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Wednesday February 24, 2016

Wednesday February 24, 2016


LSU: Chris Kragthorpe has returned to LSU and will serve as an offensive analyst and Carter Blount is joining the staff as well as special teams grad assistant sources tell FootballScoop. Both Kragthorpe and Blount were on staff at Georgia this past season.

Travis Bush: Former University of Houston OC Travis Bush has been hired as head coach at Seguin HS (TX). Bush most recently was assisting the Buffalo Bills offensive staff.

Utah State: Utah State's Scout site is reporting that Matt Wells has hired Mike "Chico" Canales (former North Texas OC) as tight ends coach and Stacy Collins (head coach at South Dakota School of Mines) as special teams coordinator. More on the hires from Isaac Draxler.

Arizona: Matt Dudek has been promoted to general manager / director of player personnel. Meet college football's first GM.

Williams College (D-III - MA): St. Lawrence head coach Mark Raymond has been named head coach at Williams College.

Iowa State: Joe Houston has recently joined the staff as special teams quality control source tells FootballScoop. Houston comes from Toledo where he served in a similar capacity.

Jim Harbaugh tweets Kirby Smart is "barking up the wrong tree". Oh my.

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Arkansas: Paul Rhoads will make $350,000 in 2016 and his contract includes a no-compete clause with other SEC programs, except for head coach or defensive coordinator jobs, per Thomas Murphy.

The NCAA has cracked down on "subtweeting" recruits. We spoke to an SEC compliance director for clarification.

Toledo: Per source, Pat Cashmore, who previously served as the defensive backs coach / special teams coordinator at Iowa Western (JC), has joined the staff in a special teams quality control role.

Davidson (FCS - NC): Phil Trautwein, who served as an offensive graduate assistant last season at Boston College, has been hired to coach the tight ends, per source.

South Dakota State: Source tells FootballScoop Upper Iowa receivers / tight ends coach Robert Arnheim will be the new receivers coach at South Dakota State.

Auburn: Source tells FootballScoop video coordinator Brent Thomas is no longer with the program. Thomas had been Auburn's video coordinator since 2007.

Minnesota: According to a report from the Star Tribune, Jerry Kill and Minnesota interim AD Beth Goetz have not been able to come to an agreement on a new role at the university, so the two parties are going their separate ways.

McDaniel College (D-III - MD): DeMarcus White has joined the staff as defensive coordinator. White spent last season as the defensive backs assistant and player development coach at Rutgers. Also, sources tell us that associate head coach Aaron Bartolain will not return to the staff.

Jeff Fisher: Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has announced that he is stepping down from the NFL Competition Committee.

Nebraska: Per Eric Olson of the AP, new Huskers defensive line coach John Parrella has a two-year deal worth $250,000 annually.

Oklahoma: Kansas defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux has now been formally announced as the new defensive line coach for the Sooners, as expected.

Alderson Broaddus (D-II - WV): Alderson Broaddus has an immediate opening for a defensive line coach. This is a restricted earnings position that pays a salary and also includes housing, meals, and health insurance. The successful candidate will coach the defensive line and recruit the states of Maryland and New Jersey. Consideration will only be give to candidates who have either played or coached defensive line at the college level. Consideration will also be given to candidates who have recruited Maryland and/or New Jersey. The position will begin as soon as possible and no later than March 14, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send resumes and references to coach Denny Creehan at No phone calls please.

Western Michigan: Source tells FootballScoop former Iowa State director of player personnel Gerrit Chernoff will be the new director of player personnel at Western Michigan.

Arkansas: Former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has joined the staff as defensive backs coach.

Nebraska: Nebraska has announced the addition of former NFL GM Billy Devaney as their executive director of player personnel and special assistant to the head coach, as well as John Parrella as defensive line coach.

Florida: Steve Spurrier Jr. is a candidate for an offensive quality control position with the Gators, per Tony Barnhart.

University of Indianapolis (D-II): St. Joseph's (D-II - IN) defensive backs coach Collin Coffer will be the new receivers coach at UIndy source tells FootballScoop.

We've received a great response to the article on programs cutting former staples like Bull in the Ring and the Oklahoma Drill

Alabama: Per the Tuscaloosa News, Nick Saban earned $7.969 million last season (including bonuses). Overall, the total staff pay (including support staff and assistants) was around $18 million, up over $2.5 million from 2014 when the staff made $15.4 million.

Idaho: Quarterbacks coach Bryce Erickson, the son of Dennis Erickson, is among the finalists for the head coaching job at Lake City HS (ID).

Black Hills State (D-II - SD): Encinal HS (CA) offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach John Koceruk has joined the staff, per source.

Truman State (D-II - MO): Per source, Jason Killday has accepted the offensive coordinator position. Killday spent the last six years as the assistant head coach / recruiting coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Quincy University (D-II - IL).

Southern Miss: Jay Hopson has decided to retain Mike Jones in a recruiting / graphics & digital role source tells FootballScoop.

UT Martin: Per source, Illinois defensive graduate assistant LeDominique "Buddha" Williams has joined the UT Martin staff coaching the defensive line.