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The Scoop - Thursday January 13, 2022

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Nebraska: Sources tell FootballScoop Nebraska has finalized the deal. Bryan Applewhite in the new running backs coach for the Huskers. 

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are interviewing former Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and former Broncos special teams coordinator Tom McMahon for the same role Adam Schefter shares. 

Houston Texans: Adam Schefter shares that Patriot linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to emerge as a leading candidate for the Texans head coaching job. 

Pitt: Boston College offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti is expected to be Pitt's new offensive coordinator Pete Thamel shares. This will be Cignetti's second run as OC at Pitt having served in the same capacity in '09-10. Since that run, Cignetti has coached at Rutgers, with the Rams, Giants, Packers and has been at BC the past two seasons. 

Jon Heacock: Sources tell FootballScoop Iowa State defensive coordinator has opted to remain at Iowa State (and is expected to receive a raise in connection with the decision). Notre Dame's defensive coordinator search had been focused on Heacock of late. 

Virginia: Tony Elliott has named Air Force defensive coordinator John Rudzinski his new defensive coordinator. Rudzinski had been on staff at Air Force the past 14 seasons. 

South Carolina: Jacksonville Jaguars assistant defensive line coach Sterling Lucas is expected to be the next outside linebackers / edge rush coach at South Carolina Wes Mitchell has shared. 

Baylor: Former Nevada linebackers coach Ronnie Wheat is expected to join Dave Aranda's staff as safeties / special teams Ross Dellenger has shared. 

Boise State: Former Washington State chief of staff Jason Cvercko has been hired as director of recruiting operations. 

Buffalo: Buffalo is retooling its defense heading into Maurice Linguist's second season, sources tell FootballScoop. Details here.

Houston Texans: Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly has also been let go, tweets Adam Schefter. 

Arizona State: Missouri cornerbacks coach Aaron Fletcher will be the defensive backs coach at Arizona State, tweets Pete Thamel. 

Houston Texans: The Texans are letting go head coach David Culley after one season, according to NFL Network. More on the move.

Missouri Western (D-II): Nease (FL) High School assistant coach Hassan Belton has taken a GA job at Missouri Western, source tells FootballScoop. 

Michigan: Michigan has hired Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston, FootballScoop confirms. Elston replaces 2021 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year Shaun Nua, who is now at USC. Elston is a former Wolverine player and GA. 

Houston: Former USC running backs coach Mike Jinks will replace Marquel Blackwell as running backs coach, according to Bruce Feldman. Jinks is a former Texas high school coach and previously coached running backs at Texas Tech. 

Virginia U. of Lynchburg (D-II): Virginia University of Lynchburg is currently seeking an Assistant Football Coach for Offensive Line. This position includes a stipend and housing is provided. Responsibilities include all aspects of the football program, including practice organization, academic support and recruiting. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a resume, and three recommendation contacts including phone numbers to Head Coach, Tim Newman, at

East Carolina: ECU has announced Re'quan Boyette as wide receivers coach. He was most recently the co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Duke. 

Iowa Western (JC - IA): Iowa Western Community College is looking for an Offensive Position Coach, working with an Offensive Skill position. There is a possibility of (2) openings. The position will be responsible for coaching a position and be assigned a recruiting area. They will also be responsible for film-breakdown, scouting reports, assisting in game planning, and other duties as assigned by the Head Coach. Proficiency in Hudl, Microsoft, and Google are preferred. This position provides a 12 month stipend, housing, meal plan, and benefits. More information and a link to apply can be found at this link: IWCC Position. Interested applicants should submit cover letter and resume to Offensive Coordinator, Tony Koehling, at

Rutgers: Rutgers Football is seeking a Recruiting Operations Coordinator. This role is full time with benefits and will assist the Director of Recruiting Operations. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, assist with the planning and logistics of on-campus visits, game day recruiting operations, log information via an array of databases (ARMS, JumpForward, etc.) and assist with additional clerical duties. The Recruiting Operations Coordinator must have outstanding organizational skills, be highly motivated with the ability to thrive in a fast paced environment and detail oriented. At least one year of experience in college football recruiting or football operations is a plus, but not required. Please email cover letter, resume and references to with ‘Recruiting Operations Coordinator’ as the subject line.

North Carolina: Running backs coach Larry Porter will also handle special teams moving forward.

Ole Miss: Houston running backs coach Marquel Blackwell will take the same job at Ole Miss, according to multiple reports.

UCLA: Chip Kelly is expected to sign a new contract by the end of the weekend, according to Bruin Report Online. Kelly's buyout expires on Saturday. Our story from yesterday on where things stand

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys are working on a deal to extend VP of player personnel Will McClay, tweets Ian Rapoport. McClay has been in the Jones family's employ since 2002 -- he broke in as defensive coordinator of the Arena Football League's Dallas Desperados -- and is the club's top personnel executive outside of Stephen Jones. Update: Albert Breer adds that McClay has signed a 3-year deal. 

Oklahoma: Southern (FCS - LA) wide receivers coach L'Damian Washington will be an offensive analyst at OU, source tells FootballScoop. 

Ohio State: Brent Zdebski will join the staff as a defensive analyst, source tells FootballScoop. He worked in a similar role with new Buckeyes coordinator Jim Knowles at Oklahoma State. 

Nebraska: The Huskers are close to hiring former TCU running backs coach Bryan Applewhite, the Journal Star is reporting. 

Glazier Clinics: Come see Steve Sarkisian (HC, Texas), Billy Napier (HC, Florida), Jim Knowles (DC, Ohio State) & Ron Roberts (DC, Baylor) at the Glazier Clinics this year. Their speaker lineup this year is . Click here to find a clinic near you:

Bowling Green: Alex Bayer has accepted the special teams coordinator position at Bowling Green. Bayer was on staff at Valparaiso as special teams / tight ends. 

Ohio State: Sources tell FootballScoop Ohio State continues to add to their defensive staff. Full look here

Mark Hudspeth: Coach Hudspeth has a defensive coordinator position open. More on the opportunity here

Ole Miss: Lane and Chris Kiffin are set to reunite in Oxford. Details here.

Ohio State: Jaguars defensive backs coach Tim Walton is set to join Ohio State's staff as corners coach Austin Ward is reporting. 

Michigan State: As we reported a while back, Michigan State has now made official, Effrem Reed is now running backs coach. Reed was on staff this past season, and was slated to go down to Georgia Southern; but that changed when William Peagler accepted the job at Florida and Coach Tucker asked Reed to remain at Michigan State. 

Miami (OH): Tennessee special teams analyst Jacob Bronowski is expected to become special teams coordinator at Miami Ohio Bruce Feldman has shared. 

Nathaniel Hackett: The Packers offensive coordinator will interview with the Jaguars on Friday and then the Bears and Broncos on Saturday.

Colorado: NFL veteran receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who has most recently coached with the Chargers, Bills and Dolphins, is a top target for the Buffs receivers job, Bruce Feldman tweets.

Northwestern Oklahoma State (D-II): NWOSU has openings for 4 Quality Control Positions on staff (2 on Offense and 2 on Defense). This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing, OR benefits with occasional meals. This is great for young coaches looking to get into the profession. All interested applicants should email their resume, and cover letter to

Kenyon (D-III - OH): Kenyon College invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach (Defensive Coordinator). This is a full time, 10-month reporting position with benefits. The Assistant Football Coach will work in conjunction with the head coach to fulfill the following responsibilities: coaching student athletes, mentoring assistant coaches, scouting opponents, recruiting various territories, and developing alumni contacts. This position will also serve as the Defensive Coordinator, responsible for managing all duties related to organization of the defensive staff, creating defensive schemes and playbook information and evaluating defensive personnel. Additional responsibilities will be assigned in game management, teaching, and / or administration. Interested candidates please follow this link to apply.

West Texas A&M (D-II): West Texas A&M has an immediate opening for an Offensive Graduate Assistant, running back experience preferred. This position includes: coaching a position on the field, have the opportunity to run meetings, and will have a recruiting area. Stipend of $1500 a month for 10 months. No housing or meals included. Send all resumes, notices of application to Hunter Hughes via email:

Senior Bowl: The Senior Bowl has announced a new minority coaching fellowship program in which 4 coaches will be selected to work with the NFL staffs coaching the two teams. This year the 4 coaches will be Virginia State head coach Reggie Barlow, Morgan State head coach Tyrone Wheatley, South Carolina State defensive coordinator Jonathan Saxon and Jackson State offensive coordinator TC Taylor. 

Jim McElwain: The case of the shark picture featuring what many thought was Jim McElwain has finally been cracked, and coach Mac comes face-to-face with the real shark cuddler. 

West Texas A&M (D-II): West Texas A&M has an immediate opening for a Defensive Graduate Assistant, defensive back or Linebacker experience preferred. This position includes: coaching a position on the field, have the opportunity to run meetings, and will have a recruiting area. Stipend of $1500 a month for 10 months. No housing or meals included. Send all resumes, notices of application to Hunter Hughes via email at

Ohio State: Cincinnati corners coach Perry Eliano has accepted the safeties job with the Buckeyes, Pete Thamel tweets. Eliano (along with fellow Bearcats assistant Colin Hitschler) won the FootballScoop Defensive Backs Coach of the Year award in 2020

Arkansas State: Offensive assistant Logan Kilgore has resigned and is expected to become offensive coordinator at Isidore Newman coaching Arch Manning sources share with FootballScoop. 

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Hocking (JC - OH): Gila River (JC - AZ) head coach Tae' Moses has stepped down and is heading to Hocking as defensive line coach / recruiting coordinator, per source.  

St. Ambrose (NAIA - IA): St Ambrose University is seeking applicants for a Defensive Graduate Assistant (DBs) coaching position. This individual will be responsible to coach a defensive position, recruit a designated area, and any other responsibilities appointed by the Head Football Coach. Collegiate playing or coaching experience preferred. The position will include a monthly stipend and graduate tuition waiver. Contingent on successful admission to a Graduate School. If interested, please forward a cover letter, resume and references to Head Coach Vince Fillipp at Start date of January 2022. No phone calls please.

Gila River (JC - AZ): Mike Denney is the new head coach of the program after stepping in to finish out the season as head coach, per source.

Christopher Newport (D-III - VA): Christopher Newport is accepting applications for two positions: Special Team Coordinator and Assistant Recruiting Coordinator. See links for more information and to apply. Review of applications for both positions will begin on January 26, 202

Purdue: Assistant offensive line coach Neil Callaway is retiring, according to multiple reports. Callaway is the former head coach at UAB (2007-11) who has also coached the offensive lines at Western Kentucky and USC and has held coordinator titles at Georgia and Alabama as well.

SMU: Alex Brown, who previously worked at Rice, has joined the staff as director of scouting.

Idaho: Per source, former Washington State quality control coach and Vandal alumnus Stanley Franks has accepted the corners job at Idaho.

Notre Dame: Sources tell FootballScoop Notre Dame is finalizing a deal with new receivers coach and is focusing their defensive coordinator search on a current Big 12 defensive coordinator.

Colorado School of Mines (D-II): After the most impressive run in school history, head coach Gregg Brandon has decided to retire.

Karl Scott: Sources tell FootballScoop Karl Scott is keeping his options open and is not headed to Florida as was expected. 

Bown Bonuses: College football bonuses throughout college football near $14 million after bowls, playoffs.


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