Monday, January 3, 2011

As the Carousel Spins...Monday Episode

      The Carousel is spinning at warp speed on this Monday morning. Lots of names shifting from place to place, and some people hitting the street all together. Let's see what's spinning today...
      UConn RB Coach Terry Richardson was all set to join Randy Edsell at Maryland, but as Lee Corso says, "not so fast, sweetheart". Richardson has decided not to join Edsell, and instead will join the staff of Al Golden at Miami. Richardson was the position coach for Jordan Todman, who really was the only viable offensive weapon on the UConn roster. Expect the Hurricanes run game to get a lot better, and soon.
     With Charlie Weis already having joined the Florida staff under Will Muschamp as OC, the DC job was filled today with the hiring of Seattle Seahawks DL Coach Dan Quinn. Muschamp has hit the NFL ranks hard and heavy while filling out his staff, so expect a more conventional look on both sides of the football for the Gators. Muschamp also brought George Wynn over from Texas in an administrative post, while hiring Frank Verducci away from Notre Dame to coach the O-Line and coordinate the run game.
     There are conflicting reports coming out of Westwood about the future of current UCLA OC Norm Chow. Some reports have his ouster as happening today, while others say that he attended a staff meeting. My preference would be that he is out the door. He has been paid a ton of money over the last 3 season and has produced a big rotten egg. As a matter of fact, he has not developed a half decent college QB since Matt Leinert, and he has not developed a decent NFL prospect at QB since Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers, and Palmer is iffy at best. The game has passed him by. I'll let you know when I have confirmation as to whether he is staying or going. One report by Bruin Report Online has stated that Rick Neuheisel would reach out to former Bruin and current San Diego State OC Al Borges. That, in short, would be AWESOME!!! Borges was the OC during the Cade McNown years at UCLA.
     Dave Wannstadt was already fired as HC at Pittsburgh, but he has now officially coached his last football game for the Panthers. Wannstadt has announced that he will not coach Pitt in the Compass Bowl against Kentucky. Not sure anyone outside of Pittsburgh or Lexington would have even known it as I expect this game to be one of the lowest rated in years. Phile Bennett will be the interim HC.
     Randy Edsell has announced that he will be bringing OC Joe Moorhead and ST Coordinator Lyndon Johnson to join him at Maryland. Terry Richardson was set to join him as well, but went to Miami instead.
     Speaking earlier of Pittsburgh, former OC Frank Cignetti has joined the staff of Greg Schiano at Rutgers, and will officially be the new OC for the Scarlet Knights. He can't do any worse than what was done at Rutgers in 2010, as the offense was absolutely awful.
     Dan Doeren has a new QB Coach at Northern Illinois. He has hired former Western Kentucky QB Coach Bob Cole. Cole was on the former staff of Dave Elson when Elson was released after the 2009 season.
     Richmond has made a couple of moves today. They have hired Old Dominion CB Coach Zohn Burden to coah the WRs for the Spiders. They have also hired Bowling Green DFO Erin O'Riley to be the new DFO.
     Larry Blakeney has made some moves on the staff at Troy today. Kenney Edenfield looks to be moving from WRs to QBs, and Blakeney would consider hiring Texas Tech grad assistant Sean Reagan or Auburn Offense QC Casey Woods to take over WRs.
     Adam Dorrel has been promoted from OC to assistant HC at Northwest Missouri State. There is a new HC in place after legendary Mel Tjeerdsma retired recently. Tjeerdsma was a candidtae for SI's D2 HC of the Year.
     Mitch Rodrigue has joined the staff at Louisiana-Lafayette as the new O-Line Coach. Rodrigue is coming over from South Alabama, which joins the FCS in 2011.
     Former Maryland DC Don Brown has interviewed for the open HC job at Elon. Brown is the former HC at UMass. The Elon job opened up when Pete Lembo bailed to take the Ball State job.
     More names are surfacing for the vacant HC job at Alcorn State. Alabama State OC Melvin Spears and Mississippi State CB Coach Melvin Smith are the latest names to come up. Spears would seem to me to be the best candidate that I have heard so far.
     Rumors are circulating in regards to the vacant UConn job as well. According to the Hartford Courant, fans are clammoring for Mike Leach. Won't Happen. Expect the Huskies to move on former Boston College HC Jeff Jagodzinsky, who just announced that he will not be returning to coach the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Seems like a match has been made. The other candidates that would make sense are those mentioned yesterday on this site. Tom Bradley of Penn State, Kevin Gilbride, Bud Foster, and freshly fired Eric Mangini are other names that have been tossed around. Rich Rodriguez will likely be available as well, but I am guessing that they won't wait for him, and will move in the next 24 to 48 hours.
     Gary Emmanuel has been named as DC at Purdue. He had been Co-DC last season.
Purdue WR Coach Brian Bock has been named as OC at Kent State.

More news later as the Carousel spins on...


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