Sunday November 28, 2009
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Valpo: Head coach Stacy Adams has resigned.
Memphis: We hear Larry Porter has agreed to a 5-year contract worth $750,000 per year.
Virginia: We are hearing Virginia has hired Chuck Neinas to help with their coaching search.
Georgia Southern: FootballScoop has learned that Georgia Tech assistant Jeff Monken has accepted the head coaching job at Georgia Southern.
Notre Dame: Bob Stoops sent a text this morning to a reporter, "On the record, I am not (interviewing). First I've heard of this (rumor)."
Hampton: We have heard there will be a change on the offensive side of the ball at Hampton.
UVA: Head coach Al Groh will not be retained. AD Craig Littlepage made the announcement moments ago. Richmond head coach Mike London is certainly in the mix for the Virginia head coaching job.
Syracuse: Our sources tell us a defensive position coach could be on the way out at Syracuse.
Marshall: FootballScoop has learned that Marshall head coach Mark Snyder has been dismissed just moments ago. Our sources tell us that Marshall AD Mike Hamrick has interest in talking with Virginia Tech assistant Bud Foster and Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer. Brewer coached the Marshall wide receivers in the late 90's when Marshall went 50-4. Foster is just a couple of hours away from Huntington, WV, serving as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech. We have also heard Hamrick will likely talk with Richmond head coach Mike London.
Eastern Illinois: In very sad news, offensive line coach Jeff Hoover was killed in a car wreck yesterday after the EIU vs. Southern Illinois playoff game. An Eastern Illinois spokesman said that Hoover apparently swerved off the road to avoid a deer. Please keep Coach Hoover's family in your thoughts.
Notre Dame: AD Jack Swarbrick stated that he has not contacted any other coaches at this point.
Louisville: We have heard that Louisville AD Tom Jurich is very intrigued with Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin. We have also heard Mike Leach's name associated with the Louisville job.
Itawamaba Community College: Our sources tell us ICC will talk with 2 candidates this week about the head coaching job.
LSU: Les Miles will now have to replace running backs coach Larry Porter, who has accepted the head coaching job at Memphis. After the 33-30 OT win against Arkansas, Miles stated, "We've enjoyed him and will enjoy him for as long as he stays. I remember this young coach when he interviewed for a job at Oklahoma State. I always interview four or five guys, and he was just a standout." It will be interesting to see if Miles trys to lure Syracuse running backs coach Stan Drayton, Miami running backs coach Tommie Robinson, or Tennessee wide receivers coach Frank Wilson. Drayton, Robinson, and Wilson are three of the most respected assistant coaches in the profession. Robinson coached the running backs at Oklahoma State in 2001 when Miles' served as the head coach. Drayton joined the Syracuse staff this season before coaching the running backs at Tenneessee and Florida for the previous few years. Wilson (a New Orleans native) has experienced more success recruiting Louisiana than any D1 assistant in recent years. Before joining the Tennessee staff, Wilson coached the running backs at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron.
Murray State: Our sources tell us that Murray State is certainly interested in Colorado offensive line coach Denver Johnson.
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Saturday November 28, 2009
Florida State: Bowden stated after the game that he has to do "some soul searching." ESPN's Mark Schlabach is reporting a decision could come as early as Monday or Tuesday. FSU officials will meet with Bowden and Jimbo Fisher in the next 48 hours.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Jim Bates did not travel with the team to Atlanta. Head coach Raheem Morris is not sure if Bates will stick around with the organization after being demoted early in the week.
Gavilan CC (CA): Gavilan has a defensive line job open.
Memphis: FootballScoop has just learned that Memphis is not hiring Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray. Our sources tell us it's Larry Porter from LSU.
Akron: FootballScoop has just confirmed that head coach JD Brookhart will not return.
Louisville: FootballScoop has learned just moments ago that Steve Kragthorpe has been dismissed. Our sources tell us that Phil Fulmer is certainly in the mix and will be considered strongly by AD Tom Jurich.
Friday November 27, 2009
Portland State: Willamette head coach Mark Speckman will interview on Monday. San Diego State offensive coordinator Al Borges is expected to interview next week. Others that could be interviewing next week include Stan Brock, Nigel Burton (Nevada DC), ang Greg Lupfer (Cal Poly DC).
SMU: We hear June Junes has agreed to a contract extension through 2014.
Notre Dame: We are hearing that Notre Dame officials have been gathering information on former Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick.
Tulane: Our sources tell us that head coach Bob Toledo will keep all of his current assistant coaches. We hear that Toledo does plan to appoint a current assistant as the team's special teams coordinator.
UNLV: We are hearing that the UNLV administration isn't sure about the route they want to go with the new head coach. Our sources tell us the administration has even asked for the input and advice from basketball coach Lon Kruger. Three names we hear the administration has talked about are Dennis Franchione, Andy Ludwig, and Ed Orgeron.
Hiram College: Bob Wolfe has announced that he is retiring as head coach.
Sam Houston State: According to one Texas newspaper this morning, "Some possible applicants being mentioned are Tarleton State coach Sam McElroy, Louisiana-Lafayette defensive coordinator Kevin Fouquier, Central Missouri coach Willie Fritz and Pittsburgh linebackers coach Joe Tumpkin. All but Tumpkin applied for the Sam Houston job along with Whitten in 2005."
Thursday November 26, 2009
Georgia Southern: We are hearing that Georgia Southern has offered the job to GA Tech assistant Jeff Monken. Monken coaches the slot backs and serves as the special teams coordinator at Tech. He is a former GSU assistant under Paul Johnson. If Monken accepts, it will be interesting to see if Paul Johnson asks corners coach Charles Kelly to assume the special teams coordinator position. Kelly did a fine job as the special teams coordinator under Chan Gailey.
Colorado: Dan Hawkins will return as head coach. Colorado's AD confirmed today.
Wednesday November 25, 2009
Portland State: We are hearing that Portland State interviewed Kevin Strasser yesterday afternoon. Strasser is currently serving as the OC with the Edmonton Eskimos. He is a former Portland State assistant.
Colorado: A local reporter in Denver is reporting that two sources within the program have told him that head coach Dan Hawkins has told his staff that after meetings with the University's Chancellor that he "has the understanding that he is safe for another year".
Jackson State: Offensive coordinator James Woody will not return. Offensive line coach Bruce Johnson will not return.
Memphis: We are hearing that Washington Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray has a few names he is interested in hiring if he does indeed accept the Memphis head coaching job. Gray, who is a former Texas Longhorn player, would like to hire Major Applewhite (Texas running backs / assistant head coach) as his OC. Our sources tell us Applewhite is not interested in the job. We do hear that Gray could offer a defensive job to former Kent State head coach (1991-93) Pete Cordelli. Cordelli last coached on the college level at Western Michigan in 2002. We are also hearing that Gray will offer a position to Washington Redskins defensive quality control Arthur Smith. Lambuth's Hugh Freeze could also land a position on Gray's staff.
Buffalo Bills: The Bills have contacted Mike Shanahan.
Bethune-Cookman: We have heard Carl Crennel's name mentioned.