Posted by Bryan Fischer
Thursday afternoon saw several well-known names in the college coaching world head to the post office for a change of address form. Despite it being less than three weeks until Signing Day, most of these moves don’t overtly affect the recruiting for each particular school.
Stanford hires David Shaw as head coach
This comes as no surprise to those involved in the Stanford program. Shaw is an alumnus and played under Denny Green and Bill Walsh while on the Farm. In addition to years of NFL experience as an assistant coach, Shaw has done well at San Diego and Stanford. With Andrew Luck in the fold already, Shaw will look to hold together a promising Top 20 recruiting class and it all starts this weekend when some 20 recruits will be on campus for a visit. After talking with several former Stanford players, Shaw should be better received while recruiting and in the locker room than Jim Harbaugh. Stanford verbal commitment Wayne Lyons has already tweeted that he likes the move.
Norm Chow moves from UCLA to Utah
It seems like Chow’s dream of landing a head coaching job is just about over with his latest move. UCLA’s move to the Pistol offense didn’t have the desired effect in the wins department this year but Chow’s reputation will always proceed him after working with Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinert. Chow isn’t known to pound the recruiting trail too much but as a former assistant at BYU and a player at Utah, he should be another selling point for the Utes as they join the Pac-12.
Seahawks’ Jedd Fisch heads to Miami as offensive coordinator
Although Fisch has been in the NFL nine of the past 10 years, he has experience on the college level as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at Florida and a one year stint as offensive coordinator at Minnesota. He should mesh well with Brennan Carroll, the recently hired recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, as both are very energetic coaches. While he’s not the big name like Charlie Weis is as at Florida and he will still be coaching the Seahawks until they’re knocked out of the playoffs, the ties to the state of Florida as an assistant and player should help out on the recruiting trail.
Gary Crowton leaves LSU for Maryland
It would be hard to call this move a shock. Although Les Miles is deeply loyal to Crowton, the calls for his head were simply too numerous to ignore for Crowton to not get the hint to look for a job elsewhere. Crowton was far from a big influence on LSU’s recruiting efforts – running backs coach Frank Wilson does a lot of the work on the staff – so this move may be a net gain for the Tigers. It will be interesting to see who Miles will bring in but whoever it is, they should improve upon an offense that had just seven passing touchdowns in the regular season despite a wealth of four- and five-star talent. As for Maryland, we can just mark the Randy Edsall-Crowton combo down as a “we’ll see.”