For 20 days, Michigan has been without a football coach and all signs point the school waiting for Jim Harbaugh. Michigan insiders are ‘all in’ on the former Wolverine quarterback, feeling he’s the one coach who could unify the fan base and fix the Ohio State inferiority complex.
[dropcap]R[/dropcap]ich Bisaccia’s stint as part of Gus Malzahn’s staff at Auburn only lasted 22 days, and Bisaccia says that’s not something he’s proud of.
Bisaccia accepted a position as Auburn’s assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator and had begun recruiting for the Tigers when Jason Garrett convinced him to join the Dallas Cowboys’ staff.
“This is probably the most exciting time of my life in professional football, to be a part of Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys organization,” Bisaccia told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . “A little embarrassed about how it happened, about having to go through Auburn and only spending 22 days there. That’s not really my style. I’ve actually been really proud of some of the long stays I’ve had at particular places but for it to work out like this and have an opportunity like this I feel blessed in one way and certainly fortunate.”
Bisaccia coached special teams for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-10. He met Garrett in 2004 when Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Bucs. Bisaccia will be reunited with Tampa coaches Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli in Dallas.
Bisaccia spent the past two seasons as the San Diego Chargers’ special teams coordinator and assistant head coach.
Prior to his work in the NFL, Bisaccia coached at Ole Miss, Clemson and South Carolina.
[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ine days after reports began circulating, Derek Dooley’s hiring as Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach is finally official.
Dooley interviewed with head coach Jason Garrett in Mobile, Ala., during the week of the Senior Bowl. He takes over for Jimmy Robinson, who will become the team’s new senior consultant after spending the past two seasons as wide receivers coach.
Dooley and Garrett are good friends and coached together during Dooley’s only NFL gig. The pair worked under Nick Saban on his Miami Dolphins teams from 2005-06, with Dooley coaching tight ends and Garrett serving as quarterbacks coach.
Tennessee fired Dooley following a 4-7 season in which the Vols finished 0-7 in the SEC. In three years at Tennessee, Dooley compiled a 15-21 record and was just 4-19 in conference games.
Dooley’s is the Cowboys’ first hire of an offensive coach this off-season. Previously, the Cowboys brought on defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia this offseason, all of whom worked together previously with the Buccaneers.
The Cowboys still need to fill positions for running backs coach and tight ends coach, and could possibly hire new offensive line coach should Garrett decide to make Bill Callahan the play-caller next season.
The Cowboys staff now includes four members who have served as head coaches at the collegiate in Dooley, Kiffin, and Callahan.
On Friday, we joked that former SEC head coaches Gene Chizik and Derek Dooley had found employment. We noted that the work – serving as guest analysts during ESPNU’s coverage of National Signing Day – was very temporary.
Well, it looks like one of those two has found something that will at least last longer than one day.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that the Dallas Cowboys will hire former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as wide receivers coach.
Schefter’s report came via Twitter early Saturday evening:
Dooley was fired after a 4-7 season in which the Vols finished 0-7 in the SEC. In three years at Tennessee, Dooley compiled a 15-21 record and was just 4-19 in conference games. Prior to his stint in Knoxville, Dooley was head coach at Louisiana Tech from 2007-09 where he had a 17-20 record.
Dooley and Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett are good friends and coached together during Dooley’s only NFL gig. The pair worked under Nick Saban on his Miami Dolphins teams from 2005-06, with Dooley coaching tight ends and Garrett serving as quarterbacks coach.
Before his stint with the Dolphins, Dooley coached with Saban at LSU for five seasons. He served as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2000-2002 and running backs and special teams coach from 2002-04.
A former walk-on wide receiver at the University of Virginia, Dooley coached receivers at SMU from 1997-99.
Just a couple of weeks ago, it looked like new Auburn coach Gus Malzhan was done courting coaches and could focus on finishing out the Tigers’ recruiting class.
Malzahn had put together what looked to be an outstanding staff, and the group was working hard to salvage a recruiting class filled with star-studded players that were wavering in the aftermath of the Gene Chizik debacle.
Along came the Dallas Cowboys to complicate things.
Jason Garrett is looking for a special teams coach, and Rich Bisaccia, who was recently hired by Malzhan as assistant head coach, running backs coach and special teams coordinator, is one of the best around. Bisaccia coached special teams for the San Diego Chargers from 2010-12, and with Tampa Bay from 2002-10, where he won a Super Bowl.
The Cowboys interviewed Alan Lowry and Bruce DeHaven, who both coached Dallas’ special teams previously, but have focused on Bisaccia as their target. Bisaccia met with the Cowboys and is said to be strongly considering their offer.
Bisaccia was on the road recruiting for Auburn last night, and reportedly visited with Derrick Green, considered the nation’s No. 1 running back prospect who is considering Auburn and Michigan, but thought to be leaning to the Wolverines.
Bisaccia is expected to make a decision regarding the Cowboys’ offer quickly. Financial details of the Dallas offer are not known at this time. If he chooses to remain at Auburn, he is set to make $500,000 next year.
Below is a look at all of Malzahn’s staff, their roles and salaries:
[colored_box color=”blue”]Ellis Johnson, Defensive Coordinator: $800,000
Former Southern Miss head coach
Rodney Garner, Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line: $500,000
Rich Bisaccia, Assistant Head Coach, Running Backs, Special Teams: $500,000
Former San Diego Chargers special teams coach
Charlie Harbison, Defensive Backs: $450,000
Rhett Lashlee, Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks: $350,000
From Arkansas State
Dameyune Craig, Co-Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers: $350,000
From Florida State
J.B. Grimes, Offensive Line: $275,000
From Arkansas State
Tim Horton, Tight Ends: $250,000
Former Arkansas running backs coach and recruiting coordinator
Melvin Smith, Defensive Backs: $250,000
From Mississippi State