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    Toughest assistants to replace

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    Since the days after signing day might as well be declared college football's hot stove season, I figured this week's list should try and keep in step. Today's topic: toughest assistants to replace.

    Funny thing is, I feel like half of these were prompted by Brad Childress taking over the Minnesota Vikings. One big caveat: If Georgia loses D-line coach/assistant head coach Rodney Garner to the Saints, then he probably deserves the top slot on this list.

    1. Eric Bieniemy, UCLA: Upbeat and energetic, the guy was exactly what UCLA needed to counter the Pete Carroll whirlwind across town. Bieniemy obviously did well shepherding running backs. Maurice Drew was a star and the team's heartbeat this fall. Chris Markey, Drew's understudy, always delivered when he got a shot. In truth, the Sun Bowl showed that all of the Bruins' running backs were ready whenever it was their turn. But Bieniemy's departure to the Minnesota Vikings will create an even bigger hole for UCLA in the recruiting world. The charismatic coach also served as UCLA's recruiting coordinator and helped the program become a factor in L.A. again.

    2. Kevin Rogers, Virginia Tech: The well-respected Hokies assistant is also heading to the Vikings to coach with Childress. Rogers was instrumental in developing Donovan McNabb at Syracuse and was one of the main reasons Marcus Vick opted to come to Blacksburg. With Vick gone, the Hokies have a whole lot of unproven talent to sift through before deciding who gets the keys to the program. Rogers revealed in November that he was very high on frosh Ike Whitaker, but he expected to have another year and a half to groom him. However, that time and Rogers are both gone for Whitaker. The timing really stings for Whitaker, who will compete with Sean Glennon and Cory Holt for the QB starting job.

    3. Al Golden, Virginia: For much of the last decade, the former Penn Stater has been considered one of the country's top recruiters. He played a role in almost every key player UVa signed. Worse still, he took his best friend, Mark D'Onofrio, with him to Temple, which means the Cavs' free-flowing pipeline into New Jersey could be a thing of the past.

    4. Ron English, Michigan: His long-rumored departure to the Chicago Bears finally became fact on Tuesday. This is a big blow to Lloyd Carr, who reportedly only could've kept the secondary coach with a promotion to the coordinator level.

    English proved to be equally adept at developing players on the field and as a recruiter. He coached five All-Big Ten players, including All-Americans Marlin Jackson and Ernest Shazor. Michigan's secondary intercepted 36 passes during three seasons. Michigan's academic rep and English's presence were the biggest reasons why the Wolverines almost landed Myron Rolle. English also had a similar impact at Arizona State.

    5. Rick Kravitz, South Florida: The Bulls' co-defensive coordinator, along with vet Wally Burnham, built defenses that were ranked among the nation's top 20 in three of the past five years. He also did a great job recruiting the Florida Panhandle for the Bulls. Kravitz was, in large part, the soul of the USF program. The 51-year-old, who was the first assistant USF coach Jim Leavitt hired, was one of only three assistants who had been a part of the program since it began in 1996.

    The Tampa Tribune's Brett McMurphy has the low-down on the coach and explains the reason why Kravitz left USF to coach safeties at N.C. State:

    "Kravitz was among the players' favorite assistants. Even though Kravitz was diagnosed with prostate cancer in July 2004, he delayed his surgery until after the season so he wouldn't inconvenience the team.

    "Kravitz said he left USF for a chance to coach in the ACC and because his fiancee has a great job opportunity in the pharmaceutical business in the Raleigh, N.C., area. Kravitz turned down N.C. State's first two offers before accepting."

    "N.C. State asked 'what would you like' and they met it," Kravitz told the Trib. "I felt like I was a high school recruit."

    6. John Palermo, Wisconsin: The crusty, old-school coach worked wonders transforming raw tweener-types like Tom Burke, Tarek Saleh and Erasmus James into All-American pass-rushing terrors. Palermo got squeezed in the Badgers coaching transition, but has landed on his feet at Miami.

    7. Chuck Long, Oklahoma: The one-time Heisman contender cranked out a bunch of very productive quarterbacks for the Sooners, including Heisman winner Jason White and rising star Rhett Bomar, who made enormous strides during the 2005 season. My hunch is that Long would've had another Heisman guy if he had stayed back in Norman, although you can't blame him for leaving for the San Diego State head coaching job.

    8. Art Kehoe, Miami: Cane fans can gripe for the rest of the winter about how Kehoe's boys were at the bottom of the ACC in sacks allowed in '05 and how UM struggled picking up third-and-shorts, but you can't measure just how much this guy has meant to that program over the last quarter of a century. Kehoe also had a hand in developing a group in 2001 that some experts consider one of the college football's best O-lines in the last 20 years -- which, by the way, was a unit made up almost entirely of unheralded recruits. LT Bryant McKinnie was a South Jersey guy who Penn State didn't want. Nobody had ever heard of center Brett Romberg from Canada. RT Joaquin Gonzalez was a walk-on who had been headed to Harvard.

    9. Jethro Franklin, USC: Praised as a true technician, he replaced Ed Orgeron as the Trojans' D-line coach and did a pretty respectable effort, considering he was coaching a group that had lost All-Americans Mike Patterson and Shaun Cody. To Franklin's credit, he got DE Frostee Rucker to play the best football of his life and had Lajuan Ramsey working at a legit starting Pac-10 D-lineman level.

    10. Doug Nussmeier, Michigan State: The former NFL quarterback left to take a job with the Rams, where he is reunited with one of his star pupils, Jeff Smoker. Nussmeier also had helped transform a raw Drew Stanton from primarily a running, blood-and-guts quarterback into a legit Heisman candidate, who midway through the season, was the country's leading passer. Nussmeier would be higher on the list if the experienced Stanton wasn't returning to State for his fifth season.

    Just Missed the Cut: Tom Cable (UCLA); Darrell Wyatt (Oklahoma); Frank Cignetti (Fresno State); George DeLeone (Ole Miss); Curtis Johnson (Miami) and Paul Randolph (Alabama).

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    4. Ron English, Michigan: His long-rumored departure to the Chicago Bears

    "The man smartened up and walked away from Chicago and back to Michigan to become their defensive coordinator! Lloyd Carr can breath easy now!"

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    Re: Toughest assistants to replace

    Looks like our Coaching Staff is top dollar, lets hope we can produce!


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    It looks like a great coaching staff thus far. Lets hope that it doesn't take as long to "Gel" as a complete unit as it did last season. I don't think it will, with Tomlin we are getting a hard nosed young coach that everyone can relate to.

    We are getting a HC that will not take sh!t from anyone, and more importantly will not baby and favor any certain player(s). I like the hire in Joe Woods as Sec Coach. He comes from the same system as Tomlin, and that will be important when learning a new D..

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    Re: Toughest assistants to replace

    just think guys, if we didn't get childress so quick we might not have both of those guys? all the other teams are getting left with the scraps and oakland don't have a coach yet ha ha their gonna get the stuff at the bottom of the barrel.
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    Re: Toughest assistants to replace

    "collegeguyjeff" wrote:
    just think guys, if we didn't get childress so quick we might not have both of those guys? all the other teams are getting left with the scraps and oakland don't have a coach yet ha ha their gonna get the stuff at the bottom of the barrel.
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