Pac-12: J.D. Brookhart

Staff changes: Colorado

March, 3, 2011
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 Colorado, which fired head coach Dan Hawkins and hired Jon Embree. So there was plenty of turnover.

Team in parenthesis is where the departing coach ended up.

Dan Hawkins, head coach

Jon Embree, head coach

Holdovers from Hawkins' staff
Brian Cabral, linebackers
Darian Hagan, recruiting coordinator (was running backs coach for Hawkins)

Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator/QBs (California)
Darian Hagan, running backs (retained as recruiting coordinator)

Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator/RBs
Rip Scherer, quarterbacks/assistant head coach

Romeo Bandison, defensive line

Kanavis McGhee, defensive line
Mike Tuiasosopo, defensive line

Robert Prince, receivers (Boise State)

Bobby Kennedy, receivers

Ron Collins, defensive coordinator (Ohio)
Ashley Ambrose, secondary (California)

Greg Brown, defensive coordinator/secondary

Denver Johnson, offensive line (Tulsa)

Steve Marshall, offensive line

Kent Riddle, tight ends/special teams (North Texas)

J.D. Brookhart, tight ends/special teams/passing game coordinator

Reaction: There's a lot to like about Embree's first staff if you're a Buffaloes fan. It's still not clear if the defense will run a 4-3 or 3-4 -- or a little of both; the base in 2010 was a nickel (3-3-5) -- so McGhee's and Tuiasosopo's responsibilities haven't been defined. Brown and Tuiasosopo were hired away from Arizona and Marshall from California, and Kennedy coached at Washington before spending his last seven seasons at Texas, so there's plenty of Pac-12 knowledge on staff. Cabral has spent the past 23 years at Colorado, so he provides local continuity, as do Hagan, Bieniemy, McGhee and Embree, who all played at Colorado. Brookhart (Akron) and Scherer (James Madison and Memphis) have head coaching experience, while Embree, Bieniemy, Scherer, Marshall and Brown have significant NFL coaching experience.

Colorado hires WRs coach away from Texas

December, 29, 2010
Colorado has hired Texas receivers coach Bobby Kennedy to oversee the same position for the Buffaloes, the Boulder Daily Camera and Denver Post reported.

This seems like an inspired hire by new head coach Jon Embree for a variety of reasons.

First, Kennedy is a Boulder native who went to Northern Colorado, so he knows the state and the university. Second, he's been Texas' assistant recruiting coordinator since 2005. He'll bring extensive knowledge of recruiting that talent-rich state. Third, he knows the Pac-10. He coached two years at Washington and one at Arizona, so he knows Pac-10 recruiting -- read: California -- too.

Kennedy is the eighth assistant Embree has hired. The Daily Camera also reported that a quarterbacks coach from an NFL team is expected to be named next week.

Kennedy joins a staff that includes offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (running backs), defensive coordinator Greg Brown (secondary), offensive line coach Steve Marshall, tight ends coach and special teams J.D. Brookhart, inside linebackers and defensive running game coordinator Brian Cabral, outside linebackers and defensive ends Kanavis McGhee and defensive tackles Mike Tuiasosopo.

Arizona State hires Mazzone as new offensive coordinator

January, 4, 2010
Noel Mazzone will be Arizona State's next offensive coordinator, the school announced Monday.

Mazzone worked under Dennis Erickson at Oregon State (2002) and he's been an offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, Auburn and N.C. State. He comes to Arizona State after having served as wide receivers coach for the New York Jets from 2006-2008 and working as a personnel consultant for the Jets in 2009.

Mazzone will replace Rich Olson. The Sun Devils ranked ninth in total offense and eighth in scoring in 2009. They were seventh in scoring and total offense in 2008.

Coach Dennis Erickson picked Mazzone over Boise State assistant head coach Brent Pease and former Akron head coach J.D. Brookhart.