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The Scoop - Wednesday March 24, 2021

Wednesday March 24, 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.

LSU: Defensive grad assistant Christian LaCoutre has left the program to accept a position in sales reports Jacques Doucet.

Alabama: Jay Graham shares a statement on why he's left Nick Saban's staff.

LSU: Ed Orgeron addresses not interviewing an assistant coach LSU hired last season.

Louisiana Tech: Sherman Wilson has been announced as the program's new director of recruiting. Wilson previously as a scouting apprentice for the Los Angeles Rams since June of 2020 where he learned scouting techniques and evaluation procedures from NFL executives. and also previously worked as a recruiting analyst at Memphis, where he assisted in signing the highest-rated class in program history in 2021.

NC State: Corey Phillips, who previously served as assistant director of recruiting at Vanderbilt, has joined the NC State staff as director of recruiting, source tell FootballScoop.

Lincoln Riley vs. Gary Patterson: The Oklahoma and TCU head coaches are locked in a game of tug-of-war over Chandler Morris's 2021 season.

Florida State: What Florida State basketball coach Leonard Hamilton can teach college football about patience and growing bamboo.

Big Ten: The Big Ten is allowing schools to host fans again, and one school is more excited than others.

Arizona: On Day 1 of spring practices, Don Brown defends having 30+ calls in for his defense.

Kansas State: Athletic director Gene Taylor has signed a contract extension keeping him in Manhattan through the 2026-27 academic year and includes a significant raise to $925,000 per year. Taylor was nearing the end of a five-year deal he signed in 2017 that paid him $450,000 initially with a pay bump of $50k each year.

Official caught red handed: A hot mic caught an official admitting to a premeditated penalty call last night.

Vanderbilt: Matthew Dompreh has accepted the assistant director of video services on Clark Lea's staff, per source. Dompreh previously served in similar capacities at Iowa, Kansas State, Boston College, Pitt and Houston.

William Penn (NAIA - IA): William Penn is seeking applicants for the position of Graduate Assistant working with either offensive skill (option experience preferred) or secondary. Applicants must be accepted into William Penn Master’s program, 3.0 GPA. Stipend, tuition waiver, and possible housing included. Please email cover letter, resume, and references to Defensive Coordinator, Clayton Norberg with the subject “WPU GA” No Phone Calls.

Alabama:Nick Saban has made a staff change.

Notre Dame: Mike McCray II, a former Wolverine captain and linebacker who served in a defensive analyst capacity in Ann Arbor last year, has accepted a graduate assistant position on the defensive side of the ball for the Irish.

Guardian Caps: “I purchased my Guardian Caps last year and love them. The extra protection for the safety aspect also saved me a lot of money this year on helmet reconditioning.” Mark McSorley, HFC, New London HS, IA. Click here for more info.

Syracuse: Sources tell FootballScoop Jeff Hammerschmidt is joining Dino Babers’ staff.

Bowling Green: Scot Loeffler is making a few hires to fill out his defensive staff sources tell FootballScoop.

Drake (FCS - IA): Drake is looking to fill their season opener for the fall 2021 season. Preferably a home game but will entertain other options at this point. Either on Thursday evening on September 2nd, or Saturday (day or evening) September 4th. Game guarantee and food included with contract. Contact with interest, or more information.

High school: A Massachusetts high school coach has apologized and is under further investigation after using objectionable names for play calls early this season.

ASA Miami (JC - FL):Due to recent cancellations ASA Miami College is in need of games for the spring season. We are looking for Sunday March 28th AND Sunday April 4th. Please Contact our Head Coach Cornelius Bosier at (786)261-8307 or

Kirk Ciarrocca: The veteran offensive coordinator, with recent stops at Penn State and Minnesota, has landed a new job.

West Virginia Wesleyan (D-II): WV Wesleyan College is looking for an opponent for Week 1 of the 2021 fall seasons. We are looking for FCS opponents. If interested contact Head Coach Tony Testa via email at

Luke Fickell: The leader of the Bearcats doesn’t know anything about March Madness brackets, but he does fill out a bracket each March for “the toughest three days in sports.”


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