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Rutgers OC named Delaware’s new coach

Dave Brock

It didn’t register on our radar, but 1-AA Delaware fired head football coach K.C. Keeler after 11 seasons earlier this month.

To give the move some context, Keeler led the Blue Hens to a national title in 2003 and two championship game appearances in 2007 and 2010. However, Delaware also had just 12 wins the past two years.

Anyway, the school has found its new coach in Rutgers offensive coordinator Dave Brock. The university announced the move Friday afternoon.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Dave Brock to UD,” said University of Delaware President Patrick T. Harker. “Dave has substantial coaching experience at some highly competitive schools and has nurtured an impressive roster of players. Just as importantly, Dave has a strong reputation for integrity and caring leadership. I think our student-athletes will thrive with him as their coach and mentor. And I know Dave will benefit from working with such a talented and committed group of young men.”

Rutgers finished 9-4 this season and averaged 21.5 points per game. However, the Scarlet Knights did not score an offensive touchdown in a 13-10 loss to Virginia Tech in the Russell Athletic Bowl and RU’s offense stalled during a three-game slide at the end of the season.

Brock’s departure marks the fourth different OC — the others being John McNultyKirk Ciarrocca and Frank Cignetti – to leave the program since 2008.

(Photo credit: RU athletics) 

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12 Responses to “Rutgers OC named Delaware’s new coach”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jan 18, 2013 7:18 PM

    This is known as the Peter Principle. At best, Brock was mediocre as OC. On the other hand, I don’t blame him for leaving a HC like Kyle Flood who doesn’t foster competition within the system. If you thought RU QB Gary Nova was bad this past season, just wait until next season. He is one of the worst QB’s in D-1 football. Six interceptions in one game!!! One game!!! And the HC keeps him in the entire game! Then we have the Louisville game where he closes out the game by throwing an interception and of course the memorable Russell Bowl, where RU got beat by 6-6 Va Tech team! The ONLY REASON RU has shown any improvement in the past 5 years is b/c teams like Miami, Va Tech, West Va. & BC left the Big East. That is the truth IMO>

  2. wustlumdnj says: Jan 18, 2013 7:37 PM

    Rutgers has shown improvement due to heavy investments in athletics in the wake of the departures of Va Tech, and Miami – WVU does not count as RU’s resurgence was the past decade.

    Rutgers fans should be happy with this opportunity to bring in a new OC that can have Rutgers better than 98th in scoring offense in FBS (it should be noted that RU was 4th in points against last year, and will have two linebackers in the Senior bowl this year).

  3. quickchekguy says: Jan 18, 2013 8:57 PM

    thegamecocker, you clearly don’t know much about Rutgers football or the Big East over the past 12 years, other than the fact that those schools left the Big East. Rutgers has not just improved over the past “5” years. It has gone from perennially being THE joke of Div. I college football to being Big East Co-champ and new member of Big 10 because (1) it has changed it’s culture and (2) changed the way it recruits. Unlike in years past, Rutgers is now very strongly recruiting the top players out of its home state of NJ. It has also greatly expanded its recruiting footprint and recruits very strongly out of both Florida, Maryland, Delaware and somewhat in Pennsylvania. Those schools leaving the Big East has nothing to do with that. If anything, that would hurt Rutgers recruiting, not help. I’m not necessarily arguing with you that Gary Nova is not a great QB, but he definitely has potential. As the article states, he has had a different Offensive Coordinator each year he’s been at Rutgers and this trend will continue again next year. Continuity of coaches is recognized as one of the most important factors in the growth of a young, but talented QB, which is what Nova is. Just ask Alex Smith about that. He had quite a number of OC’s and HC’s his first handful of years in SF, and there are plenty of other examples that illustrate the same thing. You just sound like a typical SEC blowhard or an ignorant announcer or sportswriter who has chosen to remain willfully ignorant of Rutgers and The Big East of the last 10 years while simultaneously espousing your ill-formed opinions and conclusions.

  4. quickchekguy says: Jan 18, 2013 9:01 PM

    I’m a bit surprised by this move, though. KC Keeler has been an outstanding HC for Delaware over the years. Also, Brock was a predictable OC for Rutgers who coached his team into a corner at times. As a Rutgers fan I’m glad to see him go, but I hope we make a good hire because it is absolutely necessary we start to see some long-term consistency at OC. A little imagination wouldn’t hurt either.

    Btw, would it be a shock to see Keeler end up on the Ravens staff next year?

  5. dmcgrann says: Jan 18, 2013 9:08 PM

    “It didn’t register on our radar, but 1-AA Delaware fired head football coach K.C. Keeler after 11 seasons earlier this month.”…
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    Appalachian State fired Jerry Moore after 24 years as well. Both moves should be on your radar. On the surface, neither coaching change made a lot of sense; long, long-term coaches being fired from FCS-level schools after a couple of down years (and by “down years”, I mean not NC years – decent, but not NC).

    I think both schools are positioning for a FBS jump, and to hell with coaches that got them up in FCS. I expected it from ASU, UD, not so much. The next to go in this sort of scenario is Mickey Matthews at JMU. Ain’t fair, but that seems to be the way it is.

  6. quickchekguy says: Jan 18, 2013 9:09 PM

    also, gamecocker, the OC didn’t leave Nova in the game. The Head Coach did and is the individual who has remained steadfast in his support of Nova, so as much as I didn’t like Brock as an OC, you can’t put THAT on him.

  7. blewinski says: Jan 18, 2013 9:36 PM

    Let’s be honest here, only reason RU has as good of a record as they have is they play probably the easiest schedule in the country. Been doing that for the past 10 or so years. Look at their schedule this year…

    1. Tulane – 2 -10
    2. Howard (1-AA) – 6-5
    3. So. Florida – 3-9
    4. Arkansas – 4-8
    5. Connecticut – 5-7
    6. Syracuse – 8-5
    7. Temple – 4-7
    8. Kent St – 11-3
    9. Army – 2-10
    10. Cincinnati – 10-3
    11. Pittsburgh – 6-7
    12. Louisville – 11-2
    13. Virginia Tech – 7-6

    Only 6 teams had winning records, 1 win was against a 1-AA team, 2 against a decent Cincy and Cuse teams, they lost the others, 3-3 against teams .500 or better.

    Let’s wait and see what happens when they have to play a real schedule, a BIG 10 schedule. My guess is they are gonna go back to their loosing ways with a .500 season thrown in their once in a while… I am not a fan of any particular team or conference, I just like good college football and RU just isn’t it. Sorry…

  8. quickchekguy says: Jan 18, 2013 9:44 PM

    Say that to their defense. Also, take a look at their # of bowl appearances the past decade and also their bowl record of the past decade. Among the best in the Nation. Also, look at the # of players they have drafted and have PLAYING in the NFL over the past decade and especially playing/starting in this weekend’s championship games. Those are not signs of a mediocre program, but a program on the rise and doing very good things for a decade now. They will be competitive in the Big 10 right away.

  9. blewinski says: Jan 18, 2013 9:59 PM

    This year there were 35 bowl games so 70 teams made bowl appearances, that’s more than half the 119 D-1 teams. In this day and age it isn’t that hard to make a bowl. As for guys in the NFL sure they have a bunch but sending guys to the NFL doesn’t equate to being a good team. All I am saying is let’s see how they do when they can’t cherry pick their schedule. My bet is on them being a mediocre program at best.

  10. thegamecocker says: Jan 19, 2013 8:36 AM

    @quikcheckguy

    Au contraire! I know quite a bit about football on the Banks….I know Greg Schiano would have used all his assets much better than Coach Flood did this past season. For instance, he would have played Chas Dodd more frequently than he did. He certainly would have brought in a “reliever” in the infamous Kent St game when Gary Nova hoisted six interceptions. He would have used Jeremy Deering as a back-up when Jawan Jamison was injured. In the Louisville game, Savon Huggins didn’t even play despite the fact that Jamison wasn’t near 100%!! But the game against Va Tech shows just how much Rutgers lost faith in Nova. When the game was tied, RU was RUNNING THE BALL instead of passing to get in FG range! Same thing in OT!! Most of the blame belongs on the shoulders of the GREEN HC Kyle Flood! Then after the season is over, to say there will be no competition at QB in the spring is an insult to the Team, Chas Dodd, and the FANS! Brock, as OC, is also culpable in the absolute collapse of the football team at seasons end. Financially, Floods’ poor decision making and Brocks’ horrible play-calling cost Rutgers millions of dollars by not playing in a BCS game and PRESTIGE!!! Flood saved the recruiting class when Coach Schiano departed. But he was a “fish out of water” as a HC this past season. You say I’m a “SEC blowhard”? I say you’re a GD fool! A 6-0 start for dear ole’ Rutgers turned into a 3-4 finish! Read it and weep, ya turkey!!! And when Va. Tech, Miami, BC, and recently West Va departed, Rutgers’ started having better records! They never beat West Va or Miami; a few wins over BC; and one over Va Tech! It closed down the original stadium….and unlike Manti Teo’s girlfriend, I WAS THERE! Now get back behind the counter at QUIKCHEK!!!

  11. blewinski says: Jan 19, 2013 9:47 AM

    @thegamecocker

    Well said my friend…

  12. thegamecocker says: Jan 19, 2013 10:28 AM

    @blewinski

    Thank-you! One final thought if I may: after my Alma Mater, University of South Carolina, Rutgers’ is my next favorite team! I truly want them to be successful and grow into the Big 10. Both of my daughters are graduates of RU. I follow them almost as much as I follow South Carolina. Thanks for your kind comments. The Gamecocker

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