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Some comments (many from me) speculating on how Coach Bloomgren might fill his staff. Figured it deserves its own thread.
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Sounds like new #Rice HC Mike Bloomgren has offered the DC position to #Michigan safeties coach Brian Smith.

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(12-06-2017 04:02 PM)mrbig Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 03:49 PM)ricedtea Wrote:  Hey, I'm new here. Hope the hire is good. But regarding staff: looks like Stanford's Quality Control coach Joe Ashfield just followed some Rice accounts on Twitter including Rice Athletics, Glynn Hill and Thresher Sports

Nice catch. In addition, the following guys just started following @RiceFootball (but no other Rice accounts that I noticed):
Brad Idzik (@idz10) - offensive GA at Stanford and his dad was GM for the Jets (not sure if he overlapped with Bloomgren)
Nathaniel Willingham (@NTWillingham) - Defensive Assistant at Stanford

Jerry Mack - head coach at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) also started following both @RiceFootball and @RiceAthletics. He and Bloomgren spent 2 years together at Delta State in 2004-2005 and he interned with the Jets when Bloomgren was there in 2009 & 2010.

Brandon Lee, the NCCU strength coach, is now following @RiceFootball and Coach Bloomgren.
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Nice research.......willingham I'm guessing is ty's rabbit(former rice coach).... the other guys surface level I like....ga's usually can connect with the kids cause they're young... anybody that had pro ties is good surface level with me.
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Nathaniel Willingham is Tyrone's son, and so his dad coached at Rice.
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Saw a few other tweets from Michigan-related posters about Brian Smith coming to Rice.
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#Rice fans will like transfer and newcomer Brian Smith. Physical build and smashes the ball. Had a triple here in extras. #mlbdraft #Owls
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(12-06-2017 09:03 PM)mrbig Wrote:  Saw a few other tweets from Michigan-related posters about Brian Smith coming to Rice.

gets favorable reviews on at least one MI blog... http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/rumor-mill-b...be-leaving

Quote:"maybe someone...knows what they're doing. Our DBs have quietly overachieved for the last couple years. The last two seasons: we think they're going to be a liability, and then they play shutdown coverage game after game.

Hats off to Mr. Smith. I trust that Mr. Harbaugh knows of another position coach in the NFL who can come do similar work. "
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Bloomgren hinted that he had staff on the recruiting trail already, so he must have some people on the line.
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(12-06-2017 09:23 PM)NYNightOwl Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 09:03 PM)mrbig Wrote:  Saw a few other tweets from Michigan-related posters about Brian Smith coming to Rice.

gets favorable reviews on at least one MI blog... http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/rumor-mill-b...be-leaving

Quote:"maybe someone...knows what they're doing. Our DBs have quietly overachieved for the last couple years. The last two seasons: we think they're going to be a liability, and then they play shutdown coverage game after game.

Hats off to Mr. Smith. I trust that Mr. Harbaugh knows of another position coach in the NFL who can come do similar work. "

I wonder if this connection was facilitated via Harbaugh and/or Shaw. Have Smith and Bloomgren ever coached together?
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Brian Smith worked with Bloomgren for the Jets.
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(12-06-2017 09:38 PM)franklyconfused Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 09:23 PM)NYNightOwl Wrote:  
(12-06-2017 09:03 PM)mrbig Wrote:  Saw a few other tweets from Michigan-related posters about Brian Smith coming to Rice.

gets favorable reviews on at least one MI blog... http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/rumor-mill-b...be-leaving

Quote:"maybe someone...knows what they're doing. Our DBs have quietly overachieved for the last couple years. The last two seasons: we think they're going to be a liability, and then they play shutdown coverage game after game.

Hats off to Mr. Smith. I trust that Mr. Harbaugh knows of another position coach in the NFL who can come do similar work. "

I wonder if this connection was facilitated via Harbaugh and/or Shaw. Have Smith and Bloomgren ever coached together?

They both came from the Jets organization.
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I wonder if Bloomgren will calls the plays on offense and if that will play into his OC decision...
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(12-06-2017 09:46 PM)delconte4prez Wrote:  I wonder if Bloomgren will calls the plays on offense and if that will play into his OC decision...

Out of the ones listed I’d guess Mack would be OC/receiver coach. No way he leaves a HC spot for anything but OC if he’s actually coming.
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By Glynn A. Hill, Houston ChronicleDecember 6, 2017 Updated: December 6, 2017 8:13pm

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Rice University athletic director Joe Karlgaard, left, gives Mike Bloomgren, the university's new football coach, a jersey Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Houston. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle) Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle / Michael Ciaglo Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Houston Chronicle Rice University athletic director Joe Karlgaard, left, gives Mike Bloomgren, the university's new football coach, a jersey Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 in Houston. ( Michael Ciaglo / Houston Chronicle)
Mike Bloomgren gets excited when he recalls watching his first Major League baseball game in the Astrodome when he was a student at Spring Shadow Elementary.

On Wednesday, after stops ranging from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. to the New York Jets of the NFL to Stanford, Bloomgren returned to Houston, perhaps even more excited than that day he witnessed his first baseball game.


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Bloomgren, a Florida native who lived in Houston from age 5 to 10, delivered an emotional address when he was officially unveiled as the new head coach of Rice football. He teared up describing his passions and choked on words of thanks to those who have helped get him to this point.

"At Stanford we did a good job talking about always raising the bar, and how the price increases year in and year out," said Bloomgren, who coached in Palo Alto for seven years under David Shaw. "I think that's one thing we need to do right now with this program, is we've got to raise that bar. We've got to raise that standard."

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Bloomgren inherits a team that was 1-11, yet returns many key starters, especially on offense.

"I know the stories of when Coach Harbaugh first got (to Stanford) and they had just went 1-11. They were talking about dropping football or going non-scholarship. Stanford's certainly come a long way in those 10 years," he said.

Bloomgren met his future players early Wednesday. He joked that he was so excited he almost leapt into the crowd a couple times.

It's those players and the challenge of winning at a prestigious academic institution that lured Bloomgren to Rice. It's why he said he's had his eye on the job for the last two years.

"When you first get to a school that is really trying to get that unique student athlete who cares about both, you're having to really compete to find those guys," he said of his experience recruiting at Stanford, where several recruiting services recognized him as one of the conference's top recruiters.


"I've fallen in love with those kinds of student athletes. I think I relate to them very well, I know how to recruit them, I know that if I get mom on campus I can show her all the really good things a place like Rice University has," he said, echoing a line Stanford coach David Shaw has used to describe Bloomgren's attitude.

Bloomgren, 40, recently said he's received NFL assistant job offers every year since 2011, when he joined the Stanford staff as an offensive line coach after four years in various offensive roles for the Jets. He said Rice was one of five schools his family considered as favorable destinations because of the school's academic culture and the level of standards student-athletes are held to - Stanford, Northwestern, Duke and Vanderbilt are the others.

"There's some other jobs that just haven't been right for us because of the caliber of student-athlete," he said.

He was also drawn to the Owls recent success - the 2013 Conference USA championship - and the resilience players showed playing competitively after Hurricane Harvey in a losing season capped off by the dismissal of their former coach, David Bailiff.

"I think (a turnaround) starts with the process and I think you have to say that word because it has to be what you're doing in the offseason … and I think schematically we've got some ideas how to get there as well," he said.

"The way we're going to evaluate these guys for who gets on the field this fall is by what they do from this day forward. So everything is a clean slate."


A "clean slate" also puts current staff in a precarious position, including Brian Stewart, Rice's defensive coordinator and interim coach.

"We'll definitely talk to everybody on this staff. I want to do that because I've been on the other side of that coin as well," Bloomgren said.

"I've got some guys in mind and the problem with it is; even if there are great coaches here, they're not guys that I've worked with or guys that I've been in the trenches with and trust. With the first job, as important as it is to get this thing rolling the right way, I'm going to go with guys that I know and trust."
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Jerry Mack was at Delta State 2004-2005. NC Central's record under him is 31-15
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(12-06-2017 10:09 PM)WestGrayStreetOwl Wrote:  Jerry Mack was at Delta State 2004-2005. NC Central's record under him is 31-15

Don’t want to sound prejudiced but if he can get us into some small towns across the southeast and help us recruit more African-Americans to come to Rice, that would be great for both the team and the university.

The kind of guys that teams like App State and Georgia Southern feasted on in their glory days.
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Saw 3 tweets saying that Jerry Mack would be joining Bloomgren’s staff.
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So Jerry Mack and Brian Smith. Also, some of the current Rice position coaches are following Coach Bloomgren.
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Short article on rumors that Jerry Mack is coming to Rice.
https://hbcugameday.com/2017/12/07/sourc...ice-staff/
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This is great. My hope for holdovers would be Sloan and Okam along with Pick. Sounds like he is making significant progress.
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Here's a name to look out for to fill a defensive assistant position:

Grant Cain... Currently assistant Head Coach/Linebackers @ Mercer.

Played for Bloomgren at Catawba.
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