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A potentially awkward situation for Old Dominion football and one of its players has turned into anything but. To the credit, it should be noted, of both sides.
In early December, Bobby Wilder stepped down as the head coach of the Old Dominion football team after 11 seasons. Wilder was the only head coach in the history of the Monarchs program.
Wilder’s son, ODU defensive end Derek Wilder, was “hurt and angry” over what some considered the forced resignation of his father. In December, after the coaching upheaval, the younger Wilder was granted a sixth season of eligibility he could use in 2020. Whether that additional year of eligibility would be as a part of Old Dominion football program or another remained up in the air.
He called me to ask me some questions about the program and the players and that was the first conversation that Ricky and I had about my son,” Wilder said. “He indicated that he wanted Derek to come back.
“I shared that with Derek and he met with Ricky his first week here. Derek really enjoyed talking to him and decided at that point he was coming back.
“He thinks a lot of Ricky and is excited about next season.”
Rahne said he told Derek that “I wanted him back, that I thought he could be a good leader for us.
“Obviously, he’s experienced a lot. He’s had to grow a lot throughout this process. I felt like this would be an opportunity for Derek to go out and play a little bit freer.
“I was excited when he got his sixth year and I am excited that he is coming back.
Because of injury, Wilder the player missed 21 of 24 games in the 2016-17 seasons. That made the decision by the NCAA to give him another season of eligibility a relative slamdunk.
In 2018, Wilder played in 10 games at linebacker. This past season, he moved up to the line and played in all 12 games for the first time in his career. Wilder started 10 of the contests at defensive end, and will be expected to keep that starting job heading into the 2020 campaign.
At this point, it would seemingly be an upset if Charlie Strong doesn’t land at Alabama football.
In early December of last year, Strong was let go as the head coach at South Florida. Over the past two-plus months, the 59-year-old Strong has remained on the outside of the coaching profession looking in. There has been speculation, though, that Strong could be returning to Florida and joining Dan Mullens‘ extended staff as a defensive analyst.
Late last week, however, it was reported that Charlie Strong was in Tuscaloosa visiting with the Alabama football coaching staff. A few days later, it’s now being reported that Strong is expected back in T-Town this week. Perhaps as early as tomorrow, according to Matt Zenitz of al.com.
Sources: Charlie Strong is expected to return to Tuscaloosa this week, possibly as soon as tomorrow.
Sounds like things continue to move toward him joining the Alabama staff in a support staff capacity.https://t.co/yN7YZlPTVA
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) February 18, 2020
Nick Saban doesn’t have an opening on his 10-man on-field coaching staff. However, Charlie Strong could conceivably join the Alabama football program as some type of an analyst, ala Butch Jones and myriad others.
Strong has spent the past decade as a head coach. After going 37-15 in four seasons (2010-13) at Louisville, Strong left to take the head job at Texas. Three seasons (2014-16) in Austin ended with his dismissal following a 16-21 record. Strong’s tenure at USF ended after three seasons (2017-19) as well and a 4-8 2019 campaign.
In the last six years of his head-coaching career, Strong posted a 37-37 record.
Prior to that, Strong spent seven years (2003-09) as the defensive coordinator at Florida. During that time with the Gators, he also coached defensive ends and linebackers. For four of those seasons, Mullen was UF’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before leaving to take the Mississippi State job.
That was actually Strong’s fourth stint with the Gators. From 1991-94, he coached defensive tackles (1994) and defensive ends (1991-93). He also served as outside linebackers coach from 1988-89. Strong began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at UF in 1983-84.
Strong was also the defensive coordinator at South Carolina for four years (1999-2002) before moving on to Gainesville that fourth time. In between the third Gainesville stint and his time in Columbia, Strong was the defensive line coach at Notre Dame from 1995-98.
For Vince Marrow of Kentucky, it paid to be wooed by Michigan State.
After an initial denial, Mel Tucker reversed course and left Colorado to become the Michigan State head coach. Not only will Tucker be doubling his salary in East Lansing, but his salary pool for assistant coaches will be nearly double what he had to work with in Boulder as well.
Marrow was one of the assistants Tucker had hoped to bring to Michigan State, wooing the longtime Kentucky coach and close friend into his new fold. Instead, he opted to eschew the chance to move to Michigan State and remain at Kentucky.
In a non-coincidental move, UK Monday released the details of a new contract agreement signed last Thursday by Marrow. Per that new deal, Marrow, who is tight ends coach while also serving as recruiting coordinator and associate head coach, will be paid $900,000 annually as part of the three-year contract. This past season, Marrow was paid $600,000 in guaranteed compensation.
With Mike Yurcich ($950,000) taking over as Texas’ offensive coordinator after spending 2019 as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach and Sam Pittman ($900,000) leaving as Georgia’s offensive line to take the head job at Arkansas, Marrow is currently the highest-paid non-coordinator in college football. That statement is based on the USA Today coaches salary database.
Marrow will also have a salary on par with UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and slightly above the $875,000 set for defensive coordinator Brad White.
The 51-year-old Marrow has spent the past eight seasons at Kentucky. He was retained when Mark Stoops took over the Wildcats in November of 2012.
Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton is ready to go to work with a new staff finally put in place in Ypsilanti. On Monday, Eastern Michigan formally announced the additions of tight ends coach Brandon Blaney, cornerbacks coach LaMarcus Hicks, and quarterbacks coach Mike Piatkowski. A few role adjustments on the staff were also ironed out for the upcoming season.
Blaney joins the Eastern Michigan staff after spending the past two seasons as an offensive analyst for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. Blaney also has NFL coaching experience as an assistant with the Tennessee Titans and he previously coached at Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Youngstown State. For Creighton, it was a long time coming to be able to land Blaney on his coaching staff.
“I have wanted to work with Coach Blaney since the late 1990s,” Creighton said in a released statement. “I am thrilled that it has worked out for him to join us here at Eastern Michigan. He has been successful at so many different levels. His expertise and genuine care for our players will serve us well.”
Hicks joins the Eagles program after two years at another MAC program, Bowling Green. Piatkowski comes to the program from his most recent job at Indiana, but he has a history with Eastern Michigan. Piatkowski was a graduate assistant on the coaching staff at EMU in 2016-17. Piatkowski also played for Creighton at Drake.
As for returning members of the coaching staff, James Patton is taking on the role of run game coordinator while retaining his role as offensive line coach. Fred Reed will move from coaching the cornerbacks to coaching the safeties, now that Hicks will take on the cornerback coaching. Special teams coordinator Jay Nunez will now also be in charge of coaching defensive tackles.
Eastern Michigan will begin spring football practices on March 10. The Eagles are coming off a 6-7 season that ended with a loss to Pitt in the Quick Lane Bowl.