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The Scoop - Wednesday January 5, 2022

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2021-22 Tracking Pages: Our pages tracking the hires across college football are now live.

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Former Syracuse head coach Greg Robinson has passed away at 70 years old after a battle with Alzheimers. The coaching veteran won a pair of Super Bowl titles as the defensive coordinator for the Broncos. Please join us in praying for his family.

Oregon: Tosh Lupoi has signed a 3-year, $5.1 million contract as Oregon's defensive coordinator. 

Belhaven (D-III - MS): Indiana offensive grad assistant Tyson Wachenheim is joining the staff as tight ends coach. 

Arizona State: Director of player personnel Ryne Rezac has stepped down to move into a role with a private company. 

Missouri: Safeties coach Charlie Harbison is stepping away for "more flexibility in handling personal family matters in North Carolina." Eli Drinkwitz shares that Harbison will remain a valued member of the program moving forward.

Idaho (FCS): Per source, University of San Diego (FCS) offensive coordinator Tyler Sutton is joining Jason Eck's staff as recruiting coordinator / tight ends coach. Sutton has climbed the ranks from volunteer assistant to offensive coordinator over the past nine seasons at USD. 

VMI (FCS): VMI is seeking a defensive volunteer coach. This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing OR benefits with occasional meals. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: on field coaching, operational tasks assigned by the Head Coach, opponent film breakdown/reports, gameweek preparation, and assisting position coaches with practice and meetings. Candidates should be adept at learning new technology, in addition to being skilled in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, and XOS. If interested, please email a resume and references to Assistant Football Coach Tom Clark at clarkta@vmi.edu.

Southern Miss: Southern Miss is looking to fill the position of video coordinator. If interested, please apply via this link.

Missouri: There are reportedly changes coming to the Missouri strength staff. Details on Strength Scoop.

Idaho (FCS): Luke Schleusner has now been announced as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach, as we've previously reported. He follows Jason Eck from South Dakota State (FCS) where he was the wide receivers coach / passing game coordinator. 

Coach of the Year: Today, in partnership with AstroTurf, we announced the 2021 FootballScoop Coach of the Year winners on the offensive side of the ball: Zach Kittley (WKU), quarterbacks; William Peagler (Michigan State), running backs; Brian Hartline (Ohio State), wide receivers; Todd Hartley (Georgia), tight ends; and Jim Harding (Utah), offensive line. 

Texas A&M: Earlier this week we shared that Jimbo Fisher was in talks to bring DJ Durkin in as his defensive coordinator. Today, that deal got done. 

LSU: Austin Thomas will not return after one season as general manager. The former FootballScoop Personnel Director of the Year returned to Baton Rouge this season after one year at Baylor and one at Texas A&M.

New Mexico Highlands (D-II): Ron Hudson, the former assistant at Nevada and Georgia Southern, has agreed to become the new head coach, Pete Thamel tweets. Hudson spent the 2021 season as associate head coach / special teams coordinator for the program. 

Colorado State: Mater Dei HS (CA) wide receivers coach James Finley has joined the staff as running backs coach, completing Jay Norvell's offensive staff in Fort Collins. The program has also announced the addition of the following support staff members: Colton Bosnos (DFO), Jeremy Copeland (Director of Player Development), Tim Cassidy (Senior Associate AD / Football Chief of Staff), and Lucas Gauthier (Director of Player Personnel). Also, Ricky Santo is being retained as Director of Ram Life.

Rhode Island (FCS - RI): Rhode Island is seeking an offensive quality control coach. This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing OR benefits with occasional meals. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: operational tasks assigned by the Head Coach, opponent film breakdown/reports, game week preparation, and assisting position coaches with practice and meetings. Candidates should be adept at learning new technology, in addition to being skilled in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, and DVSport. If interested, please email a resume and references to Assistant Football Coach Tyler Loftus at tloftus@uri.edu. No phone calls please. 

LSU: Offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock has signed a three-year deal making an average of $1.4 million per year (before incentives), and quarterbacks coach Joe Sloan also has a three-year deal averaging $600k annually, Wilson Alexander tweets.

Bethany (D-III - WV): Bethany College is seeking two qualified applicants for the positions of Graduate Assistant/Intern, Football program. These positions will report to the Head Football Coach. Both will be on the defensive side of the football, with the positions to be determined by experience and background. Duties will include coaching, recruiting and fundraising. Additional duties may be assigned by the head coach or the director of athletics. Qualifications include a Bachelor's degree, a valid driver's license, and playing experience at the collegiate level. Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience coaching at the collegiate or high school level. Knowledge of and adherence to Bethany, NCAA Division III, and Presidents' Athletic Conference rules and regulations are also required. Compensation includes stipend ($9,000/year), room and board, and tuition waiver into Bethany’s MAT program. The selected candidates must be enrolled in Bethany's MAT program as a condition of employment. Start date is August 2018. Letters of application along with resume and list of references can be submitted electronically to football@bethanywv.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. 

Franklin Pierce (D-II - NH): Franklin Pierce University Football in Rindge, NH is looking to fill a restricted earnings (either WRs or DL) assistant position starting Feb. 1st . The job pays $16K a year with no housing or benefits. The position could possibly become a full-time position if the candidate has a current certification through a nationally recognized strength and conditioning program. Preference will be given to coaches who have college football coaching and recruiting experience. Please send your resume & references to gaskampr@franklinpierce.edu. No phone calls please.

Tusculum (D-II - TN): Tusculum University has an opening for a Defensive GA position working with the Secondary (Corners). Applicants must have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA or better. Position includes Tution, Meals, and Possible Housing. All interested applicants should email resumes and a list of references to Coach Dixon at pdixon@tusculum.edu.

Rochester Community (JC - MN): Head coach Derrick Hintz has stepped down spending 19 seasons, the last six as head coach.

Virginia Union (D-II - VA):  Virginia Union has an opening for a Full-Time Defensive Secondary Coach. The Assistant Football Coach (Secondary) reports to the Head Football Coach and is responsible for assisting the Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator in carrying out all activities necessary to accomplish the objectives of the program within the guidelines of the NCAA, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), and the University. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting an assigned territory with the successful recruitment of prospective student-athletes, academic support, Secondary skill instruction, practice/game planning and execution, and carrying out the primary scheme of the defense. Successful candidate will have a history of coaching Secondary, experience with HUDL and Microsoft Office, and experience with strength and conditioning. Bachelor's degree required, and the completion of a successful background check. Please email a cover letter and resume to adparker@vuu.edu with the Subject Line “VUU Secondary position”. Please no phone calls.

Warner (NAIA - FL): Warner University has openings for 4 Quality Control Positions on staff (2 on Offense and 2 on Defense). This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing OR benefits with occasional meals. Ideal candidates must be highly organized, proficient in Hudl, Microsoft Excel, Visio, Word, PowerPoint and other computer skills. Previous experience coaching or playing is preferred. All interested and qualified applicants should email their resume, references, and cover letter to michael.piasecki@warner.edu.

Benedict (D-II - SC): Benedict College has an immediate opening for a full-time Defensive Line coach. The successful candidate must be an energetic self-starter, possess a positive mindset, and be a thorough recruiter. Duties will include coaching your position group on the field, organizing and conducting your own position meetings, managing your own recruiting territory, assisting with video editing responsibilities, assisting with game planning and data breakdown, assisting with special teams, monitoring the academic success of your position group, and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The compensation for this position includes a salary and benefits. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to earn NCAA Division II Recruiting Certificate, and the ability to adhere to the vision, rules and regulations of the NCAA, SIAC Conference, Benedict College and it’s football program. Mid-January start date. To apply interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to benedictfootball@gmail.com with the subject line: Defensive Line Coach. No phone calls please. Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Olivet Nazarene (NAIA - IL): Olivet Nazarene University is seeking applicants for graduate assistants on Offense and Defense. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional knowledge of strategy, successful recruiting ability, strong leadership, social media expertise, video editing, and communication skills. Photoshop expertise desired. Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and work within Olivet Nazarene’s Christian mission. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, coaching a position, recruiting, academic & spiritual growth of players, and coordinating social media efforts. Tuition, stipend and subsidized housing available. Olivet Nazarene University is a nationally recognized Christian university located 50 miles south of the Chicago Loop in Illinois. Olivet competes in the NAIA. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required. Email letter of interest, resume, Christian testimony statement, and references to Eric Hehman at edhehman@olivet.edu. Candidates will not be reviewed until ALL materials are submitted. No phone calls please.

Lafayette (FCS - PA): Mike Saint Germain has joined the staff as defensive coordinator. Mike is a 2007 alumnus of Lafayette who spent the last three seasons at Kutztown (D-II - PA).

Benedict (D-II - SC): Benedict College has an immediate opening for a full-time Wide Receiver coach. The successful candidate must be an energetic self-starter, possess a positive mindset, and be a thorough recruiter. Duties will include coaching your position group on the field, organizing and conducting your own position meetings, managing your own recruiting territory, assisting with video editing responsibilities, assisting with game planning and data breakdown, assisting with special teams, monitoring the academic success of your position group, and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The compensation for this position includes a salary and benefits. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to earn NCAA Division II Recruiting Certificate, and the ability to adhere to the vision, rules and regulations of the NCAA, SIAC Conference, Benedict College and it’s football program. Mid-January start date. To apply interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to benedictfootball@gmail.com with the subject line: Wide Receiver Coach. No phone calls please. Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Graceland (NAIA - IA): Phil Staback, who spent the last eight seasons as the offensive coordinator at Southwest Baptist (D-II), has joined the program as offensive coordinator.

St. Thomas (FCS - MN): Sources tell FootballScoop that offensive coordinator Bruce Carpenter has left the staff to pursue opportunities outside coaching; the offensive coordinator position is open. The Tommies went 7-3 overall and 6-2 in Pioneer Football League play in their first season reclassifying from Division III to FCS.  

New Riddell Helmet: Riddell had gone eight years without introducing a new helmet to the market, but that all changed today with a helmet full of technological advances.

Benedict (D-II - SC): Benedict College has an immediate opening for a defensive backs coach (restricted earning position). This position will work with either the Corners or the Safeties depending on the selected candidate. The successful candidate must be an energetic self-starter, possess a positive mindset, and be a thorough recruiter. Duties will include coaching your position group on the field, organizing and conducting your own position meetings, managing your own recruiting territory, assisting with video editing responsibilities, assisting with game planning and data breakdown, assisting with special teams, monitoring the academic success of your position group, and other administrative duties as assigned by the head coach and coordinators. The successful candidate will also have housing responsibilities. The compensation for this position includes a salary, housing, meals, and benefits. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, a valid driver’s license, strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to earn NCAA Division II Recruiting Certificate, and the ability to adhere to the vision, rules and regulations of the NCAA, SIAC Conference, Benedict College and it’s football program. Mid-January start date. To apply interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to benedictfootball@gmail.com with the subject line: Defensive Back Coach. No phone calls please. Review of applicants will begin immediately. 

Wake Forest: The program has officially announced the addition of Brad Lambert as the new defensive coordinator for the Demon Deacs.

RC Slocum: The College Football Hall of Fame coach has announced he is cancer free. 

Olivet Nazarene (NAIA - IL): Olivet Nazarene University is seeking applicants for a Restricted Earning Defensive position. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional knowledge of strategy, successful recruiting ability, and strong leadership. Applicants must have a strong Christian faith and a desire to work within Olivet Nazarene’s Christian mission. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, coaching a position, recruiting, and investing in the academic & spiritual growth of players. Stipend, No housing or food. Olivet Nazarene University is a nationally recognized Christian university located 50 miles south of the Chicago Loop in Illinois. Olivet competes in the NAIA. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree is required. Email letter of interest, resume, Christian testimony statement, and references to Greg Youngblood at gjyoungblood@olivet.edu. Candidates will not be reviewed until ALL materials are submitted. No phone calls please.

Carthage (D-III - WI): Carthage has an opening for a part-time offensive skill position. Compensation is $4000 stipend disbursed over 10 months. NO housing, NO benefits, occasional meals. Candidate will run his own position meetings. Interested parties should reach out to head coach Dustin Hass at dhass@carthage.edu

Louisiana Christian (NAIA): Louisiana Christian University is seeking a part time coach. Looking for a coach with defensive coaching experience, position would be best fit. Preference will be given to Coaches with strength and conditioning background. Responsibilities would be assisting the strength and conditioning coordinator, assisting/running a position room, film breakdown, all practice setup and breakdown, overseeing academics of position group/offense and all other responsibilities assigned by Head Football Coach or Athletic Director. Position would pay $10,000 and would include dorms. Starting date would be immediately. Candidate must adhere to the Louisiana Christian University personal conduct policy. A Bachelor’s degree and successful completion of a background check is required. Interested applicants should email their Resume, and Cover Letter to Head Coach at Andrew.Maddox@lacollege.edu.

USF: The school has announced a 5-year contract extension with vice president of athletics Michael Kelly aimed at keeping him with the school through June 2028.

TCU: SMU director of recruiting operations Tyler Olker has joined the TCU staff as director of player personnel. 

Clemson: Auburn defensive line coach Nick Eason, a former Clemson defensive lineman, is expected to be Dabo's new defensive line coach Matt Zenitz tweets.

USC: Lincoln Riley is reportedly snagging an assistant from a College Football Playoff team for his Trojans staff.

Notre Dame: A few days ago we shared that Marcus Freeman was on the verge of adding Cincinnati special teams coordinator Brian Mason to the staff in the same capacity, and this morning Pete Thamel tweets that Mason has agreed to join Freeman's staff in South Bend.

Syracuse: Sources share with FootballScoop that linebackers coach Chris Achuff is moving to defensive line and defensive coordinator Tony White will now coach the linebackers. The remaining full-time coaching opening for Syracuse is receivers.

University of New Hampshire (FCS - NH): University of New Hampshire has openings for 3 Quality Control Positions on staff. This is strictly a VOLUNTEER position; there is NO compensation, housing OR benefits with occasional meals. There are 5 previous Quality Control coaches in full time roles on staff. Ideal candidates must be highly organized, proficient in DVsport, Microsoft Excel, Visio, Word, PowerPoint and other computer skills. Previous experience coaching or playing is preferred. All interested and qualified applicants should email their resume, references, and cover letter to Unhwildcatsfb@gmail.com.

Illinois: Sources tell FootballScoop Bret Bielema is making a change at offensive coordinator....and is moving quickly to fill the position

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Georgia Tech: Offensive coordinator Chip Long's deal is two years ($800,000 and $850,000) and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke's is $300,000 per year for two years as well per multiple reports. 

Virginia Lynchburg (NCCAA): Virginia University of Lynchburg is currently seeking a Graduate Assistant Offensive Line Coach. This position includes tuition and housing is provided. Responsibilities include all aspects of the football program, including practice organization, academic support and recruiting. Looking for someone experienced in coaching offensive line, has good personal skills, and is good with small groups on and off the field. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a resume, and three recommendation contacts including phone numbers to Head Coach, Tim Newman at tnewman1@vul.edu.

USF: The results haven't been what they've hoped for, but Jeff Scott is getting some more time at USF.

East Tennessee State (FCS): ETSU has landed one of the top D-II coordinators as their new offensive play caller, sources tell FootballScoop.

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Presbyterian (FCS - SC): Presbyterian is tabbing a D-II coach who has had success as one of the youngest coaches in college football, and someone that has also had success building a program from scratch. Here's more on their hire of Steve Englehart.

Eastern Michigan: Eastern Michigan has an opening for a football operations and recruiting graduate assistant. Applicants must be accepted into the graduate program and have a 3.0 GPA. Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter, and references to emu_football@emich.edu with the subject line: Operations/Recruiting GA Position. 

East Tennessee State (FCS): An update on the staff at ETSU under George Quarles.

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