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The Scoop - Thursday February 25, 2021

Thursday February 25, 2021

X&O Labs Ferentz Interview 2-25-21

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.

Deion Sanders: The wait to see Deion Sanders coach a real game at Jackson State will have to continue another week.

Franklin Pierce (D-II - NH): Per source, former UCF standout Brian Watters has joined Franklin Pierce as wide receivers coach. Watters previously served as the wide receivers coach at Flowery Branch HS (GA).

Knox (D-III - IL): Knox College invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach - Defensive Coordinator. This is a 12-month, benefits eligible position reporting to the Head Football Coach. Anticipated start date is March 29, 2021. The salary range for this position is competitive. The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success and developing a competitive NCAA Division III program. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume including contact information for three references, and complete the Knox College Employment Application at via this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be subject to a background check. In keeping with its commitment to equal rights since it was founded in 1837, Knox College particularly welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

MidAmerica Nazarene (NAIA - KS): Ivan Cordova has been announced as the team's new defensive coordinator. Cordova previously served as the defensive coordinator at Whittier (D-III - CA).

Arizona Cardinals: Andrew Caskin, who spent the past two seasons as a scouting assistant, has been promoted to pro scout.

Sam Pittman: The Razorbacks head coach shares a story about a voicemail from 2013 that led him to turn down an opportunity with Nick Saban and likely set the table for him to take the reigns of the Razorbacks seven years later.

Pitt: The program has now formally announced the addition of Brennan Marion as wide receivers coach, as we've previously shared.

Gardner Webb: West Florida receivers coach Alvance Robinson is joining the Gardner Webb staff as receivers / passing game coordinator source tells FootballScoop.

Louisiana Lafayette: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking qualified candidates for an Associate Director of Sports Medicine (Football). This position reports directly to the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine and has direct supervision of Assistant Directors of Sports Medicine (Football). Assists the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine with the provision of athletic training services including prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for Football. Learn more and apply here.

SUNY-Morrisville (D-III - NY): SUNY-Morrisville is seeking volunteer football coaches, offensive and defensive. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to break into the profession of college coaching. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: video upload, operational tasks assigned by the Head Coach, practice organization, potentially coaching a position, and film breakdown. If interested, please email a resume and references to Head Football Coach Ed Raby at No phone calls please. Local applicants of the Syracuse/Utica area are encouraged to apply. This is currently unpaid with no housing provided. Positions will be filled ASAP.

Alabama: We took a deep dive into Nick Saban's staff changes over the year and one fact is crystal clear: churn is nothing to be avoided. Churn creates growth. Churn is good.

Ohio State: New director of player development CJ Barnett will make $110k while analysts Paul Rhoads and Todd Fitch will each make $48k in 2021, per Eleven Warriors.

DePaw (D-III - IN): Dan Watson, who previously served as the offensive coordinator at Rose Hulman (D-III - IN), has joined the coaching staff for the spring season.

Kirk Ferentz Speaks on Iowa’s Culture:Ferentz assumed his program’s culture was healthy. Yet, he admitted to X&O Labs, “you coach 21 years and think you have a grip on things, but you don’t.” The truth is the culture Coach Ferentz installed decades prior had rarely been reviewed, re-committed or re-evaluated—which led to the perfect storm of what happened last summer. In an exclusive interview with X&O Labs’ Mike Kuchar, Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz reveals what happened behind the scenes as the controversy first unfolded. But, more importantly, he’s sharing what steps he’s taking now to build the healthy culture he thought he had. Go here for more.

Army: Mike Daniels is set to become Army’s director of on-campus recruiting.

Les Miles: Some past allegations regarding Les Miles from his time at LSU have surfaced.

Glazier: I just heard that Glazier's partners jumped in and are paying for $200 of your staff's Glazier Drive membership (that's more than half of it!). The offer expires on MONDAY. Check it out here:

UCF: Gus Malzahn has announced the hire of Kenny Ingram to complete his on-field staff. A look at the full staff….

USF: Take a look at the impressive 88,000 square foot facility USF is planning.

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

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