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P.J. Fleck adds two to revamped Minnesota coaching staff

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With National Signing Day 2018 in the books, P.J. Fleck has added a couple of pieces to his Minnesota coaching staff in the form of Jahmile Addae and Marcus West, the school announced Thursday.

Addae was hired by Fleck as his defensive backs coach.  West, meanwhile, was given the very specific title of defensive line/pass rush specialist coach.  The latter was brought on as the football program’s 10th assistant, made possible this year thanks to new NCAA regulations that went into effect last month.

The past five seasons, Addae was a member of Rich Rodriguez‘s coaching staff at Arizona.  The first three seasons with the Wildcats were spent as a football analyst, the last two as safeties coach for the Pac-12 program.  The latter position was his first on-field job at a Power Five school.

Prior to Arizona, he was the running backs coach at Cincinnati.

West comes to the Land of 10,000 Lakes after spending the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at FCS Austin Peay.

In addition to the pair of new hires, Clay Patterson, who was hired last month but wasn’t given a title at the time, was named as tight ends coach.  The man who held that job last year, Brian Callahan, moves over to the offensive line to replace Ed Warinner, who left for a job at Michigan late last month.

P.J. Fleck reportedly dipping into FCS ranks to find Minnesota’s next DL coach

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Lots of folks may be leaving Minneapolis following a wild Super Bowl LII in the city yesterday but there’s at least one person who is in-bound to the land of 10,000 lakes.

That would be Austin Peay co-defensive coordinator Marcus West, who FootballScoop is reporting will be Minnesota’s next defensive line coach. Gopher Illustrated reports the team’s recent defensive line coach, Bryce Paup, left the staff for another position.

West has extensive experience at the FCS level and was part of one of the more remarkable stories in college football last season as the Governors ended the longest losing streak in Division I football (29 games) to finish 8-4 in 2017.

He will join a defensive staff that is undergoing a bit of a makeover this offseason under head coach P.J. Fleck. That includes Jahmile Addae replacing Maurice Linguist as defensive backs coach and the departure of former NFL star Paup leading to West’s hire.

The Gophers open their 2018 campaign against New Mexico State at home and will be starting spring football sometime next month.

Former Arizona assistant Jahmile Addae lands at Minnesota

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After not being retained by Kevin Sumlin, Jahmile Addae has landed on his coaching feet.

Minnesota announced Thursday that Addae has been added by P.J. Fleck to his coaching staff.  As he has recently, the former West Virginia Mountaineer football player will coach the Golden Gophers defensive backs.

Addae had spent the past five seasons at Arizona, the last two as safeties coach.  That was his first on-field job at a Power Five program, one in which he assumed after serving as an analyst his first three seasons with the Wildcats.

Addae’s first on-field job came as running backs coach at Cincinnati from 2010-11.  He entered the profession as a football video graduate assistant at his alma mater (2007), then moved on to a defensive graduate assistant position at Michigan (2008-09).

Jimbo Fisher adds Maurice Linguist, Bradley Dale Peveto to Texas A&M coaching staff

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Jimbo Fisher has been a busy man since inking the largest coaching contract ever to take over at Texas A&M and officially added two more members to his coaching staff on Friday.

The Aggies confirmed the hires of Maurice Linguist and Bradley Dale Peveto in a release, with the former handling defensive backs and the latter becoming the team’s linebackers coach.

“Maurice has an outstanding track record of teaching and developing quality defensive backs,” Fisher said in a statement. “He is a tireless worker and he coaches with a lot of fire and enthusiasm. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been and he’ll be a tremendous addition to our coaching staff.

“Bradley Dale has coached in the SEC for many years and his knowledge of the league will be a huge asset for our defense and our program… The Peveto family name has a tremendous connection to Texas high school football and we’re excited to be able to have him our staff at Texas A&M.”

Linguist is a Texas native and stared at Baylor just over a decade ago as a strong safety. He comes to College Station after spending last season with Minnesota and the one before that at Mississippi State. Peveto also has numerous ties to the state and the SEC, having played at SMU back in the Mustangs’ heyday of the late 1980’s. He coached at Ole Miss, LSU and Kentucky the past few years and also is highly regarded for his work with special teams.

The pair will work with defensive coordinator Mike Elko, who was hired earlier in the month thanks to a big contract that lured him south from Notre Dame.

Former Ohio State assistant leaving Minnesota for Michigan

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An assistant with history on one side of The Game rivalry is headed to the other side. reportedly.

FootballScoop.com first reported that Minnesota’s Ed Warinner (pictured, center) is leaving Minnesota to take an unspecified job at Michigan. SI.com‘s Bruce Feldman subsequently confirmed the initial report.

While the Wolverines have not yet confirmed the addition of Warinner, the coach’s updated Twitter profile indicates that he’s now at U-M. As Jim Harbaugh already has his allotment of 10 on-field assistants, it appears likely that Warinner will serve as some type of offensive analyst.

Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota. Prior to that, He was the line coach at Ohio State from 2012-16. In 2015, he added the title of co-offensive coordinator.