What the heck just happened?
While the season ended on a high note with a surprisingly exciting Civil War game in Eugene, most of us were probably glad to see the door close on one of the least successful seasons in memory for the Beavers. While I feel for the seniors who played their guts out (and for the players who went through all the changes without getting down or giving up, only to be told they may not be used much next year), I am not going to look back too fondly at the 2015 season. So I figured I could sit back and really focus on recruiting, and see where the future would hold.
WRONG! In a short week we saw Mt. BYU explode with news that former Beaver, Bronco Mendenhall, was taking the Virginia coaching job. While he packed his things and went to the other side of the country, the aftershocks of this decision seemed to find their epicenter in Corvallis. While we were celebrating the MOST active early JC signing day in history at OSU, we also had to deal with rumors and whispers that our own defensive coordinator, Kalani Sitake, potentially was going to be the new head coach for BYU.
It took very little time to realize that this was true, and the Beavers were going to be out their highly-respected defensive coach, as well as his great recruiting skills. Oh, and he was going to take our linebackers coach with him.
So, now OSU is in the wait and see mode again. With Coach Andersen tearing out cards of his Roladex at record pace, a decision on who will take over on D should be made sooner rather than later. As we saw last year, there is still a lot of time to bring in a big name and make a big impact on the recruiting trail. If it is Coach Aranda from Wisconsin, we should maybe peruse their list of committed athletes.Because once the coaching shake up starts, it takes all the way through Letter of Intent day to calm down.
Beaver Nation will not get a rest this year in football. The moment Sitake left, along with the already massive questions from last year, we have loaded a coordinator change to the mix.
Just one coordinator change, though? No, gosh that would be silly.
As Andersen announced the new JC recruits signing with the Beavers, a few football minutes away from Coach Sitake taking the BYU job, Coach A let it slip that we also were going to see an offensive shake up new season. Dave Baldwin is going to work with inside receivers and we are going to have two co-coordinators on offense, Kevin McGiven and TJ Woods. Meanwhile, Coach Brennan is delegated to outside receivers and special teams.
Is everyone following this? Let’s recap:
- Great JC class signs
- New co-offensive coordinators Woods and McGiven announced
- Former OC Baldwin demoted to inside receivers coach
- Brennan reassigned to outside receivers and special teams coach.
- Sitake and Tuiaki take jobs at BYU
- TOCR writer’s head explodes.
So Merry Christmas Beaver Nation, you have been given the gift of excitement, confusion, nausea, hope, dashed hope, new hope again, and speculation from Santa. I am not sure if this means we were on the Naughty or Nice lists yet…
Go Beavs! (PRO)