Monday December 14, 2009

Cincinnati: Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones interviewed today.

Southern University (LA): We hear Washington Redskins running backs coach Stump Mitchell talked with officials from Southern.

South Carolina State: We hear head coach Buddy Pough will soon receive a four-year contract extension through 2015. Pough is not interested in the head coaching job at Southern University (LA).

San Jose State: We have heard Jim McElwain turned down an opportunity to become the head coach at San Jose State.

Virginia Tech: Hokies Journal is reporting Bud Foster has agreed to a new deal at Virginia Tech after recently talking with UGA, Florida, and Florida State.

Georgia: We hear Mark Richt has spoken with Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

Itawamba CC: We are hearing the offensive line line coach at ICC, John Williams, has been promoted head coach. 

Hofstra: There is a report that former Hofstra head coach Dave Cohen has job offers from Western Michigan and Georgia Southern.  According to the The Newsday report, Cohen claims to have offers to be the DC at both schools.  WMU head coach Bill Cubit said Sunday that he has just talked with Cohen.

Illinois: We hear Jeff Brohm will be going to Illinois as quarterbacks coach.  Brohm served this past season as the quarterbacks coach at FAU.

Millsaps College: We hear several assistant coaches were told today by the AD they would not be retained. 

Iowa Wesleyan: Kent Anderson has accepted the head coaching job.  Anderson has served 15 years as a head coach in Germany. Anderson is orginally from Iowa.

Arkansas: Garrick McGee has been promoted to offensive coordinator.

Sam Houston State: Jason Philips (Houston co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers), Kim Helton (UAB OC), Willie Fritz (Central Missouri HC), Darrell Dickey (New Mexico OC), Dave Smith (Klein Oak HS), and former A&M Consolidated and Kileen Harker Heights HS coach Ross Rogers are the finalists. On campus interviews are taking place through Wednesday.

Kansas: FootballScoop has learned that Southeast Missouri State head coach Tony Samuel will not be joining the Kansas staff.  A report in Kansas over the weekend stated that as many as 4 former head coaches were expected to be a part of Turner Gill's staff.  Chuck Long and Carl Torbush have joined the staff.  FootballScoop has confirmed Tony Samuel will not be one of the other former head D1 coach to the join the staff.
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South Carolina: Steve Spurrier has agreed to a contract extension through 2013.  Also, assuming Eric Wolford officialy accepts the Youngstown State job, we hear Spurrier could try to lure Greg Adkins from Syracuse.

Louisville: Our sources tell us former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford interviewed in Louisville with Charlie Strong over the weekend.

Georgia: We hear Mark Richt has spoken with Vic Koenning on the phone.  It will be interesting to see if Illinois goes after Koenning as the defensive coordinator.

Toronto Argonauts: Head coach Bart Andrus will not return.

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Mississippi State: We hear Dan Mullen is interested in MTSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, but the two coaches have not talked yet.  Mullen is on the road recruiting.

ULM: We hear Joe Robinson (LSU special teams) and Todd Bradford (Southern Miss DC) talked with ULM at one point.  Our sources tell us ULM may have talked with Florida State assistant Jody Allen.  We are also told a big-name OC is in the mix.

Illinois: We hear Louisville assistant Greg Nord is heading to Illinois as tight ends coach.

UNLV: We hear Jacksonville Jaguars OC Dirk Koetter is certainly in the mix.

Portland State: Our sources tell us that Nevada grad assistants Dave Brown and Ahmed Zarrugh will both join Nigel Burton's staff at Portland State. Brown served as the offensive GA at Nevada.  Zarrugh served as the defensive GA.

Youngstown State: Our sources tell us Eric Wolford told the South Carolina coaching staff he was not going to take the YSU job until yesterday afternoon when YSU offered more money for the assistant coaches and potential bonus money.  Our sources tell us the Wolford's salary was not an issue.  We hear that as of early last night, Wolford had not officially accepted the job, however, we do hear Wolford and the YSU athletic director will speak shortly and Wolford is expected to accept the job. Wolford did fly to Youngstown this morning.

Fresno State: AD Thomas Boeh has offered a contract extension "for years beyond the 2010 season" to head coach Pat Hill.

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Sunday December 13, 2009

Youngstown State: 3 tv stations in Youngstown are reporting that Eric Wolford (South Carolina offensive line coach) will be named head coach.  We have yet to confirm.

ULM: We are hearing two more names entered the picture yesterday.  Our source tells us an announcement should come by Thursday.

Illinois: Our sources tell us Illinois has just hired Paul Petrino as offensive coordinator.  Petrino just finished his 2nd season as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

Buffalo: OC Danny Barrett has been named interim head coach. A national search is underway, but Barrett will be strongly considered. 

Notre Dame: We hear the staff should be finalized early this week.

Louisville: Our sources tell us Charlie Strong is interested in hiring Georgia Tech linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary.  Strong and Jean-Mary coached together at South Carolina.

Furman: We have learned the defensive line job has just opened up.

Stanford: Jim Harbaugh has signed a three-year contract extension through 2014.

Marshall: The West Virginia Gazette reports Butch Jones, Paul Petrino (Arkansas OC), Mike MacIntyre (Duke DC), Danny Rocco (Liberty HC), and Brad Lambert (Wake Forest DC) are the candidates AD Mike Hammrick is interested in.  Jones was in Huntington for an interview this weekend.

Colorado: It will be interesting to see if Ashley Ambrose shifts over to the defensive side.

Tennessee: According to GoVolsExta, "Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said Eddie Gran was the only assistant coach to not sign a memorandum of understanding, which acts as a contract. By not signing the MOU, Gran, who was UT's running backs coach and special teams coordinator, is not contractually obligated to pay UT for terminating his contract after making what is considered a lateral move to Florida State. Gran, who was paid $185,000 and was to received $195,000 in 2010, would have owed UT $92,500 payable over 24 months. Since the rest of UT's coaching staff has signed memorandums of understanding, each would have to pay a buyout for a lateral move to another school. Tennessee's coaches are expected to sign completed formal contracts in the near future."

Georgia Southern: We hear GA Tech offensive grad assistant Brett Gilliland will likely join Monken's staff at GSU.

Kansas: The Kansas City Star is reporting Turner Gill has hired Carl Torbush (Mississippi State defensive coordinator) as his defensive coordinator and Chuck Long as offensive coordinator.  Long is the former head coach at San Diego State.  The report also says that 2 more coaches that have served as head coaches will be joining the staff. Torbush once served the head coach at North Carolina. We wonder if Tony Samuel will have a role on the Kansas staff. Samuel (current Southeast Missouri head coach) once served as the head coach at New Mexico State.  Gill and Samuel worked together at Nebraska.

Louisville: We hear former UNLV head coach Mike Sanford talked with Charlie Strong.

Arizona: Colorado secondary coach Greg Brown has been hired as co-defensive coordinator / secondary coach. 

Memphis: We hear Larry Porter talked to former Michigan State running back / Miami area high school coach, Sedrick Irvin, about coaching the running backs.

ULM: Our sources tell us that Mississippi State wide receivers coach Mark Hudspeth is going after the ULM job.

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Saturday December 11, 2009

Western Michigan:  We hear that defensive coordinator Steve Morrison will not return.

Arizona: We hear Mike Stoops has talked with Colorado secondary coach Greg Brown.  Our sources tell us linebackers coach Tim Kish will be promoted to defensive coordinator.

Kansas: Turner Gill has accepted the head coaching job at Kansas.

Houston: Kevin Sumlin stated today, "After speaking with representatives with the University of Cincinnati yesterday and today, I declined an interview," he said in a statement. "I am looking forward to our first bowl practice later this afternoon and later honoring our seniors at the football banquet tonight."

Youngstown State: Our sources tell us South Carolina offensive line coach / run game coordinator Eric Wolford is not in the running.

Richmond: Elon head coach Pete Lembo has stated he is not interested.

ULM: We are hearing Chris Cosh (Kansas State co-defensive coordinator) and Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles offensive assistant) are in the mix. We have not confirmed Mississippi State wide receivers coach is in the mix, but our sources tell us Hudspeth and ULM athletic director Bobby Staub know each other very well. We have also hear that ULM defensive coordinator Troy Reffet talked to Staub about the job. Ole Miss safeties coach Kim Dameron withdrew his name from what we understand. We also hear there is one more big name still in the hunt.

Hampton University: Former Tennessee State OC Fred Kaiss has accepted the OC / wide receivers job at Hampton. Shannon Harris has been hired to coach the quarterbacks and tight ends.

San Jose State: We hear Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has interviewed.
Friday December 11, 2009

Youngstown State: No word yet out of Youngstown.  Our sources tell us as of late this afternoon, neither Brian Polian or Eric Wolford had been offered the job.  We wonder if there is a dark horse. We have not confirmed that Wolford has interviewed, despite a report that he has.

Trinity International University: Our sources tell us Kirk Wherritt has accepted the head coaching position.  We hear defensive backs coach Curtis Maye will now coach the wide receivers. 

Florida: FootballScoop has just learned that Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix will pass on the opportunity to join the staff at Florida.  Nix will remain the defensive coordinator at Ole Miss.

Murray State: Our sources tell us the three finalists for the Murray State job are Steve Shankweiler (East Carolina (co-offensive coordinator / offensive line), Chris Hatcher (former Georgia Southern head coach), and Randall McCray (Wisconsin recruiting coordinator / safeties coach).

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Florida State: Our sources have just told us that Arizona DC Mark Stoops has accepted the offer to join Jimbo Fisher's staff as defensive coordinator.

Illinois: We hear Kansas co-defensive coordinator / linebackers coach Bill Miller will talk with Ron Zook.  At one point, Miller served as the secondary coach on Zook's staff at Florida.

UL-Monroe: What are you hearing?  Send us an email.

Illinois: Co-defensive coordinators Curt Mallory and Dan Disch will remain on the staff as position coaches, but will not serve as co-coordinators.

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Syracuse: What are you hearing about the OC, WR, DL jobs? Send us an email.

Western Kentucky: Head coach Willie Taggart will make a base salary of $225,000.

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Florida: It didn't take Urban Meyer very long...Central Michigan wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni has accepted the wide receivers job at Florida. 

Guifford College: We hear the OC position just opened up.

Cincinnati: A report out of Houston is saying that UC has asked for permission to talk with Kevin Sumlin.

Illinois: We are hearing OC Mike Schultz, WR coach Jim Pry, QB coach Kurt Beathard, and special teams coach Mike Woodford will not return.

Notre Dame: The Irish contacted Tony Dungy through a third party before coming to an agreement with Brian Kelly.

Louisville: There are several reports that Charlie Strong would like to hire Kerwin Bell (Jacksonville University head coach) as his offensive coordinator. 

Cincinnati: Jeff Quinn, the Cincinnati offensive coordinator / offensive line coach, will serve as head coach during the Sugar Bowl. 

Memphis: We are now hearing that Larry Porter will not be able to lure Greg Studrawa as OC.

Charlotte: We hear it just became official...Charlotte will begin playing football in 2013.

Illinois: We hear a few changes have been made...(more to come)

Georgia Southern: Our sources tell us Bethune-Cookman offensive line coach C. Ray Gregory will likely join the GSU staff under Jeff Monken.

Elon: Head coach Pete Lembo withdrew his name from the Princeton search.

Florida: Our sources tell us with the departure of wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, Urban Meyer will talk with Central Michigan wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni.  We hear that Azzanni worked extremely hard (we have heard great stories) for Meyer when the two coaches worked together at Bowling Green.  Azzanni happens to be one of the three finalist for the 2009 FootballScoop Wide Receiver Coaches of the Year powered by MUSCLE MILK. 

Louisville: Charlie Strong gets 5-years at $1.6 million per year.

Virginia: Anthony Poindexter is the only UVA assistant that wil definitely be retained.

Georgia Southern: Let us know what you hear about potential assistants.  Send us an email.

William Jewell College: Defensive coordinator Jerod Kruse has been promoted to head coach.

Texas: Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who is the Longhorns' head-coach designate to succeed Mack Brown, has signed a one-year contract that automatically renews itself so long as Brown remains in charge of the team. There is no set date in the contract for the transition from Brown's retirement to Muschamp's elevation to head coach.

Akron: Our sources tell us new head coach Rob Ianello will try to lure Ron Powlus (Notre Dame - QB coach) and John Latina (former Notre Dame OL / Ole Miss offensive coordinator) to join the staff at Akron. 

LSU: Our sources tell us Billy Gonzales will have the title of wide receivers coach / passing game cooridnator at LSU.

Kansas: Tommy Tuberville told the Kansas City Star newspaper that he is interested in the job.

Houston: AD Mack Rhoades says Sumlin's contract extension is 99% done.
Thursday December 10, 2009

LSU: FootballScoop has confirmed that Florida wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales is leaving the Gators.  We are hearing he is heading to Baton Rouge to join the LSU staff.

Florida: FootballScoop is hearing Urban Meyer offered the defensive coordinator job to Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix.  We hear Houston Nutt has made a large counter offer to keep Nix.  Our sources tell us if Nix does accept the offer to join the Florida staff, Houston Nutt will likely promote from within his defensive staff.

Cincinnati: We are hearing former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey is interested in the Cincinnati job.  It will be interesting to see if Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones enters the picture. Jones followed Brian Kelly at Central Michigan.

Stanford: Jim Harbaugh has hired his father, Jack, as interim running backs coach for the Cardinal bowl game.

Kansas: We continue to hear that Kansas is interested in Herm Edwards.

Memphis: FootballScoop has learned that Larry Porter has hired Mike Dubose as defensive line coach.  We also hear that Porter could make a huge offer to lure LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa to Memphis as the OC.

Notre Dame: ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Notre Dame has just hired Brian Kelly.

Memphis:  We hear that Larry Porter could be very close to hiring Milsaps head coach Mike Dubose as part of his defensive staff.

Arkansas State:  The Athletic Director came out today announcing that head coach Steve Roberts will return next year; however he will do so with a new offensive coordinator as Doug Ruse has been let go.

Marshall:  Rivals' Tom Dienhart is reporting that both Florida State's Rick Trickett and Central Michigan's Butch Jones will interview on Friday.

Virginia: We are told Richmond OC Mike Farragalli and defensive line coach Jeff Hanson will be joining Mike London's staff at UVA. Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Jim Reid declined to talk about the possibility of him joining London's staff as the DC.

Marshall: We hear Wake Forest DC Brad Lambert is still in the mix.  According to one report, Lambert's staff reportedly would include Tony Petersen as offensive coordinator, Phil Ratliff, Greg Adkins (Syracuse OL), George Barlow and Jay Hopson (Michigan LBs). Either Barlow or Hopson would be defensive coordinator.

Virginia: We are hearing London has hired Vicent Brown as linebackers coach.  Brown previously served as the linebackers coach at Richmond under London.  We hear "The UnderTaker," as he was known during his playing days in New England, will be in Charlottesville today.

Akron: Notre Dame wide receivers coach Rob Ianello has accepted the head coaching job at Akron.  Ianello will be introduced today.

Richmond: Defensive coordinator Vic Shealy wants the jobs. Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore had not been contacted as of yesterday.
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