FIU could have its new defensive coordinator in place by the end of the week. It's looking like it might be Central Florida linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator Geoff Collins who could up being the new FIU DC.
Collins (left) turned around one of the worst defenses at Western Carolina as DC. He also helped bring the best recruiting class in Alabama's history as the Tide's director of player personnel. Not too shabby a resume.
Until we know for sure, here's a preliminary list of possible offensive coordinator candidates that I'm hearing about to replace Bill Legg -- now the OC at Marshall. These names are in no such order so don't think anyone is more of a leading candidate than the next guy. MC said last week he would like to have the DC in place before moving on to the OC.
Charlie Weatherbie - former ULM head coach
Rob Spence - former Clemson offensive coordinator and Syracuse OC
Gregg Brandon - former Bowling Green OC under Urban Meyer and Virginia OC
Shane Montgomery - Akron OC
Mike Cassano - FIU running backs coach
Mike Groh - Alabama offensive GA and former Virginia OC.
These are just some of the first names to emerge for the OC spot. There will be some more to eventually surface and will get them on here.
PantherPride: Pete, what exactly happened with Kambriel Willis? Wasn't happy at FIU? Academics?
PP: From what I can tell you, it was just not a good fit for both parties (KW & FIU).
Baltimorepanther & FIU Rage: Hi Pete, can you please give us some information on any of the players transfering?
PP: Outside of KW, there aren't expected to be any other transfers.
Miri: Pete, did you see how Antwan Barnes helped the Ravens get into the playoffs? They had a nice report on him on (I think?) ESPN on Sunday night. They said that it looks like he will play in the next game. It's very nice to see Antwan get some playing time and attention as well. Was he hurt?
PP: El Monstruo was not hurt. Ravens coach John Harbaugh and EM did not see eye to eye at the beginning of the season. Apparently, it has been patched up. During one FIU spring practice last season, I was speaking to a Ravens coach that was at FIU to evaluate some Panthers and he said the Ravens expected big things from Barnes this season and the coaching staff did not just see him as a special teams player. Antwan plays one of his favorite QBs to sack this Sunday in the playoffs. The Ravens take on the Patriots and Tom Brady, who Antwan sacked twice in one game (photo, right).
Julias P.: Hey Pete - Whatever happened to Ricky Booker?
PP: Booker was let go from the team more than one year ago. He also did not enroll at FIU. He had off-field issues.
gpantera: PETE, Is Mike Shula a good option at OC? Didn't he do a decent job at Alabama?
Aren't some of his players playing in this year's national championship game? He's currently the QB coach at Jacksonville...a move to FIU would be a step-up, no?
PP: Shula (photo, left) would be a great option at OC and would even give the annual Shula Bowl a different twist. Considering the NCAA trouble he inherited at Alabama and cleaned up for Nick Saban, Shula did a great job with the Tide. Yes, he has several players playing in the national title game. Not so sure, going from Jaguars QB coach to FIU OC would be a step up. Considering, Shula might be looking for an NFL OC or head coaching job. Plus, FIU does not have the alumni money to pay Shula.