Per Pete Thamel, Corey Dennis to Be Elevated to QB Coach

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Great!  That gives the staff continuity and the QB room confidence in a man they know and trust. Dennis has clearly earned the opportunity.  Go Bucks!

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Here's a bit of needed good news! 

Hopefully the other shoe is going to drop when Tennessee loses at New England this weekend. 

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keith7456's picture

Ryan Day is the true QB coach. Hankins and Fields have said amazing things about him. Day isn't going to let someone work with his QBs that isn't up to the level that he wants. 

Expect to hear about a "promotion" for Brian Hartline to follow this move as well.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Dennis is most decidedly not going to make the $950,000 Yurcich did, so I'd expect some pay raises for some as well. 

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keith7456's picture

Yeah, I would say like 450K probably at most? Some of that difference will probably go to trying to get Kerry Coombs as well.

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Shit I’ll do it for $150,000! Haha. Great little pay raise for that young man 

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Dvdbump's picture

$300k-$450k is a good starting point to prove he can’t recruit and do the rest of the job he didn’t have to do as a part timer. i think he’ll blow it out of the water.

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keith7456's picture

Maybe 300k with incentives based around recruiting and such that could make it jump to 450k. Sounds like a winner to me. Also pretty sure the family isn't hurting for money.

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stxbuck's picture

I don’t think recruiting incentives for an assistant would be a good idea-tell big time recruit X “I’ll split it w/you on the downlow if you sign@....

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Kujo247's picture

Whatever he makes, it'll be pretty good money for a guy his age.

Nothing is too difficult for the person that doesn't have to do it.

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tbdbitlbuck's picture

Previous QBs here have lauded Corey and there’s no Head Coach in the country better with QBs than Day

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deflection's picture

Pryor lauded Siciliano according to reports at the time.

That said this promotion is different. That offensive staff needed a shake-up and this offensive staff is already good.

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keith7456's picture

That offense was also ran by Offensive Genius Jim Bollman so....

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mockjocks's picture

Dennis had interest from another school to come coach QBs though.

Nick Siciliano couldn't land a job anywhere, left football entirely and ended up working at Cardinal Health.

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Damn 15 years later and he’s still a quality control coach...

2x account suspension survivor 

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rkylet83's picture

He’s a video coordinator and probably a very good one.  He just wasn’t a QB coach and ended up being one for some reason.  

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Ah yes, one of his buddies finally got a job. 

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RBloodworth's picture

Fleck was a GA on the 2006 Buckeyes, so there’s a connection there.  It makes sense.

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Jobu's picture

People can say what they want but the resume is the resume. His positions have been important in setting up game plans in some big time programs. And he’s making a decent living in those positions. I served as a position coach in a different sport at the college level and couldn’t come close to making what that guy was making and it forced me back into the private sector

"Success: It's What You Do With What You've Got"- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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RBloodworth's picture

In fairness, that interest came from a coach who owes his entire coaching career to Dennis’ father-in-law...and was willing to hire Zach Smith when he got his first HC job.

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buckeyenut74's picture

To starter of the thread. I understand your concerns, I had them as well, but you just have to trust Day. He has been around Dennis a lot and obviously likes what he saw. We be good. 

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BornAndBredABuckeye's picture

Yurcich is making $1.7 million at Texas?

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keith7456's picture

Hilariously overpaid if true.

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Zonabuck's picture

Or he’s a master negotiator. TTUN also overpaid for Nussmeier, and the Gattis because they thought they had competition for their services that really didn’t exist. And Herman is desperate. If he doesn’t right the ship now, he’s gone in a year without anything to show for his first Power 5 coaching job. It’s crunch time. 

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BornAndBredABuckeye's picture

I agree with you. Herman is in panic mode right now. He may not survive another 5 loss season.

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Dvdbump's picture

He probably needs to win 10 games minimum to keep his job.

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chris's picture

Everything is bigger in Texas. Especially overpayment.

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Forget Yurcich for a minute. It looks like Texas is finally going to make a move to actually be what they think they are - elite.

If they're willing to pay top dollar for their coordinators, they could finally be ready to take the step they haven't quite taken.

Now, it's all up to TB Tom not to muck it up. 

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Zonabuck's picture

Nick Siciliano?  The only downvote I’ve ever given was a fat finger (because I couldn’t find it to correct it), but that comment is worthy of one. No faith in Urban, Day, Haskins or Fields?  C’mon, man. 

Fickell had to prove himself. So did Vrabel and Hartline.  Urban interviewed Vrabel twice because he wouldn’t hire him after the first go round. They all turned out fine. And Yurcich was already a name when he got here, and he was purged after one year because he wasn’t right. What makes you think Day wouldn’t do the same with someone new to big time coaching?

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RBloodworth's picture

The reason I made that comparison is because it appears that Day, like Tressel before him, is going to continue to do most of the QB coaching himself, and basically hired a glorified personal assistant with the title of “QB coach”.  That, and the air of nepotism  that surrounds this hire makes me nervous (you do realize that the other coach who wanted to hire Dennis was Steve Addazio, who literally hired Zach Smith because Dennis’ father-in-law told him to do so).

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stxbuck's picture

Coaches hire people they are familiar with-always have, always will. It’s why coaching trees are so fascinating. If a coach is hiring a staff, he will be with those guys more than his own family for most of the year. It might be wishful fanboy thinking for Day to ask  for the best young x-box jockeys from Oregon, New Mexico State, SW Missouri, and South Carolina to send in their tapes of schematic awesomeness to compete for the job, but life doesn’t work that way-Day wants someone whose personality and work ethic he is comfortable/familiar with as much as anything-and familiarity recruiting for tOSU isn’t a bad thing either.

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Zonabuck's picture

I don't think anyone is expecting Dennis to get hired anywhere, by anyone, as a guy with the experience and expertise of a ten year guy.  And with the addition of the 10th coach, he's basically replacing Hartline in the hierarchy here, not being added as an equal to Wilson (which, clearly, wasn't needed last year with the Yurcich hire).  We are rather top heavy in experience with coaches, and if Dennis fits the culture, fits the requirements of the position (which might be significantly different on Day's staff than on, say, Fickell or Hafley's staffs), and sits at the right place in the staff hierarchy, then Day will know it.  Keep in mind, 2019 was Day's first time putting a staff together, and there is a chance it was too heavy on Saturday focus and not so much on building the team, culture, and QB capabilities. 

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stxbuck's picture

Congrats to Dennis if true. I like that Day is putting in his own work on the offense and not doing the Fanboy All Star Staff thing. Just like Tressel!

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STLBuckeye11's picture

When both Fields and Haskins have glowing things to say about Dennis, I’m not concerned.

This is nepotism. Day has already shown he is willing to dump Meyer staff that he didn’t want around.

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gobucks1966's picture

I thought and mentioned this a week or so back. When it comes to paying Coombs if that's who is coming here I think Hafley made more than Coombs this year? So not sure if we would need to go nuts with his salary if any at all. I mean he is a proven db coach but co/ord is a question mark in my eyes. Dennis is a future star in many peoples eyes this would be a great get. Siciliano I didn't know all that about him and just shows Tress had a bush not tree when it came to replace coach's. I think him leaving was a very good thing the staff was a mess and not getting any better. It started with his brother if he was any good why not on the original staff? 

Denny

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OSUFlash's picture

For a couple agonizing minutes I didn’t think I knew what nepotism meant. Lol

osuflash

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Bolt's picture

Wish him nothing but the best. He's gotten this opportunity at this school because of who his dad in law is, but also unfairly for him, he will have to deal with a lot of skepticism and people wary of nepotism. This just feels more like a Tressel type, "let's just elevate Nick Siciliano to full time QB coach" type of hire. I don't really know dick about Dennis other than who his father in law is and that he played WR at GT, so wouldn't be fair to just not give him a fair shake because of cynicism at this point. Just have to trust Day and Gene and Urban. Most importantly, he better be able to recruit!!

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BPOSU's picture

With Day calling plays and working with the QBs still, I like the move. He can continue to learn. All comes down to “Can Corey Dennis Recruit” 

We don’t know this, but with the glowing reviews from Burrow, Haskins, and Fields, it seems like he has done a good job developing relationships, which of course is huge with recruiting. I’m optimistic 

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StJohn's picture

As I recall, Siciliano was originally elevated to QB coach for an interim period while Joe Daniels (Nick Saban’s best man at his wedding) was undergoing cancer treatments. Tress claimed Daniels was still active but treatments were affecting his durability required for long hours of coaching. As Daniels health worsened, Tress made the under qualified Siciliano (who played for Tress at YSU) the full time QB coach.

Because I couldn't go for 3!

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