Friday, March 11, 2011
Staff changes: Washington State
By ESPN.com staff
Only Oregon and Washington didn't experience any staff turnover this offseason, so we're running through the staff changes for the other 10 Pac-12 teams.
Next up is Washington State, which had two notable changes.
Travis Niekamp, linebackers (became Cougars coordinator of football development)
Chris Tormey, linebackers
Malik Roberson, defensive line
Todd Howard, defensive line
Reaction: Wulff has been adding veteran coaches over the past two offseasons. To steal a note from Spokane Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette, over the past 13 months, "The four assistants who departed had a total of 17 years full-time experience at Football Championship Subdivision schools; the four replacements have 79 years in the FCS or the National Football League." Last year, offensive line coach Steve Morton and special teams/running backs coach Dave Ungerer were added. This year, it was Tormey and Howard, who both have significant Pac-10 resumes, Howard at UCLA and Tormey at Washington. Beyond these moves, Wulff also announced that Chris Ball will be the team's assistant head coach and lone defensive coordinator, while Jody Sears will coach cornerbacks. Sears was co-defensive coordinator the previous three seasons. It's probably a win-or-else season for Wulff, and it's clear he wants to be surrounded by as much experience as possible while the screws tighten.