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The Scoop - Tuesday December 7, 2021

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Fresno State: The program and Jeff Tedford are finalizing a deal to bring him back as head coach, Pete Thamel tweets

Ohio State: We shared a bit ago that Ryan Day was working to hire Oklahoma State defensive coordinator and Broyles finalist Jim Knowles as the Buckeyes new defensive coordinator, and Day has now announced the hire.  

Duke: Multiple reports share that former Giants offensive coordinator, and former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is involved in the Duke head coaching search.

Virginia Tech: Florida State linebackers coach Chris Marve has joined the program as Brent Pry's defensive coordinator. Marve and Pry previously worked together at Vanderbilt.  

Southern Arkansas (D-II): Brad Smiley has been named head coach of the Muleriders. He was most recently the offensive coordinator at Northwestern State (FCS - LA). 

LSU: Sources tell FootballScoop that Greg McMahon, who spent the last four seasons at LSU, plans to retire and remain in Baton Rouge. Before joining the Tigers, McMahon spent a decade with the Saints where he also served as special teams coordinator. Please join us in congratulating Greg on an outstanding career, and in wishing him all the best in the next phase of life. 

Maine (FCS): Yale (FCS) co-defensive coordinator Jordan Stevens will be the new head coach, according to a tweet from Pete Thamel. Stevens is a Maine alum and also served as an assistant coach for the program previously.  

Southern Arkansas (D-II): Brad Smiley, who most recently served as offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at Northwestern State (FCS), has been announced as head coach.

Wake Forest: Wake Forest has an opening for a football/recruiting intern. Person must have over a 3.0 gpa, have had experience playing or coaching wide receivers, and has not been graduated from college for more than six years - as this job can lead to a graduate assistant position. Send resume and transcript to No phone calls.

TCU: In addition to Joseph Gillespie, the Tulsa staff is also losing corners coach Carlton Buckels to TCU, Kelly Hines tweets

Pitt: Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has resigned, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. More here.

Broyles Award: The award for the top assistant coach in college football has been awarded to Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Simon Fraser (D-II - Canada): SFU is looking for full-time QBs and / or WRs coach. Looking for coaches with at least five years experience and offensive coordinator experience is preferred. Canadian Citizenship strongly advised. Please send resumes to Head Coach Mike Rigell at

LSU: McNeese head coach Frank Wilson has stepped down and plans to join Brian Kelly's staff at LSU source tells FootballScoop. Source tells FootballScoop Wilson is expected to have "assistant head coach" type role. More here.

TCU: Tulsa defensive coordinator Joseph Gillespie is leaving for the same opportunity at TCU, sources confirm to FootballScoop. It's a big move for the former Texas high school coach.

LSU: An update on Brian Kelly's staff at LSU

Georgia Tech: Michigan State corners coach and former Georgia Tech star Travares Tillman has been hired to coach the defensive backs.  

CoachComm: When the Bayou Classic, the iconic collegiate matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University, took place on November 27th, it was the first NCAA game in which coach-to-player communications were permitted to be used in a game. Unlike the coach-to-player devices used by the Pros, the equipment provided for the Bayou Classic is the next-gen technology engineered and manufactured by CoachComm that works seamlessly with CoachComm’s X-System coaches headset system used by hundreds of college teams. Together, the headset communication and the new X-Player coach-to-player communication make a powerful pair for any team seeking the ultimate competitive advantage. “The coaches and players loved it,” says George Stubbs, equipment manager for Grambling State University. “CoachComm’s X-Player coach-to-player communications gave us a valuable game tool. Being able to communicate in real-time is an opportunity to improve in many different areas.” Learn more about X-Player here

Idaho: An update on Idaho's search

Syracuse: Bowling Green special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky is expected to join Dino Babers' staff in the same capacity per multiple reports. 

FAU: Sources tell FootballScoop multiple changes are coming on the offensive side of Willie Taggart's staff. Running backs coach Chris Perkins is not being retained Bruce Feldman shared and we can add that Taggart is planning to make a change with offensive coordinator Mike Johnson's role. Reports also share that corners coach Stanford Samuels Jr. and tight ends coach Jon Bills are not expected to return.

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Akron: Oregon offensive analyst David Gilbertson is joining Joe Moorhead at Akron as receivers coach, per source.

Georgetown (NAIA - KY): Hall of Fame head coach Bill Cronin has decided to retire after leading the program to unprecedented heights the last 25 years.

Wheeling (D-II – WV): Wheeling University invites applications for 2 Graduate Assistants. Successful candidates must be committed to the academic and athletic success of the student-athlete and be able to support and promote the University's Mission. Looking to hire 1 defensive skill coach (DBs or LBs), and 1 Position still to be determined on either Offense or Defense. This position will include positional coaching/teaching, recruiting area as assigned, game preparation, film breakdown, workouts and conditioning, and monitoring academic progress of student-athletes. Proficient in Visio, HUDL, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Previous experience coaching or playing an offensive skill position is preferred. A Bachelor's degree and admission to school’s MBA or MLE graduate program is required. Full Graduate Scholarship plus stipend (reduced rate Graduate Housing available, some meals). Please apply formally at Graduate School Application, and a job posting through Human Resources will be posted in the immediate. No phone calls please. Looking to hire qualified candidates as soon as possible before the start of the Spring Semester.

Mississippi Gulf Coast CC (JC): Per source, Jackson Academy (MS) assistant coach Nick Louvier has been hired to coach running backs at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  

Lincoln (CA): Patrick Henderson, the former corners coach at Southern Utah has been hired to coach the defensive backs.

Antelope Valley (JC - CA): Antelope Valley College has a part-time adjunct position open on Defense open. Interested candidates should send resume to

Copiah-Lincoln (JC - MS): Copiah-Lincoln Community College located in Wesson, MS is currently taking applications for the position of Defensive Coordinator. Experience as a coordinator is preferred but not required. Position could have a background in any defensive position. Previous recruiting experience is also preferred but not required. Candidates MUST complete Co-Lin’s online application for employment and supply all supporting documents in order to get full consideration. QUALIFIED and interested applicants can send resume to Head Football Coach Glenn Davis at ABSOLUTELY no phone calls please.

Manny Diaz: After being fired by Miami yesterday to pave the way for Mario Cristobal to come in and take his spot, Manny Diaz made it clear how he felt about how the last few weeks played out for him and his staff in his farewell letter.

Virginia: We shared it yesterday morning; and we continue to hear the buzz on this one

Ole Miss: Lane's new large.

Texas Tech: Joey McGuire's first offensive staff is close to complete.

Washington: Sources tell FootballScoop Courtney Morgan is leaving Michigan to join Kalen DeBoer's staff

Abilene Christian (FCS - TX): Keith Patterson is expected to be ACU's next head coach, sources tell FootballScoop. Details here.

Houston: The University of Houston is looking to hire for three positions. 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 Please include in the subject line “Director of On Campus Recruiting”. Recruiting Coordinator. This position will assist the coaching staff in the identification and recruitment of prospective student athletes. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Casey Smithson at Please include in the subject line “Recruiting Coordinator”. The University of Houston is looking to hire a Director of High School Relations. This position will assist the coaching staff in fostering relationships with high school coaches namely in the state of Texas. This position will report to the Director of Player Personnel. Interested applicants should send their resume to Casey Smithson at Please include in the subject line “Director of High School Relations”. Applicants must have experience as a high school coach in the state of Texas. 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.  

Washington: Sources tell FootballScoop Courtney Morgan is leaving Michigan to join Kalen DeBoer's staff.  


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