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The Scoop - Thursday January 28, 2021

Thursday January 28, 2021

X&O Labs 1:21:21

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.

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

Chargers | Falcons | Eagles | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans

LSU: LSU has now announced the hire of Blake Baker.

Detroit: Mark Brunell has agreed to become quarterbacks coach for Dan Campbell's staff Tom Pelissero shares.

Chicago: The Bears have hired Billy McGovern as inside linebackers coach. McGovern spent the 2020 season as senior defensive analyst at Nebraska.

RSOs and PSOs From 10/11 Personnel: At Ventura College, the offensive staff want to stretch the defense both vertically and horizontally on any given play. One of the concepts they use are “Candy” screens that widen the field and use all 53 and 1/3rd. These quick screens are part of their run game, giving their athletes the most space possible with the ball. The great thing is this is an easy concept for players to understand and it forces the back end of defenses to either play tighter in coverage or to make a lot of tackles in space. In an exclusive X&O Labs report, Ventura College’s offensive coordinator Jeff Fischer details their “Candy” screens from 10/11 personnel. This report includes 6 minutes of game film with narration from Coach Fischer. Go here to read this report now.

LSU: LSU plans to hire former New York Jets defensive line coach Andre Carter as their defensive line coach Bruce Feldman tweets. After a 13 year NFL career, Carter has been in coaching four seasons - two as assistant defensive line coach for the Dolphins and two in New York. Carter worked with new LSU DC Daronte Jones when Jones served as assistant DBs coach with the Dolphins.

Ole Miss: Sources tell FootballScoop Lane Kiffin is getting his man for his defensive line job.

Lone Star Coaching Clinic: Virtual format this year, February 12-14, the Lone Star Clinic is one of the best. Speakers have two hours each, followed by Q&A with the audience. Have a look at this schedule!

Houston Texans: The Texans are expected to hire Pep Hamilton as quarterbacks coach Tom Pelissero tweets. Pep coached quarterbacks for the Chargers this past season.

LSU: Ross Dellenger is now reporting this deal is expected to be finalized today.

Glazier: Want 4,000 rushing yards next season? Check out Kyle Ralph's, Power Spread System. This up-tempo no-huddle system, which averages over 4,000 rushing yards per season, is a run heavy spread attack. Because of the strong run game it opens their passing game for another 2,000 yards a season.

Indianapolis Colts: Running backs coach Tom Rathman has decided to retire. Rathman has been part of football as a coach and player for over three decades, has won two Super Bowls, and is in the 49ers Hall of Fame.

Boise State: Sources tell FootballScoop Andy Avalos is hiring the head coach from a top JuCo program.

Texas: Texas has formally announced Jeff Choate as co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach and Jason Grooms as chief of staff.

North Texas: North Texas has formally announced the addition of Jim Gush as linebackers coach.

UTSA: UTSA will allow defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix's contract to expire on Feb. 15. He was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 14.

Michigan State: Travares Tillman is being promoted to corners coach after serving last year as a senior defensive assistant.

West Virginia: Old Dominion defensive line coach Andrew Jackson is joining the West Virginia staff. He will be an assistant on the defensive side of the ball.

Southern Miss: Missouri State offensive line coach Jeremy Darveau is planning to join Will Hall's staff at Southern Miss in the same capacity sources tell FootballScoop. Darveau coached offensive line at South Florida in 2019.

Green Bay: The Packers are promoting Maurice Drayton to special teams coordinator per Tom Pelissero. One month ago we published this article on Drayton, "Lifting as he climbs".

LSU: Ed Orgeron is seeking to hire an ACC defensive coordinator.

FAU: FAU has announced they are hiring Mike Stoops as their new defensive coordinator.

Minnesota Vikings: Assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken is being promoted to special teams coordinator. Ficken has spent the past 14 seasons with the organization, Tom Pelissero tweets.

Indianapolis Colts: App State corners coach James Rowe is expected to join the Colts' staff in the same capacity Tyler Rash shares. Rowe is a finalist for defensive backs coach of the year. Update> Sources confirm to FootballScoop the move is in the works.

TopGolf: TopGolf in some iconic college football stadiums? TopGolf in some iconic college football stadiums!

Tennessee: An in depth look at who is coming and who is going...Staff changes at Tennessee per sources.

Chicago Bears: The Bears are hiring former Texans outside linebackers coach Chris Rumph as their new defensive line coach Adam Hoge shares.

Vanderbilt: Clark Lea has officially announced the additions of Jesse Minter (DC / safeties) and Ben Cauthen (chief of staff)

Missouri: Jethro Franklin has officially been announced as defensive line coach.

Detroit Lions: Mike Disner, who joined the organization in 2019 as vice president of football administration, is now serving in an elevated role as senior vice president of football and business administration.

Lake Erie (D-II - OH): Lake Erie College currently has two openings. We are seeking a full-time Defensive Backs coach. Additionally we have a GA or restricted earnings position working with the DB's open as well. Looking to start immediately. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send all hiring materials to

Northwestern (NAIA - IA): Northwestern is seeking applicants for an offensive graduate assistant. The position is a 10-month appointment (August to May), is renewable for up to 3 years and may start immediately. Position will report to the head football coach and will be responsible for coaching the position group and assisting the head coach in all areas of the program. Position includes tuition, stipend, housing and meal plan. The successful candidate will have an authentic Christian faith and support the college’s mission. Those interested can email offensive coordinator Josh Davis at

Tiffin (D-II - OH): Tiffin University is seeking a Fall 2021 Week 1 game. We would prefer this to be a home and home agreement including the 2022 season but we are open to a 1 year agreement. Any interest, please contact Head Coach Cris Reisert at

Springfield (D-III - MA): Springfield College is looking to fill a Week 5 open date (10/2/2021 & 10/1/2022). Looking for a home game in 2021, with a return away game in 2022. Also open to a one-year agreement for 2021 only. Seeking a team from the New England/Northeast region. Interested programs can contact Associate AD Kevin Wood, at

Missouri State: Max Halpin is joining the staff as offensive line coach. Halpin served as an offensive grad assistant at Purdue this past season.

Rowan (D-III - NJ): Rowan University is looking for a game week 3 in 2021 (Sept. 18) and 2022(Sept. 17). Looking for a Home and Home agreement. Please contact Tom Doddy at

Detroit Lions: Source tells FootballScoop the Lions are planning to hire Kelvin Sheppard from LSU's staff. Sheppard played linebacker in the league for eight seasons, including 2018 with the Lions. Sheppard was serving in an analyst / player development role at LSU.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have now announced Des Kitchings as their new running backs coach.

Alabama: Tennessee director of football programming Todd Watson is expected to join Nick Saban's staff in a support role Matt Zenitz shares.

LA Chargers: Shane Day, who spent the last two seasons coaching the 49ers quarterbacks, is joining the staff as quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator, NickWagoner of ESPN tweets.

Auburn: Per source, former Boise State defensive analyst Danny McDonald has joined the Auburn staff in the same capacity.

LA Chargers: Per source, Tennessee graduate assistant Issac Shewmacker is following Derick Ansley to LA in a defensive quality control capacity.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former Ravens linebacker Zach Orr, who retired at age 25 due to health reasons before spending the last four seasons on the Ravens staff, is scheduled to interview for the linebackers job on Urban Meyer's staff, per Dan Graziano.

Houston Texans: The organization is tabbing Ravens assistant David Culley to fill the last remaining head coaching opening.

Kansas: Offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon is leaving for Middle Tennessee.

Jeremy Pruitt: Well, it is not the Jets (as was reported yesterday); but the Giants who plan to hire Jeremy Pruitt.

UCF: They need to hire an AD first; but an early look at candidates for the UCF job.

SMU: Defensive line coach Randall Joyner is receiving SEC interest

Deion Sanders: Coach Prime's squad has new uniforms.

Florida: Offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is leaving for an opportunity in the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are planning to hire Des Kitchings from South Carolina.

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

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