go here to get on the list. 

Kenyon (D-III - OH): Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach on defense, preferably defensive line. This is a full time, 10-month reporting position with benefits. This position also serves as the Special Teams Coordinator or Recruiting Coordinator (best fit) as well as Director of Operations, responsible for managing all duties related to the coordination of travel. Additional responsibilities will be assigned in game management, teaching, and / or administration. Although the head coach will be primarily responsible for the organization, maintenance and implementation of the offensive and defensive game plan and installation, this assistant position will work with the defensive coordinator as the top defensive assistant to facilitate this process. Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should apply here.

Central Michigan: Sources tell FootballScoop Jim McElwain has made a decision on his offensive coordinator position, and also made another hire.

UW-Stevens Point (D-III): UWSP is looking to fill open dates in 2021 on Week 1, September 4th and Week 3, September 18th, 2021 with possible home/away agreements for 2022. Any interested DIII, NAIA, DII or Non-scholarship FCS programs can contact Head Coach Greg Breitbach at

Recruiting: The NCAA extended the dead period yet again on Wednesday, but there’s reason to believe this will be the final time.

NCAA: The NCAA is loosening the rules on what IAWPs can do once they get jobs in college football.

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

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