December 23, 2013 at 5:50 am #12771
Any word on any names? Reported on AGS that Andy is talking to an OC from another FCS schools that has won an NC. Sort of narrows the possibilities if assuming teams from the past 10-15 years. With the ‘dead period’ now in recruiting, this would be the time to nail this opening down. Can also help in swaying any fence-sitters waiting to see what we’re going to do.December 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm #12773
Interesting rumor. Convention coming up 1st week in January.December 23, 2013 at 11:34 pm #12776
What bothers me about this rumor is that it basically has to be ONE guy.
And I’m assuming it’s not KC Keeler.December 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm #12777
Dont know why we are dancing around bis ID but I’ll play along. Keeler to LU.Hell freezes over comes to mind. A real soap opeta svenario.December 24, 2013 at 1:23 am #12778
Sam Venuto????December 24, 2013 at 1:36 am #12779
Yup. Excellent OC but why would he come here? Also, he runs a pretty vanilla basic scheme which relies on QB to make plays. He clearly can coach QBs up. On the surface a good fit w Nick coming in. But to me it would be dumping our O which Andy said he wouldn’t do. Could he adapt to our O after almost 20 yrs at Nova? Why would he want to?
A fun topic for the dead period fhoDecember 24, 2013 at 2:10 am #12780
Our offense Will change with the kid from the “U” coming. Take a look at their(2009) NC season. Whitney=Shaf and Szczur=Yosha. Run for 250+ and pass for 150+. We have what Venuto needs, just adapt and run with it. Our D will be better, but will also spend less time on the field with a running game.December 24, 2013 at 2:30 am #12781
Well wouldn’t mind that But why would he come to LU?December 24, 2013 at 3:03 am #12782
Ha! Was just combing through the recent FCS champs, and Venuto was the name that caught my eye too. Local, I suppose – and maybe with an eye towards future HC job?December 24, 2013 at 3:34 am #12783
Here’s another thought, if the rumor in original post is true: How about Mike O’Cain from JMU? I see that JMU sacked their HC and just hired a new one. OC might move on?
I don’t know anything about JMU’s offensive scheme. Could this guy be a match?December 24, 2013 at 4:30 am #12784
Saw JMU on TV. Dont recall much but was not impressed. Interesting catch ,let me do some research. Goody, a project. Kill some time til end of dead period.December 25, 2013 at 3:56 am #12792
OK — just a post after too much eggnog … so bear with it …
O’Cain has credentials, but aside from not having a job, why would he come? He’s been a FBS head coach, is from the south and has coached in 10 bowl games? He’s also coached a few top FBS QBs and is 58 or so. Seems unlikely.
How about hiring the sacked JMU coach, Mickey Matthews, who, according to the JUMU website, was at Marshall from 1990-95 and “part of a program that won the Division I-AA title in 1992, was runner-up in 1991, 1993 and 1995, and was a 1994 semifinalist. The Herd led the nation in scoring defense in 1993 and was seventh nationally in 1990 and 1995”?
Doubtful, too …
What if LU hired an OC connected to the following NORTHEAST teams that have won IAA or FCS championships the past 20 years? Options would be coaches connected to these teams and head coaches:
Villanova, Andy Talley, 2009
Richmond, Mike London, 2008
JMU, Mickey Matthews, 2004
Delaware, KC Keeler, 2003
UMass, Mark Whipple, 1998
(You know, in looking at the list, even including the VA teams, the NE sure has a dearth of champions since the IAA inception in 1978. Scary!)
That said, how about Mark Whipple? A Brown grad, ex-Eagles assistant who doesn’t seem to have any coaching gig now — having spent 2-3 years in various NFL and NCAA positions (including OC at MiamiU in 2009-10) after leaving UMass in 2003.
His kid, Austin (http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/austin_whipple_843467.html) redshirted as a freshman at PSU this year.
Whipple’s one of five coaches rumored in this blog (http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/penn-state-football-five-options-to-fill-vacant-offensive-assistant-position,1422087/) to be in contention to fill the PSU OC position.
And what about another of those five — James Perry OC at Princeton, a Brown alum? His bio lists him as being the top passer in Ivy history (graduated 1999). He spent a year coaching RBs at Delaware (2006).
And where is Mike Faragalli, the ex-Lafayette and Richmond OC (in championship season)?
More “winging it” food for thought if you’re bored …
BTW: I’m not advocating for any of these guys.December 25, 2013 at 5:15 am #12794
Yes, some food for thought, but I don’t see any former HC’s coming here like Whipple or Keeler to be an OC. Venuto is interesting. Maybe Talley is about to hang it up at ‘nova and he’s not on their ‘short list’ of replacements? Hey, Bill O’Brien is said to be ‘looking’ for a move at PSU and they’ve lowered his ‘buy out’ clause…(;-). I think we should have an answer by 1/4.December 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm #12797
I’d agree that it’s unlikely that we’ll land a former HC as our OC. Unless it was a BIG move up – like D2 or D3.
Rich – you got me curious. While I don’t think Keeler is in any way likely, why do you see that as soap opera? Just the conflict, as a former HC? Or is there history that I don’t know about?December 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm #12798
Lets just say that there were Keeler made no friends at LU with some of his comments about playing LU. Arrogant dismissal. I know nada about him personally. If job were up to Joe,no chance in hell. He wont interfere w Andy’s choice.
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