January 3, 2011

UConn Coaching Hot Board (Updated)

UConnReport.com Coaching Hot Board
Tom Bradley

Coaching background: Penn State defensive coordinator (2000-present), Penn State secondary coach (1996-present), Penn State assistant (1980-present)

The bottom line: Bradley has spent his entire career on the Penn State staff under Joe Paterno, and in the past few years has been rumored to be the successor to Paterno. Bradley has operated one of the best defenses in the country for the last decade. This season, Bradley was able to put the Penn State defense in the middle of the pack in the Big 10 even though they had an extremely young defense. In 2009, Penn State had the third best scoring defense in the nation, allowing only 12 points per game. Bradley has also been rumored for the Pitt coaching job.
Bud Foster

Coaching background: Virginia Tech defensive coordinator (1995-present), Virginia Tech linebackers/special teams coach (1987-1994), Murray State linebackers/special teams coach (1983-1986),
Murray State graduate assistant (1981-1982).

The bottom line: Foster is the longtime defensive coordinator at Virginia Tech and has been a head coaching candidate at other schools for the past few years. Coming into this season, VT's defense was considered a big question mark because of the lack of veterans on the roster. Foster was able to lead his young defense to the 9th best scoring defense in the nation allowing only 15 points per game. The Hokies ranked 12th nationally in total defense and 11th in passing defense.
Mark Whipple

Coaching background: Philadelphia Eagles offensive assistant (2008-present), Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach (2004-06), Massachusetts head coach (1998-2003), Brown head coach (1994-97), New Haven head coach (1988-93)

The bottom line: Whipple, like London, has a FCS national title on his resume as well as some NFL work. He is currently an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles and also worked with quarterbacks with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whipple is known for working with quarterbacks and is a top offensive mind. He also has the local ties necessary. The only drawback is that he was a candidate for the head job the last time around and apparently wanted his old staff at UMass as well as some leniency when it comes to academics in recruiting.
Mike Kruczek

Coaching background: Central Florida head coach (1998-2003), Central Florida offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1984-97), Florida State quarterbacks coach (1983-84)

The bottom line: Kruczek is a former BC player and the BC head coaching position would likely be his dream job. He has head coaching experience as the former head coach at UCF and he has coached in the NFL as well. His latest gig was as the offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 so he's been out of football for a year. That might lessen his marketability.
Steve Addazio

Coaching background: Florida offensive coordinator (2009-present), Florida offensive line coach (2008), Indiana offensive coordinator (2004), Indiana offensive line coach (2002-03), Notre Dame offensive line/tight ends coach (1999-2001), Syracuse offensive line coach (1997-98)

The bottom line: Addazio has New England ties and has coached at the high school and college level. He was recently named the offensive coordinator at Florida and was a candidate for the Syracuse job. He's another one that fits that rumor regarding BC having to wait until Friday to speak to a coach. The only drawback would be that he lacks head coaching experience.

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