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The Scoop - Thursday February 20, 2020

Thursday February 20, 2020

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Please join us in mourning the loss of former Robert Morris coach Dan Radakovich. He spent 13 years with the Colonials as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Radakovich was 84 years old.

Colorado: Oh; it appears Colorado is changing their plans...

Alabama: Matt Zenitz is reporting Butch Jones new title at Alabama is likely to be special assistant to Nick Saban.

Prairie View A&M (FCS - TX): Source tells FootballScoop Damon Nivens will be the new offensive line coach at Prairie View. Coach Nivens previously coached offensive line at Southern University and most recently at Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Steve Sarkisian: ESPN's Chris Low has tweeted that Steve Sarkisian plans to remain at Alabama. Source told FootballScoop this afternoon that Sark and Nick Saban spoke today at the Alabama football offices. Following that meeting, Sark removed himself from the CU process.

Texas: Texas has hired former Texas State head coach Everett Withers as an analyst.

Michigan State: Harlon Barnett will return to East Lansing as defensive backs coach, the program has announced. Barnett coached under Mark Dantonio from 2007-17 before spending the past two years as the defensive coordinator at Florida State.

Liberty: Former Elon (FCS - NC) linebacker Warren Messer has accepted a graduate assistant position on the Liberty staff, per source.

Muskingum (D-III - OH): Muskingum University, located in New Concord, OH is looking for a graduate assistant. Interested coaches are asked to please send a resume with references to head coach Erik Ieuter at

Clemson: Behind the scenes of Clemson's recruiting process.

Western Kentucky: North Alabama (FCS) offensive coordinator Ryan Aplin is stepping down to become the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Western Kentucky, the Times Daily shares.

Buffalo State (D-III - NY): The program is no longer accepting applications for the open defensive backs position. Thank you for the overwhelming response.

Carolina Panthers: "Unmasked" featuring Matt Rhule, Joe Brady, and Phil Snow's first days as Panthers.

Los Angeles Rams: The Rams have promoted Sophie Luoto to director of football operations. Luoto, who previously oversaw recruiting operations at Cal, has been part of the Rams staff since 2016 most recently serving as manager of football administration.

Colorado: A Thursday update at Colorado, where a hiring is near.

Pitt: Pat Narduzzi has been hit with a (brief) show-cause penalty for violations of NCAA rules. Details here.

Carson Newman (D-II - TN): Brock Pursley, a former quarterback for the program who previously coached the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers from 2015-17, is returning as offensive coordinator.

Juniata (D-III - PA): Juniata College invites applications for a full-time, twelve-month position of Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Football Coach. Juniata is a co-educational, liberal arts college, highly regarded for its academic and athletic excellence. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; coaching all aspects of the defense, coaching a position group, game and practice preparation and planning, scouting and video breakdown, recruiting, academic monitoring. This position will report to the Head Football Coach. The Juniata Football Program is member of the highly regarded Centennial Conference, which is committed to conducting intercollegiate athletics programs in a way that recognizes, as paramount, the centrality of the academic mission at each member institution. Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of four (4) years of full-time coaching experience at the Division III level or higher, a background as a Defensive Coordinator or the equivalent, depending upon the level and responsibilities, the demonstrated ability to recruit highly successful student-athletes, and an understanding of the Division III philosophy and its role at a private liberal arts institution. To apply, please complete the on-line application via this link.

Northern Illinois: Per source, South Dakota State (FCS) assistant head coach / special teams coordinator / cornerbacks / recruiting coordinator Dan Jackson has left to join the NIU staff.

San Diego (FCS - CA): Tyler Sutton has been announced as the next offensive coordinator at San Diego. Sutton was promoted to special teams coordinator for the 2018 season, four years after being hired to coach running backs. Sutton replaces Christian Taylor, who left USD to become the offensive coordinator at William & Mary (FCS - VA).

South Dakota State’s Split Mid-Zone Concept: In order to run the ball effectively in the highly competitive Missouri Valley Conference, where four of the top 10 defense units at the FCS level reside, it became necessary to find ways to get uber disciplined second level defenders to misfit base zone concepts. As revealed in an exclusive X&O Labs clinic report, South Dakota State University found its answer in mixing its Mid-Zone run with divide zone (swipe) action. The wider aiming point for the back prevented LBs from back gapping like they would in traditional divide zones and the possibility of the ball cutting back prevented defensive linemen from “lagging” on the full zone blocking scheme. After toying with the concept in 2018, the Jackrabbits majored in it this season where it assisted in accounting for 200 yards on the ground per game. Offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Jason Eck details how he meshes the blocking scheme and how he formations the play in continually finding ways to gut the defense. Get this exclusive report sent directly to your email at 7 am EST Tuesday morning. This is a FREE service from X&O LabsGo here to register your email.

John Carroll (D-III - OH): Following the departure of Joe Shaefer to Youngstown State (FCS - OH) and Jeff Fink stepping down, John Carroll has decided to promoted defensive line coach / defensive run game coordinator Jeff Long Jr. to defensive coordinator and offensive line coach / run game coordinator Drew Nystrom to offensive coordinator for the program.

Becker College (D-III - MA): Becker College is looking to hire an offensive line coach. This is a 10-month restricted earnings position that will range from $15,000 to $20,000 based on experience. Full meal plan is available. Send a cover letter, resume, and references to

Howard (FCS - Washington, DC): Larry Scott III has joined the staff in a defensive quality control role.

Lackawanna (JC - PA): Lackawanna College is looking to fill an open dates on 9/19, 9/26, 10/24 and 11/7 for the upcoming 2020 season. If interested, please contact Bill Reiss at or 570-706-5194.

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