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The Scoop - Tuesday April 6, 2021

Tuesday April 6, 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.

Conference USA has announced that longtime assistant commissioner Russell Anderson, who served the league for 25 years, has passed. Please join us in praying for his family.

Please join us in praying for the family of Chuck Lliteras, who has passed. Coach Lliteras spent a few stints with William Jewell (D-II - MO), most recently as defensive coordinator before being promoted to interim head coach in 2019 before announcing his retirement. Lliteras was a fixture in the local Kansas City high school ranks as well.

New Hampshire (FCS): New Hampshire has opted out of the remainder of its season with two games remaining. The Wildcats end their season having played one game, a 24-20 loss to Albany on March 5. FootballScoop's FCS opt-out tracker.

The Spring League: Former Nebraska and Oregon State head coach Mike Riley has a new head coaching job in The Spring League as the organization expands to eight teams and plans to experiment with overtime rules.

Wayne State (D-II - MI): Sources tell FootballScoop that Steve Gardiner has joined the staff as linebackers coach. Gardiner spent last season as the special teams coordinator / linebackers coach at Northwood (D-II - MI) and prior to that spent a number of years on Mark Dantonio's Michigan State staff in a variety of capacities.

Texas A&M: Jimbo Fisher has added an NFL veteran to the Aggies staff.

Wake Forest: Wake Forest is looking to hire an On-Campus Recruiting Coordinator / Assistant to the Head Coach. This position will be responsible for all on-campus visits both official and unofficial, oversee the admissions process and initial eligibility for all incoming football prospects, and assist with day to day operations of the Head Coach. This is a full-time position with benefits and will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Please no phone calls or emails to the staff. Interested candidates should apply via this link.

Mercyhurst (D-II - PA):Mercyhurst is looking for a scrimmage/game this Spring for the weekend of April 17th. They are also looking to fill an open home date for Week 1, Thursday, September 2, 2021. If interested, please contact Head Coach Marty Schaetzle at

Simon Fraser (D-II - Canada): SFU is looking to fill an open home date in 2021 on Week 10, Nov. 6th, with possible home/away agreements for 2022. We are also looking to fill the following open dates in 2023; Week 5 Sept. 30th and Week 9 Oct. 28th. Any interested DII programs can contact Coach Jerome Erdman at;

Bowling Green: Due to COVID testing and contact tracing, BGSU has concluded their spring practices. They were able to complete 12 of their 15 scheduled practices.

Alfred State (D-III - NY): Alfred State College is seeking applicants for an intern coaching position on offense. Preferred candidates will have prior experience playing, and/or coaching wide receiver. Candidates will be responsible for coaching their own position group, on the road recruiting, film editing/breakdown (HUDL), as well as other duties assigned by the head football coach. A Bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. This position comes with an $11,250 stipend over the course of ten months, and a tuition waiver for one graduate class per semester (including winter term), at any State University of New York institution (preferably online classes). A limited number of meals are provided, as well as access to very affordable housing. To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to head coach Scott Linn at No phone calls please.

Western Illinois (FCS): The program has decided to opt out of their remaining two games of the spring season.

Central Connecticut State (FCS):Central Connecticut State University is looking to host an opponent on September 18, 2021 or October 2, 2021. CCSU is open to paying a guarantee or working to schedule a home and home. Interested parties should reach out to Adam Jenkins at

Wisconsin: Athletic director Barry Alvarez has formally announced that he will retire, effective June 30th.

Gavilan (JC - Gilroy, CA): Gavilan College is looking to hire assistant football coaches on offense and defense. Coaching strengths in LBs or DL defensively and WRs, QBs, or OL offensively will be given priority. Ideal candidates will have a passion for football, a relentless work ethic, are highly motivated, and very detail oriented. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to break into the college football profession. Responsibilities are, but not limited to running their own position meetings, individual/group at practice, assisting with special teams and scout teams, game planning duties as assigned by coordinator, recruiting, travel and game day duties as assigned, student-athlete development, and other duties assigned by the Head Football Coach and/or coordinator. Candidates should be adept at learning new technology, in addition to being proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Hudl. The position includes a small stipend contingent on candidate’s experience and availability. This position has no housing, meals, or benefits attached to it. Currently, there are no possibilities of teaching classes on campus. The position(s) are best for local candidates, or an individual that can provide their own housing. Start date is as soon as possible. Positions are open until filled. Candidates should email cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to No phone calls please.

St. Francis (NAIA - IN): University of Saint Francis is looking for a game on Saturday, September 11th, 2021. Willing to travel and/or return game in 2022. Interested programs can contact

North Texas: Seth Littrell is set to promote Chris Petrilli to work with the Mean Green’s kickers, punters and specialists, tweets Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle. Source tells FootballScoop Petrilli will also coach outside linebackers.


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Northwestern: Northwestern is looking to hire a director of player engagement. The Director of Player Engagement is responsible for providing direction and support to the development of the Northwestern Football student-athlete. This position will provide day-to-day support to student-athletes in areas such as community engagement, academic progress, ‘big brother’ and mentoring programs. Supporting all diversity and inclusion initiatives, this position will hold a leadership role with the NU Football program. To apply, visit this link.

Springfield College (D-III - MA): Springfield College is looking for an opponent for a home and home series for 2021 and 2022 with the possibility to extend to a longer contract. The dates we have open are Week 4 September 25th , 2021 and September 24th, 2022 or Week 5 October 2nd , 2021 and October 1st , 2022. Would prefer a home game in 2021 and we will travel in 2022. All Division III/II opponents will be considered. Please contact Lou DiRienzo for more information at

Kansas: Our update from yesterday on the narrowing search at Kansas.

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

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