January 18, 2013
The search for a new offensive coordinator
The search for a new offensive coordinator officially begun today when Dave Brock left Rutgers to take the head coaching job at the University of Delaware. Here's a look at the possible candidates who may step in and succeed Brock.
Rutgers quarterbacks coach
Spence had a stint as an offensive coordinator at Clemson, Syracuse and Bethune Cookman. Not all those offense were pro-style sets, but he has coached against prime competition and is considered to have a very good offensive mind. Last season, he was the first sole RU quarterbacks coach in a long time but starter Gary Nova only finished 75th in the nation in passing efficency. Keep in mind Spence has long-time ties to RU head coach Kyle Flood dating back to Flood's first job at Hofstra where Spence was also an offensive coordinator.
Rutgers running backs coach
Wilson is a former head coach, having been the head man at Columbia from 2006-11. Prior to that he had a stint as the offensive coordinator at UConn and was part of that staff from 1999-05. Wilson has an advantage in that he has experience running the pro-style offense. Last year, as RU's running backs coach, he helped produce the first 1,000-yard rusher since Ray Rice.
Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks coach
It seems like a long shot at this point as it mean stepping back to the college ranks after spending the last four years coaching in the NFL. However, McNulty knows Rutgers and there has not been as successful of an offensive coordinator since he left RU. He was at Rutgers from 2004-08, but know he is a name that is also being tossed around the NFL for various positions.
Former Delaware head coach
Keeler's firing was unexpected at Delaware and he is not yet two weeks out of a job. It was also surprising due to his success in the past 11 seasons at Delaware in which he took the Blue Hens to three FCS title games, one of which they emerged victories. Going back to his time at Rowan, Keeler has played for a national championship in eight of the last twenty years. He also has a reputation for being a very good recruiter.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight ends coach
Angelichio followed Greg Schiano to the Bucs after spending only one year at Rutgers as a tight ends coach. Prior to that, Angelichio was a tight ends coach at Pitt for two seasons. He was esteemed for his ability to recruit, although the downside here is that he has very little experience against big time competition as an offensive coordinator. He served as Pitt's OC during the 2009 Compass Bowl and also had a stint as an OC during his ten-year stay at Ithaca College.
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