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A couple of new assistant coaching hires to fill you in on this morning.
First at Stanford, David Shaw promoted Morgan Turner to tight ends coach. He replaces Ron Crook, who reportedly took the offensive line coaching job at West Virginia.
Turner is in his third season with Stanford. Previously he worked as an offensive assistant and before that was a strength and conditioning intern.
"Morgan Turner has worked extremely hard here and has been invaluable to us with the offense,” Shaw said in a statement. “He worked closely with (offensive coordinator) Mike Bloomgren in the run game the past two years. This is a great opportunity for a bright, young coach who our players know and respect. We're pleased that Morgan was able to pass up other opportunities to stay here with us at Stanford."
Crook coached the tackles and the tight ends -- shaping the likes of Zach Ertz, David Yankey and Levine Toilolo in 2012. This is noteworthy because Yankey -- last year's Morris Trophy winner and an All-American -- will likely move back to guard and the Cardinal have to replace Ertz and Toilolo, who both declared early for the NFL draft.
More than likely, Bloomgren will coach the whole offensive line -- rather than just the interior line while Turner focuses solely on the tight ends.
You can read the complete release here.
At Arizona State, former NFL linebacker and 22-year college coaching veteran Jackie Shipp has joined the Sun Devils as the new defensive line coach.
He fills Ron West's spot on the coaching staff -- though defensive coordinator Paul Randolph will take over coaching the linebackers.
"I could not have found a candidate who was a better fit for what we need at this time," said head coach Todd Graham in a statement. "Jackie is one of the best defensive line coaches in college football and our linemen will benefit from his leadership and mentoring. We just became a better football program with the appointment of Jackie Shipp. He’s a top-flight recruiter with contacts in the states of Oklahoma, Texas and California. He will recruit all areas for us with special emphasis on the state of California."
He inherits a defensive line that is expected to be one of the best in the country -- headlined by the league's returning defensive player of the year, Will Sutton.
The former first-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins played five seasons and played in the 1985 Super Bowl. He spent the last 14 years coaching the defensive line at Oklahoma.
You can read the full release here.
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