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The Scoop - Wednesday December 11, 2019

Wednesday December 11, 2019


Keep track of how the new hires from around college football are filling their coaching staffs. Starting with The Scoop’s FBS Staff Tracker – 2019-20.

Lamar (FCS - TX): Sources tell FootballScoop Lamar is hiring Blane Morgan as their new head coach.

Florida State: Memphis defensive coordinator Adam Fuller is joining Mike Norvell's staff in the same capacity, per multiple reports.

Old Dominion: Source tells FootballScoop Ricky Rahne has released all of Bobby Wilder's coaching staff with the exception of David Blackwell and Bryan Stinespring. Blackwell served as defensive coordinator this past season while Stinespring served as tight ends coach.

Florida State: Kenny Dillingham has now been announced as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach for the Seminoles.

Appalachian State: App State will take the interim tag off of Shawn Clark and formally name him their full-time head coach on Friday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Details here.

Colorado State: Steve Addazio has signed a 5-year contract worth $1.5 million with $50,000 annual raises.

UTSA: Julian B. Griffin, who previously served in a quality control capacity at Arkansas, will coach the UTSA running backs, per source.

Campbellsville (NAIA - KY): Campbellsville University has an immediate opening for a receivers coach. This is a full-time position. Must demonstrate successful coaching and college recruiting experience. Must have a college degree and character in line with working at a Christian university. No phone calls will be accepted. Resumes will be accepted until 12/13/19. Send resume to Head Coach Perry Thomas at

Florida Atlantic: Willie Taggart is nearing completion of a deal with FAU, Brett McMurphy tweets. Earlier today we shared that Taggart had emerged as a strong candidate for the job.

Colorado State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Steve Addazio is expected to be named the program's new head coach. Here's what you need to know.

Itawamba CC (JC - MS): Per source, defensive cacks coach Marcellus Speaks is leaving ICC.

Missouri: Appalachian State special teams coordinator Erik Link will be Eli Drinkwitz's special teams coordinator at Mizzou, Pete Thamel tweets.

Ole Miss: Lane Kiffin has zeroed in on UCF offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jeff Lebby for the same post, according to ESPN's Chris Low. Also, contrary to a report from The Athletic earlier today, Lane has not offered Scott Cochran a job per, who reports it's "unlikely" that Cochran or Tosh Lupoi wind up in Oxford.

Colorado State: The latest on Colorado State's search.

Chip Long: Sources tell FootballScoop Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long is exploring other opportunities and is unlikely to return to South Bend.

Appalachian State: Despite being pursued by Cincinnati for their vacant AD job, Ethan Joyce shares that App State athletics director Doug Gillin will stay with the Mountaineers.

Alabama: Lane Kiffin is reportedly attempting to hire a handful of current and former Nick Saban staffers, including Scott Cochran. Why the timing of his is especially juicy.

UNLV: Marcus Arroyo has been announced as the program's new head coach.

FAU: Willie Taggart has emerged as a strong candidate for the FAU head coaching job. Update> Chuck King, who covers FAU for OwlAccess, is now also reporting that Taggart is a strong candidate and that a deal could get done soon. Stay tuned....

Arkansas: Whole Hog Sports notes that Brad Davis will make $550k annually on Sam Pittman's staff. Davis spent the last two seasons coaching the offensive line at Missouri.

Northwestern: Mike Bajakian has now been officially added to the staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach.

South Florida: Brad Scott will have an off the field role on his son's staff at USF. Brad is a longtime Clemson staffer where he has coached the tight ends, served as offensive coordinator, and coached the offensive line from 2003-11. He had previously coached at Florida State and South Carolina prior to joining the Clemson staff.

UNLV: Matt Maiocco tweets that Marcus Arroyo will be named the new head coach of the Runnin' Rebels today. We can confirm the move is in the works.

Old Dominion: Head coach Ricky Rahne will be paid $750k base salary and will be a 5-year deal, athletic director Wood Selig shared at the presser today announcing the new ODU head coach.

LSU: Ross Dellenger tweets to not rule out the NFL as an option for defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, as the NFL cycle becomes active in January.

Upper Iowa (D-II): The school has announced that head coach Tom Shea will transition into a new role with the football program where he will serve as a special advisor to the head coach. The release adds that the position will be filled "as quickly as possible from within the current football staff on an interim basis through at least the end of the 2020 season."

Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente confirms at his bowl press conference that Adam Lechtenberg, who previously was the director of player development for the program, will move to running backs coach and that they will split another defensive position into two position groups, like they had done with corners and safeties positions previously.

New Mexico: UNM will pay Bob Davie an $850,000 buyout.

Lamar (FCS - TX): Multiple coaches with FBS coordinator experience among those being considered for the open head coaching job at Lamar.

Army-Navy: Take a trip down memory lane at one of the prettiest games on the schedule each season.

2019 Coaches of the Year: The nomination process is now open for the 2019 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year awards presented by AstroTurf. Coaches must be nominated by another coach to be considered. To nominate a coach, please text 225.229.3429, email or DM @FootballScoop. This year's winners will be selected by vote of the prior year winners.

UNLV: Adam Rittenberg tweets that LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is now not expected to be the next UNLV head coach, noting that the two sides talked but no offer was made. He adds that Oregon offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo remains a strong candidate. We can add that sources tell us Aranda will not be going to UNLV.

Assistant Coach Salaries: The biggest takeaway from this year's USA Today Assistant Coach Salary Database is that athletic directors might lean toward hiring offensive candidates, the money for assistants is on the defensive side of the ball.

Cerritos College (JC - CA): Cerritos College has a DB position open. Job intel’s but not limited to training and development of DBs, assisting DC and HC , recruiting and more. This is a stipend only position. No housing and no meal plans. All local applicants will be considered. Looking for five years experience. No phone calls. Interested coaches can email Tom Caines all resumes and or questions at

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Colorado State: Our update at Colorado State from yesterday.

Dropping Football: Two D-II programs in the same league have decided to drop football. Here are the details.

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