Scott Shafer sat down with Matt Park today to talk a little bit about football and distract all of us from what's going on with the basketball team. In doing so, he let us know about some updates to the coaching staff...
- D-line coach Tim Daoust is now Assistant Head Coach Tim Daoust as well as Special Teams Coach Tim Daoust. All hail Tim Daoust. Daoust has been Shafer's right-hand man on defense since 2011 and worked with Shafer back in his WMU days. Pat Perles & Fred Reed will also be working with specific special teams units.
- George McDonald has been named Associate Head Coach, as the OC will also have a lot of say on the recruiting side.
- Fred Reed is officially named the Defensive Backs Coach, but you already knew that.
- QB Coach Tim Lester will be officially in charge of recruiting. I guess we'll call that Recruiting Coordinator.
Shafer also reitterated that he's going to let his coaches coach and try not to get in their way, though he's not afraid to "kick them in the butt" if needed. With that, Shafer fulfilled his commitment to threatening bodily harm in every interview he does.
He says he's most looking forward to the "civil war" that is spring practice that will produce "a winner and a loser" on the depth chart. Scott Shafer does not mince words.
Shafer says the QB spot is "the most competitive" on the team and it's completely up for grabs right now. Shafer sees it as a clean slate and a situation that's probably refreshing for the QBs since they're going to be playing for new coaches with few preconceived notions.
Replacing #SHAMARKO and Deon Goggins are the biggest priorities on defense and what made them so good was their work ethics off the field. "All hands on deck." Shafer mentions transfer John Raymon, who is "a big old dog" who might end up at defensive end.