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Thursday February 25, 2016

Thursday February 25, 2016


Tarleton State (D-II - TX): We understand all positions are filled at Tarleton at this time.

Western Carolina (FCS): Per source, Jason Nichols has joined the staff and will coach the running backs and Jeff Popovich has been hired as the new secondary coach. Nichols spent last season at ULM, and Popovich was at UTSA in 2015.

Fordham (FCS - NY): Joe Davis, who served as the offensive coordinator at Northern Iowa (FCS) last season during their run to the quarterfinals, has been named quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator at Fordham. Davis has previous coaching stops at Shippensburg (D-II - PA), Wheaton College (D-III - IL), North Park University (D-III - IL) and Wayne State (D-II - MI).

Washington State: Per source, Tarleton State (D-II - TX) quarterbacks coach Chase Holbrook is joining the staff in a quality control role. Holbrook is a former quarterback at New Mexico State.

Northern Michigan (D-II): Northern Michigan is looking to hire a defensive coordinator. Responsibilities include assisting the head coach in all aspects of a highly competitive Division II football program, including, but not limited to: coordinating unit, coaching a position, recruiting, student-athlete development, ensuring academic success of student-athletes, practice and game planning, management of defensive staff, as well as rules and compliance. Bachelor's degree required. Evidence of five years of successful college football coaching experience required. Defensive coordinator experience preferred. Applicants must have demonstrated the ability to recruit quality student-athletes. Persons interested in applying should send their application, a current personal resume and three references (with current phone numbers). Apply on the NMU website at

Utah: The details of Kyle Whittingham's contract extension that he signed in January have been uncovered by The extension keeps Whittingham at Utah through December 31, 2020 and is worth a minimum of $3.3 million annually, with him expected to earn at least $17 million over a five-year period. He will make $985k in base salary (up from $685k previously), with annual increases of $50k. If Utah wins 9 games under his leadership, he will earn a bonus of $100k. If Whittingham terminates his contract to coach somewhere else, he will have to pay $2.5 million if he leaves in 2016 or 2017, $1.75 million if he leaves in 2018 or 2019, and $1 million if he leaves before 2020. If Utah terminates his contract early, Whittingham would be owed $3 milion per year, or $2 million per year if the Utes win less than five games for two seasons in a row.

Florida: Bret Ingalls, a veteran of the coaching profession, has joined the Gators staff as an offensive quality control assistant.

New Orleans Saints: Head coach Sean Payton tells Pro Football Talk that he and the Saints are close to finalizing a new contract.

Southern Miss: Along with serving as assistant head coach (as previously reported), Tim Billings will also have the title of outside linebackers coach.

Old Dominion: Old Dominion is looking for applicants for a graphic design intern position. This person will report directly to the assistant director of recruiting and will be responsible for the daily production of graphics to be used for recruiting and other social media purposes. Please send your resume, portfolio and a list of references to Tim Kovacs at This is strictly a volunteer position.

Research: The Complete Run/Pass Option Study New research uncovers how coaches are devising their run/pass option concepts to manipulate second and third level defenders. X&O Labs studied how programs are integrating RPO concepts from both zone and gap run schemes and how they are teaching their quarterbacks to make the right post-snap reads off movement keys. This research includes over 38 individual clinic reports on RPO concepts from programs across the country as well as the drills these programs are using to train the eyes of the QB to make right post-snap decision. Click here to read X&O Labs report.

Minnesota-Crookston (D-II): The University of Minnesota-Crookston has an immediate opening for a defensive intern position. This is an unpaid position that does not provide housing or meals. The expectation is for the candidate to transition to a paid intern position in the fall where on-campus living and/or a meal plan will be provided. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Tom Miller at No phone calls please.

The first episode of "Being Bret Bielema: The Setup" has been released. Watch it here.

Texas A&M Commerce (D-II): Texas A&M Commerce is looking to fill a game on September 3rd of this year (2016). We would be interested in playing an opponent from 1AA, D2, D3, or NAIA. We will pay a competitive guarantee and provide lodging. Anyone who is interested can email

Scoop him up:Aaron Borland has spent the past six seasons as a recruiting assistant / intern with the football program at the University of Minnesota under both Tim Brewster and Jerry Kill. Borland's work in social media has been featured on ESPN College Football broadcasts,, and CBS Sports and his skills include working with programs like XOS Thunder, Filemaker Pro, JumpForward, Photoshop, and a variety of others. Over the course of his career, Borland has developed relationships with Tim Brewster, Dan Berezowitz, Josh Sternquist, Ted Roof, Jaw Sawvel, Dan O'Brien, Tim Davis, and Jeff Horton. Borland is currently looking for an opportunity to join a staff in a recruiting / operations / personnel capacity and can be reached via email at

St. Augustine (D-II - NC): St. Augustine has removed the interim tag and officially named Tim Chavous their new head football coach.

Michigan: Report out of Washington is that Michigan is indeed hiring Brian Smith who served last season with the Philadelphia Eagles as assistant linebackers coach and who played for & has worked with Don Brown. Will update once official.

Dordt (NAIA - IA): Lynn Nutt has been announced as defensive coordinator. Nutt is a former Eastern Michigan assistant, and also spent a season at his alma mater William Jewell (D-II - MO) as defensive line coach.

St. Augustine (D-II - NC):Saint Augustine University has an open date for a home game this season on September 10. Please get in contact with Tim Chavous 919-516 -4780 or

Missouri: Sources tell FootballScoop Barry Odom is making additional changes within the staff. We understand that director of football operations Dan Hopkins and director of recruiting Nick Otterbacher will not return.

Kirby Smart shares a funny story about a mistake he made while interviewing for his first full-time coaching job

Fordham (FCS - NY): Former Northern Iowa offensive coordinator Joe Davis has been hired as pass game coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Fordham.

Central Washington (D-II): Central Washington has hired Marian defensive coordinator Scott Power in the same capacity. Power was recently selected by his peers as the 2015 NAIA Coordinator of the Year.

Copiah-Lincoln (JC - MS): Copiah- Lincoln CC has an opening for an offensive skill coach. Responsibilities will be assisting the head coach in the successful MACJC football program including: coaching, recruiting, and teaching. Qualifications/Experience: Minimum of Master’s degree, collegiate coaching experience, and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations. The successful candidate must have the ability to recruit, coach, and teach highly talented student-athletes who can succeed in a challenging academic environment as well as assist in managing all facets of the Copiah- Lincoln Community College football program. Commitment to a responsibility of adhering to all policies, rules and regulations of Copiah- Lincoln Community College, the MACJC and the NJCAA are required. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Cover letter, resume, transcripts, and references can be emailed to head coach Glenn Davis at No phone calls please.

Rutgers: Moravian College (D-III - PA) wide receivers coach Mark Rosenbaum has left his post to become a graduate assistant at Rutgers.

Delaware State: Seton Hill (D-II - PA) defensive coordinator Gerard Wilcher is the new defensive coordinator at Delaware State, per source.

Michigan: Sources tell FootballScoop that Michigan has offered the defensive backs position to a coach and the hiring process has begun. Neither Courtney "Chip" Viney, nor Aubrey Pleasant were offered the position. We understand Michigan plans to hire someone with ties to new defensive coordinator Don Brown.

Auburn: Former LSU graduate assistant Devin Ducote is now a defensive analyst at Auburn.

Saginaw Valley State (D-II - MI): Per source, wide receivers coach Andre Griffin will be the new head coach at Lima Senior HS (OH), pending school board approval. Griffin is the son of two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin.

Whittier College (D-III - CA): Whittier College is seeking applicants for a restricted earnings coaching position (RBs or WRs coach). Qualifications: Bachelors degree required with successful football playing and/or coaching experience, strong professional/interpersonal communication skills and organizational efficiency, outstanding character and leadership qualities a must. Experience with HUDL is a plus. Duties include coaching your own position and; plan, organize, and instruct positional meetings and drills; contribute to offensive game plan; film breakdown, recruit your own territory, and attract top quality student-athletes to attend Whittier College, as well as other duties as assigned by the Head Football Coach. This is a 12 month position that will pay $10,000, and some meals. No housing, or benefits are included. Please email a letter of recommendation, resume, and references to head coach Mike Neale at No phone calls please.

Morehouse College (D-II - GA): Chris Thomas will be the new defensive backs coach at Morehouse College, sources tell us. Thomas most recently coached the secondary at Mays HS (GA).

Coastal Carolina (FCS): Coastal Carolina is looking to fill a graphic design / social media senior intern within the recruiting department. In this position you will be directly involved in all day to day social media outreach for the program, and specifically responsible for the creation of graphics to be used through our social media channels. Experience in Adobe Photoshop is a must. This is a volunteer position. All resumes can be sent to Kramer Cook at

Benedictine (D-III - IL): Per source, head coach Josiah Sears has finalized his coaching staff as follows; Phil Kleckler will remain on staff as defensive coordinator, Bryan Wells (former head coach at Nequa Valley HS in Illinois) will be the assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Charles Love (University of Indianapolis tight ends coach) will coach the wide receivers and coordinate the special teams, and Shane Dierking (North Central College defensive graduate assistant), will coach the defensive backs.

Truman State (D-II - MO): Truman State University is seeking applicants for a volunteer assistant coach / video coordinator. Responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of video operations, assisting in recruiting and assisting a position coach. Local candidates heavily encouraged to apply. There is little pay, no meals, no housing and no benefits with these positions. Email resumes to Louie Ramirez at

Whittier (D-III - CA): Whittier College is seeking applicants for two graduate assistant coaching positions (1 offensive, 1 defensive). Qualifications include acceptance into graduate school (3.0 minimum GPA), as well as passing the CBEST. The position includes a monthly stipend of $180-$200, some meals, and free graduate school (Masters Edu.). No housing, or benefits are included. The successful candidate will coach his own position, run positional meetings, contribute to the weekly gameplan, video editing (HUDL), and have his own recruiting area. Please email a letter of recommendation, resume, and references to head coach Mike Neale at No phone calls please.

Chaffey (JC – CA): Chaffey College is seeking qualified applicant for an assistant football coach working with the Wide Receivers. Desired qualifications include a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Physical Education or Exercise Science. Experience and relationships in Southern California is preferred. Applicants must have experience with Hudl digital editing system and be highly motivated to recruit. Prospective applicant’s responsibilities would include administrative duties in game week organization and preparation, video breakdown of games and practices, opponent scout, and creating tendency reports. Will have own on-field coaching and recruiting responsibilities. This is a stipend position, with possible teaching assignment for qualified applicants. If interested, please e-mail offensive coordinator David Portz at