Monday, December 14, 2009
Gill's choice of coordinators is an impressive start
By ESPN.com staff
Turner Gill's direction of the Kansas program has already come with a strong start, even before the formal announcement of his hiring.
Hiring proven coordinators like Chuck Long to handle the offense and Carl Torbush on defense is an impressive beginning.
This proves that Gill doesn't have much of an ego, as he's picked two assistants who have been FBS head coaches before.
Long and Torbush both struggled in their stints as head coaches. But both are strong coordinators and will help Gill's transformation of the Jayhawk program.
Long was out of football this season after he was let go at San Diego State. But he was the architect of the Oklahoma passing game that helped make a Heisman Trophy winner out of Jason White. He'll help in the development of Kale Pick and whoever else surfaces at Kansas at quarterback.
The addition of Torbush should do wonders for the Kansas defense. Torbush was the architect of the North Carolina defenses when he coached under Mack Brown (1988-'97). Torbush took the Tar Heels to bowl victories as the head coach before he was let go in 2000. He's been a defensive coordinator under Dennis Franchione at Alabama and Texas A&M, and most recently under Dan Mullen at Mississippi State.
Both coordinators are familiar with the Big 12 and its recruiting nuances. It's a great set of hires to start off for Gill, and should help make his transition as Kansas' head coach that much easier.