Miami still doesn't have a completed coaching staff. So, the daily updates continue.
According to DawgNation, an affiliate site of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, several strength and conditioning coaches will be following Mark Richt to Miami: Gus Felder, John Thomas, and Kelin Johnson
More Georgia staffers headed to Miami https://t.co/cHFGlNHsV3— Michael Carvell (@Carvell_AJC) January 6, 2016
Per his twitter bio, Todd Hartley will be the Tight Ends coach/Special Teams coach on this staff.
So, that means that the open assistant coaching spots are:
- QB (Richt?)
- WR (Beard? Other?)
- LB (Diaz?)
Waiting on WRs and TEs
There are but 2 open spots on the staff remaining: WRs and TEs. This is, of course, assuming that CMR will coach QBs and Manny Diaz will coach LBs. That hasn't been announced yet, but they've each coached that position previously, and it fits with the reported interviews.
Speaking of which, last year's WR coach Kevin Beard reportedly had a "very strong" interview with Mark Richt, but no decision has been made on his status moving forward.
Another report by Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald states that Interim Head coach and former TE coach Larry Scott was offered a position on Richt's staff....as WR coach, not TEs as many had expected. That is a wrinkle that wasn't expected. And that begs the question: if Scott was offered the WR coach position, what direction could Richt be looking to go with TEs?
There hasn't been much reported on interviews/interest/connection to the TE coach position, so that's a mystery at this point. But, with a wealth of talent on the roster at TE including Christopher Herndon IV and David Njoku, there should be no shortage of coaches jumping at the opportunity to work with that position group.
What about Jon Richt?
Already announced as an "offensive assistant", Jon Richt, son of Head Coach Mark Richt, is a staff member without a position currently. It is unknown whether the younger Richt will be a position coach (WR? TE?) or serve in a non-coaching position (quality control or similar).
His placement on the staff with a position would then mean that there's only 1 open spot, as opposed to the 2 that we've supposing. This isn't a make or break situation, but still remains worth watching.
There were plenty of reports, and some really good commentary on yesterday's update. Get caught up on everything that happened yesterday by clicking the link below:
Coaching Staff daily update: 1/5. @MarkRicht looks to put finishing touches on staff #Canes https://t.co/ej0eJpDX4q pic.twitter.com/vGLQskDBTk— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) January 5, 2016
That's it for now. Updates as they're available.