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The Scoop - Tuesday January 5, 2020

Tuesday January 5, 2021


Longtime Delta State coach Ray Bridges died Sunday at the age of 72. Please keep the Bridges and their community in your thoughts and prayers.

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

Houston Texans: The Texans plan to make Nick Caserio their new GM the NFL Network guys share.

Arkansas: Kenny Guiton's deal at Arkansas is two years, at $300,000 per year per Matt Jones.

Utah State: Blake Anderson formally announced Nick Paremski as outside linebackers / special teams coordinator and Kyle Cefalo as receivers / passing game coordinator, both came with Anderson from Arkansas State.

NY Giants: Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham signed an extension with the organization and will not pursue other opportunities.

Auburn: Bryan Harsin confirmed today he is bringing Jeff Pitman from Boise as his head strength coach.

Arkansas: As we previously shared, the program has officially announced the addition of Kenny Guiton as wide receivers coach.

Game changing partnership:Learn to Win and Pro Quick Draw are pleased to announce a partnership that will provide an integration between platforms, allowing coaches to streamline their workflows as they create, edit, and deliver playbook content to their teams.


Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have interviewed Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort, and Saints assistant GM and college scouting director Jeff Ireland today for their GM position. Monday's interviews included Browns VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensha and former Giants GM Jerry Reese.

UCF: Sources tell FootballScoop James Madison (FCS - VA) running backs coach Matt Merritt is expected to join the UCF staff in the same capacity. Merritt, who played running back at Capital University, joined JMU's staff after the 2018 season. He previously was with JMU head coach Curt Cignetti at Elon.

Texas: Blake Gideon is leaving Lane Kiffin's staff at Ole Miss to return to Austin sources tell FootballScoop.

Purdue: Director of player personnel Eron Hodges will not return. Hodges, who was previously the assistant director of player personnel under Mark Pantoni at Ohio State, helped the Boilermakers sign two of the top recruiting classes in school history the past few seasons.

Ole Miss: Ole Miss has inked offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby to a 2-year contract extension.

Jackson State (FCS - MS): Deion Sanders has announced Jason Phillips as JSU's co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. More here.

Illinois: Bret Bielema has retained Cory Patterson. Going forward, he will coach running backs. The former high school coach (Trinity Catholic in St. Louis) coached tight ends the past two seasons for Lovie Smith.

Vanderbilt: Clark Lea has his new director of football operations.

Texas: Additional details of Sark's deal.

Defensive coordinators: Top defensive coordinators are more in demand than perhaps ever. A look at the lay of the land, who might land where, and all that is open. This is something.

Austin Peay (FCS - TN): Austin Peay has formally announced Akeem Davis as co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach.

Millsaps (D-III - MS): Millsaps College is seeking a Volunteer Tight Ends Coach. Responsibilities include position coaching duties, film breakdown, and all other duties assigned by the Head Coach. Qualifications: no less than 2 years of high school/college coaching experience; experience with HUDL and Microsoft Office preferred. Review of applicant materials will begin immediately, with an immediate start. Local Applicants highly encouraged. Interested applicants should send a resume, letter of interest and references to No phone calls.

Texas: Steve Sarkisian has agreed to a 6-year, $34.2 million contract beginning at $5.2 million and rising $200,000 per year, according to Chip Brown of Horns247. Tom Herman earned $6 million in 2020.

NCAA: In what certainly feels like a step in the right direction, the NCAA has announced the creation of The Leadership Collective platform to highlight coaches and administrators of color.

Bridgewater (D-III - VA): Michael Clark, who has led the program for the past 26 years, has announced this spring will be his final season with the team. More here, including who has been tabbed to take over the program.

Missouri Southern (D-II): Athletic director Jared Bruggeman is stepping down from his post at the end of the winter sports season. Cori Reid, the assistant athletic director for facilities and event management will become the interim director of athletics beginning in mid-March.

Utica (D-III - NY):Utica College is in need of a week 1 Home Game for September 4, 2021. If interested please contact Head Coach Blaise Faggiano at This would be a one year contract.

Denver Broncos: As part of his annual postseason review process, Vic Fangio shares that he will look at handing defensive coordinator Ed Donatell more play calling duties next season.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (NAIA): Oklahoma Panhandle State University has a defensive back opening. This position will start as soon as possible. This position will pay $20,000. Must have defensive back coaching experience. Applicants must send a letter of application, resume, three references (along with current addresses and phone numbers, all college transcripts and a completed consent and disclosure form (can be found here) to Also, applicants need to fill out an online application here.

Miami: More changes are on the way for Miami's defensive staff.

Cleveland Browns: A playoff berth hasn't stopped God from punishing the Browns.

Baylor: The program has formally announced the additions of Chansi Stuckey (WRs) and Ryan Pugh (OL).

Cleveland Browns: Head coach Kevin Stefanski and two other coaches and players have tested positive for COVID and the team is closing their facility.

CoachComm: Cobalt Plus, now with real-time coach to player communication. Watch how player communication can work for you!

Minnesota Vikings: Special teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf's contract will expire and will not be renewed, head coach Mike Zimmer shared with reporters today.

Texas: Sark's offensive staff is coming together, with an FBS offensive coordinator set to join.

Salve Regina (D-III - RI): Salve Regina University is looking for a Week 3 contest. Will do a home and home exchange- preferably with 2021 Home.

Baylor: Baylor is adding another FBS offensive coordinator to their staff (in addition to Jeff Grimes) and more.

Lake Erie College (D-II - OH): Lake Erie College has two openings. We are seeking an offensive skills GA and a restricted earnings position working with the wide receivers. Looking for candidates that can start immediately. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send all hiring materials to

New York Giants: GM Dave Gettleman will return for 2021, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Arizona: Sources tell FootballScoop Jedd Fisch is planning to add DeWayne Walker to the staff.

Illinois: Sources tell FootballScoop Bret Bielema has a trio of strong candidates for his defensive coordinator job. A hire is likely to come today.

Boise State: Our update from last night at Boise, where a hire is coming…

BYU: With Jeff Grimes off to Baylor, BYU will promote Aaron Roderick to offensive coordinator. Fesi Sitake will now serve as passing game coordinator.

Urban Meyer: According to a report, Urban is asking NFL teams for TOP dollar to come out of retirement.

Texas: Sources tell FootballScoop Sark is working to bring a key Alabama assistant with him to Texas.

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

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