The California Golden Bears were quick to find an offensive line coach after the departure of Zach Yenser. Brandon Jones seems like a pretty good replacement for the job, but he has work on the recruiting trail to do now that Johnny Capra has flipped from Cal to Utah. Jones has to do all he can to keep Nick Buchanan in the fold while also finding a potential replacement for Capra.
Cal knew who they were likely going to replace Rob Likens with: Current offensive graduate assistant and dynamite recruiter Jacob Peeler. The announcement is official.
Jacob Peeler Added To Coaching Staff http://t.co/8X06VY93Xi @peelsjp #CalFamily #GoBears pic.twitter.com/q5j5NbgmG9— Cal Football (@CalFootball) January 24, 2015
Peeler has been a graduate assistant on offense the last two years at Cal mostly coaching inside receivers (which is what he did at Louisiana Tech in 2012), allowing Mark Tommerdahl to focus primarily on special teams. Peeler was an administrative assistant the previous two season, but the coaching staff clearly thinks highly of him. There have been several photos already of Peeler hitting the road during the home stretch of the recruiting cycle (a graduate assistant can hit the road if there is an assistant coaching vacancy), and I think he will become a fixture on the trail in the years to come.
Of course, it wouldn't be Cal without some accompanying weirdness.
Four other current Cal coaches – Garret Chachere (associate head coach/linebackers), Pierre Ingram (wide receivers/passing game coordinator/recruiting coordinator), Tony Franklin (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/running backs) and Mark Tommerdahl (assistant head coach/special teams coordinator) – will have adjusted assignments in 2015. Franklin has added running backs to his duties, while Ingram moved from running backs to wide receivers and changed from run game coordinator to pass game coordinator. Chachere and Tommerdahl have picked up associate head coach and assistant head coach titles.
Tony Franklin is running the offense and supposedly coaching quarterbacks and running backs. Franklin has experience coaching running back from his days at Kentucky nearly two decades ago.
Pierre Ingram is switching from the running game to the passing game. Ingram coached wide receivers back at Cortland State and Texas A&M Commerce.
Mark Tommerdahl and Garrett Chachere are getting promotions. Not exactly sure why they're getting them, but it seems like everyone else is.
I'm very confused. I don't really understand what all the shuffling is about.
What do you think of the possibility of Coach Peeler? What do you think of all these other announcements?