Saturday, January 5, 2013
Coaching Rumor Bug Hits Home
This college football season should have been a soap opera with all the ups and downs it had, especially for my beloved Fighting Irish. Now with every coaching fire and hire, and speculation of who is going where, the reverberations are now hitting South Bend. Another Notre Dame assistant coached is being rumored to be going elsewhere.
First, Mike Haywood was in consideration for both the Northern Illinois and Houston head coaching positions. Now it is being RUMORED that offensive line coach, John Latina, will be reunited with longtime friend David Cutcliffe at Duke. Latina was Cutcliffe's offensive line coach at Ole Miss at first before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2000. Once Cutcliffe was let go as the Rebels Head Coach, both Latina and him were hired on to Charlie Weis' staff; and we all know what has happened since.
Currently, ex-Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas is the Duke offensive coordinator. If Latina were to leave Notre Dame, it would definitely be for that OC position. Cutcliffe is in the process of assembling his staff, and will try and finialze it by the New Year. Last week, he sat down with the current Duke assistants to see if he will keep any or certain ones on staff.
Notre Dame fans first response would be, will this effect any of their current verbal commitments? I would say with this solid group, no. Besides Latina, there have been a handful of assistant coaches and Weis, himself, being in regular contact with all their 22 commitments.
Latina's offensive line gave up a Notre Dame record of 58 sacks, while averaging an NCAA worst 75.2 rushing yards per game.
Only time will tell if there is any truth to this rumor. I will keep you posted when I hear more about this situation.