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Monday December 16, 2013 presented by: 


Boise State: Kent Riddle will join Bryan Harsin's staff as special teams coordinator. Riddle coached the same for Harsin at Arkansas State. 

Stanford: Not sure this really needs to be written here; but once again David Shaw made it very clear tonight that he isn't leaving Stanford any time soon...like don't ask again for the next 5 years. Seriously. 

FIU: Sources tell us FAU defensive coordinator Jovan Dewitt plans to join FIU's staff as linebackers coach. 

Weber State: Jay Hill has made another big hire from Southern Utah, landing defensive coordinator Justin Ena as well as Steve Clark and Fesi Sitaki (who we previously told you about). Ena will be defensive coordinator at Weber, Clark will be offensive coordinator and Sitake is expected to coach the receivers. 

Southern Utah: Defensive backs coach Demario Warren will be promoted to defensive coordinator. 

Whitworth (D-III - WA): Sources tell us that Wheaton College (D-III - IL) defensive coordinator Rod Sandberg has accepted the head coaching job. Sandberg had served as Wheaton's defensive coordinator for 11 seasons, with 19 years total on the staff.

Arkansas State: Sources tell us that A-State representatives hit the road this weekend to interview some of the hottest offensive coordinators in the game. We hear Chad Morris - Clemson, Mike Norvell - Arizona State, Philip Montgomery - Baylor and Neal Brown - Kentucky all spoke w A-State. Will update...Chad Morris said tonight all A-State conversations have been with his agent. He indicated to Rivals that he would not be the guy at A-State. 

Wofford: Head coach Mike Ayers has announced that longtime assistant coach Nate Fuqua has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Fuqua was an All-American nose tackle for Wofford before joining the staff where he has coached the inside and outside linebackers over the past nine seasons.

Sul Ross State (D-III - TX): Sources tell us that Sul Ross State is down to three finalists for the head coaching job. Those three guys are Scott Carey (Colorado School of Mines run game coordinator / offensive line coach), John Pearce (former Prairie View & Blinn defensive coordinator), and Braxton Harris (Texas Lutheran co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach / recruiting coordinator).

Misericordia (D-III - PA): Misericordia University is seeking to fill an open date in 2014. September 6 is available. Willing to play home or away vs. D-III opponent. Would prefer a home game to balance out our schedule. Please contact head coach Mark Ross at 570-674-1228 to discuss 

Ball State: As we told you yesterday, Joey Lynch has been promoted to offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Nick Tabacca has been promoted to run game coordinator and defensive line coach Chad Wilt has added the recruiting coordinator title and responsibilities. 

Southeastern Oklahoma State (D-II): Southeastern Oklahoma State University (NCAA D-II/Great American Conference): Southeastern Oklahoma State University is seeking a football graduate assistant (defensive). Qualifications include acceptance into the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Graduate Program. Graduate Assistant package includes tuition and a monthly stipend (10 months). Coaching or playing experience on the defensive side of the ball is preferred but not required for the position. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Start date is1/6/14. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to Head Football Coach; Bo Atterberry, [email protected]Signal your interest confidentially through Athletic-Connections.

Alabama: Nick Saban has invited Lane Kiffin to observe practice this week and to consult / evaluate their offense per ESPN. Would be great TV. 

TCU: Sonny Cumbie confirmed on Lubbock radio this morning he has joined TCU's staff as quarterbacks coach. 

San Bernardino Valley CC (CA): San Bernardino Valley CC (CA): San Bernardino Valley CC is looking for an full-time assistant coach (defensive coordinator preferred) / Full time tenure track position. Position closes January 10th. Visit this link for more info and apply. No phone calls please.

Southeastern Oklahoma State (D-II): Southeastern Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics invites applications for the position of Assistant Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator and HPER Instructor. The successful candidate will teach a class load of approximately 6 hours per semester as assigned by the Chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation. Candidates are expected to have earned Bachelor & Master degrees; one of which must be in HPER or a closely related field. Coaching experience at one or more NCAA institutions with knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations are preferred. Previous teaching at the University level is also preferred. Review of applications begins immediately and the position will remain open until filled. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to: Human Resources, 309 Administration Building Southeastern Oklahoma State University 1405 N. 4th Avenue – PMB 4016 Durant, OK 74701-0609. Signal your interest confidentially through Athletic-Connections.

Northwestern Oklahoma State (D-II): Northwestern Oklahoma State University is looking for a Defensive Coordinator. This is a full-time 12 month position which requires some teaching in the spring semester. Interviews will be conducted at the AFCA in Indianapolis so make plans on attending if you are to be a serious candidate. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree from an accredited four year college or university; Four (4) years’ experience coaching football at the college or university level; HUDL video system; working knowledge of 4-2-5 defense; DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Division II football coaching experience, college teaching experience, as well as a strong background in recruiting.Please submit, letter of coaching philosophy, resume, and at least 3 references to: Alan Hall, Head Football Coach [email protected]. NO PHONE CALLS! Signal your interest confidentially through Athletic-Connections

Wake Forest: Citadel head coach Kevin Higgins plans to join Dave Clawson's staff (per Jeff Hartsell of the Charleston Post & Courier). Will update... Sources tell us Higgins will serve as receivers coach / assistant head coach. 

Southeastern Oklahoma State (D-II): Southeastern Oklahoma State University is seeking a Home game 10/4/14. Please contact Head Coach Bo Atterberry at [email protected] if interested.

FAU: Charlie Partridge's deal will be a 5-year deal worth $2.76 million, according to ESPN.

Notre Dame: Mike Elston has made it clear, he's not leaving Notre Dame. Also, grad assistant Josh Reardon will coach the linebackers in the interim. 

Bowling Green: Four guys in consideration for the Bowling Green head job are D.J. Durkin (Florida), Ed Warriner (Ohio State), Rob Ambrose (Towson) and Dino Babers (EIU) per Pete Thamel. 

          Boise State AD: I've had a short list since the day I was hired

UAB: Sources tell us that Garrick McGee let "his entire defensive staff go" let a number of defensive assistants go last night. Will update... A source tells us that defensive line coach Kevin Peoples has not been let go. 

North Dakota State: Chris Klieman's contract will be a five year deal worth $261,000 in base salary, with $326,000 guaranteed before bonuses, according to NDSU sports writer Jeff Kolpack.

Marquette: Athletic director / vice president Larry Williams has stepped down to pursue other interests. Former athletic director Bill Cords will serve as the interim vice president and director of athletics until a replacement is found.

Clemson: Our condolences go out to the family and loved ones of former Clemson coach Tom Bass, who served as an assistant under five coaches in his 14 years on staff and sadly passed away over the weekend. Coach Bass was 78.

Sunday December 15, 2013

Army: Rich Ellerson will not return as Army head coach according to multiple outlets. Here's what you need to know.

Texas: Bill Powers and Steve Patterson met with the media today. Powers went out of his way to say that Patterson will be making this hire. Patterson added that he expects the next head coach to have pretty extensive college coaching experience. 

Putting a frame around the Mack Brown era at Texas.

Ball State: Word within the profession is that tight ends coach (and former Ball State quarterback) Joey Lynch will be promoted to offensive coordinator. 

North Dakota State (FCS): Defensive coordinator Chris Klieman will be the new head coach. Klieman won the 2012 FootballScoop FCS Coordinator of the Year. Here's what you need to know

Washington Redskins: Adam Schefter reports that Mike Shanahan will not resign following this season. Says his contract is "ironclad". Sounds like Dan Snyder will likely be stroking another large check. 

Kansas Wesleyan (NAIA): Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS is looking for a graduate assistant football coach (WR). Requirements include acceptance into the Kansas Wesleyan University Graduate program (MBA Business Administration and MBA Sports Management). Graduate assistant package includes tuition waiver, room and board and a monthly stipend. Review of candidates will begin immediately and interviews will take place at the AFCA convention. Start date will be late February to early March. Please e-mail letter of interest, resume and references to Head Football Coach Dave Dallas at [email protected]. No phone calls please. 

Chadron State (D-II - NE): Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska is looking to fill open dates in 2014. We are needing a game week 2, on September 13th, 2014. Our preference would be a home and home game but are willing to look at other options. We will play an FCS guarantee game or a D-II team. Please contact head coach Jay Long ([email protected]) if interested.

Tennessee Tech (FCS): Sources tell us Austin Peay (FCS - TN) defensive line coach Pat Donohoe will join the Tennessee Tech staff. 

Bill O'Brien: Bill O'Brien has been contacted by both the Texans and the Vikings according to Jason LaCanfora. There has also been a good bit of speculation in the profession that O'Brien could be a strong candidate with the Redskins down the road. It's early; but it sure does seem plausible that O'Brien could move back to the league this this off-season. 

Kyle Shanahan: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that Kyle Shanahan has decided "it is no longer worth it" to work with his father. Rapoport says to look for Kyle to go his own path following the season. 

Saturday December 14, 2013

Despite there only being 11 12 FBS openings thus far, through the first 13 days of December FootballScoop has seen record traffic. We wanted to thank each and every one of you, especially all of you who send us the scoop or answer our calls when we call to verify. 

FAU: Sources tell us Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has agreed to become the new head coach at FAU. Here's what you need to know.

Texas: Mack Brown has announced his resignation after 16 years as head coach at Texas. Tremendous career. Great coach. He will be missed. Mack will coach their bowl game against Oregon. Here's what you need to know.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly stated today that he doesn't expect Mike Elston, or any of his other position coaches, to leave. 

TCU: Sonny Cumbie will join the TCU staff as quarterbacks coach reports Stefan Stevenson. 

Stephen F. Austin (FCS - TX): Sources confirm to us that Central Arkansas (FCS) head coach Clint Conque will be the new head coach at Stephen F. Austin. Conque just completed his 14th season at the helm at Central Arkansas winning over 100 games at the University. 

Weber State (FCS): Sources tell us that Southern Utah (FCS) "director of offense" Steve Clark and receivers coach Fesi Sitake are planning to join Jay Hill's staff at Weber State in similar roles. 

Important reminder from FootballScoop: Find some time today or pick out a great gift for your wife (and kids if you are lucky enough to have them). Christmas is coming!

Northern Colorado (FCS): Sources tell us that defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Zach Shay does not plan to return to the staff. 

Stillman College (D-II - AL): Defensive coordinator Dedrick Dodge and defensive line coach Jo Nixon will not return to the staff.  

High School Scoop: There were some huge coaching changes at the High School level yesterday. Multiple coaches with 6+ state championships moving to different programs. Don't see that much. 

Miami (Ohio): Illinois State offensive coordinator/offensive line coach George Barnett and quarterbacks coach Eric Koehler will join the staff at Miami (Ohio) the Bloomington (IL) Pantagraph has now confirmed (we originally told you this back on Dec 3 & 4). Brock Spack tells the Pantagraph that assistant offensive line coach Dan Clark will be promoted to offensive line coach and that he is working to fill the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks role from outside the program. 

Friday December 13, 2013 presented by: 


Texas: Mack Brown "will remain head coach of the Longhorns" reports Bobby Burton in Austin. Here's the rundown of one fascinating night

Alabama: Kirk Herbstreit reports that Nick Saban "has agreed" to a multi-year extension. Details to come... And Alabama has now announced they have "concluded a long term agreement" to keep Nick Saban in T-Town. The Strip will be rocking tonight. Update: TideSports.com reports Saban will now make between $7 million and $7.5 million. 

Stephen F. Austin: TCU receivers coach Curtis Luper has withdrawn from the process at Stephen F. Austin per Jeremy Clark

Marquette: Director of Athletics Larry Williams has resigned. 

Aurora (D-III - IL): Sources tell us that Rick Ponx has accepted the head coaching job at Aurora University. Ponx is the former defensive coordinator at North Central (D-III - IL) and has most recently served as their director of transfer admission.

TCU: As we told you this morning on Twitter, Sonny Cumbie has an offer to join the staff at TCU. Will update once a decision is made. 

North Dakota State (FCS): Sources tell us that NDSU offensive coordinator Brent Vigen, NDSU defensive coordinator Chris Klieman and Michigan State quarterbacks / recruiting coordinator Brad Salem are all candidates for the head job at NDSU. 

North Carolina Central (FCS): Sources tell us South Alabama receivers coach Jerry Mack has interviewed and is a candidate for the head job at NCCU. 

Livingstone College (D-II - NC): Livingstone is seeking to fill open dates in 2014. September 6 and 13 and November 15 are all available. Willing to play home or away vs. D-II, D-III or NAIA opponents. Please contact head coach Daryl Williams at 713-291-5040 to discuss. 

West Liberty (D-II - WV): Sources tell us that former All-American quarterback Zach Amedro has joined the staff and will coach the quarterbacks.

James Madison: Last night Matthew Stoss of the Daily News-Record tweeted that John DeFilippo (Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach), Mike O'Cain (JMU offensive coordinator), and Rod Smith (Arizona co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach) are among the finalists for the head coaching job. We've reached out to a few guys and the feedback that we're getting is that DeFilippo has the best shot at this point.

Michigan State: Spartan Nation is reporting that Michigan State is working on a new deal for defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi worth between $800,000 and $875,000 with bonuses that would bring the total compensation to just under $1 million.

Albany (FCS - NY): Sources tell us Hampton (FCS - VA) defensive coordinator Bernard Clark Jr. will join Greg Gattuso's staff at Albany. 

Eastern Michigan: Chris Creighton has a 5 year deal worth $400,000 annually.

Thursday December 12, 2013 presented by: 


Rutgers: Kyle Flood is close to hiring Mitch Browning as offensive line coach per Tom Luicci of the Star-Ledger. Browning is currently the assistant head coach / offensive line / tight ends coach at Davidson  (FCS - NC). Luicci adds that Flood isn't expected to name a new defensive coordinator until after their bowl game in late December. 

Texas A&M: Kevin Sumlin's new deal will be a six-year contract worth $5 million a year with a $5 million buyout on Sumlin's end through 2016. If Sumlin is dismissed at any time, Texas A&M would have to pay him the remaining amount due under the contract.  

Houston Texans: With defensive coordinator Wade Phillips elevated to interim head coach, defensive backs coach Vance Joseph will call plays Sunday at Indianapolis. 

BC Lions (CFL): Mark Washington has been named the Lions' defensive coordinator. Washington coached the team's defensive backs for the past four seasons. 

Boise State: Bryan Harsin's agreement is five years / $6.5 million. Harsin will be paid $1 million in each of first two years. Boise State is paying the $1.75 million buyout to Arkansas State. The total salary pool is estimated at $2.2 million. (h/t @IDS_BroncoBeat for the info). 

Notre Dame: Co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks will serve as defensive coordinator for the Irish's December 28 bowl game against Rutgers, the school has announced. 

UConn: The university confirms that Bob Diaco's contract begins at $1.5 million ($400,000 base salary plus $1.1 million additional) and increases by $50,000 per year over 5 years total. Diaco's incentives include one month's base salary for making a bowl game, up to $400,000 for winning the national championship. If Diaco remains head coach on December 31, 2018, he will receive a $500,000 retention bonus. Here's our write-up from today's press conference.

Southern (FCS - LA): Athletic director Will Broussard said today he granted permission to NCCU to speak with Dawson Odums but that it is his hope to be able to extend coach Odums' contract at Southern. 

Whitworth (D-III - WA): Former Idaho and Nevada head coach Chris Tormey is one of three finalists for Whitworth's head coaching job, according to the Spokesman-Review. The article also states that an offer will likely be made to one of the three finalists by Friday.

TCU: The Frogs have officially announced the hiring of Doug Meacham as offensive coordinator. 

Nevada: Defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton put word out today that he is not, and never was, a candidate at North Dakota State. Hazelton loves being a defensive coordinator. 

Ave Maria (NAIA - FL): Ave Maria University is still looking to fill open dates on 8/30 or 9/6 for the upcoming 2014 season. Please contact Michael Armstrong if interested at [email protected].

Coffeyville CC (KS): Northwest Mississippi CC defensive coordinator / defensive line coach Ricky Coon has been added to the staff and will serve as defensive coordinator.

Arkansas Tech - (D-II): Arkansas Tech University (D-II): Arkansas Tech University is looking for football graduate assistants (defensive line and defensive backs). Qualifications include acceptance into the Arkansas Tech University Graduate Program. Graduate Assistant package includes 6 hours of tuition a semester, as well as a monthly stipend. Coaching or playing experience on the defensive line or defensive secondary is preferred but not required for the position. Review of candidates will begin immediately. Start date is January 1st 2014. Please email a letter of interest, resume, and references to Scott Symons at [email protected]. No phone calls please. You can signal your interest confidentially and easily in these positions on Athletic Connections

MIT (D-III - MA): Massachusetts Institute of Technology needs to fill an open date in 2014. Looking for a home contest for week 3. Interested parties please contact coach Chad Martinovich [email protected]

         USA Today has released their 2013 database of Assistant Coaches salaries

Jim Harbaugh: Adam Schefter reports that Jim Harbaugh "flat out rejected" inquiries from USC earlier and states that he won't be a candidate at Texas. 

Pima CC (AZ): Jim Monaco has been elevated to interim head coach. Monaco coached the defensive line and served as the recruiting coordinator the past two seasons and steps in for former head coach Pat Nugent, who resigned back in November.

West Alabama: Sources tell us they don't expect any of the full time assistants at Kennesaw State to join Brett Gilliland's staff at West Alabama. 

Eastern Michigan: We are now told that new head coach Chris Creighton will not be bringing many, if any, of his staff from Drake. Will update...

WPI (D-III - MA): Quarterbacks coach Anthony Fucillo has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

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Southern University (FCS - LA): Southern University is looking for a Division II / NAIA HBCU opponent for a home game and will pay guarantee money. The available dates are September 6, 2014 and October 18, 2014. If interested please contact Director of Athletics William Broussard at [email protected] or 225-771-5930.