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Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:08 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Hey, did you know that there are other coaching searches going on right now besides the one at Michigan?  I'm serious, there are!  UConn still needs to find a head coach since Randy Edsall decided to leave following the Fiesta Bowl and take over for Ralph Friedgen at Maryland.  Though it's starting to look as though the job vacancy in Storrs has been filled.

Reports out of Florida say that former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple, now out of a job following the firing of Randy Shannon and hiring of Al Golden, will be named the new head coach at UConn.

If the reports turn out to be correct, and the 53-year old Whipple lands the UConn gig, it will be his first head coaching job on the FBS level, and his first head coaching job anywhere since he left UMass in 2004.  While at UMass he won a Division-IAA national championship in 1998.  Whipple has spent the last two seasons as Miami's offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.  After a nice 2009 season that saw the Hurricanes score the most points they had in a season since 2002, things took a big step backwards in 2010.  Of course, that could be the fault of Jacory Harris throwing interceptions like they were going out of style more than it was Whipple's offensive system.

Either way, to lose a job as an offensive coordinator only to find yourself getting a job as head coach at another BCS program is a pretty nice turn of events for anybody.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:37 am
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:42 am
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

Of course, that could be the fault of Jacory Harristhrowing interceptions like they were going out of style more than it was Whipple's offensive system.

That's not really a fair assessment.  Whipple needs to share some of the blame for a LOT of those INTs.  Sure, Harris was prone to throwing lob passes or making bad reads from time to time, but the main cause of the high number of interceptions was the play calling.  I've never seen a team take so many shots down the field in my life.  

I get the idea that you want to try for the big play a few times a game, but they were taking at least 6 or 7 "home run" shots a game.  That's setting your QB up for failure.  Most of those INTs were basically punts, but you add them to the actual poor throws and poor decisions, it really magnifies the turnovers.  And Harris threw a lot of picks in that "nice 2009 season" as well...

Oh and don't forget that the WRs ran the wrong routes on a fairly consistent basis.  I don't know if his scheme was just too complicated for them or if they weren't coached properly, but I think good coaches should be able to cut down on receivers running the wrong routes at some point.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

I agree w/Abi.  The Canes had 4 outstanding RBs and a QB that hasn't been able to figure it out.  Yet, instead of running more--or at all in some cases (see the last play against USF)--he kept insisting on throwing the ball.  It simply made no sense at times.  Whipple has had sucess as an HC, and Big Ben is one of his QB students, so he has demonstrated an ability to coach.  Hope it works out for him at UConn-just no recruiting down here.



Since: Nov 4, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

As a Hurricanes fan, I don't think whipple was the right fit for our team. We have a pretty mediocre qb in Harris(not bad, just not a gamebreaker), but 4 capable running backs of different varieties (Storm JOhnson, Lamar Miller, Damien Berry, Mike James), yet Whipple refused to run the ball and had a very pass-happy offense. He didn't really work out for us, but who knows, he may be a good HC. 



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Report: Mark Whipple to be next UConn coach

I can see the Huskies looking at Whipple due to his New England background, and having some ties to Florida certainly isn't a bad prospect either.  I'm just not sure that someone who doesn't have prior experience as a Division I (okay FBS) head coach or significant, i.e. more than two years, history at an FBS school in terms of recruiting is the right person for this opening.  Not that any candidate must have prior FBS head coaching experience, but simply more than two years at a Division I school should be considered before a decision is made.  At this point the administration doesn't need to be in any kind of rush to fill the spot, but should consider where UConn is today and where they want the program to be in the future. If they really expect to compete at the BCS level, they need comparable players first and then work on coaching....I for one will be hoping for the best and wish Coach Edsall good luck at Maryland.  He's moving to a good school but one that also won't tolerate a .500 program for more than 2-3 years....



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