|Gary Pinkel has kept it ''steady as she goes'' in choosing an OC. (US Presswire)|
For most of the past decade -- though less so in 2012 -- the Missouri offense hasn't been anything close to broken. So in the wake of the resignation of former offensive coordinator David Yost, head coach Gary Pinkel has decided not to fix it.
According to the Columbia Daily Tribune and other outlets, Pinkel is set to announce that co-offensive line coach Josh Henson will be promoted to the offensive coordinator's chair to replace Yost, who had been on Pinkel's staff at Missouri since 2001. Henson, 37, joined the Tigers staff following the 2008 season after a four-year stint at LSU.
The Daily Tribune reports that in the wake of the Tigers' stunning 97th-place finish in FBS total offense, Pinkel will also move wide receivers coach Andy Hill to quarterbacks coach. Both Harris and unnamed outside candidates were also considered possibilities for the offensive coordinator's job.
Henson was officially announced as the new OC on Monday. Per the Tribune, Henson might have been able to leverage interest from Southern Miss and new head coach Todd Monken into both the promotion from Pinkel and a substantial raise. (Yost's $354,000 salary was more than $100,000 more than Henson made.) Monken and Henson had been colleagues on Les Miles' staffs at both Oklahoma State and LSU before Henson landed in Columbia and Monken went to the NFL.
Though his offensive line unit's numbers weren't great -- the Tigers finished next-to-last in the SEC in both rushing yards-per-game and yards per-carry, and 10th in sacks allowed -- Henson was also forced to deal with a brutal wave of injuries. Still, even better health up front would leave him with a difficult task ahead. After averaging 433 yards per conference game in their final five seasons in the Big 12, the Tigers averaged almost exactly 100 yards fewer (334) per league game in their SEC debut.
Pinkel has always had a clear vision for how he wants his offense run at Missouri, and by promoting Henson he's hoping to ensure that vision won't be compromised. The only question: After such a difficult introduction to the SEC, should Pinkel have been looking to shake things up more than Henson's promotion will?