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The Mike DeBord Hire & QB Coaching
Posted: Friday, February 6th, 2015, 11:01 AM
As of the writing of this (on the morning of Friday, February 6, 2015), I am still waiting to see how the coaching staff shakes out in the wake of the impending DeBord and Central Michigan hires--just like I'm waiting to see if Butch Jones is "the guy" (i.e., do the recruiting rankings and rhetoric actually translate into wins). That said, and assuming there are no other offensive staff defections, my big question relates to what restrictions Grad Asst./Quality Control Coach Nick Sheridan will have if that's the route they choose to go with coaching QBs. I assume he is able to stand on the sidelines and coach during games, but will he be able to communicate on the headset? Is he limited in the amount of hours per week he can coach? Will he be allowed to go out on the road recruiting? I know we have a highly touted prospect already committed for next year, but I have trouble seeing us keeping that trend going if our QB coach can't go out on the road recruiting QBs.

I remember when we had a GA coaching RBs here a couple of years ago, and, as I recall, it didn't work out very well. Yes, Nick Sheridan is not your typical GA based on his resume. And, yes, that was a different coaching staff, and a really bad one at that. But it still makes me a little uneasy.

I'll be open and objective. I won't be sheepy, and I won't be negative. But I think it's important that we're having this discussion now before the DeBord hire is made, so that we can evaluate it later and see who--the fans or Butch Jones--is closer to the truth right now. That will factor into my evaluation of Butch in the long run.

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