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Sunday December 27, 2009

Memphis:  Our sources tell us that Larry Porter has offered the offensive coordinator position to Eric Price.

Georgia Southern: Former Memphis assistant Brent Pry is the new defensive coordinator at GSU.

Florida: Urban Meyer just said he expects to be back leading the Gators at the beginning of next season.  Said Meyer, "I do in my gut believe that will happen."   Steve Addazio will lead the team in the meantime.  Meyer will coach in the Sugar Bowl.

Montana: We hear DC Kraig Paulson did interview.

Southern University (LA): Tampa Bay Bucs director of pro personnel, Doug Williams, interviewed for the Southern University head coaching job.  Williams once served as the head coach at Grambling University.

Western State: We hear Western State has talked with several coaches for the DC position including CSU- Pueblo defensive backs coach Donnell Leomiti, former Adams State head coach Wayne McGinn, Chadron State defensive backs coach Jas Bains, and one of the coaches at Fort Lewis College.

Tennessee: We hear Lane Kiffin has offered the special teams coordinator / running backs position to Tampa Bay Bucs associate head coach / special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

Pitt State: Blue Valley HS coach Steve Rampy has been hired as offensive coordinator.

Georgia Southern: FootballScoop has learned that McKendree College defensive coordinator Trent Poelker has joined the staff at GSU.  We hear Poelker will be coaching the defensive backs.

Florida: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is now reporting that Urban Meyer may not resign.  Instead, Meyer is considering taking a leave of absence for the entire 2010 season while Steve Addazio takes over the team.

Marshall: Rivals' Tom Dienhart is reporting that it appears Doc Holliday will retain Rick Minter (DC) and Mike Cassity (defensive backs).

Texas Southern: We hear TSU has talked with former Alabama State DC Joe Nixon.  TSU has a couple of jobs to fill.

FIU: FootballScoop has just learned that the defensive coordinator job has opened up at FIU.  Head coach Mario Christobal is now looking to fill both the OC and DC positions.

New Mexico State: The last guy to interview for the New Mexico State offensive coordinator position was Russ Martin (Nebraska-Kearney OC).

Edmonton Eskimos: Former Washington State defensive line coach Mike Walker has accepted the defensive line coach with Edmonton.  Walker last coached in 2007 at Wazzu.

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Marshall: As expected, South Dakota wide receivers coach Tony Petersen has officially joined the Marshall staff under Doc Holliday as the quarterbacks coach.  FIU offensive coordinator Bill Legg has joined the  staff as offensive coordinator / offensive line coach.

Georgia: The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, "It was getting ready to happen," said Foster, who is in town with the Hokies to play Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. "Mark and I talked on several occasions ... and then Tech stepped up to the plate. He [Richt] said he would be excited to have me as coordinator. It was going in that direction."
Saturday December 26, 2009

Florida: Urban Meyer is stepping down as head coach. There is no immediate health issue, but Meyer talked about the importance of health and family in his statement.  He says that he will remain in Gainesville.

Vote now on the bottom of the FootballScoop homepage: "Who should AD Jeremy Foley hire as the next Florida head coach?"

Notre Dame:  There is a report that Grand Valley State head coach Chuck Martin will be joining the Irish as defensive backs coach.

Murray State:  We hear former Georgia Southern offensive line coach Shawn Bostick and former defensive backs coach Keith Hatcher will be joining the Murray State staff.

Kansas: Former Buffalo linebackers coach Robert Wimberly will join Turner Gill's staff at Kansas.

Rutgers: We heard that Schiano talked with UCF wide receivers coach David Kelly in St. Petersburg. Another source tells us that Rutgers may have already talked with Ohio wide receivers coach Dwayne Dixon as well. Rutgers has yet to fill the wide receivers position vacated with Brian Jenkins accepted the head coaching job at Bethune-Cookman.

Tabor College: Our sources tell us former Tabor College head coach Mike Gottsch is the new head coach at Sapulpa HS in Oklahoma.

Otterbein College (OH): Westerville, OH - Has a full-time defensive secondary position opening with a possible coordinating role. Duties will include: Assist with day to day operations of the football program, position group responsibility (defensive secondary), scouting, recruiting area, strength & conditioning, game day duties, administrative tasks and other duties as assigned. Please e-mail cover letter, references, and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Resumes will be considered until January 3, 2010. A complete job description can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/hr/FT%20Assistant%20Football%20Coach.pdf
Thursday December 24, 2009

San Jose State: Bucknell head coach Tim Landis has resigned to accept a position on the new San Jose State coaching staff.

Eastern Michigan: We hear Steve Szabo (linebackers coach) and Casey Creehan (defensive line coach) will not return.  Our source tells us that head coach Ron English has already spoken with former Western Michigan defensive coordinator Steve Morrison.

Georgia Southern: We are hearing that VMI offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Brent Davis will be the new OC at Georgia Southern.

Southern Miss: Our sources tell us quarterbacks coach Blake Anderson will likely be promoted to offensive coordinator.  We hear Fedora has already been flooded with recommendations and he could try to hire a special teams coordinator. 

New Mexico State: From what we hear, Dwayne Walked has talked with Jonathan Smith (Idaho - QB's), Steve Mooshagian (Feather River JC - head coach), and former Cal offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar.  Another source tells us Walker had interest in Montana OC Rob Phenice. We think Walker interviewed in person two different coaches, but we are not certain on those two names. 

Cincinnati: We hear Mike Bajakian is going from Central Michigan to Cincinnati as OC.  Our sources tell us Tim Banks and former UGA linebackers coach John Jancek will be co-defensive coordinators.

Notre Dame: There is a report that Tennessee offensive GA, Mitch Browning, will interview for the offensive line job at Notre Dame.  There are also reports that Brian Kelly has talked with former Eastern Michigan head coach Jeff Genyk about a position on the Irish staff.

Kansas: We hear Southern Miss OC / wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt will join the Kansas staff as wide receivers coach.

Montana: AD Jim O'Day (on choosing a new coach): "My philosophy is the same that's been here the whole time - you'd better know what you're getting into at the University of Montana," said O'Day. "It's something I don't think a lot of people are going to get."

Southwest Minnesota State: Defensive coordinator Tim Steinbach is moving into a position titled Director of Athletic Development.
Wednesday December 23, 2009

Arkansas State: FootballScoop has just learned that former Memphis OC Clay Helton has joined the Arkansas State staff as offensive coordinator.

Dartmouth: We are hearing tight ends coach Mike Hodgson and outside linebackers coach Cedric Calhoun will not return.

San Jose State: Our sources tell us head coach Mike MacIntyre has offered a position on his offensive staff to Lambuth University coach Huge Freeze.

Murray State: We hear Chris Hatcher is bringing former Georgia Southern DC Ashley Anders to Murray State.

Memphis: We are hearing Larry Porter is talking today with former Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers coach Eric Price about the offensive coordinator job at Memphis. It will be interesting to see if the Jay Hopson hire means that Bill Wilt isn't far behind.  Hopson and Wilt have worked together at Marshall and Southern Miss.

Valpo: Our sources tell us Wabash head coach Erik Raeburn is no longer a candidate for the Valpo job.

Princeton: Cincinnati Bengals assistant offensive line coach Bob Surace has accepted the head coaching job at Princeton University.

Olivet College: We hear Marshall HS (MI) head coach Rich Hulkow will be named head coach.

Memphis:  Michigan linebackers coach Jay Hopson has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Memphis.

Duke: FootballScoop has learned that Cornell University head coach Jim Knowles will be heading to Duke as co-defensive coordinator. Knowles coached at Ole Miss with Duke head coach David Cutcliffe in 2003.

Florida State: We hear East Carolina DC Greg Hudson has agreed to become the new linebackers coach at Florida State.

Montana: Sources in Missoula tell us that Boise State wide receivers coach Brent Pease, Montana wide receivers coach Robin Pflugrad, and Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren would all accept the position if offered. Several influential booster would back all three of the above names.  Former Montana head coach Joe Glenn has stated that he is not interested in returning as head coach.  Alabama OC Jim McElwain is a native of Montana, but he would have like have to take a pay cut and he will have larger opportunities in time.  We don't expect McElwain to get involved.

Lindsey Wilson College: Former Illinois wide receiver Will Judson has joined the staff as a grad assistant.  Also, former Western Kentucky strength & condiditiong GA, Bert Bathiany, has been hired to coach the defensive line.

Saint Anselm College: Immediate Opening: seeking one offensive football intern (Offensive Line). The internship program is designed to provide coaches with a rich blend of coaching and administration experience at a competitive NCAA, DII private college. This position includes a stipend of $14,000 and the following job duties: coaching the Offensive Line, practice planning, scouting, video analysis, skill and team instruction, all phases of recruiting and responsibilities as assigned by the head coach. Coaching and/or playing experienced preferred. Minority applications are strongly encouraged. A Meal stipend is included but NO IMMEDIATE LODGING - (may become a possibility at a later date) NO Education /Medical Benefits. Again looking to fill the position immediately.  If interested please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Head Coach Patrick Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (No phone calls please).

2009 FootballScoop Coaches of the Year powered by MUSCLE MILK: (RECAP) Bryan Harsin (Boise State - OC), Kirby Smart (Alabama - DC), Mike Tolleson (Texas - STC), Tom Rossley (Texas A&M - QB's), Willie Taggart (Stanford - RB's), Zack Azzanni (Central Michigan - WR's), Tony Wise (Pitt - OL), Jim Panagos (UCF - DL), Bob Fraser (Rutgers - LB's), Everett Withers & Troy Douglas (UNC - DB's), Bob Shoop (William & Mary - D1-AA Coordinator), Scott Preston (Arkansas Tech - D2 Coordinator), Jim Zebrowski (Wisconsin-Whitewater - D3 Coordinator), Joey Batson (Clemson - Head Strength Coach), Tom Dhean (Temple - DFO).
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