If Gary Pinkel doesn't promote from within, this guy's probably at the top of the OC candidates list. - Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE
Replacing David Yost, keeping Maty Mauk, reuniting with Tyler Stone, and getting a grasp for how good Mizzou Wrestling is.
Mizzou Football Links
The Trib: Yost steps down from Missouri football staff
The Missourian: Missouri's Yost resigns
KC Star: MU offensive coordinator David Yost resigns
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Yost resigns, signaling changes ahead
PowerMizzou: Reaction to a resignation
PowerMizzou: Former Tigers react to Yost's resignation
The Trib: Where does Pinkel turn to run Missouri's offense?
Monday's news release announcing Yost's resignation said Pinkel will conduct a national search for Yost’s replacement and will also consider internal candidates. Henson and longtime receivers coach Andy Hill figure to be the top choices from the current staff, though after the Tigers produced one of the SEC's worst offenses this past season, it's uncertain if Pinkel would prefer another in-house promotion.
Hill, a receiver at Missouri from 1980-84, has been on MU's staff since 1996 and was Pinkel's only holdover from the former regime under Larry Smith.
Henson played and coached under Les Miles at Oklahoma State and later joined Miles at LSU, where he was part of the 2007 staff that won the BCS national championship.
Back in August, Pinkel touted Henson, 37, as someone who could someday be a coordinator or head-coaching candidate.
"Oh yeah, no question about it," Pinkel said. "He’s a young guy. I felt really fortunate to get him. …. He’s a great asset. He fits in really well."
A possible outside candidate could be Jim Chaney, Tennessee's offensive coordinator since 2009. Chaney, a native of Holden who played at Central Missouri State, has served as Tennessee's interim head coach since Derek Dooley was fired last month.
Chaney, 50, was Purdue's offensive coordinator from 1997-2005, during which quarterback Drew Brees set multiple school and Big Ten passing records. Chaney coached the St. Louis Rams offensive line from 2006-08 then joined Tennessee's staff under former Vols Coach Lane Kiffin. Dooley retained Chaney the next year after Kiffin left to coach at Southern California.
Yost initially signed a two-year contract for the 2009-10 seasons and later agreed to two one-year extensions. His current deal paid him $354,750 and was set to expire June 30, 2013.
Here's where his salary compared to 2012 salaries of other offensive signal-callers in the SEC. The salaries and contract lengths listed below are according to published media reports or official contracts.
(Note: South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier serves as his team's offensive coordinator. Ole Miss has two co-coordinators. And as a private university, Vanderbilt is not required to disclose its coaches' salaries.)
Doug Nussmeier, Alabama: $590,000; three years
Jim Chaney, Tennessee: $550,000; three years
Greg Studrawa, LSU: $500,000 three years
Scot Loeffler, Auburn: $500,000; two years
Brent Pease, Florida: $490,000; three years
Paul Petrino, Arkansas: $475,000; one year
Kliff Kingsbury, Texas A&M: $400,000; three years
Randy Sanders, Kentucky: $338,000; two years
Mike Bobo, Georgia: $335,000; one year
Matt Luke, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $285,000; three years
Les Koenning, Mississippi State: $275,000; two years
Dan Werner, Ole Miss (co-coordinator): $231,667; two years
Tony Franklin, Louisiana Tech Offensive Coordinator
Coaching background: Offensive Coordinator, Louisiana Tech (2010-Present), Offensive Coordinator, Middle Tennessee State (2009), Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, Auburn (2007-08), Offensive Coordinator, Troy (2006-07), Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers, Kentucky (2000), Running Backs, Kentucky (1997-99), Assistant Coach, Mayfiled High School, KY (1993-95), Head Coach, Calloway County HS, KY (1988-91)
Alma Mater: Murray State, 1977
Bio: Franklin has coached all over the Southeast. His highest profile job was a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Auburn. After being fired from there, he caught on at Middle Tennessee State and then Louisiana Tech. Franklin has an extensive SEC background with stops at Kentucky in addition to the Auburn stop.
The Good: Louisiana Tech led the country in passing this year. Franklin is well versed in the spread offense and could work well with the players Missouri has in place. He has put up points at three different stops as an OC and brings the SEC background as well.
The Bad: His last stop in the SEC didn't go that well as he was fired from Auburn the year before Cam Newton showed up to take the Tigers to a title. Other than that, it would seem to be a pretty good fit and a chance for Franklin to get back into a BCS league.
Any Yost-Related Transfers? No?
KC Star: Mauk's father says QB will likely remain at MU
"Coach Yost was the key factor in why he went out there," said Mike, the head football coach at Kenton High School. "It's disappointing. We were hoping he'd stay with it because I do think he's an outstanding coach and better person."
Even still, Mike made it seem like his son - who apparently spoke with MU coach Gary Pinkel on Monday morning - is ready to give the next offensive coordinator a chance.
"Once Maty committed to Missouri, he committed to Missouri," Mike said. "Whatever decision they make at offensive coordinator, we believe, will be in the best interest of the program."
When asked directly if Maty is at least considering a transfer, Mike shot the possibility down.
"That’s not gonna happen," Mike said. "That’s not something I'd ever encourage or promote unless they say they don’t want Maty. Unless that would occur, he’s planning on graduating from Missouri."
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