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The Scoop - Tuesday September 27, 2016

Tuesday September 27, 2016


IMG Academy: Sources tell FootballScoop that IMG director of football Steve Walsh is leaving the program immediately. Walsh, the former NFL and Miami Hurricane quarterback, has been director of football at IMG in March of 2015. Kevin Wright remains as head coach of the team.

LSU: Urban Meyer has issued his expected denial of the LSU job. "I'm going to be the coach at Ohio State," he said Tuesday.

Big 12 Expansion: Oklahoma president David Boren has changed his mind on expansion, throwing the entire prospect into serious peril, according to a report from SI's Pete Thamel, which was confirmed by Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News.

Auburn: Gus Malzahn discusses why he relinquished play-calling duties to Rhett Lashlee.

Florida International: Interim head coach Ron Cooper will relinquish defensive play-calling duties to defensive backs coach Bobby Babich. Special teams coordinator Kirk Doll and tight ends coach Jason Brooks will also assist with the defense. Offensive coordinator Steve Shanweiler will inherit full play-calling duties with Ron Turner now gone.

“When you’re really successful, you don’t want anybody to move. You want everybody to stay right where they are because things are going really well for you. Actually, it needs to be the opposite."

USC: Former ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd, now on Fox radio out of L.A., apparently stated today that USC is already in the process of searching for a new head coach. Schedule hasn't been easy for Clay Helton (1-5 since being named permanent head coach, with losses to Stanford twice, Alabama, Wisconsin and Utah)...but it also doesn't get much easier.


Ohio State, Louisville, Texas A&M's offensive line, MAC officiating and tree burning: The best (and worst) of September.

Mississippi State: Mississippi State President Mark Keenum announced today what we reported yesterday, that their search is already underway. Keenum said he plans to move swiftly and is using a search firm to assist. Sources told FootballScoop that several FBS athletic directors had already submitted their interest into the process and talks had already begun. Michael Bonner, who covers Mississippi State for the Clarion Ledger, reports that head baseball coach John Cohen is the lead internal candidate. Bonner also mentions John David Wicker of Georgia Tech (senior associate AD) and Jason Cook of Texas A&M (senior associate AD of external affairs) as potential candidates due to their familiarity with State. Read more from Bonner here.

Florida: Scott Stricklin's deal at Florida is six years worth $1.076 million annually per Scott Carter. Ian Cohen reports that Stricklin also receives a $150,000 signing bonus.

Longtime Nebraska offensive line coach Milt Tenopir passed away last night at the age of 76. Tenopir coached 41 years, 29 under Tom Osborne. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Florida: Florida has announced the hire of Scott Stricklin as athletic director. Jeremy Foley who was scheduled to depart on Oct 1 will stay on through October the school also announced.

Special teams coordinators of America: Make sure your kick returners know this obscure rule.

LSU: Ed Orgeron has hired Derek Ponamsky to serve as special assistant to the head coach. Among the many quality marks on Ponamsky's distinguished resume includes status as the reining host of the FootballScoop radio show. Congratulations to the man affectionately known as The Prince!

UW-Oshkosh (D-III): UW-Oshkosh is searching for two non-conference opponents for the 2017 season. Open dates are Sept. 9,16,23. Interested in all options, possible guarantees available. Please contact Spencer Erickson at or call (715) 412-3473 if interested.

Les Miles: A look at Les Miles' buyout from LSU

Warm Up: Matty Ice with the smart decision, two great sports moments from last night, and leadership....Tuesday's One Minute Warm Up