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FIU makes hiring of Aubrey Hill as WRs coach official

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The poaching of one Conference USA coaching staff by another member of the league has been confirmed.

Florida International confirmed in a press release Thursday that Butch Davis has hired Aubrey Hill as wide receivers coach.  Hill will replace Kevin Beard, who left earlier this month for the same job at Tennessee.

Marshall had confirmed in an understandably terse statement earlier this week that Hill would be leaving Doc Holliday‘s coaching staff after being hired less than a week earlier.

“We’ve hit a home run in adding Aubrey Hill to the FIU coaching staff,” the first-year FIU head coach said in a statement. “He’s a heck of a coach and an outstanding recruiter. He’s got a tremendous ability to develop wide receivers. He will make our team that much better.”

Hill last coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater Florida in 2012.  He abruptly resigned less than a month before the start of the 2012 season for what were described as personal reasons.  He subsequently received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA for violations stemming from his time as an assistant at Miami.

The past four seasons, Hill was the head coach at a South Florida high school.  Last season, Hill led Miami Carol City High School to the Class 6A state title, the first in the school’s history.

Marshall confirms Aubrey Hill no longer on Herd staff

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It appears the speculation is indeed accurate.

March 1, Marshall announced that Aubrey Hill had been added to Doc Holliday‘s coaching staff as wide receivers coach.  Less than a week later, rumors began surfacing that Hill had decided to leave Huntington for the same job at Florida International.

While not confirming the specific destination, Marshall did acknowledge in a statement that Hill is no longer a part of the football program.

Assistant football coach Aubrey Hill is no longer on staff at Marshall. The Thundering Herd has begun an immediate search for his replacement.

FIU has yet to react to the rumors of Hill joining the coaching staff.

Hill last coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater Florida in 2012.  He abruptly resigned less than a month before the start of the 2012 season for what were described as personal reasons.  He subsequently received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA for violations stemming from his time as an assistant at Miami.

Aubrey Hill one of two assistants Marshall adds to coaching staff

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Doc Holliday unveiled what should be the final overhaul heading into the spring, although one of the additions might raise an eyebrow or two.

The Thundering Herd announced Wednesday evening that Holiday has added a pair of assistant — Cornell Brown and Aubrey Hill.  The former will coach defensive ends, the latter wide receivers.

“They were tremendous players who developed into well-known and respected coaches and recruiters,” Holliday said in a statement. “They have played at the highest level and coached at the highest level. They will fit perfectly into what we wanted to do in reshaping our coaching staff.”

Brown spent the 2016 season as the co-defensive coordinator at FCS Norfolk State.  He also spent time at his alma mater Virginia Tech as both a graduate assistant and on-field coach.  There have also been coaching stops in the CFL and NFL Europe for Brown.

Hill last coached at the collegiate level at his alma mater Florida in 2012.  He abruptly resigned less than a month before the start of the 2012 season for what were described as personal reasons.  He subsequently received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA for violations stemming from his time as an assistant at Miami.

In addition to the, well, additions, the Herd also announces modified roles for a quartet of returning assistants.  From the school’s release.

Four assistants already on board will have their roles modified. Todd Goebbel, who was the receivers coach and recruiting coordinator last season, is the new quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator. Bill Legg, the QB coach last season, will coach the tight ends and retain his offensive coordinator title. Adam Fuller, the associate head coach and linebackers coach last season, will add to that the title of special teams coordinator. Dave Dunn, who was the tight ends coach, will be the recruiting coordinator and a defensive analyst.

Defensive coordinator and secondary coach Chuck Heater, running backs coach Pepe Pearson, offensive line coach Alex Mirabal and defensive tackles coach J.C. Price will stay in their roles.

Fired Oklahoma State coach Greg Adkins lands at Charlotte

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Greg Adkins didn’t remain on the coaching unemployment line for long.

Earlier this month, Oklahoma State fired Adkins as its offensive line coach.  Less than three weeks later, Adkins has been hired to fill the same role for the Charlotte 49ers.

“Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at all levels to our offensive line,” said head coach Brad Lambert in a statement confirming the hire. “He’s coached in the NFL, at the Power Five level and at the Group of Five level. He’s an excellent recruiter and has served as a recruiting coordinator. He’s coached different aspects, like the defensive line and tight ends — all things that can benefit our offensive line play and our offense moving forward.

“He’ll be a huge asset to our program. We see a lot of benefits in him and see him as being able to influence our young guys in a positive manner.”

Adkins had spent the past two seasons at the Big 12 OSU.  He and Lambert have also worked together on the same coaching staffs at both Georgia and Marshall.

From 2003-08, Adkins served as an assistant at Tennessee under Phillip Fulmer.

“Greg is an outstanding football coach, person and recruiter — one of those guys you want to be in the trenches with,” the former Vols head coach said. “He’ll do an outstanding job with (the 49ers) program.”

Independents and Group of Five National Signing Day Recap: Irish bounce back, Memphis tops AAC

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Outside of the Power Five conferences, recruiting went about as expected in 2017.

Notre Dame continued to pound the national trail and landed a top 12 class full of players who will be expected to play early. BYU managed another impressive group that was one of the most diverse out there. The schools with a talent-rich backyard to draw on did well in the AAC.  Boise State was once again tops in the Mountain West and did better than a few peers in the region. And yes, Lane Kiffin earned that recruiting reputation by pulling in the best class of Conference USA.

Though there wasn’t much drama outside the top schools, there nevertheless was plenty of action for many programs on National Signing Day.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 67 overall Brock Wright (TE, Notre Dame), No. 154 overall Chaz Ah You (DB, BYU), Aisa Kelemete (DE, Boise State), Nick Robinson (TE, Memphis), Nicholas Sims (RB, Toledo)

Top classes: Notre Dame (No. 11 overall), Memphis (No. 58 overall), Boise State (No. 60 overall), BYU (No. 65 overall), Florida Atlantic (No. 71 overall), Toledo (No. 74 overall), Texas State (No. 87 overall)

Biggest storyline: Irish still land solid recruiting class

Despite the worst season in South Bend since Charlie Weis and a nearly brand new coaching staff, Notre Dame still managed to cobble together a top 12 class on Signing Day. Tight end Brock Wright was the highest rated player and should see early playing time but the number of quality offensive linemen was really evident in the group Brian Kelly signed. Will it be enough to help with a big turnaround? We’ll see.

Biggest surprise: Memphis runs away with things in the AAC but new coaches still fared well

Given all the turnover in the American this year, it should probably come as no surprise that the Tigers pulled the top recruiting class in the conference. That’s a testament to what Mike Norvell is building with the program and the fact that they don’t have to go far for players. Many of the same factors played a role in Scott Frost landing the second-best class at UCF. It was also pretty impressive what Luke Fickell did on the recruiting trail at Cincinnati and Charlie Strong did at USF given those two didn’t have a ton of time to get things lined up.

Don’t sleep on: Boise State, Colorado State

The Broncos were once again the class of the Mountain West on the recruiting trail and fended off several Pac-12 schools for prospects. That will put them firmly in the mix to win the league again in 2017 but don’t overlook another good job by Mike Bobo and staff at Colorado State in landing 17 three-star players.

We’ll see about: Everybody else