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Wednesday December 18, 2013 presented by: 


Sad news to pass along as we understand that former coach Jeff Menage passed away unexpectedly yesterday at the young age of 49. Menage was in the business nearly 20 years, with coaching stops at Minnesota, Murray State, North Dakota and South Dakota State in addition to his quarterback coaching that he did as well for various players. He is missed by many in the profession. Please keep his family in your thoughts. 

FAU: It is being reported that Charlie Partridge has offered Brian Wright the offensive coordinator position. 

Central Arkansas (FCS): Sources tell us late tonight that Mississippi Gulf Coast (CC) head coach Steve Campbell has agreed to become head coach at Central Arkansas. 

Abilene Christian: ACU announced tonight that they have signed head coach Ken Collums to a new four year contract (terms not disclosed). 

Arkansas State: Sources tell us that UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson will be the new head coach at Arkansas State. Here's what you need to know

Texas A&M: Co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital has been promoted to offensive coordinator and will take over the play calling duties. Clarence McKinney remains coaching the running backs. 

Arizona State: In connection with his promotion to "deputy head coach" (we're using the term deputy now?), Mike Norvell has received a $200,000 raise, making his new salary $700,000. 

Central Arkansas: According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Jeremy Muck, multiple sources have stated that Abilene Christian head coach Ken Collums will be named the program's new head coach. Update> Multiple sources have told us that this is not a done deal. It is our understanding that no offer has been made at this time. We will update... 7:45pm Update> Ken Collums has now put out a statement stating that no offer has been made. 

Georgia Southern: Georgia Southern has given Army permission to speak with head coach Jeff Monken. 

Texas: The school has announced that athletics director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-person advisory committee to find Mack Brown's replacement. Texas has also hired the Korn/Ferry International search firm. 

Boise State: Sources confirm to us that Stanford quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford will join the Boise State staff as offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Would expect Sanford to remain with Stanford through the Rose Bowl. 

Bowling Green: Eastern Illinois (FCS) head coach Dino Babers will be the new head coach at Bowling Green per Joe Schad. The school has now announced the hiring. Here's what you need to know.

     Here's an updated list of all the 2013-2014 coaching changes 

New Mexico: Tight ends coach Derek Warehime has been promoted to run game coordinator, the school announced today. 

Washington: Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith will join Chris Petersen's staff according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times

Washington: Sources tell us Chris Petersen has offered Fresno State director of football operations Mike McHugh the same position. Updated on DFO Scoop

Boise State: Gerald Alexander, a grad assistant under Bryan Harsin at Arkansas State, will join the staff in a "capacity to be determined" according to Bronco Beat.

Illinois: Tim Beckman announced today that Bill Cubit has agreed to a one-year contract extension that includes a pay increase to $500,000 annually. The extension takes him through the 2015 season. 

Boise State: Multiple outlets are reporting, and we can confirm, that Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator / secondary coach Marcel Yates will join the Boise State staff as defensive coordinator. Yates coached the defensive backs at Boise State for nine seasons until 2011 and also played there.

Kentucky: Mark Stoops announced today that he is working on some "changes and promotions" among his current staff, and plans to keep the staff intact.

Jackson State (FCS): The school has announced that head coach Rick Comegy and his staff will not return. 

FAU: Charlie Partridge's contract can be seen here. 

Arizona State: The program has announced that offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has added the title of "Deputy Head Coach".

UConn: Bob Diaco announced this morning that tight ends coach Mike Foley will be retained.

Rutgers: Mitch Browning has officially joined the staff as offensive line coach.

North Dakota: Sources tell us that both SIU coordinators, Kalen DeBoer and Bubba Schweigert, are finalists for the head job at UND. Will update...

Florida Atlantic: Jovan Dewitt has been retained as FAU's defensive coordinator by Charlie Partridge according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Earlier in the week Jovan had secured a position at FIU; but looks as if Charlie has convinced him to stay. Good move by Charlie. Update: Tight ends coach Jared Allen has also been retained according to Kurtenbach. Both roles are to be determined. 

University of Mary (D-II - ND): Sources tell us South Dakota (FCS) defensive coordinator Jason Petrino has interviewed at Mary for the head job. 

Adrian College (D-III - MI): Adrian College is looking to fill two open dates for a home and home on September 2nd, 2017 and September 8th, 2018. If interested please email [email protected].

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canada): Marcel Bellefeuille has been named offensive coordinator for next season. Bellefeuille joined the club in August, and has previously served as the head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

UConn: Bob Diaco stated this morning that he'll look to complete his staff after the first of the year. Word within the profession is that he won't keep many, if any of the current assistants. Will update... Diaco said this morning that he will retain only Mike Foley. 

Air Force: Former Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brian Knorr is in talks to return to his alma mater as a defensive assistant, according to The Gazette.


Tuesday December 17, 2013 presented by: 


Arizona State: We told you earlier today on twitter that Mike Norvell wasn't leaving ASU. Now, multiple outlets are reporting that ASU is working on a new contract for him. Will update...

James Madison: Sources tell us that both George Barlow (Vanderbilt defensive backs) and Brian Stinespring (Virginia Tech tight ends / recruiting coordinator) interviewed today for the job. Based on what we're hearing, we'd look for a new head coach to be in place by the end of the week. 

            The phone calls that Texas should make...and that you hope you get

Washington: Sources tell us former Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease plans to join Chris Petersen's staff as receivers coach. 

Boise State: Defensive line coach Andy Avalos and tight ends/fullbacks/special teams coach Scott Huff will remain on Bryan Harsin's staff per a release from the University. Huff will move back to offensive line, Avalos' position is to be determined.  

Southeast Missouri State (FCS): Sources tell us Tuke is planning to bring Toledo safeties coach Bryce Saia as defensive coordinator at SEMO. 

North Dakota State College of Science (JC): Merle Johnson has been hired as head coach. His first day on the job will be January 1. 

Loras College (D-III - IA): Loras College has promoted associate head coach/offensive line coach Steve Helminiak to head coach. 

Hampton (FCS - VA): Well that was interesting... Hampton has now announced the hiring of Winston Salem State (D-II) head coach Connell Maynor as head coach.

Dakota Wesleyan: Dakota Wesleyan University is no longer accepting applicants for their vacant defensive grad assistant position. Thank you for the overwhelming interest.

                   Today only, early Christmas present from FootballScoop

Southeast Missouri: We've been telling you this on twitter for about a week now; but we hear Toledo defensive coordinator Tom Matukewicz will be named head coach at SEMO in the next 24-28 hours. 

Wilkes University (D-III - PA): Head coach Frank Sheptock has stepped down after 18 seasons leading the program. Sheptock has accepted an administrative position as the Director of Athletics at Berwick Area School District (PA).

Florida:  ESPN reporter Jeff Barlis says to expect Will Muschamp to make his offensive coordinator hire within the week.

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Miami (OH): Miami has now officially announced the hires that we told you about weeks ago. George Barnett (offensive line) and Eric Koehler (quarterbacks) will serve as co-offensive coordinators, and Pat Welsh will coach the tight ends. Welsh spent the past two seasons as a grad assistant at Notre Dame working with Chuck Martin.

Rhode Island (FCS): A source tells us that Ben Albert (Boston College defensive line coach), Tom Masella (Wagner associate head coach / offensive coordinator), John Perry (Delaware quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator), and Jim Fleming (Central Florida defensive coordinator) are among the finalists for the head coaching job.

Hampton (FCS - VA): Sources tell us the head job at Hampton is coming open. Look for an announcement later today or tomorrow...

                Catch up on all the 2013-2014 coaching changes here

Stephen F. Austin: We'll have a more full rundown for you guys soon on who is going to Stephen F. Austin with coach Conque; but Matt Williamson is headed there as defensive coordinator (same role he had at UCA). Offensive line coach Bill Best is going as well. More to come...

William Penn (NAIA - IA): William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa is looking for a home game vs. a NAIA opponent or travel for an FCS guarantee. Date we have open is September 6th. They can contact Todd Hafner at [email protected], or his office phone 641-673-2160.

Holy Cross: Former Maryland deputy athletic director Nate Pine has been hired as the new athletic director at Holy Cross.

Miami (OH): Athletic director David Sayler has received a five-year contract extension taking him through the 2018-2019 season.

Kenyon College (D-III - OH): Former offensive coordinator Kyle Cutnaw has been named head coach at Bluffton HS (OH). Cutnaw served as offensive coordinator for the program from 2008-2010.

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.