With Steve Addazio out the door after just two seasons, where will the CSU Rams football program turn now? Here’s a summary of candidates who would (and should) be on athletic director Joe Parker’s short list:
Tony Alford, Ohio State assistant head coach/running backs coach: Will the third time be the charm for the most logical candidate out there (again)? A former CSU football running back (1987-90), Alford has recruited and nurtured NFL talent for decades and was a finalist for 247Sports.com’s National Recruiter of the Year in 2011. He was on the Rams’ shortlist when Mike Bobo and Addazio were eventually hired instead.
Billy Gonzales, Florida passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach: Another former Ram (and an Alford teammate), the Thornton native worked with Urban Meyer from 2001-02 at Bowling Green and with Meyer and Addazio at Florida from 2005-09 before stints under Les Miles and Dan Mullen.
Alex Grinch, South dakota state football recruiting 2018 defensive coordinator: It’s a matter of time before someone hands Grinch the keys to his own program. Grinch was a top lieutenant for Mike Leach (Washington State), Urban Meyer (Ohio State) and Lincoln Riley (Oklahoma) and a recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach at Wyoming from 2009-11.
Sean Lewis, Kent State head coach: A young (35) offensive mind who’s won at Kent State with a high-tempo attack. If you can win with the Flashes (17-12 since 2019), you can win almost anywhere.
Jeff Traylor, Texas-San Antonio head coach: Want to recruit the Lone Star State? He’s your man. And the former Longhorns and Arkansas assistant is off to an 18-6 start as the head man with the Roadrunners.
Jeff Choate, Texas co-defensive coordinator: A longtime member of the Steve Pedersen coaching tree, Choate went 28-22 at Montana State before joining Steve Sarkisian’s staff in Austin. He had stints as an assistant at Utah State, Boise State.
Jay Hill, Weber State head coach: Former Utah Utes defensive back averaged 11 wins a year with the Wildcats from 2017-20, notching four Big Sky championships along the way.
Josh Gattis, Michigan offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach: Jerry Jeudy’s old mentor at Alabama is going to be getting some calls after successful turns under James Franklin, Nick Saban and Jim Harbaugh.
Brent Vigen, Montana State head coach: Craig Bohl’s former right-hand man at Wyoming has North Dakota State roots, knows the Mountain West and is 8-1 in his first season with the Bobcats.
Jim McElwain, Central Michigan head coach: Shark jokes aside, the Rams could do worse than turning to an old friend again. McElwain broke hearts in FoCo when he bolted for the Florida head job in December 2014, but he’s been a consistent Group of 5 winner, posting a 22-15 mark in three seasons at CSU, a 22-12 record with the Gators and a 19-13 mark through three years in the MAC.
Kevin Wilson, Ohio State offensive coordinator. Wilson’s tenure as Indiana Hoosiers head coach ended poorly, with accusations of player mistreatment linked to his sudden resignation, but he was once a candidate for CSU. His Indiana teams were tough and physical, and he did take the Hoosiers to a pair of bowl games in his six-year tenure. Still, given the allegations that sprung up within the Rams athletic program recently, this one might be a longshot.
Matt Lubick, ex-Nebraska offensive coordinator/receivers coach. The CSU alum, and son of legendary Rams coach Sonny Lubick, saw his time with Nebraska come to an end in November after getting let go by Scott Frost. That said, the younger Lubick was once a Broyles Award nominee and south dakota state football recruiting 2018 considered a top-notch recruiter. If anyone gets what CSU can be, it’s this guy.
Zach Azzanni, Broncos wide receivers coach. Personable, sharp and south dakota state football recruiting 2018, you could do a lot worse than bringing in the guy who helped develop Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick into optum bank hsa card worthy of extensions. Would he bite at the chance to run his own show in FoCo? He played at a MAC school (Central Michigan), so he knows the challenges that come with Group of 5 institutions.
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Ball tonight: Western Kentucky takes on UTSA for the Conference USA Championship (6pm CT - CBSSS) & Oregon takes on Utah for the Pac-12 title (7pm CT - ABC).
Miami: Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated shares tonight that Miami is reportedly offering $3 million plus per year for AD candidates. It was reported earlier this week New Mexico AD Eddie Nunez (who makes $300,000 per year on a contract ending nine months from now) was a "strong candidate" before the following morning it was reported he pulled out of the running. Interesting times.
New Mexico State: Former UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez will serve as receivers coach and Bobby McMillen will coach inside linebackers Jason Groves reports. Groves adds Brian Hernandez will serve as chief of staff and confirms our report of Rachel Phillips as DFO.
Miami: ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports this evening that Clemson AD Dan Radakovich "has emerged as a top name" for Miami's AD position. Update> Rittenberg has now walked that back saying "still considering 3-4 candidates.search very much ongoing".
Nebraska: Mickey Joseph's deal is 3 years, beginning at $600,000 per year per Amie Just.
New Mexico State: Former TCU director of recruiting operations Rachel Phillips is headed to NMSU where she will serve as Jerry Kill's director of football operations sources share with FootballScoop.
Miami: All that smoke.
USC: Mississippi State inside receivers coach Dave Nichol is headed south dakota state football recruiting 2018 join Lincoln Riley's staff per multiple reports.
Kansas State: Chris Klieman dismissed two assistants who came with him from North Dakota State, including offensive coordinator South dakota state football recruiting 2018 Messingham.
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Jacksonville State (FCS - AL): In addition to Dusty Rutledge and Mike DiAngelo, sources tell FootballScoop Rich Rod is also targeting Rick Trickett for his offensive staff. The long-time West Virginia and Florida State offensive line coach is currently assistant head coach / offensive line at Glenville State.
SMU: Missouri tight ends coach Casey Woods is headed to SMU to join Rhett Lashlee's staff as offensive coordinator.
Washington State: Source tells FootballScoop Wyoming defensive run game coordinator / defensive tackles coach Pete Kaligis is expected to join Jake Dickert's staff at Wazzu in a similar role.
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Savannah State (D-II): Source tells FootballScoop offensive coordinator Russell DeMasi is being promoted to interim head coach.
East Central University (D-II - Oklahoma): East Central is seeking applicants for a Restricted Earnings Offensive Assistant. Candidates interested in this position should email their resume and references to Offensive Coordinator Kris McCullough at [email protected]
Iowa Wesleyan (NAIA - IA): Iowa Wesleyan University has an immediate opening for 2 graduate assistants (Best Fit). Applicants must be accepted into the graduate program with a 2.9 GPA. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, equipment organization, practice planning, coaching a position group, leading meetings, film break down, player evaluation and recruiting, promotion and marketing of the program, and assisting in general day to day football operations. This position pays full tuition towards a masters degree, housing, small stipend and a some meals. To apply for this position, send resume and references to Head Coach MD Daniels [email protected]
Notre Dame: Watch Notre Dame players learn Marcus Freeman is their new head coach.
Georgia Southern: An update on Clay Helton's staff at Georgia Southern.
East Carolina: A breakthrough season and interest from Virginia Tech combined to produce a new contract for head coach Mike Houston.
Notre Dame: Now official, Marcus Freeman - Head coach Notre Dame football.
Hastings College (NAIA - NE): Hastings College is looking to hire a Defensive GA to enroll and begin in January. Interested applicants can apply here - search "football" in the search bar. Details are included in the job description through the link provided.
Eastern (D-III - PA): The private Christian school near Philadelphia has made a hire from the FCS level to startup their program with major plans and funds for the future
Missouri Valley (NAIA - MO): Missouri Valley College invites applications for Full-Time Assistant Football Coach and Instructor. Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree and have previous college experience in coaching offensive line. Some teaching will also be required. Job includes film work, game & practice planning, recruiting, academic monitoring as well as other duties as assigned by the head coach. Interested applicants should email resume and 3 current references to [email protected]
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Hardin-Simmons (D-III - TX): Hardin Simmons islooking for a 2-year (2022 / 2023) non-conference agreement Week 2 (September 10th, 2022 and September 9th, 2023) versus a DIII opponent. Home in 2022 and travel in 2023. Interest please email [email protected]
Washington State: Sources tell FootballScoop Jake Dickert has his new defensive coordinator.
Nebraska: Sources tell FootballScoop Scott Frost is hiring Mickey Joseph from LSU.
Virginia: Big news from yesterday, as Bronco Mendenhall will step down following their upcoming bowl game. Details here.
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