Tuesday January 26, 2016
Southeastern Louisiana: Head coach Ron Roberts has announced a number of changes and additions to his coaching staff including the additions of Matt Barrett (OC / QBs coach), Travis Mikel (OL), and Patrick Toney (secondary). In addition, Chet Pobolish will move to receivers and add the title of assistant head coach / special teams coordinator, Tyler Hennes will move from tight ends to running backs, and Jake Zbydniewski (who was a defensive assistant last season) will now coach the tight ends. Roberts will take over defensive coordinator duties and running backs coach Kevin Weston will move to corners.
McNeese State: Tommy Restivo has been named defensive coordinator. Restivo spent the past two seasons coordinating the defense at South Carolina State (FCS), where they finished in the top 25 in a number of defensive categories last season.
Cleveland Browns: The Browns have interviewed Detroit Lions personnel executive Brian Xanders for their top personnel job according to Mary Kay Cabot.
San Franciso 49ers: Jason Tarver will remain coaching the linebackers and Jim O'Neil is taking over as defensive coordinator. O'Neil coordinated the defense for the Browns last season.
Alabama: Nick Saban indicated Tuesday he would not fill the Tide's open defensive position until after Signing Day.
James Madison (FCS): Per source, Virginia State (D-II) head coach Byron Thweatt is heading to James Madison to coach the linebackers.
USC: Kenechi Udeze has formally been announced as Clay Helton's new defensive line coach on the Trojans' staff. Helton said the following of Udeze's hire, "There are times in your career when you meet someone and just know that they are going to be a superstar in the profession."
Mississippi State: Sources tell FootballScoop that Dan Mullen has offered Alcorn State head coach Jay Hopson the remaining open defensive assistant position.
Texas A&M: New offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone will make $965,000 this year, which includes an $800,000 salary and $165,000 signing bonus. If Mazzone is fired without cause, A&M will owe him $500,000 for each remaining year on the deal. Mazzone can leave without cause, but will owe a decreasing percentage of the remaining base salary left on the deal. Mazzone would owe the full amount if he left for another SEC program. He made $864,000 last season at UCLA.
Purdue: DeAndre Smith has been announced as running backs coach.
Atlanta Falcons: The organization has announced they have hired Phil Emery and Ruston Webster as national scouts. Emery brings 17 years of NFL experience as a scout and GM, most recently with the Bears from 2012-2014. Webster spent the past four seasons as the general manager of the Tennessee Titans and has been in the NFL for 28 years.
Miami: Tim "Ice" Harris, who spent the past two seasons on Al Golden's staff at Miami, is returning to Booker T. Washington HS (FL) as head coach according to the Miami Herald. More details on High School Scoop.Update>> JT Wilcox, who covers South Florida HS Sports, says that Harris will join the staff as an assistant coach, not as head coach as other outlets had previously reported.
Davidson: We are told that Davidson is no longer accepting resumes for their running backs job. Thank you for the overwhelming interest in the job.
Atlanta Falcons: Former Tennessee Titans GM Ruston Webster is joining the Atlanta organization, per PFT.
Scoop him up: Kyle Dugandzic is currently the assistant special teams coordinator and tight ends / specialists coach at Ventura College (JC - CA). Dugandzic coached an All-American kicker this past season, and he also has a background in strength and conditioning. Ideally, Dugandzic would like to land a graduate assistant position somewhere in the fall, and is willing to move anywhere to coach football. He has worked alongside quality coaches like Rich Rodriguez (Arizona), Spencer Leftwich (UTEP OL coach), and Jeff Hammerschmidt (STC at Colorado State).
Wagner (FCS - NY): Wagner College is looking for a Division 2 or Division 3 opponent to schedule a game for Sept. 10 or Sept. 17 of 2016. Please contact DFO AJ Firestone at email@example.com if interested.
Southern Miss: Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey is expected to remain with the Sun Devils according to Bruce Feldman. Update: Sources at ASU tell us Chip is planning on staying in Tempe.
Dallas Cowboys: According to a report from Ian Rapoport, former Miami head coach Al Golden "is in line for a job as a Cowboy's assistant".
Fresno City College (JC - CA): Drew Brown has been hired to coach the defensive backs, per source. Brown was the defensive coordinator last seasons at Modesto JC (CA).
Cleveland Browns: Ken Delgado, who coached the defensive ends atWestern Kentucky the past two seasons, will join the Browns staff as assistant defensive line coach according to Adam Caplan.
Middle Tennessee: Kez McCorvey has been announced as the program's new wide receivers coach. McCorvey coached the receivers the past two seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos (Canada).
Western Michigan: PJ Fleck has now announced the additions of Kenni Burns (RBs), Tem Lukabu (LBs), Jimmy Williams (DL), and Will Redmond (recruiting coordinator).
Alma (D-III - MI): Alma College is looking to hire a full-time defensive assistant, with the possibility of coordinator duties. The selected candidate will also serve as an instructor for Exercise and Health Studies. Qualifications: Bachelors degree required and Masters degree preferred. Minimum of 4 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level required or demonstrated successful Head Coaching experience on the high school level as well as the educational background and expertise to teach college level courses. Starting date is as soon as possible, and salary will be commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses each of the skills required for the position, a résumé, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and nature of relationship of four (4) professional references via email to head coach Greg Pscodna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Norbert (D-III - WI): St. Norbert College seeks applicants for offensive and defensive interns positions. Responsibilities include coaching a position, recruiting a territory, and administrative assignments as determined by the head coach. These are twelve month positions, beginning March 1, 2016 with pay of $12,000. Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Washington State: JaMarcus Shephard has been added to Mike Leach's staff and will coach the inside receivers, the school has now announced.
South Carolina: Will Muschamp has added Mike Peterson to round out his South Carolina coaching staff, according to multiple reports. Peterson served in an off-field capacity last season at Florida.