The Virginia Tech coaching search continues to drag out, despite rumors that former Temple and Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler is the lead candidate. Here’s a few of the happenings right now …
– A new name in the offensive line coaching search is Greg Adkins, who has been at Syracuse for four years and was at Tennessee for six years before that. Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com tweeted this morning that Adkins has not accepted any position yet, although that’s backtracking from his report last night that Adkins had agreed to join the Hokies’ staff.
Adkins was a member of Doug Marrone‘s staff at Syracuse. Marrone left the Orange last week to take the head coaching job with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
With the Vols (2003-08), Adkins served three years as tight ends/assistant offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator and three years as the offensive line coach. He’s also had stops at Troy (2001-02), Georgia (1996-97) and Marshall (1991-95).
Syracuse’s website touts him as “one of the top 10 recruiters nationally,” which seems like an awfully difficult thing to define. Nevertheless, he’s been a recruiting coordinator at Troy and Tennessee.
– While there has still been no official word from either Virginia Tech or Purdue, a source tells me Kevin Sherman has already left the Hokies and begun work on Darrell Hazell‘s staff with the Boilermakers.
– Interesting tweet from David Teel of the Daily Press, noting that Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Mike O’Cain could be in the mix for the Charlesston Southern head coaching job. The Football Championship Subdivision job came open last week when Jay Mills announced his retirement.
O’Cain is originally from Orangeburg, S.C., went to Clemson and later coached there (first as a GA and as a quarterbacks coach and eventually offensive coordinator from 2001-04) and was the running backs/quarterbacks coach for The Citadel in 1978-80, so he has ties to the state.
– Virginia Tech’s initial target in its offensive coordinator search was Georgia’s Mike Bobo, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and the Daily Press’ Norm Wood, but the 38-year-old turned down the offer.
Wood reports that the Hokies went as far as to send the school plane to Athens, Ga., shortly after the New Year to get Bobo to come to Blacksburg to interview. He didn’t get on it.
– I’ll throw this out to the blog crowd for discussion: has this process been fair to quarterback Logan Thomas? The deadline to submit his name for the NFL Draft is Tuesday, yet the search for a new offensive coordinator goes on. Even if something is decided tonight or Monday, that only leaves him 24-48 hours to make one of the biggest decisions of his life.
Thomas has no doubt been apprised of the happenings throughout the search, but change to the offensive coaches has been a foregone conclusion , since the end of the regular season in November. Why, in mid-January, is there still nobody in place? Thoughts?