Tag:Coaching Changes
Posted on: February 24, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:36 pm
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Bryan Harsin chooses Texas over LSU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that new Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was a wanted man this winter. With so many offensive coordinator jobs open at big schools, this doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the success that Harsin has had at Boise State . What is somewhat surprising is what Harsin passed up to take the job at Texas.

According to a story in the Austin American-Statesman , Harsin had just finished talking with Mack Brown about taking the job at Texas when his phone rang. It was Les Miles on the other end of the phone, and Miles was offering Harsin the same job at LSU . The difference was that LSU was offering a long-term deal with more money. All Harsin had from Texas at that point was a one-year deal for $625,000, and though Harsin accepted the offer, it was only an offer at that point. Harsin hadn't signed anything.

However, that did not keep Harsin from telling Miles no.

"LSU is a great school, and I really was flattered that coach Miles, who's an amazing coach, was interested in me," Harsin told The Statesman . "In any other situation, I would have talked about the offer with my family. I told him I'd already accepted a job at Texas, and I wouldn't feel right if I didn't honor that."

Given the amount of times we've all seen coaches go from job to job to take more money, it is somewhat refreshing to hear that one coach decided to do the honorable thing and stick to his word. It really is. Still, at the same time, I'm not sure that Harsin made the right choice here. I'm not saying that LSU is better than Texas or anything, but if you're getting a multi-year contract for even more money, don't you take that offer?

Maybe I'm just as greedy as the coaches, but if I'm thinking about my family, I'm taking the security that came with the LSU offer over the who knows about next season deal he took at Texas. After all, if the Longhorns have another down season, would anybody be surprised if Mack Brown and the entire staff is gone in 2012?
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Doug Williams is Grambling's new head coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If at first you do succeed, try, try again. 

When Eddie Robinson finally stepped down as Grambling's head coach, he was replaced by Doug Williams in 1998. Williams would then lead Grambling to three straight SWAC conference titles from 2000 to 2002 before leaving the job to take a position in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office.

Williams, the MVP of Super Bowl XXII, stayed with Tampa Bay until last year before becoming the general manager of the UFL's Virginia Destroyers franchise. Well, it seems that being a general manager in the UFL wasn't all that much fun for Williams, as he's now decided he'd rather return to Grambling to be the school's head coach once again.

“I was looking forward to working with the Destroyers, but this is a great opportunity for me and it is very rare that a father gets to coach his son at the college football level,” Williams said. “ I went to school there, I coached there, and now I have a great opportunity to coach there again.

“I will keep tabs on the Destroyers and know they are going to do well.  They have a great fan base in an area that is a football hotbed and the UFL will succeed there.”

Another factor in this decision for Williams? His son Doug Williams Jr. is currently a member of the Grambling football team.
Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Shane Beamer joins the Virginia Tech staff

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Sometimes Valentine's Day is about reuniting former lovers, and other times it's about reuniting a father and his son. In the case of Virginia Tech, it's the latter this year. The school announced on Monday that Shane Beamer was leaving his position at South Carolina to return to the Hokies as running backs coach.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech,” said Shane Beamer in a release. “I’ve been gone 11 years and during that time I’ve been around a number of great coaches and great programs and had the opportunity to learn a lot. Now, I look forward to returning to Blacksburg and helping Virginia Tech continue to win championships.

“I’m also excited to have the opportunity to be around Coach Hite. I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for him and I welcome the chance to learn from him.” 

The coach Hite Beamer refers to is Billy Hite, whom he is replacing as running backs coach. Hite has been moved to a new administrative position where he'll serve as an assitant and advisor to Frank Beamer. Hite had been the running backs coach at Virginia Tech for the past 33 years, taking the job under Bill Dooley in 1978. When Frank Beamer took over the job in 1987, he kept Hite on his staff.

Of course, this is not a move motivated by nepotism at all. Shane Beamer has plenty of experience as an assistant throughout college football, and over the last two seasons helped put together a couple of very strong recruiting classes at South Carolina. He helped bring in Marcus Lattimore last season. Odds are that it's those recruiting chops that motivated his father to bring him back to Blacksburg.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:10 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 3:11 pm
 

UNC loses another D-line coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's something for you to ponder: which job has a shorter shelf life these days? Being Georgia's mascot, or coaching the defensive line at North Carolina? It seems like each gig is trying to one-up its counterpart. North Carolina makes the latest move with today's news that Brian Baker is leaving North Carolina to take a position with the Dallas Cowboys.

Baker just became the the defensive line coach in Chapel Hill four weeks ago, and he's the third person to have the job since the beginning of the 2010 season. Call it the Curse of John Blake if you like, because he was the man who had held on to the job before his dealings with agent Gary Wichard brought so many headaches to the Tar Heels earlier this season.

Charlie Coiner was the coach between both Baker and Blake.

As for why Baker is leaving, though he was hired four weeks ago, apparently he never signed a contract with the school. Then the Cowboys came along and made him an offer that included a "huge difference" in salaries, and he couldn't turn it down. Baker also said that his dream is still to be a college head coach some day, but he believes that going to Dallas will only help him achieve that dream.

Then there's the money, too. That doesn't hurt either.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Scott Frost will stay at Oregon

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So you remember that job opening at Nebraska for an offensive coordinator that Bo Pelini had no idea about, yet was seeking out candidates for? Yeah, that one. Well, former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost had emerged as a candidate for the job last week, but the word is that Frost is going to stay at Oregon where he is currently a receivers coach.

It seems that even though Pelini doesn't know of any job opening, that didn't stop him from meeting with Frost over the weekend about the possibility of Frost coming back to Lincoln. It seems the deal-breaker was that Frost didn't want to come back to Nebraska unless it was for the offensive coordinator position, but that's not what Pelini was offering.

No, it seems that Pelini is preparing to give that job to current running backs coach Tim Beck, though Pelini has also spoken to former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner about the position as well. That is, if the open position actually existed. Which it doesn't, right coach Pelini? Wink, wink.

As of now, current offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore have not been relieved of their duties -- at least not publically -- but all indications are that they will be in the near future.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Seto out as UCLA defensive coordinator

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week UCLA hired Rocky Seto to be its new defensive coordinator. Seto, who used to be an assistant at USC under Pete Carroll, was pretty excited about the new job. In fact, he was so excited about it, that he even announced that he'd gotten the job on his Facebook page so all of his friends could click "Like" and leave comments saying "Congrats! xoxo"

Well, UCLA did not click like. In fact, if there had been a button that said "Fire," they'd have clicked that. Since there isn't a "Fire" button, the Bruins did the only other thing they could do. They just fired Seto.

Yes, it seems that UCLA took umbrage to Seto announcing that he was the school's new defensive coordinator on Facebook, as I guess UCLA still considers itself a MySpace stalwart. Apparently this caused a lot of fan backlash amongst the faithful who had been hoping that Randy Shannon or somebody else would get the job over the inexperienced Seto.

Whatever the case, let this be a lesson to the rest of you. Facebook is to be used for nothing more than posting party pictures, pictures of your children, and helping you remember all of your friend's birthdays. That's it. If you have to play that farm game, fine, but there are a lot better games out there that you could be wasting your time with.
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Report: Mike Groh is 'Bama's new WR coach

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It would appear that Alabama's search for a new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator is over, as according to a report on BamaOnline.com, Mike Groh is returning to Tuscaloosa to take the job.
A year after studying the Nick Saban way of coaching, Mike Groh is coming back to the University of Alabama to serve as his wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.
Sources tell BamaOnline that Alabama is expected to announce his hiring this week. 
Groh, who spent last season at Charlie Strong's quarterbacks coach at Louisville, will replace Curt Cignetti, who was named the new head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Groh spent 2009 as a grad assistant with Alabama after spending eight years as an assistant under his father, Al Groh, at Virginia. Al Groh coached alongside Nick Saban with the Cleveland Browns. Mike Groh gets the job over a number of other coaches who had been rumored for it, including former Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom, former Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster and former Clemson offensive coordinator Bill Napier just to name a few.
Posted on: February 5, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Bo Pelini knows of no job opening

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's been quite a bit of speculation about coaching changes in the works at Nebraska in the last few days. During Nebraska's post-signing day dinner, three assistant coaches were all absent. Secondary coach Marvin Sanders was one, and he's already announced his resignation and been replaced by Indiana's Corey Raymond. The other two coaches were offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore, so naturally, people are now wondering what the future of those two is in Lincoln, or whether they even have any.

Especially when job postings for an assistant football coach are popping up on Nebraska's website. One's asking for somebody who would be "responsible for offensive game preparation, on-field strategies and game tactics. Conduct student-athlete recruiting, monitor academic progress of current student athletes and provide instruction to team in the execution of offensive schemes and techniques."

Of course, when asked about this job posting on Friday, Bo Pelini told the Omaha World-Herald that he had no idea what it was talking about.

“What job posting?” Pelini told the paper.  ”That could be for an internship or it could be that (Jeff) Jamrog (assistant AD for football) put that up there. Sometimes when we have lower-level openings, we do that.”

Yes, a lower-level opening or internship that will involve game preparation and recruiting.  Something tells me that Pelini isn't exactly being truthful. Especially when you take into consideration the fact that Larry Frost has also told the Omaha World-Herald that his son Scott Frost, the former Nebraska quarterback, has interviewed with Nebraska about a job. Scott Frost is currently receivers coach at Oregon, and according to his father, while he'd love to coach at Nebraska, he wouldn't leave for anything other than a coordinator position.

Which means that Bo Pelini is interviewing a lot of coaches for a job opening he doesn't even know exists.


 
 
 
 
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