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The Scoop - Wednesday December 29, 2021

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Dave Doeren: While rocking a Holiday Bowl champs hat following their cancelled bowl, Dave Doeren delivered a quote about the NCAA that would almost certainly get him fined in the professional ranks.

Fresno State: Army offensive line coach Saga Tuitele has been announced as the new offensive line coach at Fresno State.

Winona State (D-II - MN): South Dakota State (FCS) defensive coordinator Brian Bergstrom has been announced as the new head coach.

Colorado State: Sources confirm to FootballScoop that the program is hiring NDSU (FCS) defensive ends coach Buddha Williams as defensive line coach. Adam Rittenberg tweeted the same a little while ago. We understand that Williams will stay with the Bison through the FCS national title game.

Incarnate Word (FCS - TX): Matt Zenitz tweets that GJ Kinne's offensive staff is expected to consist of Mack Leftwich (OC / QBs), UCF graduate assistant Kam Martin (RBs), Clint Killough (WRs), Will Bryant (TEs / H Backs), Jordan Shoemaker (OL). Leftwich, Shoemaker and Killough were all members of the previous staff.  

Vanderbilt: Nick Howell, who had spend a decade on staff at BYU before joining the Virginia staff as defensive coordinator with Bronco Mendenhall in 2016, is expected to join Clark Lea's staff as defensive backs coach, Bruce Feldman shares.

Louisiana: Michael Desormeaux has reportedly tabbed an SEC assistant familiar with the expectations at Louisiana to be his defensive coordinator.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will not interview for the Jags opening during the two-week window in which HC interviews are allowed, Adam Schefter tweets.

Sacramento State (FCS - CA): Sacramento State is accepting applications for a full-time defensive backs assistant coach. This position would be responsible for coaching cornerbacks, nickels and/or safeties depending on the strengths/experience of the candidate. To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of professional references to Director of Football Operations with the email subject “Defensive Backs Coach”. Division I coaching experience is preferred. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.

UT Permian Basin (D-II): UT Permian Basin is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Offensive Coordinator with duties coaching the offensive line. This is a full-time 12 month position that includes salary and benefits. Coordinator experience preferred. You can apply via this link. 

Oregon: Dan Lanning is reportedly targeting an SEC strength coach. More details on Strength Scoop.

Duke: The program has formally announced the addition of Robb Smith as defensive coordinator / linebackers coach. 

Idaho (FCS): South Dakota State (FCS) passing game coordinator / wide receivers coach Luke Schleusner is expected to become the new offensive coordinator for Jason Eck at Idaho, Bruce Feldman tweets.

New York Jets: Head coach Robert Saleh has cleared COVID protocols and has rejoined the team.

LSU: Robert Steeples, an assistant special teams coach for the Minnesota Vikings, will join the LSU staff at the conclusion of their season in a defensive assistant coaching role. Steeples made the jump from high school to the NFL after turning around the program at De Smet Jesuit HS (Creve Coeur, MO), where he went 29-4 over the his last three seasons.

Quincy (Sprint - IL): Quincy University is looking for full-time offensive and defensive coordinators to help lead the start up Sprint football program competing in the newly formed MSFL sprint league. Candidates are expected to assist the Head Coach with coaching duties and the overall operation of the sprint football program. Will serve as a position coach on their side of the ball and assist with scheme implementation on their side of the ball. Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and Discretion in all interactions with other members of the QU community and with the public. We are looking for someone with lots of energy and passion for coaching and building a program the right way with a strong culture in mind at all times. Coaching experience at either the High School or college level is required. If interested, please contact head coach Conner McLaughlin at

Jacksonville Jaguars: Former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson will interview with the team on Thursday, per multiple reports. 

Ole Miss: South Florida offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Charlie Weis Jr is expected to fill the offensive coordinator opening on Lane Kiffin's staff at Ole Miss.

Joe Moore Award: The award going to the top offensive line unit in college football has shared a groundbreaking plan to get the winners of the award paid through NIL.

Navy: Navy Football is looking for volunteers/interns that will work directly with their player personnel and recruiting department. Anyone interested in a career in evaluating film, operations, photography, graphic design, or anyone looking to gain experience in any of those fields, please email Danny Payne with your resume, reference sheet, and a brief description on how you can help the Navy Football program at

UMass: Former Duke co-defensive coordinator Ben Albert is the new special teams coordinator / defensive line coach for Don Brown. Albert played his college ball for the Minutemen and also previously spent time as an assistant with the program. 

Oregon: Sources tell FootballScoop Hawaii offensive line coach A'lique Terry is expected to join Dan Lanning's staff at Oregon. More here.

McNeese State (FCS - LA): An update on Gary Goff's staff at Louisiana, where a host of D-II coaches are planning to join the staff.

Ball today: Maryland takes on Virginia Tech in the Pinstripe Bowl at 2:15 et, Clemson plays Iowa State in the Cheez-it Bowl at 5:45 et and Oregon takes on Oklahoma at 9:15pm et in the Alamo Bowl. All games are on ESPN. 

John Madden: The legendary coach and analyst died last night at the age of 85. Farewell to football's greatest evangelist

Oklahoma: Inside receivers coach Cale Gundy will call plays for the Sooners in tonight's Alamo Bowl. This is Gundy's 23rd season on staff and his first time calling plays. 

LSU: Last night LSU confirmed they plan to make Matt House their defensive coordinator as we reported two weeks ago

Georgia Southern: Tennessee senior offensive analyst, and former James Madison (FCS) running backs coach, Matt Merritt has accepted the running backs job, per multiple reports. He replaces Effrem Reed, who left to coach the running backs at Michigan State.

McNeese (FCS - LA): Former Southern Miss defensive coordinator Tony Pecoraro will run the defense at McNeese, sources tell FootballScoop.

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Deion Sanders: Years before he was a head coach, Florida State leaned on Deion to help recruit some top talent, now Deion is asking why people are surprised that he's able to go toe-to-toe to recruit against his alma mater at Jackson State (FCS).

Jacksonville Jaguars: The team is widening its net to find Urban Meyer's replacement.

High School: A grassroots movement to get higher coaching salaries for Florida coaches has begun via a newly formed coalition.

Kent State: Sources confirm to FootballScoop that Sean Lewis is set to land one of the most consistent FCS coordinators as his new defensive coordinator at Kent State.


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