Article Tabs 4 B1G Assistants as Kansas Candidates

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September 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports covers the sorry state of Kansas football... Basically a team that hired an offensive minded coach has ZERO offense.

Charlie Weis had a unique talent in college football that will yield him more than $26,000,000 from employers AFTER being fired from Notre Dame AND Kansas.  Somehow, I think Kirk Ferentz is jealous.

Anyway... Dodd and Dodd alone speculated on possible new hires for Kansas.  The list of 8 includes 4 coaches from the B1G, and two from Team Urban Meyer.

Ed Warinner, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line, Ohio State: Mangino's OC during the magic 2007, Warriner knows how to recruit Texas. He has led four offenses that have led the nation in rushing.

Tom Herman, Ohio State co-offensive coordinator: The Big Ten 2013 recruiter of the year has Big 12 ties to Texas (where he got his master's) and Iowa State. He was Paul Rhoads' offensive coordinator from 2009-11. The Cyclones were 18-20 in those years. They're 10-19 since.

Tim Beck, offensive coordinator, Nebraska: Kansas' assistant from 2005-07. The last year he was receivers' coach and pass game coordinator for star quarterback Todd Reesing. His stock is trending up with Nebraska undefeated and Ameer Abdullah chasing a Heisman.

Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State defensive coordinator: Nards fits in the same category as Alabama DC Kirby Smart. Smart could get a lot of jobs right now. He's waiting for the right job, perhaps even taking over for Nick Saban. Same for Narduzzi. Kansas is probably below him at the moment but if he wanted it/showed interest it would be hard for KU not to hire him.

The other 4 names were: Josh Heupel (Oklahoma Off Coord), Ed Orgeron (Former USC Coach), Butch Davis (former UNC, Miami Coach), Scott Frost (Oregon Offensive Coord).... By the way... did he refer to Narduzzi as 'Nards'???

Let's face reality... Guys like Warriner, Herman, Narduzzi will eventually be head coaches.  Yeah gigs like Kansas, Bowling Green (Urban's first), Toledo (Saban's first), or even Youngstown State (some guy named Jim) don't sound appealing.  But powerhouses want guys who can win where you're not supposed to win.  Of course the formula doesn't always work... A guy named Brady won 12 games at Ball State in 2008.

Let's hope Urban's staff stays intact for the next 12 years.  But, that's hard with a team of driven guys with the same dreams and aspirations as Urban...

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