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The Scoop - Thursday March 4, 2021

Thursday March 4, 2021

X&O Labs Ferentz Interview 2-25-21

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.

Cal: Sources tell FootballScoop Justin Wilcox has found his new defensive backs coach.

Tulane: Sources tell FootballScoop Willie Fritz has found his new offensive line coach.

Highest Paid Coaches: We opened the 2021 edition of our series examining college football's highest-paid position coaches by looking at the offensive line.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints are adding former Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney to the staff sources tell FootballScoop.

Tennessee: Mike Ekeler has now been formally announced as outside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator.

Diversity: Excellent insight into how Kane Wommack built his staff at South Alabama with diversity, social issues and a strong desire to simply do the right thing. It all starts with family.

Bemidji State (D-II - MN): Waylon Robinson has joined the staff as interior defensive line coach. He has served as a youth combine assistant since 2019 and had a playing career as a defensive tackle at Arkansas State from 2015-17

Appalachian State: The graduate assistant position has been filled at App State, per source.

Florida A&M (FCS): FAMU on Thursday became the first college program to align itself with LeBron. Details here.

College Football Playoff: Georgia State AD Charlie Cobb has been appointed to a 1-year term on the CFP selection committee. He replaces Terry Mohajir as the Sun Belt's representative following his departure from Arkansas State to UCF.

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Devin Klieman has been announced as the team's new linebackers coach. Klieman previously served as a student assistant at Kansas State and North Dakota State.

Oklahoma State: Athletic director Mike Holder will transition to athletic director emeritus and OK State president Burns Hargis is recommending that deputy director Chad Weiberg take over as athletic director effective July 1.

East Carolina: Latrell Scott has been announced as passing game coordinator / tight ends / inside receivers coach. We highlighted the addition of the former Norfolk State (FCS - VA) coach to the Pirates staff yesterday.

Iowa: Tulane offensive line coach George Barnett is expected to be hired as the Hawkeye's new offensive line coach.

Louisville: John Law, who served as a defensive graduate assistant at Appalachian State, has left to become the defensive quality control coach at Louisville working with inside linebackers, sources tell FootballScoop.

Seattle Seahawks: The team has now announced the additions of Carl Smith and former defensive back DeShawn Shead, both of which we reported on earlier.

New York Jets: Last night, we broke the news that New York Jets are adding adding a renowned Olympic strength guru as their Director of Performance.

Laney (JC - CA): Laney college is looking for interns in both the coaching and digital departments. Position starts as soon as we decide on who to hire. For inquiries on the position email

Middle Tennessee: MTSU is defending itself against nepotism charges after the head coach’s son was hired as wide receivers coach.

NFL Hiring Cycle Change: One NFL team is proposing a significant change to the NFL hiring cycle.

UW-Oshkosh (D-III): UW Oshkosh is looking for three non-conference games Week 1 thru 4. Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18 or Sept. 24. Anyone who is interested please contact AD Darryl Sims at

Kirk Ferentz Speaks on Iowa’s Culture:Ferentz assumed his program’s culture was healthy. Yet, he admitted to X&O Labs, “you coach 21 years and think you have a grip on things, but you don’t.” The truth is the culture Coach Ferentz installed decades prior had rarely been reviewed, re-committed or re-evaluated—which led to the perfect storm of what happened last summer. In an exclusive interview with X&O Labs’ Mike Kuchar, Iowa’s head coach Kirk Ferentz reveals what happened behind the scenes as the controversy first unfolded. But, more importantly, he’s sharing what steps he’s taking now to build the healthy culture he thought he had. Go here for more.

Hawaii: The University of Hawaii is looking to fill a Defensive GA position. Interested applicants should send their resumes and references to No phone calls please.

Norfolk State (FCS – VA): Head coach Latrell Scott is stepping down to take a position at East Carolina.

Kentucky: The Bluegrass State has unanimously passed a bill that would allow an extra year of eligibility for HIGH SCHOOL seniors.

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

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

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