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The Scoop - Tuesday January 12, 2021

Tuesday January 12, 2021

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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.

NFL Updates: See a running ticker of the latest news on the following head coach and general manager openings:

Chargers | Falcons | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans


SOURCE: FAU is hiring Michael Johnson as Co-OC/QB coach. He was on Willie Taggart's staff at Oregon. Joey Thomas, who an analyst, will become the Owns WR coach and Drew Mehringer will become Co-OC/tight ends coach.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 13, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Bruce Feldman tweets that Michael Johnson, who was on Willie Taggart's staff at Oregon and coached the receivers at Mississippi State in 2019, will join the program as co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, Drew Mehringer will continue to serve as co-offensive coordinator and will move from receivers to tight ends coach and analyst Joey Thomas is being promoted to coach the receivers. Vanderbilt: Clark Lea is looking at the Cincinnati staff for his offensive coordinator role.Clint Trickett: Sources tell FootballScoop Clint Trickett has found himself a new job. Utah State: Troy corners coach Ray Brown has accepted a job on the Utah State staff, Pete Thamel tweets. Brown has previously coached at Washington State, Arizona State and Abilene Christian (FCS - TX). Chicago: The Bears plan to bring Matt Nagy back per multiple reports. Illinois: Vanderbilt corners coach Aaron Henry has accepted the same role at Illinois with Bret Bielema. Chicago: Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano has decided to retire per multiple reports. Seattle: The Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer today. Zach Arnett: Sources tell FootballScoop LSU is unlikely to offer their defensive coordinator position to Arnett, who met with Orgeron and staff today. Bruce Feldman tweets that he hears similar and added that Arnett has interviewed for the Oregon DC job and is also expected to be in the mix for the DC role at Texas as we have previously reported. Texas: To climb his way back from rock bottom, Steve Sarkisian focused not on the destination, but on each step of the journey. North Dakota State (FCS): Minnesota State Mankato offensive coordinator Joe Beschorner has accepted the running backs job at NDSU. NDSU moved running backs coach Dan Larson to offensive line when AJ Blazek left for Wyoming. Boise State: Spencer Danielson, who was retained, has officially been named defensive coordinator. Louisiana Monroe: Rich Rodriguez will be Terry Bowden's offensive coordinator. Additionally, Rich's son Rhett is transferring to ULM to play quarterback. More here. Tennessee: Kevin Steele has signed a 2-year contract as a defensive assistant for the Volunteers. Derek Ansley currently remains Tennessee's defensive coordinator. Steele's contract is $450,000 per year Blake Toppmeyer adds. Detroit Lions: LA Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes is flying to Detroit for their second GM interview with the Lions tomorrow,

Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes is flying to Detroit tonight for his second GM interview with the Lions on Wednesday, per source. Holmes already had Zoomed with the Lions and also had a second interview with Atlanta. He now is tracking to land a GM job.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Adam Schefter tweets and adds that Holmes has already had a second interview with Atlanta.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are interviewing Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort and 49ers VP of player personnel Adam Peters a second time for their GM opening, per Ian Rapoport, who adds that additional candidates could be added for second round interviews as the search ramps up. Adam Schefter adds that Seahawks VP of football operations Scott Fitterer is scheduled to interview in person on Wednesday as well.

Boise State: Sources tell FootballScoop that corners coach Jalil Brown isn't being retained.

UCLA: Jerry Neuheisel, the former UCLA quarterback currently serving as an offensive graduate assistant, is expected to become the team's new receivers coach, Bruce Feldman tweets. He steps in for Jimmie Dougherty, who left to join Jedd Fisch's staff at Arizona.

James Madison (FCS - VA): Per source, James Madison is planning to hire John Miller as their running backs coach. Miller is a JMU grad that played on the 2016 national championship team and spent last season on the Texas staff in an offensive quality control role.

Miami (OH): Eastern Michigan offensive line coach James Patton is being hired to coach the offensive line, per Adam Rittenberg. Paton is a Miami (OH) alum and previously coached there under Randy Walker before going on to coach at Oklahoma, Northwestern, Pitt and Indiana.

Miami: The program is looking to hire a football operations intern. Details on DFO Scoop.

Louisiana Lafayette: USF safeties coach will join Billy Napier's staff at ULL per multiple reports.

Western Kentucky: Stephen Hamby, who served in a quality control role last season, has been promoted to offensive line coach. Hamby joined the program after a three-year stint as the offensive line coach at Bowling Green (2016-18) and worked as the assistant offensive line coach under Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech for three seasons prior to that.

Marshall: A look at the candidates at Marshall, per report, where one candidate's coaching journey has a lot of parallels with Doc Holliday's.

Christopher Newport (D-III - VA): Christopher Newport University is looking for a home game this spring on March 13th. Interested teams can email

Seattle Seahawks: After being pursued by the Lions, GM John Schneider has reached a contract extension to keep him in Seattle, Ian Rapoport tweets. He had been working with one year left on his deal.

Atlanta Falcons: Owner Arthur Blank interviewed Rams college scouting director Brad Holmes a second time for the team's GM job over the weekend, Tom Pelissero tweets and adds that Holmes and Saints assistant GM TErry Fontenot are two of the finalists, along with former Texans GM Rick Smith.

Clemson: Andrew Zow, who spent this past season as the head coach at Sylacauga HS (AL), is joining Dabo Swinney's staff in a player development role, per Zow, a former Alabama quarterback while Dabo Swinney was coaching the receivers for the Tide, has nine years of head coaching experience including at Montevallo HS (AL), Calera HS (AL) and Bessemer City HS (AL).

Rhodes (D-III - TN): Head coach Jim Ryan has announced his resignation after serving as the program's head coach for five seasons. Offensive coordinator Travis James has been appointed interim head coach, defensive coordinator Chris DiLella has been elevated to associate head coach, and quarterbacks coach Wes Graham will step into the role of offensive coordinator. The rest of the staff will remain in place. Rhodes will conduct a head coaching search after the completion of the spring season.

Tennessee: After FootballScoop first reported on the possibility last week, ESPN's Chris Low reports Kevin Steele will join the staff at Tennessee. More here.

Greenville (D-III - NC): Greenville University is looking to hire a graduate assistant. Responsibilities include working with an offensive position, special teams, recruiting, film break down and other duties as assigned by the head coach. Compensation includes a stipend, meals, and a tuition waiver for a master’s program at Greenville University. Details on how to apply here.

Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders are hiring Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Update: The team has announced the hire.

Colorado: The Buffs are making a change at defensive coordinator, per report.

Arizona: A strength coach is leaving Alabama to become the head strength coach at Arizona. Details on Strength Scoop.

FIU: After spending last season as an analyst at Texas, Everett Withers is the new defensive coordinator at FIU, Brett McMurphy tweets. Withers is the former head coach at James Madison (FCS - VA) and Texas State.

LA Chargers: The Chargers are close to completing their first round of interviews, speaking with Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith last night and Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberfuls today, Ian Rapoport tweets.

FIU: Butch Davis has announced that co-defensive coordinators Jeff Copp and Jerod Kruse will not return next season. Copp coached the linebackers and Kruse worked with the defensive backs. Defensive line coach Kenard Lang has left to take the head coaching job at Maynard Evans HS (Orlando, FL).

Capital (D-III - OH): Matt Wright, who had served as the offensive coordinator at Madonna (NAIA - MI) has followed Brian Foos to Capital where he will serve as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, per source.

FIU: Tim Harris Jr., who has spent the last six seasons as the running backs coach on staff, has been promoted to offensive coordinator. Last year, Harris Jr. added the responsibilities of run game coordinator.

New York Jets: The Jets are narrowing the list of head coaching candidates and are flying 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in for a second interview today, Ian Rapoport tweets.

LSU: Sources tell FootballScoop LSU is planning to interview a current SEC West defensive coordinator for their open defensive coordinator job.

Denver Broncos: Vikings assistant GM and VP of player personnel George Paton will be the first GM candidate to meet with the Broncos today about their open GM job,

Vikings’ Assistant GM and VP Player Personnel George Paton is flying to Denver today to meet with Broncos’ officials about their GM job, per sources. Paton is the first Broncos’ GM candidate to be interviewed a second time.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2021

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Briar Cliff (NAIA - IA): Briar Cliff University is seeking three graduate assistant coaches. These positions are responsible for developing our student-athletes on and off the field, coaching your own position group, assisting with special teams, and having your own recruiting area. Must be accepted into one of our graduate programs (3.0 minimum GPA). Compensation package includes an $2,500 stipend ($1,250 per semester) and full tuition waiver. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Candidate ideally can begin immediately. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Please email resume and references to AND apply online via this link.

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Lindenwood (D-II - MO):Lindenwood University is looking for a week 1 (Sept 4th 2021) home game. Will pay guarantee and hotel rooms. Email AD if interested.

UCF & USF: Both Central and South Florida are working to fill vacancies on the offensive side of the ball sources tell FootballScoop

FIU: Bryn Renner is moving to quarterbacks coach after working with the corners last season, Pete Thamel tweets.

Chadron State (D-II - NE): Chadron State is no longer accepting applicants for the defensive intern position. Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming interest.

Pat Fitzgerald: Multiple NFL teams have inquired about Pat Fitzgerald, and Adam Schefter notes that, to date, Fitz has not agreed to any of the interviews.

Maryland: Maryland has announced Dan Enos as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach and Brian Braswell as offensive line coach. Defensive line coach Brian Williams has been promoted to co-defensive coordinator.

Philadelphia:Doug Pederson will not return as head coach. The team has characterized the move as a parting of ways.

NFL Draft: Two teams have just been awarded HUGE advantages in the NFL Draft.

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

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