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Friday November 19, 2009

GA Tech: Paul Johnson has signed a 1-year extension through 2016.

Murray State: We are hearing that Louisville running backs coach Greg Nord is making a run at the WKU head coaching job.

Winston Salem State: Kermit Blount will not return as head coach.

Southwest Minnesota State University: is now accepting applications for multiple graduate assistant openings beginning January 11, 2010.  SMSU is located in Marshall, MN and is a member of the Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Conference (NCAA II).  Please email  resume and references to Eric Eidsness at mailto:   You can also fax resume and references to 507-537-6578.

Mayville State University: located in Mayville, North Dakota is looking for a graduate assistant football coach (defensive backs) to start in January of 2010. Compensation would include:  $5000 stipend as well as full tuition paid through the graduate program at the University of North Dakota. To be a graduate assistant you must be admitted to the graduated program at the University of North Dakota.  The following is a link to their webpage:  http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/  To apply submit a cover letter, resume and the names and addresses of three current professional references to:  Nathan Chin, Head Football Coach by email only:  mailto:          

UNLV: Dennis Franchione is trying to make a run at the UNLV head coaching job.

Tennessee State: Head coach James Webster officially resigned last night.

Nicholls State: FootballScoop has learned that Nicholls State head coach Jay Thomas will not return.

Western Kentucky: We heard Chuck Amato is interested in the WKU job.

San Diego State: AD Jeff Schemmel has stepped down.

Avila University (MO): Head coach Bruce Young is retiring.

Minnesota Vikings: Brad Childress has signed a contract extension through 2013.
Thursday November 18, 2009

Culver-Stockton: Our sources tell us that former Lambuth (NAIA) head coach Vic Wallace and Dakota Wesleyan OC Paul Lasley have both interviewed for the head coaching job at Culver-Stockton. 

Idaho State: Brandon Valeria (Corners) and Mike Havens (Offensive line) will not return.  OC / quarterbacks coach Brian Jensen is leaving to take a high school teaching position in Washington.

Adrian College: seeks candidates for a full-time assistant coaching position for the sport of football.  Qualifications:  Bachelor's Degree required; a strong knowledge of offensive line play; strong communications skills.  Candidate's must demonstrate a proven knowledge for coaching offensive line as illustrated by a relentless work ethic, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to interact professionally within the department, the campus, and the football community.  Coaching offensive line, playing offensive line, strength and conditioning, and video editing experience are all preferred.  Appointment Date: December 1, 2009.  Salary:  commensurate with experience and educational background.  Send cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts and names/emails, addresses/telephone numbers of three references to:  Jim Deere Head Football Coach, Adrian College, 110 S. Madison St. Adrian, MI  49221 or email to .  A review of applications will begin ASAP and continue until a successful candidate is identified.  EOE

Washington State: One of our sources just informed us that Interlake HS (WA) coach Sheldon Cross will be joining the Washington State staff as a graduate assistant.

Western Kentucky: We just heard that Western Kentucky is trying to set up an interview for this weekend with Arkansas offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Paul Petrino.  The Razorbacks play Mississippi State this weekend in Little Rock. 

Iowa Wesleyan: Head coach Jason Smelser is leaving the program.  Assistant coaches Peter Jennings and Joseph Stubbs will lead the program until a new head coach is named.
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Wofford: We are hearing that special teams coach Lee Hanning will retire.

Western Kentucky: We are hearing that FAU quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm is a candidate at Western Kentucky.  Again, we have been told that WKU is very interested in Turner Gill.

Murray State: Our source tell us that former Georgia Tech and Miami offensive coordintor Patrick Nix is interested in the job.  We haven't heard Jeff Brohm's name connected with Murray State, but it seems to us that Brohm might be an interesting candidate here.

Northwestern: Pat Fitzgerald stated yesterday, "I think I've made my intentions and my feelings about Northwestern crystal clear." 

"The support has been unparalleled," Fitzgerald said. "Where we're at right now, I couldn't be happier. We need to continue to do our part to retain our great (coaching) staff and attract world-class (recruits).

"The rest of the things will come. When I came here in '93, we didn't have a lot of (the facilities) we have now. That's encouraging to me. We're just getting started."

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Wednesday November 18, 2009
Wednesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Minnesota Gophers: "He's our football coach, and I expect him to be our football coach," athletic director Paul Maturi said. "There's always issues there. You know me -- I don't like to be dishonest. And I don't want to be [Alabama coach] Nick Saban and say 'yes,' and then two weeks later say 'no.' But I expect [Brewster] to be our football coach.

"I think you've got two more games to decide that. I'm excited about the passion and the energy that he's brought to this program. I think we have better football players overall than we've had in the past.

Murray State: We are hearing that Will Hall (West Alabama - OC), Denver Johnson (Colorado - OL), and Hugh Freeze (Lambuth - HC) are all interested in the Murray State head coaching job. 

Navy: Head coach Ken Niumatolo stated today that he not interested in leaving the Naval Academy for another job.  Coach Niumatolo stated, "The Naval Academy has made a significant commitment to me and my family, for whcih we are eternally grateful.  We love this great institution, we love Annapolis and we love the young men that we have been entrusted to lead.  The Naval Academy is a special place and I have no desire to coach anywhere else in the country.  This mutual commitment is a clear sign of the future direction of this storied program."

Indiana State: From what we hear, offensive line coach David Poinsett has left the staff.

Dixie State College (UT): We just heard that Ryan Haun is stepping down as head coach. Dixie State is D2.  Our source tells us OC Scott Brumfield will serve as the interim head coach.

Buffalo Bills: It appears the Bills have already contacted Mike Shanahan. Jim Haslett and Kevin Gilbride could also get in the mix according to an ESPN report.

Western Kentucky: We are hearing that Western Kentucky is going to take a long and hard look at Buffalo head coach Turner Gill. 

Florida State: Ann Bowden says, "His quarterback's going to be a senior next year, and (Bowden) wants to be there for his senior year. That's only right. And all those young kids are going to be a year older. ... He's planning on another year."

She then went on the attack and added that if FSU doens't renew his one-year deal, "we don't need the university as much as they need us - as much as they need him and his connections and reputation and
everything. If they want to pull that trick, we'll just shake the dirt off our feet and go to Europe or go on a long cruise or something. They'll have to fire him for him not to go another year ... If they've got guts enough to do it, let them do it."

MTSU: Rick Stockstill stated today that he is no longer a candidate at Memphis.

UNLV: Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson says, "I love the location," Wilson said. "I love the conference and the opportunity to build a program Las Vegas and Southern Nevada would be proud of. That's what excites coaches and excites me."

Interesting note on UNLV assistants: AD Jerry Koloskie says the contracts of the assistants state they must be paid for an extra 60 days, a total outpay between $300,000 - $400,000. 

Les Miles (on conversations with Larry Porter about the Memphis job): "I have not had conversations of length with Larry Porter about any other job. We're really focused on this season and what we're doing here. I'm fortunate to have quality assistants, and yes, I would support my assistants for head coaching jobs if they're so inclined." 

Cornell College (IA): We are hearing early this morning that Matt Dillon has resigned as head coach.

UTEP: AD Bob Stull stated last night that head coach Mike Price will return next year as head coach, no matter what happens in the Miners last 2 ball games. 

Stull commented, "We have Trevor coming back and Buckram ... Those people, their senior year, to be fair to them and also to give them a chance to maximize their senior year and give Mike the full five years of his recruiting class, I think that would be fair. And I feel good about that."

San Jose State: Our sources tell us that Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker will be involved in the search process. We also hear several NFL assistants are interested in the San Jose State job.

Pace University (NY): We have just received information that the head coach at Pace University will not return.

Alcorn State & Mississippi Valley State: Mississippi Govenor Haley Barbour is proposing to merge Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University into the larger Jackson State University. The proposal is to help with the state's budget.  This makes us wonder about the future of Alcorn State and MVSU football.

2010 & 2011 Open Dates: The database will be updated this afternoon.  Send us your emails if you have changes.
Tuesday November 17, 2009
Tuesday: Coaches Quick Hits

Stevenson University: The first head coach at Stevenson University will be Ed Hottle.  Hottle accepted the job after serving the last several years as the head coach at Gallaudet (D3).  Stevenson University is located in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Concordia University (MI): We hear former Adrian College head coach Jim Lyall is interested in the head coaching job at Concordia.

Cleveland Browns: Mike Holmgren met with the Browns owner Randy Lerner today.

Kentucky State: FootballScoop has just learned that Kentucky State has promoted Wayne Dickens from interim head coach to head football coach. Dickens led KSU to their first winning season in 3 seasons this year. 

Buffalo Bills: Head coach Dick Jauron has been dismissed. NFL.com is reporting that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will likely take over as interim head coach.

UNLV: We are hearing that Navy special teams coordinator / inside linebackers coach Steve Johns is interested in the UNLV job.  Johns served on the staff at UNLV when John Robinson was the head coach of the Rebels.  Our source tells us that at least 2 of UNLV's better boosters would certainly support Johns.

Portland State: We hear former Oregon wide receivers coach Robin Pflugrad is a top candidate to replace Jerry Glanville. Pflugrad is coaching at Montana this season.  Williamette head coach Mark Speckman is another name coach Portland State will likely talk with. BYU assistant Jaime Hill and Nevada assistant Nigel Burton could get involved as well.

Florida State: With Mickey Andrews set to retire, FSU has a defensive coordinator position open.  We hear head coach Bobby Bowden has spoken with Tommy West.  Of couse, West and Bowden coached against each other several times when West served as the head coach at Clemson.  We hear West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel, a friend of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, is the top candidate Bowden will go after to fill the position.

King's College: After 19 years, Rich Manello has stepped down as head coach.

Culver-Stockton: Our sources tell us that Culver-Stockston is very interested in former Arkansas-Pine Bluff head coach Mo Forte.

Green Bay (IFL Franchise): We are hearing that Rik Richards will be named head coach tonight of the new indoor football league franchise in Green Bay.  Our source tells us Richards will need to hire a brand new staff as soon as possible. 

Portland State: Our sources tell us that Jerry Glanville did not want to cut loose any assistant coaches, and so the administration decided to make a change at the top this morning. 

South Carolina: Steve Spurrier said yesterday that quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus will likely call the plays beginning next season.

Bob Stoops (on Notre Dame rumor from Chicago Sun Times): "That's ridiculous, though, some confidant, huh," Stoops asked? "I have no idea what you're talking about. Notre Dame doesn't have a job, and I haven't spoke to any confidants about anything outside of trying to beat Texas Tech, so, you guys, you know, that's some guy making something up. I'm not answering stuff like that. There's not even a job at Notre Dame, so that's ridiculous.  I don't know.  You believe (there's a) confidant. What's that?"

Portland State: We are hearing that head coach Jerry Glanville will not return.

Murray State: Defensive coordinator Mark Lister will serve as the head coach for the last game.
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Monday November 16, 2009 (Update 3)

Arizona Rattlers (Arena1): That Rattlers have relaunched and Kevin Guy has been named head coach.

NY Jets: Defensive line coach Kerry Locklin has left the Jets organization for personal reasons according to the New York Daily News.

Murray State: FootballScoop has just learned that head coach Matt Griffin will not return.  We have heard for over a week that Murray State is anxious to talk with South Carolina assistant Shane Beamer.  Of course, Beamer is the son of VA Tech head coach Frank Beamer, who once roamed the sidelines at Murray State.  Also, don't be surprised if Murray State makes a run at one of Houston Nutt's top assistants, Chris Vaughn.  Vaughn serves as the cornerbacks coach / recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss.  He is a former Murray State player and 1 of 26 college assistants to participate in the NCAA Coaches Academy last May to help prepare for head coaching responsibilities.  Nutt is a former successful head coach at Murray State.

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