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Post-signing day coaching shuffle is an annual tradition

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It may just be a coincidence, but it never fails. As soon as the ink dries on the faxes from National Signing Day, assistant coaches change jobs left and right. Of course, this may be a coincidence because signing day still falls in the prime time for assistants to be on the move, which typically plays out in the months after head coaches switch jobs. Regardless, it leads to assistant coaches making the final sales pitches to recruits to come to schools they will end up not being employed by. It’s weird, but it is the reality of the game.

There were a flurry of post-signing day coaching changes that became official this week. Florida officially welcomed Torrian Gray as the new defensive backs coach after spending the last 10 seasons at Virginia Tech. Purdue added offensive line coach Darrell Funk to its staff. Oregon’s high school relations director, Sean Dillon, is joining former Oregon assistant-turned UCF head coach Scott Frost at UCF. Dillon takes on the title of director of player personnel at UCF.

Southern Miss is a little bit of a different situation given the late change in head coaches this year. Jay Hopson has reportedly informed multiple holdovers from the coaching staff they will not be retained (Jon Williams, Justin Roberts, Dayne Brown). That has to be a bit awkward for some of the newest additions to the program, although changes had to be expected for Southern Miss given the much more recent coaching change.

But hey, this happens in college football. Every. Single. Year.

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Former Michigan OL coach lands in Akron

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The Akron Zips finished 106th in rushing offense during the 2014 season. The program should receive a boost in its ground attack due to the team’s latest addition.

The team announced the hire of former Michigan offensive line coach Darrell Funk Thursday. Funk will serve as the Zips’ offensive line coach and offensive run game coordinator.

“I am extremely excited to have Darrell join our staff here at the University of Akron,” Akron head coach Terry Bowden said in a statement. “He is one of the top offensive line coaches in the country and will add a wealth of experience to our staff. Just as importantly, Darrell is a man of high character, and he will fit in nicely with the family atmosphere that we believe in here at Akron.”

Funk added, “I’m excited for the opportunity to join Coach Bowden and the staff at Akron. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The offensive line coach served on Brady Hoke‘s staffs at Ball State, San Diego State and Michigan. During his time with the Wolverines, Funk coached a Rimington Trophy winner (David Molk), a two-time All-American (Taylor Lewan) and a First Team All-Big Ten performer (Patrick Omameh).

Akron offensive coordinator A.J. Milwee will now receive help from Funk in creating the team’s offensive game plan each week.

(Picture courtesy of Michigan athletic department)