Friday November 13, 2009

Western Kentucky: We are hearing that Wood Selig did contact former WKU head coach Jack Harbaugh to gauge his interest in returning to WKU.  We do not believe Harbaugh is a legitimate candidate, but our source (close to Harbaugh) did mention to us that contact has been made.  The other name we are now hearing from more than one source is Elon University head coach Pete Lembo.  Lembo is the former Lehigh head coach that has built the Elon progam into a Southern Conference leader.  

Memphis: The Memphis Commericial-Appeal writes this morning, "Five names -- Larry Porter, Rick Stockstill, Terry Bowden, Gunter Brewer and Bud Foster -- have emerged as leading candidates to become the next University of Memphis football coach, according to sources close to the process."  None of the candidates have interviewed.

FootballScoop is hearing that FedEx CEO Fred Smith is very excited about two candidates in particular -- Gunter Brewer and Larry Porter.  Our source tells us that Memphis athletic director RC Johnson has leaned on Lou Holtz for advice during the search process.

An interesting side note -- sources tell FootballScoop that Tommy West actually offered Gunter Brewer the offensive cooridnator job when West initially took over as head football coach at Memphis over 9 years ago. 
Thursday November 12, 2009
Thursday: Coaches Quick Hits

Maine: Athletic director Blake James has signed a 2-year contract extension through the 2011-2012 athletic year.

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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.
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