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Tuesday March 8, 2016

Tuesday March 8, 2016


Tulane: Former Texas State co-offensive coordinator Jeff Conway is now officially on staff at Tulane as receivers / recruiting coordinator.

Illinois: Jacksonville Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus will be the new offensive line coach for Lovie Smith per report from SI.

Central Washington (D-II):Central Washington University is looking for a game on October 22, 2016. If interested please contact head coach Ian Shoemaker at

Illinois: After reportedly targeting Mike Sherman for offensive coordinator, Pete Thamel is now reporting that Lovie Smith is now targeting Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee for the same role at Illinois. Thamel clarifies (as Alex Marvez did with Mike Sherman) that it is not a done deal.

The NCAA has passed new guidelines regarding electronics on game day, and has also told officials to strictly enforce the 3-yard box for illegal lineman downfield

Prairie View A&M: Per source, Houston defensive / special teams analyst Joaquin Garcia will coach the corners and serve as recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach Joe Henry has added the title of special teams coordinator, corners coach Brandon Sharp will move to safeties and has added the title of defensive pass game coordinator, and safeties coach / assistant head coach Bubba McDowell has been moved to nickels coach.

Illinois: Sources tell FootballScoop Lovie Smith is targeting 49ers inside linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson for his defensive coordinator role at Illinois. Nickerson was on Lovie's staff at Tampa the past two seasons.

Wyoming: Central Washington (D-II) offensive line coach Jacob Claborn has accepted the offensive graduate assistant job at Wyoming, per source. We understand Claborn will work with the tight ends.

Prairie View A&M (FCS - TX): Prairie View A&M is accepting applications for a defensive graduate assistant coach. Please send resumes to head coach Willie Simmons at

Illinois: Lovie Smith is targeting Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator, Tim Holt as offensive line coach and Andrew Hayes-Stoker as wide receivers coach, according to Alex Marvez. Additionally, Marvez confirms what we reported this weekend, that defensive coordinator Mike Phair is expected to remain on staff possibly in a different role, and Smith's son Miles Smith is not expected to join the staff, opting to pursue a masters degree elsewhere per Marvez.

With Lovie Smith at Illinois, here are the 10 active NFL head coaches we think would kill it in college football.

Cincinnati: Former Colts secondary coach Mike Gillhamer has been hired to coach the secondary on Tommy Tuberville's staff, per Alex Marvez. We can confirm the hire.

Southwestern College (JC - CA): Per source, Thad Porlas has joined the staff as quarterbacks coach.

Arizona Western (JC):Arizona Western has two open dates for the 2016 August 27th, September 24th Arizona Western College is interested in all options for these dates, including a one-time home or away game and/or a home and home series. If interested, please contact Tom Minnick at 928-446-7282 or

Georgia: DawgNation revealed a number of salaries and raises for Kirby Smart's off-the-field staff recently; Jonas Jennings has been promoted from player relations coordinator to a player development role and will make $211,500, director of player wellness Bryant Gantt will make $125,000 annually, DFO Josh Lee has received a raise of $55k bringing his annual comp to $180,000 and Marshall Malchow (who serves as director of on-campus recruiting), will make $180,000 a year.

Illinois: The salary pool for Lovie Smith's assistant coaches will be $4 million according to multiple reports. That number would put the Illini among the leaders in the Big Ten. The salary pool for Cubit's staff was just $2.4 million.

Hope (D-III - MI): Sources tell FootballScoop that Irv Sigler Jr. is joining the staff as offensive coordinator. Sigler Jr. is a longtime high school coach in the Grand Rapids area and spent the past few seasons as an assistant at Grand Rapids Christian (MI).

Toledo: Marquel Blackwell has now been formally announced as running backs coach.

Bethune Cookman (FCS - FL): Inlet Grove HS (FL) head coach and athletic director Terry Bradden has accepted a graduate assistant position working with the quarterbacks.

DFO Spring Meeting: The DFO Spring Meeting is set for Monday May 2 in Tampa, FL. Details on DFO Scoop.

Montclair State (D-III - NJ):Montclair State University is looking for a game simulated scrimmage to open the season. Target date for the scrimmage would be anywhere from August 27-September 3. We prefer to play at home, but would settle for somewhere realtively close to campus. Interested programs can contact Mike Palazzo at

Kentucky Christian University: Kentucky Christian has an immediate opening for a Wide Receiver coach. The qualified candidate will have his 'own room', a recruiting territory and will be responsible for other duties as assigned by the head coach. Housing and meals provided; salary / stipend will be discussed privately. Please direct all inquiries, including references and resume to head coach Steve Barrows at

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Tusculum (D-II - TN): Per source, Western Carolina defensive tackles coach Dennis Thomas is joining the staff at Tusculum College.

Delaware State: Seton Hill (D-II - PA) linebackers coach and former University of Virginia director of player development Steve Atkinson has been named inside linebackers coach at Delaware State.