Tag:Ross Els
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:09 am
 

Pelini trying to help Watson to soft NFL landing

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In today's edition of "As the Nebraska Coaching Roster Turns " (or "General Huskpital," if you prefer), we find that the long-rumored alterations to the Husker coaching staff -- the departure of offensive coordinator Shawn Watson foremost among them -- are now all but official, according to this report from the Omaha World-Herald :
Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini has completed his revamped coaching staff, according to a source close to the program, though he’s waiting on university protocol to make an announcement ...

Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore are believed to be out as NU prepares to unveil two offensive and two defensive additions to Pelini’s nine-man staff.

The defensive additions you know about already ; Corey Raymond will coach the secondary and Ross Els the linebackers. And one element of the offensive reshuffling is all but a done deal, as the World-Herald reports that running backs coach Tim Beck is "the leading candidate" to take over as the Huskers' offensive coordinator and play-caller after Notre Dame assistant Ed Warriner chose to stay in South Bend. The identity of the two new assistants, however, appears to be still up in the air.

But where does that leave Watson? At least Pelini appears to be making an effort to find his soon-to-be-former assistant a soft landing:

Meanwhile, the source said, Pelini is working to help land offensive coordinator Shawn Watson a job in the NFL.

So that's nice. Maybe not as nice as letting Watson keep his job (or telling recruits up front that he was in the process of reshuffling the staff), but it's something.


Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Coaches coming, going on the Nebraska staff

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Signing Day at Nebraska was plenty celebration-worthy when it came to the actual signing: the Huskers inked one of the Big Ten's best classes, and maybe the program's strongest since the 2007 haul that netted Prince Amukamara and Jared Crick.

But that didn't keep one local columnist from calling the day "awkward" and "uncomfortable" for Bo Pelini and the Huskers all the same, thanks to some questions swirling around the makeup of the Nebraska coaching staff.

Those start with the status of current Husker secondary coach Marvin Sanders. New Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said Wednesday that Hoosier assistant Corey Raymond would be departing Bloomington for Lincoln to join Pelini's staff, and what's more, he'd be coaching the secondary. So where does that leave Sanders? Pelini :
"I'll address any staff questions at another time ... This is not the time or the place."
Given that "is this coach a member of your staff?" isn't exactly a complicated question, it's fair that the situation itself is complicated. Sanders was also a no-show at a recruiting event Wednesday night, though offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and receivers coach Ted Gilmore were also missing-in-action, sparking (still unfounded) rumors that Pelini had decided to initiate a more comprehensive staff overhaul.

Adding more fuel to the fire: per the above-linked Lincoln Journal-Star column , Pelini has already spoken to Oregon assistant and former Husker quarterback hero Scott Frost about potentially making to move to Lincoln.

But where Sanders looks likely to be on his way out (and the under-fire Watson may follow), another coach looks likely to be on his way in. Ohio linebackers coach Ross Els -- assistant to former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich and a former colleague of current Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini when Pelini was on staff at Ohio -- has emerged as the leading candidate to replace previous linebackers coach Mike Ekeler, who left Lincoln to coach at ... wait for it ... Indiana.

It's a tangled web the situation here is weaving. But there's a chance it becomes more tangled still before we know exactly who'll be coaching the Huskers in 2011.

 
 
 
 
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