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The Scoop - Wednesday January 13, 2021

Wednesday January 13, 2021


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 | Eagles | Falcons | Jaguars | Jets | Lions | Texans

Texas: Multiple reports now confirming Kyle Flood will be Sark's offensive line coach / coordinator as we reported a while back.

Arizona: Sources tell FootballScoop Matt Doherty is leaving NC State where he served as assistant director of player personnel to join Jedd Fisch's staff at Arizona overseeing personnel.

Arkansas State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Pac-12 has come to raid Butch Jones' new strength coach. Update> Sources tell FootballScoop Jones plans to fill the role with....a Jones.

Arthur Smith: Titans OC Arthur Smith has his second interview with the Falcons today and is now on his way to a dinner meeting with the Jets per the NFL Network team. They add Smith is expected to meet with the Eagles tomorrow and the Lions Friday.

Michigan: Indiana's Mike Hart is joining the Michigan staff. We first wrote about Harbaugh's desire to hire Hart last week.

Detroit Lions: The team has completed their second interview with Brad Holmes for the GM position.

Jackson State (FCS - MS): Deion Sanders detailed his funny and creative way for dealing with the transfer portal.

Boise State: Jason Turner, who covers Utah State athletics, tweets that Utah State co-defensive coordinator and interim head coach Frank Maile has accepted a position on the Boise State staff as associate head coach / defensive line coach.

UCLA: The Bruins have now formally announced the promotion of Jerry Neuheisel to wide receivers coach.

Alabama: Sources tell FootballScoop Nick Saban is planning to hire Bill O'Brien as his next offensive coordinator.

Tony Elliott: According to a report, an NFL team may be coming after Clemson's Tony Elliott.

New York Jets: The Jets have announced that they have completed their second interview with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh....and he's now on his way to Philly to meet with the Eagles per multiple reports.

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Maryland: New offensive coordinator Dan Enos has a three-year deal worth $550k in 2021, $750k in 2022 and $950k in 2023 and offensive line coach Brian Braswell has a two-year deal worth $400k in the first year and $410k next season, Emily Giambalvo tweets.

SEC: In the latest installment of As the SEC turns....

Virginia Tech: Following the retirement of Tracy Claeys, defensive quality control coach Jack Tyler has been promoted to linebackers coach. Tyler started his Hokie playing career as a walk on before developing into an All-ACC linebacker for the program.

Philadelphia Eagles: Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady has interviewed for the head coaching job, Ian Rapoport tweets.

Major Changes: As athletes will soon be free to profit off their image and transfer without penalty, AFCA executive director Todd Berry is warning of unintended consequences.

Detroit Lions: With George Paton heading to Denver, Brad Holmes is the favorite to land the Lions GM job, Adam Schefter tweets.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos are finalizing a six-year deal with Vikings assistant GM George Paton as their new GM, per multiple reports.

Montana State - Northern (NAIA): Montana State University-Northern is seeking applicants for the position of restricted earnings football coach for offense (Tight Ends) for the Spring 2021 season. Preferred candidates will have prior experience playing/coaching on the offensive side of the ball, preferably at tight end or the offensive line. Candidates will be responsible for coaching their own position group, a recruiting area, film editing/breakdown (HUDL), and all other duties assigned by the head football coach. A bachelor’s degree and valid driver’s license is required. This is a restricted earnings position, and pay will be discussed during the interview process. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to Head Coach Andrew Rolin at No phone calls.

Campbellsville University (NAIA – KY): Campbellsville University has an immediate opening for an offensive graduate assistant position. Candidate must be able to gain admission into a Campbellsville University Graduate Program as well as pass a background check. Compensation for Graduate Position is $10,000 a year stipend. Classes and expenses must be paid from the stipend. Please send your resume and references to

Boise State: Spencer Danielson, who has been on staff since 2017 including the last two seasons as co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, has been announced as defensive coordinator / linebackers coach on Andy Avalos new staff.

Tracy Claeys: Virginia Tech linebackers coach Tracy Claeys has announced his retirement. Claeys began coaching at the Kansas high school level in 1994 and rose to become the defensive coordinator at Emporia State, Southern Illinois, Northern Illinois, Minnesota and Washington State, and spent a season and a half as Minnesota's head coach. "Tracy is not only an outstanding football coach, but he's also one of the finest people I've had the pleasure of working with in this profession. I appreciated the way he helped mentor members of our staff, as well as the manner in which he conveyed his knowledge of the game to our players. We all wish Tracy the very best going forward," Justin Fuente said.

Ryan Day: The Eagles are reportedly interested in Ohio State head coach Ryan Day for their open head coaching job.

Georgia Southern: Chad Lunsford and the Eagles are adding a veteran offensive line coach, sources tell FootballScoop.

Chicago Bears: The Bears have announced that head coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace are both coming back next season without extensions. It's no secret next season will be critical for both of them.

Western Kentucky: Florida State director of high school relations Carlos Locklyn has been formally announced as the new running backs coach.

Carolina Panthers: The team has announced that a decision on the team's next GM is expected this week, and the Panthers have met in-person to interview four finalists - Monti Ossenfort (Titans), Adam Peters (49ers), Ryan Poles (Chiefs), and Scott Fitterer (Seahawks).

Trinity College (D-III - CT): Trinity College has an opening for two full-time assistant football coaches. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in the development of leading and organizing all facets of a Division III football program, knowledge of and adherence to NESCAC and NCAA rules, recruiting, practice planning and execution, teaching responsibilities and mentoring student-athletes. The assistant coach will also have administrative duties within the Department. Position requires both night and weekend availability throughout the academic year. Apply via this link. Please address letter of interest, resume, and references to head coach Jeff Devanney.

Detroit Lions: Rams college scouting director Brad Holmes is interviewing again with the Lions, this time in-person, Ian Rapoport tweets.

Carolina Panthers: Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles had a second interview with the Panthers this week about their GM job, per Joe Person. Ian Rapoport tweets that the Panthers are also interviewing Seahawks exc Scott Fitterer again today as well.

South Carolina: Defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is leaving sources tell FootballScoop. Bruce Feldman tweets that he is "in the mix" to return to Auburn.

Arizona: Michigan defensive analyst Keith Dudzinski has joined Don Brown and Jeff Fisch's staff at Arizona. Dudzinski is expected to coach linebackers at Arizona.

Dallas Cowboys: Joe Whitt Jr. is joining the Cowboys as secondary coach / defensive pass game coordinator,

The #Cowboys are hiring Joe Whitt Jr. as secondary/defensive pass game coordinator, per source. A reunion with Dan Quinn and Mike McCarthy.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 13, 2021

" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Tom Pelissero tweets. Whitt served in the same capacity for the Falcons last year.

Zach Arnett: Last night we reported LSU does not plan to offer Zach Arnett their defensive coordinator job (per source). Today, we can add that Oregon does not plan to either (per source). Arnett interviewed for the jobs over the past two days.

Samford (FCS - AL): Source tells FootballScoop Sam Fleming is being promoted from assistant director of player personnel to director of football operations.

Union College (NAIA - KY): Union College has an immediate opening for a Defensive Graduate Assistant Position or Restricted Earnings Position. Preferred background with Linebackers or Defensive Line. For graduate assistant the preferred candidate must be able to gain admission into a Union College Graduate Program as well as pass a background check. The restricted earnings position must be able to pass a background check. Compensation for Graduate Position includes tuition waiver as well as a monthly stipend (10 months). Compensation for restricted earnings position includes a monthly stipend (10 months). Review of applications will begin immediately, as spring camp has already begun. Our first game is February 6th. Please send your resume and references to

Vanderbilt: Clark Lea is looking at the Cincinnati staff for his offensive coordinator role.

Texas: To climb his way back from rock bottom, Steve Sarkisian focused not on the destination, but on each step of the journey.

Greenville (D-III - NC): Trey Stille, who previously served as the team's linebackers coach and special teams coordinator, has will serve as the team's director of football operations moving forward.

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Clint Trickett: Sources tell FootballScoop Clint Trickett has found himself a new job.

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.

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

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