Big 12: Reggie Mitchell

Best Big 12 recruiters 

October, 15, 2013

Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best college football coaches will tell you that when it comes to recruiting, their business is an art. It’s a craft you must perfect if you want to have the best players commit and ultimately sign. Recruiting isn’t for everybody, but those who are good at it -- particularly for building the 2014 class -- should be recognized, as the business is extremely competitive.

Here are 10 of the top recruiters from the Big 12.

Lunch links: Last-minute draft sleepers

April, 26, 2012
Straight down the middle, no hook, no spin, no fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skating.

Kansas coaching staff taking shape

January, 4, 2012
Kansas' coach Charlie Weis looks like he's putting together a staff composed of his former assistants and Turner Gill's leftover staff in Lawrence.

He's hired former Akron head coach Rob Ianello to coach wide receivers and serve as the team's recruiting coordinator. He was with Weis for all five seasons at Notre Dame as receivers coach and in the final season, an assistant head coach, serving as recruiting coordinator throughout his tenure.

He'll replace Reggie Mitchell in that role at Kansas, but Mitchell has been retained to coach running backs.

Weis also retained Buddy Wyatt from Gill's staff to coach the defensive line. Wyatt previously coached at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, TCU, Alabama, Nebraska and others.

Ianello also has experience at Wisconsin, Alabama and Arizona.

Catching up on Big 12 coaching carousel

December, 16, 2011
We're not done spinning just yet, but if you're a bit lost, here's the changes to the coaching staffs across the Big 12 thus far.

BAYLOR (9-3)
  • Out: Receivers coach Dino Babers took the head-coaching job at Eastern Illinois. No replacement named.
  • Out: Offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the offensive coordinator job under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. No replacement named.
KANSAS (2-10)
  • Out: Head coach Turner Gill fired. Other staff positions up for discussion.
  • In: Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis hired to replace Gill. Akron QB coach Ron Powlus hired to coach quarterbacks. Bishop Miege (KS) coach Tim Grunhard hired to coach offensive line. Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell retained from Gill's staff.
  • No changes.
  • Out: Safeties coach Barry Odom left to become defensive coordinator at Memphis. No replacement named.
  • No changes.
  • No changes yet, but OC Todd Monken has drawn interest from several programs.
TEXAS (7-5)
  • No changes, though Texas was forced to proactively shoot down rumors of Mack Brown's retirement. Defensive backs coach Duane Akina is also a candidate for the Hawaii job.
TEXAS A&M (6-6)
  • Out: Fired coach Mike Sherman. Defensive coordinator/interim coach Tim DeRuyter took head-coaching job at Fresno State but will remain on staff through the bowl game. Other staff positions up for review.
  • In: Hired Houston coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin will recruit while the other coaches prepare for the bowl game.
  • Out: Fired DBs coach Otis Mounds and offensive line coach Matt Moore. Moved defensive line coach Sam McElroy into a non-coaching role on staff.
  • In: Hired former Miami DC John Lovett to coach defensive backs and former Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price to coach the defensive line. No offensive line replacement named yet.

Lunch links: Plus-one model gains support

December, 7, 2011
I watched the throne and I tried my best, but ultimately, I let Kanye get in his zone. Sorry, everybody.

KU fires coach Turner Gill after two seasons

November, 27, 2011
Turner Gill has been fired after winning five games in two seasons at Kansas, athletic director Sheahon Zenger announced on Sunday.

"After a thorough evaluation of our football program, I have concluded that new leadership is necessary to place us on the path toward competing for championships in the Big 12 Conference," Zenger said. "I come to this conclusion reluctantly, because I have the utmost respect for Turner Gill as a quality individual who wants only the best for the young men he coaches."

The Jayhawks lost their final 10 games in 2011, six of those by 30 points or more. The Jayhawks also led Baylor by 21 points in the fourth quarter before losing in overtime on Nov. 12. Gill went 1-16 in conference play in his two seasons in the Big 12.

Recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell will take over as interim head coach until Gill's replacement is found.

Gill signed a five-year, $10 million contract in December 2009. Kansas will pay Gill $6 million not to coach, according to the university's press release.

Lunch links: Arguing with Stoops

June, 21, 2011
Is Bon short for Bonathan?

Lunch links: Landry Jones tweets

February, 11, 2011
Break me off a piece of that... I am totally blanking! Break me off a piece of that... ap-ple sauce... Chry-sler car... foot-ball cream.

New Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken gets his own set of links.

Lunch links: Underwater practice field

August, 10, 2010
Anybody have directions to Janet Reno's dance party tonight?

Big 12 lunchtime links

July, 15, 2010
Greetings from Big Ten country. I'm sure Sooners fans are glad to see me. Nebraska people, tell them I'm not that bad.

New Kansas staff will earn 16.61% more than previous staff

February, 5, 2010
The eight members of Turner Gill's new coaching staff at Kansas will earn significantly more than Mark Mangino's 2009 staff did.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Gill's staff will earn $2,059,999.96 this season. That figure is up 16.61 percent from the $1.766,500 that Mangino's staff pocketed for their work last season.

Here's a look at Gill's staff and what it will make.
  • Chuck Long, offensive coordinator: $350,000
  • Carl Torbush, defensive coordinator: $350,000
  • John Grimes, offensive line coach: $250,000
  • Darrell Wyatt, wide receivers coach: $249,999.96
  • Reggie Mitchell, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator: $240,000
  • Buddy Wyatt, defensive line coach: $200,000
  • Vic Shealy, cornerbacks coach: $150,000
  • Aaron Stamm, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator: $150,000
  • Robert Wimberly Jr., safeties coach: $120,000

On Mangino's 2009 staff, former offensive coordinator Ed Warinner was the highest-paid member at $300,000, while defensive coordinator Clint Bowen's base salary of $260,000 was second. None of the members of the old staff were carried over by Gill onto his new staff.

Much has been made about Gill's experienced staff, which will feature former FBS head coaches in Long and Torbush and a couple of the nation's top recruiters in Wyatt and Mitchell. It's obvious that Kansas isn't paying lip service to the cost of assembling a top staff when these salaries are analyzed.

And Gill's starting salary of $2 million per year on a five-year contract is the highest salary that Kansas has ever started a football coach when he begins his work with the Jayhawks.

Gill announces new Kansas coaching staff

January, 5, 2010
New Kansas football coach Turner Gill has finished the hiring of his coaching staff with the announcement of six new coaches.

Joining Gill’s staff are offensive line coach J.B. Grimes, running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell, cornerbacks coach Vic Shealy, safeties coach Robert Wimberly, defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.

Mitchell and Darrell Wyatt both coached previously at Kansas.

Gill previously had hired co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chuck Long, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush and tight ends/special teams coordinator Aaron Stamm.

Considering the circumstances of throwing the staff together quickly, Gill did an admirable job in cobbling together a respected staff that is loaded with recruiting ties throughout the Big 12 area.

The 10 full-time staff members, including Gill, have combined to coach 213 seasons and 72 bowl games at the collegiate level. Four members of the staff -- Long, Torbush, Gill and Shealy -- have spent a combined 15 years as a college head coach.



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