Taylor Stubblefield

Taylor Stubblefield, who played at Purdue, is joining the Penn State coaching staff as a receivers coach.
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Penn State hires wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield from Miami

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The search for a new wide receivers coach at Penn State may be over. Penn State is expected to name Taylor Stubblefield as its next receivers coach, according to multiple reports. Penn State announced the new hire Sunday afternoon, following multiple reports suggesting the hire was imminent.

“We are excited to have Taylor, Georgia and Jagger join our Penn State family,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a released statement. “Taylor has a strong familiarity with the Big Ten Conference. He was an elite wide receiver as an All-American at Purdue, setting NCAA, Big Ten and school receiving records, some of which he still holds today. He will bring his passion and knowledge to our young wide receiver room. Taylor has a wide range of experiences as a coach, both at the college and professional levels. Taylor really separated himself during the interview process and we are thrilled about the future of our wide receivers under his guidance.”

Stubblefield spent the 2019 season as a wide receivers coach for the Miami Hurricanes. Stubblefield was one of the final pieces of the coaching staff assembled by Manny Diaz in his first season as head coach. He has had a number of coaching stops in his career, including stints with Central Michigan, New Mexico, Wake Forest, Utah, and Air Force. Stubblefield also coached one season in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts. He previously played in the CFL for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on two occasions.

Stubblefield played wide receiver for Purdue, where he earned All-American recognition as a key piece of the Boilermakers offense coached by Joe Tiller. Stubblefield set an NCAA record for most career receptions (325), which lasted for seven years before Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles broke the record in 2011 (349). Stubblefield currently sits sixth all-time in career receptions. Having a coach who set an NCAA record for most career receptions while playing in the Big Ten should come in handy for a Penn State offense that is in need of improved receiving ability. With KJ Hamler off to the NFL, Penn State has a need to have solid and reliable receiving options to go with returning tight end Pat Freiermuth.

Stubblefield is the latest change to the Penn State offensive coaching staff this offseason. He replaces Gerad Parker as receivers coach after Parker left Penn State to be the new offensive coordinator at West Virginia. Penn State hired Minnesota offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca to replace Ricky Rahne, who left his role as offensive coordinator to become the new head coach at Old Dominion. Penn State then hired Boston College offensive line coach Phil Trautwein to replace Matt Limegrover.

Sportswriter suggests Utah coaching staff could be ready to split

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A failure to show a financial commitment to the coaching staff at Utah could prove to be a costly move by Utah athletics director Chris Hill, as one sportswriter suggests.

In the past offseason Utah opted not to extend contracts for members on the football team’s coaching staff as the coaches moved to the final year of their current contracts. According to Salt Lake Tribune writer Gordon Monsoon, that decision was not received well by some on the coaching staff. It allegedly could lead to assistant coaches weighing other options even if it is for a lateral move to another program. Only three assistant coaches on Kyle Whittingham’s staff have contracts beyond June 2015; Dave Christensen, Jim Harding and Taylor Stubblefield. All other coaches have contracts expiring at the end of this season.

It should be noted that Utah has extended coaching contracts earlier in the past, and this is in no way a suggestion that none of the coaches will receive extension offers. Not extending contracts also leaves the door open for any potential changes that may have been needed to help Utah continue to improve in the Pac-12 if things did not go well this season. They have though, so offering to extend contracts is likely.

Utah may have dropped its most recent games, but the Utes are having the best season in the Pac-12 since joining from the Mountain West Conference. Consistency on a coaching staff is incredible valuable for any program. Having a coaching staff locked in helps with recruiting and allows players to play under the same system from one year to the next.

Winning has a way of making everybody happy. If Utah continues to grow and win a few more games, odds are programs looking for candidates to fill some staff vacancies, perhaps with a promotion available, Utah could be a program worth reaching out to.