Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reynaud goes, Stewart brings in the natives

Darius Reynaud has joined Johnny Dingle as another player with the chance at an extra year of elibility that will forgo that extra year with a shot at the NFL Draft. Reynaud finishes his career with 1550 receiving yards on 133 catches and 19 touchdowns. Reynaud also added 410 career rushing yards and 2 more touchdowns. Finally, Reynaud chipped in a career 26.8 yard average on kickoff returns with one more touchdown. Reynaud has a two year old daughter and has stated that his reason for leaving is to support her. Hopefully he gets a shot to show the NFL his ability as he is often called the best athlete on the a team with PW, Slaton, and Devine.

WVU has hired four new assistant coaches to the staff to give the Mountaineers 3 spots left to fill. The Daily Mail has reported the following as hires:

Three former Mountaineer players and coaches - John "Doc" Holliday, Steve Dunlap and David Lockwood - have been hired to rejoin the WVU coaching staff, sources said today.

Stewart also has hired Charlie Taafe to be the Mountaineers' new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Holliday will likely be the recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach, Dunlap leaves Marshall as defensive coordinator to be either the linebackers or the safeties coach in Morgantown, and Lockwood will assume the other position.

Taffe was the offensive coordinator for Maryland for the first five years of the Friedgen experience before heading to the CFL. He did win CFL coach of the year twice before heading to Maryland. In Taffe's latest CFL gig he was already on the hot seat after undergoing a 3-15 record and the dreaded "vote of confidence" from the Hamilton Tiger-Cat GM. The year prior to Hamilton Taffe spent one season as an assistant at Pitt. His complete bio can be found here.

The defensive staff would now be comprised of Jeff Casteel, Bill Kirelawich, Doc Holliday, Steve Dunlap, and David Lockwood.

The hires would still leave 3 open positions to fill which would likely be receivers coach, offensive line coach, and one "extra" position. One of the "extra" positions could be Addae moving from GA to a permanent position.


Anonymous said...

i'm pretty sure addae is going to michigan with rod.

J. Johnston said...

Addae is going, and Taaffe isn't coming. I love the hires so far though, and the addition of Chris Beatty is HUGE. God, I love Sunshine Bill.