Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New look staff

Coach Rodriguez announced his first coaching staff for the Wolverine football program. Coach Rodriguez has filled eight of the 9 full-time coaching positions on the staff as well as both graduate assistant coaching coaching spots. Six of Coach Rodriguez' assistant coaches and five support staff personnel from West Virginia University have joined him in Ann Arbor. In addition, Rodriguez hired former Southern Mississippi defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Jay Hopson as a defensive assistant at a position yet to be determined. Coach Rodriguez expects to finish designating staff assignments by Friday. Rodriguez has yet to hire a defensive coordinator, the ninth and last vacancy on the staff, and also has two defensive assistants for positions that are yet to be determined. Rodriguez said his two defensive assistants could be in the running for the coordinator job or he could go outside the program to find someone else. Once Rodriguez's staff is complete, he will assign each staff member a geographic area in which to recruit. The entire staff plans to recruit a full class of 25 and hit the road Sunday, once the NCAA's "dead period" is over. Also, it is worth noting that Coach Rodriguez retained Michigan's entire video, equipment, medical and clerical staffs. Go Blue!

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