Despite being one of the first names floated as a potential target to be the next head coach at Georgia Tech, Ken Whisenhunt is reportedly taking his name out of the mix. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, via Twitter, Whisenhunt will continue to hold his current position with the NFL’s Los Angels Chargers and will not be the next head coach of the Yellow Jackets.
Whisenhunt’s name was one of the first mentioned by some as a possible replacement for the retired Paul Johnson due to Whisenhunt’s history as a player at Georgia Tech. The offensive coordinator of the Chargers played at Georgia Tech but got his coaching career started as a special teams coach at Vanderbilt. Since 1997, Whisenhunt has coached exclusively in the NFL in various assistant coaching roles and as a head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans.
Whether Whisenhunt decided the job wasn’t for him or if Georgia Tech politely let him know they’d be going in a different direction can be left to your imagination, but the bottom line is the search for a new head coach will continue for Georgia Tech.
Shortly after Paul Johnson made his decision to step back from coaching at Georgia Tech, the name of Ken Whisenhunt became a quick and easy subject as a potential replacement for the Yellow Jackets. Now, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Whisenhunt will sit down with his alma mater for an interview about the coaching vacancy.
Whisenhunt would certainly be a move in a much different direction for Georgia Tech, and one wonders if it is the direction the program should go. The offensive coordinator of the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers has the connection to Georgia Tech and obvious NFL ties the school is reportedly intrigued by for their next head coach, but his last coaching job in college was as a special teams coach at Vanderbilt in 1996. He was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association in 2013, but stepping away from the NFL after 21 years in the pros to take on the Georgia Tech job would come with some skepticism about the potential for the job.
There are a number of good college coaching candidates that may be more suitable for Georgia Tech, but this would hardly be the first time a college football program tapped an NFL assistant to be its new head coach.
The Senior Bowl is considered the biggest offseason event for college football’s top stars heading to the NFL, outside of the NFL Scouting Combine of course. This year’s game will see coaches from the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars get the opportunity to coach the top seniors next month. The Senior Bowl announced the decision Tuesday evening.
This will be the second time the NFL franchises have sent coaches to the Senior Bowl, and this is the second straight season the Jaguars have had their coaches in the game. Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff will coach the North team. Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and his staff will coach the South team.
“It’s always an honor and a privilege for the Reese’s Senior Bowl to have our game coached by NFL staffs and 2015 will be no exception,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.
The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama will be held on January 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. eastern. The game will be seen on NFL Network.
The Titans have the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Jaguars are set to draft with the third overall pick. The game is an excellent chance for the coaches to get a chance to work with a number of potential draft picks, but the week is full of scouting opportunities for coaches and scouts from around the league.