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The Scoop - Tuesday August 10, 2021


Steve Sarkisian: Social media is the main reason why Steve Sarkisian believes that today's athletes are dealing with more criticism than they've historically ever had to.

Football DNA: The ties that bind rising stars Tommy Rees and Nick Sheridan

Houston: The University of Houston is looking to hire a Director of On-Campus Recruiting. This position will help with all official and unofficial visits and assist with day-to-day operations within the recruiting department. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Casey Smithson at The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Missouri: UNLV athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois has been announced as the new AD at Missouri. Missouri has agreed to pay her buyout of $500k to UNLV and she will make an annual base salary of $550k and has annual incentive compensation of $250k for radio / television appearances and other university functions. Her total compensation (including the annual deferred payments) would put her at $950k annually, ranking 8th among the current 13 public SEC schools.

Big South (FCS): The Big South announced Tuesday games against incoming member North Alabama will count toward the conference standings. UNA remains ineligible for the Big South title and the FCS playoffs in their final transitional season to FCS. Finally, Big South ADs ruled games canceled by COVID-19 will be ruled forfeits by the team responsible for the cancellation. 

Ottawa University Arizona (NAIA - AZ): Ottawa University Arizona has an immediate opening for a graduate assistant or restricted earnings wide receiver and defensive line coach. College coaching and recruiting experience is preferred. Applicants must be accepted into the graduate program with a 3.0 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. This position pays full tuition, a meal plan, as well as a healthy stipend. To apply for this position, send resume and references to Director of Football Operations Jesse Cartnal at

15 Most Important: Bryan Harsin and Auburn took risks on each other. Harsin took a different kind of risking in picking Mike Bobo to run his offense.

Northwestern: Demetrius Fields has joined the program as director of player engagement. Fields is a former wide receiver at Northwestern from 2008-12, Fields returns to Evanston after having spent the last seven years working in academic advising, most recently at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

Kent State: Per a report yesterday, Sean Lewis has signed an extension at Kent State.

Realignment: Kansas State AD Gene Taylor believes realignment is done...for now.

FCS Top 25: Defending champion Sam Houston, crowned all of two and a half months ago, begins its title defense as the No. 1 team in the country.

Kalamazoo (D-III - MI): Ameer Ismail has accepted the defensive coordinator / recruiting coordinator job on the Kalamazoo staff. Ismail, a former standout defensive player at Western Michigan, most recently served in the same role at Wilkes (D-III - PA) the past several months.

Grad assistants: The NCAA has provided a blanker waiver for a fourth year for grad assistants in 2021. More on that move and others that impact grad assistants here

Nicholls State (FCS): Per source, Tylan Martin recently accepted the running backs job on staff. He previously served as an assistant at  West Georgia where he coached wideouts for one year and running backs for a year. 

Peyton Manning: Peyton's Hall of Fame enshrinement speech was fantastic.

University of Chicago (D-III - IL): A MAC staffer is leaving to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Chicago.