Opposite to earlier offseasons, James Franklin appeared comparatively assured that his teaching workers would stay intact for 2023, stating in December that he was “hopeful” Penn State would “retain the bulk, if not all” of its workers.
With “foolish season” on its tail finish, it appeared as if the Nittany Lions might deliver again each member of its major workers, earlier than vast receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield was fired Monday.
Regardless of incomes a dedication from Kent State switch receiver Dante Cephas simply an hour after Stubblefield’s termination, Penn State continues to be in want of enchancment on the place, and a breakthrough rent may very well be the distinction maker.
Cephas’ dedication indicators there may very well be a alternative for Stubblefield already, so this is an inventory of potential candidates for who that may very well be.
Jeff Scott, former head coach, South Florida
In simply 4 years, South Florida went from a consecutive double-digit win staff to a mixed 4 wins from 2020-2022, three of which got here towards FCS opponents.
That is largely partly to his head coach over these three seasons, Jeff Scott, who was fired in November and hasn’t discovered a job since.
Do not let his head teaching file idiot you: Scott was one of many high receivers coaches within the nation over his 11-year profession with Clemson. With the Tigers, Scott recruited and coached program greats comparable to Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross and helped coordinate this system’s 2017 Nationwide Championship win.
Scott possible deserves an offensive coordinator job however might have a stepping stool to profit from his presents. Penn State’s opening may very well be simply that.
Bobby Engram, coach offensive coordinator, Wisconsin
Penn State’s all-time chief in receiving yards and touchdowns, Bobby Engram, ought to be one of many first names that come to thoughts in filling the staff’s current opening.
Following a 14-year NFL profession, Engram went into teaching and shortly climbed up the ranks, most not too long ago serving as Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator this previous season earlier than he was dismissed alongside former head coach Paul Chryst.
Along with his connection to the Nittany Lions, NFL teaching expertise with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens and expertise coordinating on the Large Ten stage, it is simple to see how Engram might slot in Comfortable Valley.
JaMarcus Shephard, vast receivers coach, Washington
Opposite to the primary two names, Washington vast receivers coach JaMarcus Shephard is a Penn State coach must lure away from one other program.
Previous to his transfer west, Shephard served as Purdue’s vast receivers coach from 2017-2021, the place he coached alongside present Nittany Lion safeties coach Anthony Poindexter for 4 years.
Shephard was an integral a part of the Boilermakers’ pass-heavy offensive scheme, and he recruited and coached now-NFL receivers David Bell and Rondale Moore.
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Chris Beatty, vast receivers coach, Los Angeles Chargers
With Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley on the new seat, the franchise might quickly clear home, doubtlessly ensuing within the dismissal of its vast receivers coach Chris Beatty.
For a season in his 24-year teaching profession, Beatty served as Franklin’s vast receivers coach at Vanderbilt in 2011, earlier than embarking on a tour throughout a number of Large Ten campuses comparable to Illinois, Wisconsin and Maryland.
Along with his connection to Franklin and his multi-year expertise teaching within the Large Ten, Beatty could be a home-run rent. Nevertheless, he is nonetheless a “what if” candidate, along with his availability relying on if and when the Chargers clear home.
Calvin Lowry, offensive analyst, Penn State
Reverting again to the “Perhaps Cephas dedicated as a result of Penn State already had Stubblefield’s alternative” ideology, not too long ago employed offensive analyst and former Nittany Lion Calvin Lowry would make a whole lot of sense.
Following eight seasons as Tulsa’s vast receivers coach, Penn State introduced Lowry again simply over every week in the past — possible not sufficient time for a promotion until this system already knew Stubblefield could be fired and wished to be ready with a successor.
Lowry would not have a ton of expertise recruiting the top-level expertise, however he did sufficient to stay a place coach at an FBS faculty for eight years, to not point out three years as a Baylor assistant.
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Identical to final season, Penn State added one other receiver from the switch portal.