July 25, 2014

Five intriquing names to consider for Mizzou’s next offensive coordinator

Andy Hill-Wide Receivers Coach at Mizzou. Long time assistant under Gary Pinkel, Hill is well respected by the players and is a great recruiter. Pinkel has shown loyalty as was the case with the promotion of Yost when Dave Christensen left to coach at Wyoming.  Hill would keep a consistency to what the program, but is it time for Pinkel to bring in new blood from outside the program to jump start an offense that struggled and has been questioned by the fan base the last couple of seasons?

Tony Franklin-Offensive Coordinator Louisiana Tech. This season he orchestrated an offense that helped the Bulldogs go 9-3 averaging 51.3 points per game and 577 yards of offense per game. Franklin has been OC at Louisiana Tech for two seasons. Tech ranks near the top in several offensive categories. Given Mizzou’s issues inside the redzone, it looks like Franklin could help. LA Tech scored 64 times on 85 attempts inside the 20 yard line…good for a 75% clip.

Neal Brown-Offensive Coordinator Texas Tech. Regarded as one of the brightest minds in college football, in his third season at Tech, he continues to draw up plays for an offense that puts up yards and points at a staggering rate. Tech QB Set Doege had a completion percentage over 70% and averaged 501 yards of offense per game.

Turner Gill-Head Coach at Liberty. Was only given two years as the head coach at Kansas after running a successful program at Buffalo. Now Gill has dropped down a level to be the head guy at Liberty, where the Flames finished first in the Big South Conference. If he’s looking to get back into the national spotlight, Mizzou could be the place.

Rhett Lashlee-Offensive Coordinator at Arkansas State. Lashlee works under former Auburn offensive guru Gus Malzahn and while Lashlee may be to loyal to Malzahn (having worked for him as a grad assistant at Auburn when Malzahn was OC), even Malzahn knows Lashlee’s time could be limited at Ark. State.

“Rhett is one of the brightest minds and up and coming coaches in college football,” said Malzahn. “I’ve said it for a long time that Rhett has the ‘it’ factor and he is going to be a head coach at this level someday. We are just going to enjoy him for the time that we have him.”

While Lashlee may have aspirations for bigger and better things, running an offense at Mizzou and back in the SEC may help build his resume.

Another name that are being tossed around is Mark Mangino—former KU Head Coach.  Reportedly turned down an offer from Colorado and has drawn interest from Purdue in their head coaching job. One would believe Mangino wants to run his own program again.  Would Mizzou fans even welcome in a former Jayhawk?

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