For the fifth time in as many years, Rutgers is officially in search of a new offensive coordinator.
The Detroit Lions confirmed Saturday reports that surfaced earlier in the week that Ron Prince has been named as part of Jim Caldwell‘s new coaching staff. Prince will serve as tight ends coach while also carrying the title of assistant head coach.
Prince and Caldwell have a previous working relationship as the former was the latter’s assistant offensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and 2011.
Prince, the former head coach at Kansas State, spent just one season as the Scarlet Knights’ offensive coordinator. Including Prince, each of Rutgers’ four coordinators on that side of the ball left after just one season on the job.
Under Prince this past season, Rutgers was 77th in scoring offense (26.5 points per game) and 95th in total offense (365.2 yards per game. In 2012, the Scarlet Knights were 96th in scoring (21.5 ppg) and 104th in yards (329.9 ypg).
With Prince’s departure, Rutgers is actually searching for two coordinators as DC Dave Cohen was one of three assistants dismissed by head coach Kyle Flood shortly after the end of the 2013 regular season.
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.