The exodus of college coaches to the NFL has continued Tuesday, with a former high-profile FBS head coach the latest to (reportedly) pull an assistant from his old level in an effort to complete his new coaching staff.
According to Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is leaving Virginia for an unspecified position with the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly, of course, left Oregon earlier this month to take over the Eagles after reportedly rebuffing overtures from multiple NFL clubs.
The 40-year-old Lazor has spent the past three seasons with the Cavaliers as coordinator/quarterbacks coach. It was just his second coaching job at the FBS level (Buffalo, 2001-02).
Prior to joining Mike London in Charlottesville, Lazor spent seven seasons in the NFL — Atlanta Falcons (offensive assistant, 2003), Washington Redskins (quarterbacks coach/offensive assistant, 2004-07) and Seattle Seahawks (quarterbacks coach, 2008-09).
If Lazor were to depart for the Eagles — neither the school nor the NFL club have confirmed the move — it would be yet another shakeup on London’s UVa. staff. Defensive coordinator Jim Reid was one of four coaches fired in early December, replaced by veteran coordinator Jon Tenuta.
Former North Carolina State head coach Tom O’Brien was also added to London’s staff as associate head coach for offense/ tight ends coach. O’Brien could take over Lazor’s coordinator role, which he held for the final six years of a 15-year run with the Cavaliers that began in the early eighties and extended into the mid-nineties.
Ohio State has quietly added Joker Phillips and Brian Knorr — two experienced college coaches — to Urban Meyer’s staff.
Although the athletics department has not made an announcement yet, Phillips is listed in Ohio State’s employee directory as a sports program associate with the working title of “Football QC – kicking,” which presumably means he is a quality control assistant for the Ohio State kicking game.
Knorr is listed simply as an athletics intern.
OSU tonight confirms hire of former UK HC & Browns Asst Coach Joker Phillips to support position for Urban Meyer. Has no on-field duty.
Of the two, Phillips is the more experienced. Now 53, he began his coaching career as a G.A. at Kentucky, his alma mater, and eventually spent six seasons as a full-time receivers coach for the Wildcats in the early 1990s.
He also coached at Minnesota, Notre Dame and South Carolina before returning to Lexington as an assistant and eventually rising to head coach in 2010.
Make that four new additions to Texas’ 2016 recruiting class in late June.
The school announced Wednesday that Patrick Hudson, an in-state offensive lineman from Silsbee, has signed a financial aid agreement and is expected to enroll in Austin in July when the second summer session begins.
Hudson is a four-star prospect and the 50th-best player in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
He signed with Baylor in February but was granted a release from his letter of intent after a report accusing members of the school and athletics department of mishandling accusations and incidents of sexual assault delved the school into controversy.
J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay also signed with the Longhorns in the past week.
“We’re really excited to have Patrick joining our program,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a release. “Patrick coming to Texas, along with J.P. and Donovan earlier this week, are tremendous additions to an already impressive class of 2016. Patrick and J.P. are two big, physical, talented linemen, and Donovan is an explosive athlete who has played on both sides. We’re looking forward to getting them on campus and working with the team.”
Urquidez is also a four-star offensive lineman while Devin Duvernay is a four-star receiver and Donovan Duvernay is a three-star athlete per 247Sports.
Texas’ class is ranked seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 as Strong looks to put a rocky start to his tenure behind him and return the Longhorns to national prominence.
They start the season with a visit from Notre Dame on Sept. 4.
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