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Ron Prince leaves Rutgers for Detroit Lions

Ron Prince

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.

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7 Responses to “Ron Prince leaves Rutgers for Detroit Lions”
  1. steeler1nation says: Jan 18, 2014 6:25 PM

    This guy is a TERRIBLE coach. Just look at the stats, and the W/L record. The numbers don’t lie. I swear, the only reason he keeps getting hired is because he happens to be a minority. PC run amok.

  2. teambringitstrong says: Jan 18, 2014 7:06 PM

    steeler1nation says: Jan 18, 2014 6:25 PM

    This guy is a TERRIBLE coach. Just look at the stats, and the W/L record. The numbers don’t lie. I swear, the only reason he keeps getting hired is because he happens to be a minority. PC run amok.
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    If you’re so sure about that please contact the DOJ and file a claim alleging reverse discrimination.
    Otherwise, you’re an uniformed over-opinionated bigot.

  3. wustlumdnj says: Jan 18, 2014 11:04 PM

    OK, I’ll look at the W/L record at UVA. With Ron Prince as Al Groh’s OC, UVA went 5-7, 9-5 (#22), 8-5, 8-4 (#23), and 7-5.

    After he left, Al Groh went 5-7, 9-4, 5-7, 3-9 and was fired.

    Not attempting to call him a good or bad coach…but what was it you said about the numbers?

  4. wustlumdnj says: Jan 18, 2014 11:10 PM

    In 2012 Rutgers averaged 21.5 points per game. In 2013, having hired Ron Prince at OC, Rutgers scored 26.5 points per game.

    There are a lot of differences in a team from one year to the next, but these are just the “numbers”.

  5. steeler1nation says: Jan 19, 2014 3:38 PM

    @ TEAM:
    Sure, point out the obvious problems of political correctness in this country, and you’re automatically a “bigot”.

    @WUST:
    Ron Prince was 15-17 as head coach of Kansas State, that is the definition of BELOW AVERAGE. He was gradually driving that program into the ground. Thank goodness for Bill Snyder.

    Also, Rutgers improved by a whole 5 ppg this past season…Whoopty-Freakin-Do! That Rutgers offense was TERRIBLE. Look at some of the “gauntlet” of murderers row that Rutgers played this past season:
    Fresno State, Norfolk State, Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, USF, UCONN, SMU, Houston, Temple. Atrocious defenses.
    Couldn’t be more unimpressed.

  6. wustlumdnj says: Jan 20, 2014 12:11 AM

    To recap, you stated that he is a “terrible coach”. You said the numbers prove it.

    He is being hired as an assistant coach, and I showed you the numbers at two of his last position coach stops. The numbers objectively showed he was a benefit to the team. You were flat out wrong.

    You are now saying that he is a “below average” (no longer terrible?) coach because as a head coach he was .500. You are also saying the numbers from when he was at Rutgers lie (I thought the numbers don’t lie? Why’d you make me spend my time with the numbers?)

    I don’t know what your agenda is (heck, I’m just a Rutgers fan that saw the article – I have no pro-Prince agenda), but maybe you are a bigot – you made precisely 0 correct statements in complaining that this guy is being hired because he’s black. Again, everything you said originally has been proven wrong.

  7. steeler1nation says: Jan 20, 2014 8:45 PM

    Everything I said is right…and you know it.
    Because I’m not a fan of affirmative action, I’m a bigot? Typical liberal logic.
    You’re a Rutgers fan? You shouldn’t be defending this failure…you should be jumping for joy.

    p.s. Kyle Flood will be a 4-8 coach every year in the B1G. He’s not cut out for the big time.

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