Posted by: Pete Roussel on Tuesday May 21, 2013
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The spring recruiting evaluation period ends on May 31. Like every year, a handful of coaching jobs will open during the summer months.
We've seen coaches return from several weeks of recruiting to reevaluate their priorities, and then decide the life of a college coach is too much of a commitment away from the wife and kids.
Florida defensive tackles coach Bryant Young actually made the decision just before spring recruiting.
In the summer, we've seen coaches lose jobs over NCAA violations. We've also seen coaches lose jobs over DUI's or other legal troubles.
Thus, we wanted to bring positive attention to a number of coaches that remain unemployed at the moment. Perhaps a couple of these coaches will return to the college game sooner than later.
Some great coaches over the years have sat out a season. In recent years, Steve Caldwell, Art Kehoe, and Dave Wommack are examples of coaches that have sat out a year, only to return to great success.
Here's our late Spring 2013 all-unemployed team of coaches:
Brandon Doman received criticism last season as the BYU offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Brighter days are likely ahead for Doman. Rip Scherer (60) coached the quarterbacks at Colorado the last two years under Jon Embree. He spent the previous six years coaching in the NFL with the Browns and Panthers. Dana Bible is approaching 60-years-old, but he has consistently done well as an offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach. Don't forget about the job he did with Russell Wilson. In addition, I wonder if former Penn State offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno will ever return to coaching. Former UCLA and San Francisco 49ers offensive coordiantor Mike Johnson is also on the market.
WIDE RECIEVERS COACH
Sideline towel waiving will be down this year in college football as former Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor will spend the fall watching his son play wide receiver for Auburn High School. Former UMASS wide receivers coach Brian Crist, who developed Victor Cruz in college, plans to coach high school ball in Virginia. Before joining the UMASS staff in 2007, Crist spent five seasons coaching the wide receivers at UL-Lafayette.
RUNNING BACKS COACH
Former USC offensive coordinator / running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu hasn't landed a college or NFL job since Lane Kiffin surprisingly dismissed Polamalu just before National Signing Day. Former Virginia assistant Mike Faragalli and former FAU running backs coach David Serna are still looking.
TIGHT ENDS COACH
Bernie Parmalee developed a number of high draft picks at the tight end position at Notre Dame. He spent the last three seasons coach the tight ends with the Kansas City Chiefs.
OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Long-time Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson remains on the market since his early-season departure from Bret Bielema's staff at Wisconsin. Former Arizona State offensive line coach Bob Connelly has yet to land another coaching job, as well. Former Western Illinois offensive line / run game coordinator Jason Eck has a proven track record, as well.
Don't forget about Tom Bradley, who hasn't returned to coaching since his departure from Penn State after the 2011 season. The list of coaches that have recently served as defensive coordinators includes former head coaches Al Groh, Mike Archer, and Tommy West. Bill Young has been able to land anywhere since his departure at Oklahoma State. The same can be said of former South Florida defensive coordinator Chris Cosh.
DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
One of the most surprising coaches still on the market is former Buffalo Bills assistant Giff Smith. Before joining Chan Gailey's staff in Buffalo, Smith received a lot of recognition for his recruiting abilities at Georgia Tech and Tulane.
Tommy West didn't have much success as a defensive coordinator over the last couple of years at UAB and Southern Miss, but West is capable of developing players. He did lead the Clemson and Memphis programs to some successful years as a head coach. If a linebacker's job in the SEC or ACC opened up, West could be a logical fit. Giff Smith (mentioned above) also makes sense. Former Western Kentucky linebackers coach Karl Maslowski hasn't landed anywhere just yet.
DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
Former Cal and Colorado defensive backs coach Ashley Ambrose is on the market. Don't forget about former Arkansas defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Willy Robinson, who hasn't coached since his departure from Arkansas after the 2011 season. Former Washington State defensive grad assistant Abe Elimimian finished his tenure as a GA in December.
SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
Former Tennessee special teams coordinator Charlie Coiner is on the market.
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