Well, for lack of a better word... hurricane.
Sorry for our temporary disappearance the past few days, we've been trying to figure out just what rumors hold water and which ones don't.
First, the OC:
We've heard plenty of rumors the past week or so, from Chuck Long to Ron Prince and so forth. Right now it is believed that not only is the OC hired, but that the players and recruits know who he is. This should be huge in helping us re-strengthen Bryce Brown's commitment as long as it isn't Ron Prince. The word around town is Bryce isn't too fond of Ron Prince as an OC.
The rumor that seems to hold most water and has been confirmed by several sources is that it looks as if the offensive coordinator is in fact Mark Whipple. He has an impressive resume. He won a national title in Division 1-AA ball with UMASS, mentored Big Ben during his first two years with the Steelers and then joined the Eagles for the last few years. IF the rumors are true, this is a GREAT hire by UM. This shows that despite Randy making rookie mistakes as a head coach, he has fixed his errors by hiring Bill Young and a proven NFL X and O's guy. Here is the Bio on Whipple.
Now to the DC. This is the reason Randy was on the west coast. He was talking to Sarkasian about Ken Norton as D.C. I find this a bit hard to believe since he has no proven track record as a DC, but he is a monster recruiter and would vastly improve our recruiting on the west coast. It's something to keep an eye on.
Next blog will be about our recruits visiting. This should be up within the next 24 hours with updates on who is here. Normally, they stay in a hotel in the grove so if you see any UM players with other big boys around them, give them a friendly shout out. Have a great weekend everyone!