Thursday January 14, 2021
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.
NFL Updates: See a running ticker of the latest news on the following head coach and general manager openings:
Shirley S. “Red” Wilson, who served as a head coach in North Carolina high schools for nearly two decades in addition to leading Duke (1979-82) and Elon (1967-77) has passed after a long battle with skin cancer. Please join us in praying for his family.
49ers: The 49ers are expected to promote linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator Ian Rapoport tweets.
New York Jets: The Jets are hiring 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as their new head coach. Done deal. We have been told Saleh plans to bring 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur as his offensive coordinator. Adam Schefter is reporting the same.
UTEP: A longtime veteran of the state of Texas and the SEC is expected to be UTEP's next defensive coordinator. More here.
Kenny Edenfield: Former South Alabama and Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield has accepted the offensive coordinator on Mark Hudspeth's staff at Gulf Shores. Kenny was Mark's offensive coordinator at North Alabama when they won all those ball games back a few years.
Zach Arnett: Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett is interviewing for the Texas defensive coordinator job today OrangeBloods is reporting.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Ownership has announced Urban Meyer as their new head coach.
South Alabama: Seth McDonald is leaving Indiana to join Kane Wommack's staff as a grad assistant working with the outside linebackers Bruce Feldman tweets.
Jacksonville State (FCS - AL): Former South Alabama defensive coordinator Greg Stewart is expected to be the new defensive line coach at Jax State source tells FootballScoop. This will be Coach Stewart's third run at Jacksonville State, following lengthy stints in the 90s and from 2000-10.
Virginia Union (D-II): Old Dominion offensive grad assistant Eric Acciani has accepted the quarterbacks job at Virginia Union.
Washington Football Team: Washington will interview Chargers director of player personnel JoJo Wooden for their GM job, tweets Ian Rapoport.
North Texas: Cornerbacks coach Clay Jennings and defensive line coach Eric Mathies will not return, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.
Duke: Calvin Magee has joined the staff as running backs coach, and David Cutcliffe is shaking up his staff with a number of new roles and responsibilities.
Carolina Panthers: The team is expected to hire Seattle Seahawks VP of football operations Scott Fitterer as their new GM, per
The #Panthers are expected to hire VP of Football Operations Scott Fitterer as their new GM, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. A late addition to their interview process, he made a quick impression on the Carolina search team.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2021
" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ian Rapoport. Urban Meyer: With Urban taking the Jacksonville job, what does it mean for the Ohio state staff?Miami: Manny Diaz has set his defensive staff for the 2021 season. Details here. Detroit Lions: The Lions have announced Brad Holmes as executive VP and general manager. Holmes spent 18 years with the Rams, starting as a public relations intern and finishing as director of college scouting with significant input over player personnel. Ohio State: Strength coach Mickey Marotti is expected to remain at Ohio State despite his former boss Urban Meyer taking the Jaguars job, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Tony Elliott: Tony Elliott has declined offensive coordinator interest from the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans, informing both teams he intends to remain at Clemson, tweets Josina Anderson. WAC: The WAC is officially back as an FCS conference, and has already inspired one school to launch football. Details here. Auburn: Auburn has formally announced Tracy Rocker as defensive line coach. Rocker coached the defensive line on Auburn's 2010 title team and won the Outland and Lombardi awards as a Tiger. Pittsburgh Steelers: Longtime tight ends coach James Daniel has announced his retirement. South Carolina: Tracy Rocker has been announced as the team's new defensive line coach after spending the last few seasons at South Carolina. Miami Dolphins: The list of candidates interviewing for the open offensive coordinator job, according to Cameron Wolfe, are; Eric Studesville (Dolphins RBs coach), George Godsey (Dolphins QBs coach), Tony Elliott (Clemson OC), Pep Hamilton (Chargers QBs coach), Matt Canada (Steelers QBs coach), and Mike McDaniel (49ers run game coordinator). LA Chargers: The Chargers are bringing in Robert Saleh for a second interview, per Ian Rapoport.Missouri: An update on the Missouri defensive coordinator search, where multiple Alabama staffers are in the mix. Atlanta Falcons: Adam Schefter tweets that with Holmes landing in Detroit, Terry Fontenot is the favorite to land the GM job in Atlanta. Albert Breer adds that Fontenot has told teams that he won't take a job until after the Saints season is over. Detroit Lions: The Lions have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new GM, per multiple reports. Pittsburgh Steelers: In addition to offensive coordinator Randy Fitchner not returning, the Steelers have also announced that offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley also will not have their contracts renewed. Texas: Alabama special teams coordinator Jeff Banks is heading to join Sarks Texas staff as assistant head coach / special teams coordinator / tight ends coach, Bruce Feldman tweets. Vanderbilt: The program has announced the additions of Inoke Beckterfield (DTs), Justin Lustig (STC / TEs), Barton Simmons (GM / director of personnel), and Nik Valdiserri (recruiting coordinator). Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are parting ways with offensive coordinator Randy Fitchner by not renewing his contract, Tom Pelissero tweets. New York Jets: The Jets have completed second interviews with Robert Saleh (49ers DC) and Arthur Smith (Titans OC). Urban Meyer: With Urban finalizing a deal with the Jaguars, Jeremy Fowler tweets that two names worth watching for his staff are Chris Ash as defensive backs coach and former Texans defensive coordinator Anthoy Weaver as head defensive assistant / defensive line coach. Florida Atlantic: FAU is planning to promote Ray Woodie to associate head coach, special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Atlanta Falcons: Saints VP/Assistant GM for Pro Personnel Terry Fontenot is the favorite to become Atlanta's next GM, tweets Ian Rapoport. A deal isn't expected to become complete until New Orleans completes its playoff run. Jacksonville Jaguars: Urban Meyer is finalizing his deal with the Jags, per multiple reports. Looks like the Jags went all in, and got their guy. Alabama: With Kyle Flood leaving for Texas,
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 14, 2021
" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bruce Feldman notes to "look for" Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland to come in as Flood's replacement. Stoutland and Saban have a previous history, and Jeff previously coached the Tide's offensive line in 2011-12.
Houston Texans: The Texans have requested an interview with Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, per Around the NFL.
Davenport (D-II - MI):Davenport is looking for games this Spring. Interested teams should contact Coach McEwen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Preferably looking for home games.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have requested an interview with Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their head coaching opening, per
Casting a wide net for Doug Pederson’s successor, the Philadelphia Eagles have requested an interview with an NFC East rival, Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, for their head coach opening, according to a source. Moore, 32, signed a three-year... https://t.co/grpZcygpFA
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) January 14, 2021
" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Todd Archer.
Urban Meyer: Appears today might be the day....
Webber International (NAIA - FL): Webber International head coach Kelly Scott has stepped down after being with the program for a 19 seasons, 16 of which was as head coach. Defensive coordinator Eric Potochney has been named interim head coach.
Research Discovers the 6 Behaviors Your Program Must Implement:X&O Labs spent the last year researching the culture of over 40 football programs—such as North Carolina, Navy, Iowa, LSU, Arizona State among others. It is through this research they have identified the six behaviors needed for player-driven culture. Player-driven culture is widely considered the healthiest form of culture. The head coach is responsible for creating the standards, but the players make the decision to own and protect those standards. “It will be the programs that have learned to be completely player-driven that will thrive,” said Mike Kuchar, X&O Labs’ Senior Researcher. “Because they are the ones that can quickly adjust, pivot and manage themselves with little influence from anyone else.” X&O Labs has published this entire study in a 246-page book, The Player Driven Culture System: A Study of the Six Behaviors That Create and Sustain Player-Ownership of Football Programs. To learn more about this study and how to get a copy of the book, go here for study details.
Arkansas State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Pac-12 has come to raid Butch Jones’ new strength coach. Update> Sources tell FootballScoop Jones plans to fill the role with….a Jones.
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UT-Permian Basin (D-II – TX): UT Permian Basin is looking to fill week 1 (9/4/2021) with a home contest. Will pay a guarantee. Contact head coach Justin Carrigan at email@example.com
Jackson State (FCS – MS): Deion Sanders detailed his funny and creative way for dealing with the transfer portal.
Alabama: Sources tell FootballScoop Nick Saban is planning to hire Bill O’Brien as his next offensive coordinator.
Tony Elliott: According to a report, an NFL team may be coming after Clemson’s Tony Elliott.
New Coaching Changes Page: Keep track of all the 2020-21 NFL and College head coaching movement here.