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The Scoop - Thursday February 4, 2021

Thursday February 4, 2021

X&O Labs LSU 2:4:21

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.

South Carolina: Sources tell FootballScoop Shane Beamer is adding another former FCS coordinator to his staff.

Pittsburgh: The Steelers are hiring Mike Sullivan as quarterbacks coach sources tell FootballScoop. Mike Garafalo has tweeted the same. Sullivan currently serves as Army's director of recruiting. He previously coached quarterbacks or served as offensive coordinator for the Broncos, Giants and Bucs.

UTEP: Louisiana Monroe defensive grad assistant Jordan Hopkins has joined the UTEP staff in the same capacity source tells FootballScoop.

A Sign of Things to Come?: In the past six weeks, Western Kentucky has basically annexed all the key personnel from FCS's top passing offense.

Vanderbilt: Buffalo Bills assistant linebackers coach John Egorugwu will join the staff as linebackers coach, Pete Thamel tweets.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are expected to promote offensive quality control Justin Rascati to quarterbacks coach Jason La Canfora tweets. Rascati previously served as offensive coordinator at UT Chattanooga. Update> Sources tell FootballScoop this report is not accurate.

Lake Erie (D-II - OH): Pahokke HS (FL) head coach DJ Boldin has stepped down to become the wide receivers coach at Lake Erie College.

Vanderbilt: Louisiana-Lafayette corners coach Lamar Morgan is joining the Vanderbilt staff in the same capacity, Pete Thamel tweets.

Arkansas: An update on salaries at Arkansas.

Eastern Michigan: Per source, Sean Coughlin is joining the staff as offensive line coach. Coughlin spent the past two seasons coaching offensive line at Arkansas State after spending over a decade at Missouri State.

Coaches of the year: Zak Alley & Winston Venable have been selected 2020 Special Teams Coordinators of the Year by the prior winners.

Montana State (FCS): An update on Montana State's head coaching search.

Old Dominion: Victor Irokansi has joined the program as defensive line coach after spending the past two seasons as a prospect analyst at Oklahoma State.

Recruiting: The 2021 cycle has come and gone, and one FBS program did not sign a single high school player.

Florida A&M (FCS): Sources tell FootballScoop that the program has made the following appointments and hires. Safeties coach Brandon Sharp and linebackers coach Ryan Smith will serve as co-defensive coordinators, outside linebackers coach Dan Lemke will add the title of recruiting coordinator and defensive pass game coordinator. On offense, KJ Black has added the title of co-offensive coordinator, wide receivers coach Jelani Berassa is adding the offensive passing game coordinator title, and former Southern Miss offensive line coach Ryan Stanchek is joining the staff as co-offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

Tennessee: An update on Tennessee's search for their next defensive coordinator.

Appalachian State: Rod West, who spent the past four seasons at Richmond (FCS - VA) as co-defensive coordinator, has joined the staff as corners coach

USC: Bryan Carrington, who previously served as the director of recruiting, is expected to join the Trojans staff as a quality control analyst, Bruce Feldman tweets.

Tennessee Titans: Per source, Montana State (FCS) wide receivers coach / pass game coordinator Erik Frazier is expected to join the Titans as a coaching assistant.

USF: As expected, USF has now formally announced the addition of George Barlow as corners coach.

Clemson: Tony Elliott's contract has been extended three years and his compensation will put him in the elite $2 million club (plus more news on the coaching staff).

Colorado Mesa (D-II – CO): Per source, offensive coordinator Nick Fulton has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of football. Fulton has previously served as the offensive coordinator at Northern Colorado (FCS), Colorado School of Mines (D-II), and Black Hills State University (D-II - SD).

Recruiting: The 2021 cycle saw the best recruiting classes in FBS and FCS history.

Louisiana Tech: Dave DeGuglielmo has been announced as the new offensive line coach. The NFL veteran has spent the last 16 years in the league with the Giants, Dolphins, Colts, Chargers, Jets and Patriots.

Notre Dame: Sources tell FootballScoop Brian Kelly has his new safeties coach.

Case Study: Inside LSU’s Transition to Player-Driven Culture: X&O Labs has identified the exact day that LSU football transitioned from coach-led to player-driven culture. “I kept telling them it was their team and they have to take accountability for it,” Coach Orgeron told X&O Labs’ Mike Kuchar. “I wasn’t seeing the signs they were ready, so I kept on driving our culture message.” It wasn’t until Coach Orgeron received a phone call one Saturday afternoon in the spring of 2019 that he finally knew his players were ready to take ownership of the program. It was confirmation he had been waiting two years to receive—and it would change LSU football forever. That phone call proved the players had united to protect Coach Orgeron’s culture. X&O Labs’ Mike Kuchar has documented LSU’s transition from coach-led to player-driven culture in an exclusive case study, The LSU Culture: A Leader of One is a Leader of Many. X&O Labs is releasing this report FREE to the coaching industry. Go here to get started.

Texas: Lancaster HS (TX) head coach Chris Gilbert is joining the staff as director of high school relations, Mike Roach tweets.

Maryland: Mike Locksley is hiring Myers Park HS (NC) head coach Scott Chadwick as director of recruiting operations, according to Jeff Ermann of 247. Chadwick has had success as a high school coach in Maryland at Bowie HS (MD) and Lackey HS (MD) and is a former college classmate of Locksley's.

Houston: After FootballScoop reported earlier this morning McNeese State was set to lose defensive coordinator Grady Brown, a report says he’ll be Houston’s new corners coach. More here.

Tennessee State (FCS): Former NFL wide receiver Peerless Price has joined the staff as a volunteer coach for the 2021 season.

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

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NFL Updates: See a running ticker of the latest news and hires on the following NFL jobs that came open this off season.

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