And so the coaching carousel goes.
Iowa announced the additions of two coaches on Thursday following the departures of defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson, who left for Rutgers earlier this week, and running backs coach Lester Erb, who likely fell victim to AIRBHG.
Coming to Kirk Ferentz’s staff will be Jim Reid and Bobby Kennedy. Reid was the defensive coordinator at Virginia before being let go in December, and Kennedy was on Jon Embree‘s coaching staff at Colorado.
I am very appreciative of Lester and Darrell’s many positive contributions to Iowa football over the years and wish them both the best moving forward,” said Ferentz in a statement. “I am excited to have Bobby and Jim join our staff. Both men have coaching experiences that will complement and supplement our staff and team in a positive way. Jim and Bobby are tremendous individuals who will be a good fit on our campus and great representatives of our university and football program.”
Iowa is coming off a 4-8 season.
Kansas head coach David Beaty simply cannot catch a break with his quarterbacks since being named the head coach of the Jayhawks. Quarterback Montell Cozart is out indefinitely with a shoulder strain. His backup, Deondre Ford, is also out for the year with a thumb injury. That means Kansas will have almost no other choice than to move forward with Ryan Willis.
Cozart had completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 752 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. Ford appeared in just two games, as has Willis. Willis, a freshman, has attempted 18 passes and completed eight of them for 100 yards in his brief time on the field this season. He will now be given the first team snaps and have a chance to show what he can do running the offense. He is not exactly taking over at a good time, as if there is one for Kansas. Kansas takes on Baylor this weekend, followed by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma before getting to Texas.
The Kansas quarterback instability started in the spring when Michael Cummings was taken out at the knee by one of his teammates in the spring game. That injury led to knee surgery that put him on the shelf.
Michigan’s defense has bene playing very well, but now it must replace a starting linebacker. Mario Ojemudia will miss the rest fo the 2015 season after experiencing an Achilles tendon injury in Saturday’s road win at Maryland. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed the news Monday morning, according to The Detroit News.
Ojemudia’s season ends at a time he was third on the team in tackles (19 total tackles), including six tackles for a loss and two sacks. Michigan has had senior Royce Jenkins-Stone listed behind Ojemudia on the depth chart at the team’s buck linebacker position. Lawrence Marshall, a sophomore, is listed third on the depth chart and will likely be bumped up on the depth chart to be the new back-up.
The play of Michigan’s defense has been nothing short of spectacular the last few weeks. The wolverines are coming off back-to-back shutouts and have allowed just 14 points since losing the season opener at Utah.