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The Scoop - Tuesday January 21, 2020

Tuesday January 21, 2020


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Hawaii: Hawaii has named Todd Graham its new head coach. More here.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags are close to deal to land former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden as their new offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport tweets.

Beloit (D-III - WI): Beloit College is seeking an intern to join the football coaching staff. The position will start as soon as possible, and will be an offensive assistant, preferably quarterbacks or wide receivers. This candidate will be coaching his own position, have his own recruiting area, as well as other duties within the football program assigned by the Head Coach. Extra duties outside of football will be having on-call duties with residence life. Compensation for this position is $10,000, a meal plan, and own dorm room apartment with bathroom and kitchen. Serious inquiries please email head coach Ted Soenksen at No phone calls please.

Houston Texans: Montana State (FCS) running backs coach / recruiting coordinator DeNarius McGhee has taken an analyst position with the Houston Texans, Skyline Sports tweets.

New York Giants: Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is expected to join the staff, though it's unclear what his role will be, Matt Zenitz tweets.

Eastern Kentucky (FCS): Source tells FootballScoop that New Mexico State offensive line coach / run game coordinator Andy Richman will be the new offensive coordinator at Eastern Kentucky. Before joining the NMSU staff in 2015, Richman spent four seasons coaching the offensive line at Valdosta State (D-II - GA).

New York Giants: As we reported would happen when Judge got the job, Bruce Feldman has now shared that Jody Wright will be part of Judge’s staff with the Giants.

Baylor: Ron Roberts has now been announced as defensive coordinator.

Holmes CC (JC - MS): Source tells FootballScoop that head coach Jeff Koonz is planning to retire. Koonz and his staff have helped Holmes become known as one of the best rushing teams in junior college football running the flexbone option. Please join us in wishing coach Koonz all the best in retirement.

Baylor: Athletic director Mack Rhoades has shared that offensive line coach Shawn Bell and associate athletic director for football relations David Wetzel are being retained on Dave Aranda's staff.

UNLV: Stanford linebackers coach Peter Hansen has been formally named defensive coordinator for the Rebels.

New York Giants: Former Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema is joining the Giants staff with a role yet to be finalized, Ian Rapoport tweets.

Louisville: Derek Nicholson has been announced as the new inside linebackers coach. Nicholson spent the past four seasons at Southern Miss with two as the defensive line coach and two as the co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach.

Louisiana Tech: Source tells FootballScoop that Skip Holtz has his defensive coordinator.

Morehead State: Jamie Gordon, who had been serving as the interim athletic director, has had the interim tag removed and will lead the athletic department moving forward.

Arkansas Pine Bluff: Former University of Arkansas at Little Rock athletic director Chris Peterson is expected to be the new athletic director at Arkansas Pine Bluff, Luke Matheson of DeltaPlex News reports.

Auburn: Gus Malzahn shared today that new offensive coordinator Chad Morris will have full control of the offense.

Kirk Ferentz: "We have a punting crisis in our country."

Kansas: The Kansas program is looking to hire a recruiting assistant. Interested applicants can apply via this link. No phone calls or emails please.

Cal Poly (FCS - CA): Per source, Sacramento State (FCS - CA) running backs coach James Montgomery is leaving to join the Cal Poly staff.

Washington State: Hawaii assistant head coach / linebackers coach Mark Banker is expected to join Nick Rolovich at Washington State and coach the safeties, according to multiple reports.

Kansas: Source tell FootballScoop that Kansas inside linebackers coach / special teams coordinator Mike Ekeler has left the staff to pursue other opportunities. Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Ekeler coached the linebackers at North Carolina and has also worked with the linebackers at Georgia, USC, Indiana, Nebraska, LSU, and Oklahoma.

Purdue: The Boilermakers have formally announced the addition of special teams coordinator Marty Biagi.

Oregon: Joe Moorhead has been announced as the Ducks new offensive coordinator.

Kansas City Chiefs: Quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka will remain with the team, Mike Garafolo tweets. The Eagles had expressed interest in Kafka for their open offensive coordinator role.

Bo Pelini: An update on Bo Pelini.

Framingham State (D-III - MA): Offensive coordinator Aynsley Rosenbaum has been promoted to head coach. Rosenbaum steps in for Tom Kelley, who recently retired after 13 seasons.

Recruit, retain, develop and be flexible:How to win at a place where winning isn't easy.

Georgia State: Source tells FootballScoop that Brian Landis will be the new linebackers coach at Georgia State. Landis previously served as the head coach at Frederick Douglas HS (Lexington, KY).

Miami Dolphins: Josh Boyer, who coached the defensive backs and served as passing game coordinator last year, has been promoted to defensive coordinator. The team has also announced the hires of Chan Gailey (OC), Robby Brown (QBs), Austin Clark (OLBs), Curt Kuntz (assistant DBs), and Steve Marshall (OL).

Mississippi State: Source tells FootballScoop it now is unlikely that Navy defensive coordinator Brian Newberry becomes defensive coordinator at Mississippi State. Stay tuned....

St. Thomas (D-III - MN): Fort Atkinson HS (WI) head coach Brady Grayvold has resigned after two seasons to join the St. Thomas defensive staff.

Duke: The Blue Devils have announced the addition of Greg Frey as offensive line coach.

New England Patriots: Vinnie Sunseri, who served as a graduate assistant at Alabama last season, is joining the Patriots organization in a support staff role, Matt Zenitz tweets.

Temple: New York Jets scout Salim Powell is joining Rod Carey's staff in an off-field role, per Rivals.

Louisiana Lafayette: With Ron Roberts expected to join Dave Aranda's staff at Baylor, we would expect Billy Napier to promote safeties coach Patrick Toney to defensive coordinator. Toney is a sharp young coach. He worked on Ron Roberts' staff at Southeastern Louisiana, and then with Pete Golding at UTSA before coming to ULL with Napier & Roberts. Update>Billy Embody reports this is happening. Further update> Georgia defensive analyst Austin Armstrong will come to ULL to coach inside linebackers shares Bruce Feldman.

Baylor: Louisiana-Lafayette defensive coordinator Ron Roberts is likely to join Dave Aranda in the same role, tweets ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Roberts and Aranda worked together previously at Delta State.

Eastern Kentucky (FCS): Source tells FootballScoop that Mercer (FCS - GA) defensive line coach Jeremy Hawkins is expected to become the new defensive line coach at EKU. Prior to joining the Mercer staff, Hawkins was the assistant director of player personnel at LSU. Bruce Feldman has tweeted the same.

Vanderbilt: Former USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, who spent this past season as an analyst at LSU, is expected to join the Vanderbilt staff as an assistant coach, Matt Zenitz tweets.

Iowa State: Per source, Iowa State is adding a longtime Big Ten offensive coordinator to their staff.

Upper Iowa (D-II): Upper Iowa University is looking to fill a restricted earnings position immediately. This position will assist with coaching the offensive line and other duties assigned by the head coach. The job will pay $1000/month. Please apply for this position via this link.

LSU: Bo Pelini a strong candidate for LSU's vacant defensive coordinator job, source tells FootballScoop.

Highland CC (JC - KS): Highland CC (JC – KS): Enoch Smith Sr. has been announced as the new defensive line coach. Last season, coach Smith coached the defensive line at St. Francis HS (Wheaton, IL).

LSU: Ed Orgeron explains the small, everyday choices that LSU players made that helped propel them to the national title.

Ohio State:Kerry Coombs is officially back in Columbus as defensive coordinator.

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