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The Scoop - Thursday March 25, 2021

Thursday March 25, 2021


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X&O Labs 3-25-21

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.

DFO Spring Meetings: DFO President Jashon Sykes announces that the DFO Spring Meetings will be in person at The Star (Cowboys' facilities) and at The Omni Hotel in Frisco, Texas. Zoom option will be available as well. Hotel and meeting space are now confirmed. May 6th - we'll start meetings early afternoon, tour of stadium, and have a social at night. May 7th - meetings will be most of the day, and finish with tour of practice facilities. Link to book rooms will be sent out in the next 24/48 hours.

Georgia State: Georgia State has announced Eman Naghavi as its offensive line coach. More on the hire here.

Akron: Army recruiting director Mike Daniels is joining the staff as running backs coach, sources tell FootballScoop. More here.

Arizona: Shadow first-year head coach Jedd Fisch for a full day as they open up spring practices.

Wisconsin: Wisconsin has hired former Browns and Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown to the same post. Great job, great coach, great fit.

Wake Forest: The program has announced a few promotions today. After an internship in football operations, Aly Cramond has been promoted to football operations assistant, Chris Osgood is moving to assistant director of football operations after four seasons as a student assistant in operations, and Ben Baker has been promoted to video coordinator while Alex Valles is moving from recruiting intern to recruiting assistant.

Bobby Petrino: After Illinois State canceled the rest of their season Missouri State head coach Bobby Petrino is asking for an apology.

FIU: Butch Davis has found his new coordinator, per report, and he's a guy that brings SEC and NFL experience with him.

Missouri: Eli Drinkwitz shares a story of their defensive plan for Alabama that backfired big time.

Alabama: Jay Graham shares a statement on why he’s left Nick Saban’s staff.

Bud Foster on Pressuring the Modern Quarterback: There's a reason why Bud Foster's defenses at Virginia Tech still rank 1st in sacks (894), 1st in sack yards (-6,110), and 1st in third-down defensive percentage (31.6%) despite having not coached in two seasons. But, make no mistake, the FBS "G.O.A.T." is not done with football. He's been quietly assisting defensive coaches around the country in developing new innovations to combat the advancements of today’s offenses. First on his priority? Design pressures to manipulate the modern quarterback. He learned the hard way that 3-Deep, 3-Under pressure patterns like good ole Whip and Cane Dog are now easily detected and exploited. Today’s QBs are too schooled in identifying rotations and taking advantage of negated space and personnel mismatches. It's why later in his career, he created what he called "switch" coverage to protect a lesser talented boundary corner against a dominant X while overloading coverages to the field to protect against seam routes—where QBs were previously afraid to throw against pressure. In an exclusive study with X&O Labs’ Mike Kuchar, Bud Foster presents his entire pressure catalog which includes illustrations, narrated video, and game film. This presentation is available right now: Go here to start reading (watch video)

Anderson (D-III - IN): Anderson University, IN (DIII) looking for a Home contest on 9/11/21 or 9/25/21. Please send any questions to

LSU: Ed Orgeron addresses not interviewing an assistant coach LSU hired last season.

Arizona: On Day 1 of spring practices, Don Brown defends having 30+ calls in for his defense.

LSU: Defensive grad assistant Christian LaCoutre has left the program to accept a position in sales reports Jacques Doucet.

Lincoln Riley vs. Gary Patterson: The Oklahoma and TCU head coaches are locked in a game of tug-of-war over Chandler Morris’s 2021 season.

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

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