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The Scoop - Tuesday February 18, 2020

Tuesday February 18, 2020


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Michigan State: A photo published Tuesday appears to catch Mark Dantonio in a lie about knowingly committing an NCAA violation. Michigan State says it's investigating.

Arizona State: Donnie Henderson has joined the staff as an analyst, per Doug Haller of The Athletic. Henderson is in his fifth decade coaching in the college game and the NFL.

Cleveland Browns: Former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver has now officially joined the staff as linebackers coach. We reported the move was in the works a week or so ago.

West Virginia: Dontae Wright has been announced as the Mountaineers new outside linebackers coach. Wright coached the safeties at Western Michigan the past two seasons.

North Greenville (D-II - SC): North Greenville University, a private Baptist University located in Tigerville, SC is looking for a graduate assistant to coach running backs. Tuition and meals will be provided. Housing is not provided. The Coach will run his own room and have his own recruiting area. NGU competes at the Division 2 level in the Gulf South Conference. Seeking someone who can start immediately.Please send resume to Brad Robbins at

VMI (FCS): After serving as the wide receivers coach the past two seasons, Billy Cosh has been promoted to offensive coordinator and will now work with the quarterbacks, running backs coach Anthony Davis will serve as recruiting coordinator, offensive line coach Kyle Jolly has added the title of run game coordinator, and former Vanderbilt offensive assistant Patrick Ashford has joined the staff as wide receivers coach. Cosh steps in at offensive play caller after Brian Sheppard accepted a position on the Minnesota staff.

LSU: Passing game coordinator Scott Linehan will earn $800,000 per year on a 2-year contract, per Brody Miller of The Athletic. He has no buyout if he leaves for the NFL or a head coaching job.

Highest-Paid Position Coaches: We're bringing back our series looking at college football's highest-paid position coaches, starting with receivers coaches.

NCAA: The NCAA announced Tuesday it could approve all football players to transfer one time and play immediately by as soon as April. Details here.

Texas: The Longhorns are bolstering their support staff with the addition of a recent FBS head coach and a former FBS defensive coordinator, per report.

USC: Vic So'oto has been formally announced as the Trojan's defensive line coach.

Gettysburg (D-III - PA): Gettysburg College is seeking an experienced professional for a full-time position as offensive coordinator. Please submit your cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references through our online system via this link. For full consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, March 2, 2020.

Kansas: Source tells FootballScoop that Air Force tight ends coach Jonathan Wallace is joining the staff as running backs coach. Wallace previously served as the wide receivers coach at Bethel (NAIA - TN) when current Jayhawks offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon was the head coach there.

Houston: Dana Holgorsen got salty when asked about adjustments he made to Houston's offensive staff.

Cornell (D-III - IA): Cornell College a seeks applicants for a restricted earnings position (prefer DL / DBs or WRs coach) looking for best fit. This position includes coaching your own position, managing your own recruiting area and any other duties assigned by the head coach. Salary is 10k with housing provided. Interested applicants should send resume and references to No phone calls, please.

Pittsburgh Steelers: After spending the past six seasons with the Redskins, Ike Hilliard has been hired to coach the wide receivers. Hilliard worked with the receivers while with Washington.

Warsaw Eagles (Europe): Per source, former Hartnell College (JC – CA) wide receiver coach Zap Hawkins has accepted the offensive coordinator position for the Warsaw Eagles.

Minnesota: Minnesota is investing in PJ Fleck and his staff like they’ve never invested in football before.

Howard (FCS - Washington, DC): Per source Larry Scott has made the following additions to his staff; Vernon Hargreaves (DL / Special Teams), Kris Sweet (OL), Bret Beachner (Co-OC / TEs), and Aaron Kelton (Corners / Recruiting Coordinator). Yesterday we shared who Scott plans to hire as his coordinators here.

Alabama: Saturday we reported that Charlie Strong planned to join Nick Saban's staff at Alabama. ESPN's Chris Low is now reporting the deal is done, Charlie Strong has joined Nick Saban's staff as an analyst.

Assumption (D-II - MA): Assumption College has an immediate opening for defensive line coach. Salary is $10k. NO campus housing is available. Minimum requirements include bachelor’s degree and college playing or college coaching experience. Please email letter of interest and resume to Andy McKenzie at Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until filled. No phone calls please.

Trinity International (NAIA - IL): Trinity International has an immediate opening for an offensive restricted earnings position working with quarterbacks. Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and work within Trinity International University’s Christian mission. The position will have their own recruiting area and will be responsible for coaching and managing their own position, including position meetings. Job responsibilities include but are not limited to film breakdown and data entry, assisting with special teams, recruiting, running positional meetings, assisting with game preparation, and other duties assigned by the head coach. The position includes a $7,500 stipend, housing and some meals. Send a cover letter, resume, your faith journey, and references to Offensive Coordinator Anthony Franz at with subject line TIU Offensive Restricted Earnings. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Looking for someone to start immediately.

Northwestern State (FCS - LA): Head coach Brad Laird has been suspended one week without pay, the school has announced. More details here.

Eastern Michigan: Source tells FootballScoop that head coach Chris Creighton will take over offensive play calling duties this fall, following the departure of Aaron Keen back in January to become the head coach at WashU (D-III - St. Louis, MO). Also, offensive line coach James Patton has added the title of run game coordinator.

Colorado: Here's our update from yesterday on the head coaching search at Colorado.

Christopher Newport (D-III - VA): Christopher Newport University located in Newport News, is looking to hire a wide receiver coach. The wide receiver coach will have his own position group and recruiting area. WR coach pay is $25k - 10 Months no benefits. Last 4 coaches have left for D2/FCS programs. Email resume to and 2 other part time coaching postings will follow after this hire.

Michigan State: Source shared with FootballScoop yesterday that Chris Kapolovic was joining Mel Tucker in East Lansing. Michigan State has since confirmed the addition of coach Kap as offensive line coach / run game coordinator. CU offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is coming as well.

Louisiana-Monroe: Lamar (FCS - TX) defensive graduate assistant Jordan Hopkins has accepted a defensive graduate assistant position at ULM, per source.

NFL and College Head Coaching Changes: Keep track of all the head coaching changes from NFL to FBS to NAIA via this page.