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Thursday December 3, 2015

Thursday December 3, 2015


Missouri: Sources confirm to FootballScoop that Missouri will make Barry Odom their new head coach. Odom has agreed to a five year deal the school has now announced. The video of his players finding out Odom is their hew head coach pretty darn good, enjoy.

[Heck of a night for Jimmy Sexton and team with both Norvell and Odom landing their first head jobs. Crack something open Jimmy.]

UCF: Sources tell FootballScoop that Colorado receivers / recruiting coordinator Troy Walters will join Scott Frost's staff at UCF.

Lenoir-Rhyne (D-II - NC): Head coach Ian Shields abruptly resigned today. The University announced that he plans accept "an undisclosed division 1 opportunity".

Memphis: Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell will be the new head coach at Memphis we have confirmed. SI's Pete Thamel has reported the same.

Montana State: Montana State has conducted in-person interviews with offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey, FAU associate head coach / offensive coordinator Brian Wright (a former MSU offensive coordinator), Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Chris Ball, Washington special teams coordinator Jeff Choate, and Missouri associate head coach / wide receivers coach Andy Hill. The committee has spoken with other candidates via phone as well. A hire is expected in the next week.

Troy Walters: Colorado receivers coach Troy Walters is being targeted by Scott Frost according to Matt Prehm who covers Oregon. DJ Durkin and Walters also have a very good relationship. Expect this one to play out soon enough.

Iowa State: Bryan Gasser, who coached the tight ends and special teams at Toledo under Matt Campbell, is joining the Iowa State staff, per SI. We can confirm the move and are told that Gasser will coach receivers.

Will Muschamp: is reporting that Will Muschamp is unlikely to return for another year at Auburn, pointing to the head coaching job at South Carolina, and defensive coordinator opening at Georgia and Alabama as potential landing spots.

Sonny Dykes: The San Francisco Chronicle, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, is confirming our report of Sonny Dykes' interest in the Virginia job and confirms his contact with the South Carolina search as well.

Texas Southern: Former Miami (OH) head coach Mike Haywood is the new head coach and has signed a four-year deal. Haywood replaced Darrell Asberry who stepped down on Sunday after a 3-7 season. Haywood has spent the past five seasons working in the private business sector.

Video: The keys to LSU's successful recruiting approach

Tarleton State (D-II - TX): UTEP receivers coach Todd Whitten will be the next Tartleton State head coach, per source. Whitten previously served two separate stints as the head coach at Tarleton State (1996 and 2000-2004), and also served as head coach at Sam Houston State (2005-2009).

UCF: UCF issued a statement publicly shaming a report that said he planned to fire all staff at UCF. "Reports that Coach Frost isn't going to retain any of the assistant coaches at UCF are false. He doesn't believe it would be wise to completely abandon UCF tradition....It is his wish that enough people are kept in place from this staff to maintain consistency, as well as to continue developing relationships to build a bridge from the past to the future." Read the entire thing here.

South Carolina: Bruce Feldman reports that Sonny Dykes is a candidate at South Carolina and he says that Rich Rod will speak with them too.

ULM:'s Jimmy Smith reported this afternoon that LSU's Frank Wilson is a finalist for the ULM job. Sources on every side of this one tell FootballScoop this is not the case. Wilson has not been considered and will not be involved in this search. ULM still has a game this weekend. Sources tell FootballScoop the search is proceeding as planned with more dialogue expected next week. The interest on the coaches side of things is quite strong on this one. Will update next week as more becomes clear.

Georgia: Bryan McClendon will coach the Dawgs in their bowl game.

Jacksonville University: Head coach Kerwin Bell is being released from his contract. Read more here.

NFL Openings: Mort & Schefter took a crack at identifying which coaches have the best shot at filling any open NFL head coaching vacancies this upcoming off-season. Their list includes: Jim Mora, Brian Kelly, David Shaw, Josh McDaniels...and oh so many more. Have a look at their full list.

Maryland: DJ Durkin's contract is five years, $12.5 million (average of $2.5M per). Roman Stubbs adds that he will get a "one time rollover of $2.65M after year one".

Toledo: Jason Candle will make $650,000 per year (+ $25,000 into a retirement fund) as head coach of the Rockets, according to Steve Berkowitz. That's $200,000 more than Toledo was paying Matt Campbell, and makes Candle the second highest paid coach in the league behind only Western Michigan's PJ Fleck. Berkowitz adds that Candle's buyout over the first three years is $600,000.

Western State (D-II - CO): Per source, defensive coordinator Kelly Ledwith will not return.

South Carolina: Sources close to the program tell us that both Steve Spurrier and Ray Tanner are high on Will Muschamp. As it relates to this search, Tanner's opinion seems far more relevant; but don't discount having head ball coach in your corner on this one either. Muschamp is expected to formally interview tomorrow per other reports.

Stillman College (D-II - AL): Stillman College has announced that they're cutting all athletics programs (including football), with the exception of men's and women's basketball, at the end of the current school year.

Georgia: UGA owes Mark Richt a buyout of $4.1 million as a result of the verbal contract that AD Greg McGarity said that they would honor. The AJC points out that the fact that Richt will be the new head coach at Miami does not absolve UGA from paying the full amount of the buyout. DC Jeremy Pruitt and OC Brian Schottenheimer are each under contract for two more seasons and the buyout for each of them is their remaining salaries (Pruitt - $2.6 million, and Schottenheimer - $1.9 million). If either of them accepts another job before Kirby Smart takes over, UGA will not be on the hook for their buyouts. Note, however, that per the AJC both Pruitt and Schottenheimer's contracts are subject to offset, meaning that should they accept other employment, that income would reduce what they are owed by Georgia.

LSU: LSU President King Alexander confirmed this morning to the Baton Rouge Business Report that the decision was made in a post halftime meeting the retain Les. Alexander added, "We don't need to go into the next legislative session with a black eye."

Modesto (JC - CA): Modesto Junior College has an opening at defensive coordinator. Email resumes and references to Rusty Stivers at No phone calls please.

Nichols College (D-III - MA): Nichols College is looking to fill two part time offensive skill positions. Stipend is $3000-$3500. Those living in Central Massachussets are encouraged to apply. No housing, o classes. Please send resumes to if interested.

Alabama: Phil Savage noted on Sirius XM this morning that Kirby Smart will stay with the Crimson Tide through their bowl game / playoff.

South Carolina: Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is interviewing today and Will Muschamp will interview tomorrow per JC Shurburtt and Dan Wolken.

Virginia: Update at Virginia, where assistant coaches need not apply.

GoRout: Wearable technology designed to help your team practice perfect.

Virginia Tech: Quick update to Justin Fuente's staff at VT; as we understand it, Bud Foster will be staying on as defensive coordinator, and on the defensive side of the ball secondary coach Torrian Gray and defensive line coach Charley Wiles will both be retained. On offense, Holman Wiggins (WRs) and James Shibest (TEs / STC) are coming with Fuente from Memphis and we understand that co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brad Cornelson will join the Hokies after Memphis' bowl game, per source.

New Research: Why the presence of 4i-techniques slows down the efficiency of zone and gap runs from spread personnel groupings X&O Labs released brand new research on why 3-4 and 3-3-5 defensive structures have had continued success defending spread run schemes such as the zone and power read concept. This brand new special report features four case studies and 1 hour and 45 minutes of game and practice film. Contributors include several of the top defensive units in the country: Jacksonville University, Trinity College (CT), University of St. Thomas (MN), Villanova University, John Carroll University (OH) as well as a contingent of high school programs that base their defense out of the odd front. Click below to read the report and watch the video. Read X&O Labs special report here.

Indiana: According to the Indianapolis Star, Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass and Kevin Wilson will get together in the next several days to talk about Wilson's contract. Wilson led the program to bowl eligibility this season, and is in the sixth year of his seven year contract.

Southern University: Co-offensive ccoordinator Chad Germany has resigned from his post and corners coach Chris Scott, linebackers coach Lorick Atkinson, and defensive line coach Myron Jackson have all been dismissed.

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