Wednesday November 11, 2009
Wednesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Memphis: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster stated this afternoon, "That might be a job I might be interested in. I think there's a lot of things that are attractive about it."

Tabor College (KS): Head coach Mike Gottsch resigned this afternoon.

University of Indianapolis: After 16 years on the job, Joe Polizzi has resigned as head coach.

Western Kentucky: Our sources tell us that WKU has interest in talking with Willie Taggart and Paul Petrino.  Taggart is a former WKU player that is now coaching the running backs at Stanford University under Jim Harbaugh.  Petrino is the OC / wide receivers coach at Arkansas.

Memphis: According to Joyce Peterson of MyEyeWitnessNews.com out of Memphis, "There is no bigger U of M booster than FedEx CEO Fred Smith.  He is passionate about the game of football.  He donates generously to the university.  And with his son Cannon joining the team next year, sources tell myEyewitnessNews.com that Smith is absolutely, positively ready to deliver a 747-sized cash infusion into the Tigers football program."

Peterson writes, "His goal now, according to sources, is to hire a talented coach and build top facilities that will attract star players to the school.  Smith, they say, wants a complete transformation of the U of M football program."

Arkansas State: We were told from a reliable source that the Arkansas State administration isn't happy with this season's results, but the administration is very supportive of head coach Steve Roberts.  We were told that Roberts will be returning as head coach.

Texas State: Head coach Brad Wright is in the last year of his 3-year contract.  Many Texas State people are wondering if AD Larry Teis will offer a contract extension.


Bemidji State University (MN): has an opening for a defensive graduate assistant position coaching in the secondary for the 2010 & 2011 seasons.  Annual salary of $8,500 and benefits including 12 semester credits of tuition, out-of-state fees waived, shared office, computer with internet & e-mail capabilities provided. Candidates should send resume to Coach Rich Jahner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 218-755-3898.  More info available at www.bemidjistate.edu/football and http://faculty.bemidjistate.edu/ckippenhan/MSSportStudies/
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Tuesday November 10, 2009
Tuesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Tennessee State: Just minutes ago, FootballScoop has learned that Tennessee State head coach James Webster will not return as head coach.

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier said today, "Again, I hope and plan to go three or four more years. We'll see what happens. Obviously, the president and the AD and all that decides on who coaches, but hopefully we've got some guys that are really going to help us on the way. We have a good coaching staff here and so forth."

Spurrier also said he will increase his role with play calling the rest of the season.

Western Kentucky: Romeo Crennel, a WKU alum, said today that he would be flattered if contacted by WKU officials.  Crennel said he has not been contacted as of this afternoon. The former Cleveland Browns head coach did not want to discuss his level of interest in the job.

Western New Mexico: Our sources tell us that defensive coordinator Ronnie Heard resigned this evening.
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Memphis: FootballScoop has just learned that the next head coach at University of Memphis could very well be Lou Holtz.  One source tell us Holtz is a major factor in the coaching search.  A second source has led us to believe Holtz is certainly involved.  Interestingly enough, Holtz was part of the ESPN broadcast crew in Memphis just 2 weeks ago for the East Carolina vs. Memphis game.

Memphis: Not that it's surprising, FootballScoop has confirmed that Tommy Tuberville and Philip Fulmer are not candidates. Also, Memphis local media continue to talk about Gus Malzahn, but our sources tell us Memphis does not plan to consider the Auburn offensive coordinator.

Colorado State: Peterson, in his first interview since being demoted as CSU's offensive coordinator to recruiting coordinator last week, said Monday, "We're still in discussion on what direction we'll go." As for what prompted the move by coach Steve Fairchild, the man who hired him, Peterson said: "I can't really answer that, or don't know that answer. I think there's really only one gentleman who knows that, and that would be Steve. I would like to leave it at that."

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San Jose State: Athletic director Tom Bowen said Monday that "Dick has my full support" but declined to comment on what lies ahead.

Asked about his plans, Tomey said: "We're going to try to win the last four, and then we'll see what happens.''
Michigan: Michigan AD Bill Martin says, "Rich is an outstanding coach. There is no question he's got my total support. I think the world of that guy. Is he perfect in every respect? Nobody is. But he works hard. He'll get it right."

"It was a very emotion-filled time for Rich and myself after the game," said Martin, who said the Purdue loss was particularly hard to bear. "He helped me, I helped him (after the game). I think this loss was hard on all of us. It was hard on Rich, it was hard on me.

"But this guy is a winner. This guy's not used to losing."
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Monday November 9, 2009 (Update 3)

Texas Lutheran: We are hearing head coach Dennis Parker has resigned.

Knox College (IL): Head coach Andy Gibbons has stepped down as head coach, but will remain as defensive coordinator.  AD Chad Eisele is taking over the head coaching position. Eisele is the former head coach at Lake Forest College and Minnesota State - Moorhead.

Truman State (D2): The search for a new head football coach is underway at Truman State.

Rockford College: located in Rockford, Illinois an NCAA Division III institution in the Northern Athletic Conference is seeking a graduate assistant in football.  Primary responsibilities are to assist the head
coach in all facets of the program. Position includes stipend, room, board and full tuition waiver.  Previous participation or coaching (offensive backs or defensive line) at the collegiate level is preferred.  Experience in film breakdown/strength and conditioning a plus.  Acceptance into graduate school at Rockford College is required (Masters in Teaching or MBA).   Start date is January 11, 2010.  Send or e-mail cover letter, current resume and three (3) letters of recommendation to:  Randy Schrader, Head Football Coach, Rockford College, 5050 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. No phone calls please.
Monday November 9, 2009 (Update 2)

Memphis: Tommy West will coach the remaining 3 games in the season.

Missouri State: We are hearing Missouri State has made an internal hire for the recently posted position.

Western Kentucky: FootballScoop has just learned that head coach David Elson has been dismissed.  We are hearing that Elson will finish the season as head coach. Elson, who did not agree with the decision, has a $500,000 buyout.

Memphis:  FootballScoop has learned that Tommy West has been dismissed as the head coach at Memphis. Our sources tell us that FedEx CEO Fred Smith and CFO Dave Bronczek will strongly consider Gunter Brewer and Trooper Taylor for the head coaching position.  Smith and Bronczek will likely work closely with Memphis athletic director RC Johnson in making the next hire.  Brewer serves as the OC / wide receivers coach at Oklahoma State.  Taylor coaches the wide receivers at Auburn. There will be numerous coaches trying to get involved with the job including Lambuth University head coach Hugh Freeze.
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Monday November 9, 2009
Monday: Coaches Quick Hits

Athletic Director Alert: Some leaders have a special talent to recognize young talent.  Tonight, you will see 33 year-old Josh McDaniels vs. 37 year-old Mike Tomlin on Monday Night Football.  Even 33 year-old Raheem Morris led the Bucs to a win over Green Bay yesterday.  It makes us wonder which young college assistant is under the radar, but has the intangibles to lead a D1 program? Which AD will do his homework and hire the next young superstar?  Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton took a chance.  Now, coaches around the nation know that Lane Kiffin and Tennessee are building one heckuva program. 

"There's not a better leader, a more creative, stimulating guy (than Mike Tomlin)," said John Gruden, who was fired after last season following seven seasons with Tampa Bay. "Whether he got his head coaching job when he was 32, 37 or 39, to me, that's a moot point."

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Oregon: According to the Register-Guard newspaper, Chip Kelly's first contract as a head football coach will pay him an annual guaranteed salary of $1.25 million this season and next, plus a share of Oregon's season ticket sales, and offer a myriad of bonuses for performance on the field and in the classroom.

The annual guaranteed salary would increase to $1.5 million beginning with the 2011 season.

The five-year contract, through March 2014, requires Kelly to pay the university $1 million if he leaves for a college or pro football job during the first three years, and $750,000 thereafter. The contract is automatically extended by one year if the Ducks play in a bowl game.

The agreement also gives Kelly the option of renegotiating the contract, or accepting an annual guaranteed salary of $2.3 million - or walking away from the deal without penalty - if the Ducks win 19 regular-season games, or win 20 games including bowl games, in any two-year period.

In addition to his annual guaranteed salary, Kelly can earn bonuses for such achievements as winning the Pac-10 title, winning the national championship, playing in a major bowl game and finishing in the top 10. This season, for example, Kelly could earn $300,000 in bonuses if UO wins a share of the Pac-10 title ($100,000), defeats OSU ($25,000), plays in the Rose Bowl ($75,000) and finishes in the top 10 ($100,000).

Kelly can also earn bonuses ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 based on graduation rates and grade-point average, and a bonus of $100,000 if the program has an Academic Progress Rate of 975 or greater.

Kelly will receive a share of season ticket sales, two-tenths of a percent this season and moving to a sliding scale next season - 3.25 percent for gross sales of $13 million or less and 1.65 percent of sales exceeding $13 million.
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