E-mails and blog comments have asked me about who the assistant Oregon State football coach will be. It’s too early to truly know, so here’s some speculation.
The Beavers have two openings. One is for RB coach vacated by Reggie Davis, who left for the San Francisco 49ers. The other is a graduate assistant job that has coached the TEs.
Robin Ross filled the GA spot the last two years, but his scholarship is up. My guess is he’s hired to either be the TE coach and a GA is hired to coach the RBs or Ross takes over the RBs and a new GA is found to coach the TEs. Since Ross’ experience is at TE and defense, he would most likely stay with the ends.
That’s not as glamorous as fans hoped, but an easy and logical choice. Ross is a veteran coach who was a GA after he was the head coach when Western Washington closed the program. He previously coached LBs with the Beavers.
He’s a long-time friend of OSU coach Mike Riley. Unless Ross finds a better job elsewhere such as defensive coordinator, Riley will want to keep him around. As for recruiting, Ross takes over Davis’ San Diego and Orange County region.
That allows for an opportunity for a GA to coach the RBs. That was done in 2006-07 when Gary Beck was in that position.
Riley could go for someone young in a relatively simple coaching position, and not put the pressure on to be a recruiter. That’s where names like Ken Simonton and Yvenson Bernard wouldn’t be farfetched.
The only drawback there is that there are so many young RBs on the roster an experienced coach might be the best move.
Whatever is done, expect movement by spring break. Spring practice begins March 28, the first day of the spring term.