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The Scoop - Thursday January 6, 2022

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Louisiana Lafayette: Source tells FootballScoop Matt Bergeron will be the new running backs coach at ULL. Bergeron has been on staff with Billy Napier the past five years. He had agreed to go to Florida as an offensive analyst; however sources tell FootballScoop Coach Desormeaux offered him and he has agreed to become running backs coach at ULL now. 

Sam Houston (FCS - TX): Sources tell FootballScoop John Perry is expected to become offensive coordinator and Cooper Bassett will be the new offensive line coach at Sam Houston. 

Idaho: University of Washington offensive analyst Thomas Ford is expected to be the new special teams coordinator / running backs coach at Idaho Bruce Feldman shared. 

Kent State: As FootballScoop reported last week, Kent State has formally announced Northern Iowa's Jeremiah Johnson as defensive coordinator. Johnson ran UNI's defense since 2013 and ranked among the FCS top-15 in yards and points allowed this season. He replaces Tom Kaufman, who was let go in November. 

Colgate (FCS - NY): Paul Shaffner has retired from Colgate and Jordan Belfiori has been promoted to defensive coordinator, source tells FootballScoop. Belfiori was the Raiders' co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. 

Louisiana: Grambling offensive line coach/run game coordinator Bryant Ross has returned to Lafayette as assistant O-line coach. He worked with UL's offensive line from 2018-20. 

Northwestern: The Wildcats have formally announced the hiring of Ryan Smith as cornerbacks coach. 

Virginia: Army wide receivers coach Keith Gaither and Pace Academy head coach Chris Slade, a former Cavalier, have joined Tony Elliott's staff as defensive assistants. 

Tennessee: Director of player development Patrick Abernathy has resigned. 

Houston: Former Bowling Green head coach and USC, Texas Tech running backs coach Mike Jinks will join the off-field staff at Houston, tweets Bruce Feldman. 

UAlbany (FCS - NY): Delaware offensive coordinator Jared Ambrose has accepted the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks job at UAlbany. Multiple coaches also have new titles, and the complete staff consists of Nate Byham (associate HC / Co-OC / OL coach), Joe Bernard (DC / ILBs), Bill Nesselt (STC / OLBs), Will Fiacchi (TEs / PGC), Jordan Orlovsky (RBs / DFO), Peter Davila (DBs), Darrin Walls (Safeties), Chris Calabrese (defensive assistant), and Brendan Smith (offensive assistant.)

Clark Atlanta (D-II - GA): Sources tell us that Greg Calhoun (OL), Darius Buck (DC / DBs), and Cory Sullivan (STC / DL) have all been let go.

DeAnza (JC - CA): DeAnza College (JC, Cupertino CA) is looking to add the following staff positions DL/LB/Video Coordinator. These are all dual stipend (Fall/Spring) positions. Local candidates are encouraged to apply by sending your resume & references to new HC Joe D'

Southwestern (NAIA - KS): Southwestern College (NAIA) in Winfield, KS is looking to hire an offensive coordinator. This is a full-time position with benefits. Please send your resume & references to . No phone calls please.

Austin College (D-III - TX): Austin is taking applications for a stipend assistant coach position. Coach will be responsible for their own position group, recruiting area, and other duties assigned by the head coach and athletic director. Position will be a 10 month appointment, that includes a $10,000/year stipend, Shared Housing, and Medical Insurance. Start date of February 1, 2022. To apply send Resume and Name/ Numbers of three references to Head Coach Loren Dawson at

Boise State: Former Virginia co-defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga is joining the staff as a defensive assistant, tweets ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. 

Benedict College (D-II - SC): Benedict College is no longer accepting resumes for their openings. Thanks for the tremendous interest!

Ohio State: Sources tell FootballScoop that offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and the program have parted ways.

ESPN Film Room: The Worldwide Leader is planning to give viewers a heavy dose of Jimbo Fisher as the Film Room returns for Monday's national title game. 

Northwestern Oklahoma State (D-II - OK): Northwestern Oklahoma State University is accepting applications for a Graduate Assistant Football Coach (Tight Ends); this position includes a stipend, housing/meals and paid graduate classes (path to graduate degree in 2 years). Applicants must be accepted into the graduate program with a 2.75 GPA. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, equipment organization, practice planning, coaching a position group, leading meetings, film break down, player evaluation and recruiting, promotion and marketing of the program, and assisting in general day to day football operations & other duties assigned by the Head Coach. Minority candidates encouraged to apply. Interested candidates can email their Letter of Interest, Resume, and References to Head Football Coach If you will be attending AFCA Convention, please indicate in email as some interviews could take place there.

Bridgewater (D-III - VA): Bridgewater College is seeking applications for the position of Offensive Assistant Coach – Wide Receivers. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Head Football Coach. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Assisting the head coach in all facets of a Division III football program, Recruiting prospective student-athletes who fit the mission and culture of the program and the College, Organizing & conducting on-field coaching during practices and games. Prior collegiate coaching experience and/or competitive collegiate playing experience required. Must be able to teach offensive football technique and understand football strategy at a high level. Demonstrated leadership skills and effective communication and organizational skills. Basic competency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio) applications is required. Competency with HUDL or other editing software and willing to learn GoArmyEdge 3-D Technology. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the college’s auto insurance carrier. The cover letter should address the qualifications contained in the profile above. To Apply: Please complete the online application at Attach a cover letter, resume and include the names and contact information (email and mobile phone) for three references. No phone calls please.

Snow (JC - UT): Snow College is looking to hire a wide receivers coach. This is a part time position that will include housing, meals, and a stipend from teaching PE classes. A Bachelors degree is required. Previous coaching experience is also required. The coach will have housing and academic responsibilities as well. Interviews will be held next week at the AFCA convention in San Antonio, if possible. Snow College football has played in the National Championship game and National Semifinal game for the past two seasons. Interested candidates should send their resume, references, and letter of interest to

Auburn: Adam Schefter tweets that Arizona Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner is being pursued for Auburn's defensive line opening after turning down an offer from Clemson earlier this week.

Auburn: Sources tell FootballScoop Mike Hartline is headed to join Bryan Harsin's staff

UW-Eau Claire (D-III): University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is looking to fill one (1) open date for 2022, Week 2 OR Week 4 are currently open. Looking for a home game and will pay a guarantee. Please contact Head Football Coach, Wesley Beschorner at

Central Oklahoma (D-II): Former Abilene Christian (FCS - TX) offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Josh Lamberson has joined the staff.

Louisiana-Monroe: Terry Bowden and ULM are tabbing a former FBS head coach to fill their defensive coordinator role, sources tell FootballScoop.

USFL: The re-launch of the USFL will reportedly tab Kevin Sumlin and Gene Chizik to return to the sidelines to lead two of the teams.

Jacksonville State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Rich Rodriguez is tabbing a young star-in-the-making to run his defense.

Miami (OH): Miami currently has three open positions on staff - linebackers, defensive backs, and special teams. Interested candidates are asked to apply online via this link.

St. Francis (NAIA - IL): The University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL seeks applicants for a defensive restricted earnings coach (10-13k) to work with the DL or LB. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: operational tasks assigned by the Head Coach, opponent film breakdown/reports, game week preparation, and managing position meetings. There is opportunity to grow within the program based on performance. Please send a resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Head Football Coach Joe Curry at No phone calls please. There may an opportunity to interview at the AFCA Convention this weekend.

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Southern Arkansas (D-II): Per source, Trinity Valley CC (JC - TX) defensive coordinator Will Reed is the new defensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas.

Clarke (NAIA - IA): Clarke University in Dubuque, IA is seeking a part-time assistant football coach on Offense with QB or WR experience. This is a 12-month staff position and compensation is 15k, on-campus housing, and meals. This position must live on-campus and will have some Residence Life duties. Other duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Assist the head coach with all aspects of the football program, position group meetings and practice prep, academic monitoring responsibilities, and special teams assignment. Please forward cover letter, resume and at least 3 professional references to the Head Coach Miguel Regalado No phone calls please. This job has an immediate start date.

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Coach of the Year: Yesterday, in partnership with AstroTurf, we announced the 2021 FootballScoop Coach of the Year winners on the offensive side of the ball: Zach Kittley (WKU), quarterbacks; William Peagler (Michigan State), running backs; Brian Hartline (Ohio State), wide receivers; Todd Hartley (Georgia), tight ends; and Jim Harding (Utah), offensive line. 

USC: Lincoln Riley is reportedly snagging an assistant from a College Football Playoff team for his Trojans staff.

James Madison: Former Vol, Hokies staffer tabbed to lead operations for James Madison's FBS move.

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