Monday, December 19, 2011
Another Baylor assistant leaving Waco?
By David Ubben
Baylor already lost one assistant coach to a head-coaching job this offseason.
The Bears may lose another.
Associate head coach Brian Norwood is a candidate for both the Penn State and Hawaii jobs, a source told colleague Joe Schad.
Earlier this offseason, receivers coach Dino Babers took the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois.
Norwood also serves as safeties coach for the Bears after coordinating the defense from 2008-10. Norwood's role shifted before the 2011 season when Baylor hired new defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
Norwood played defensive back at Hawaii from 1983-87 and coached safeties at Penn State from 2001-07 before coming to Baylor.
Penn State continues to deal with the allegations of sexual abuse against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the fallout that removed Joe Paterno from his 46-year post as coach of the Nittany Lions in November.
Norwood certainly would have preferred to earn his first head-coaching job under a different circumstance, but reviving that program would be a unique challenge, arguably one of the most difficult in recent history.