Monday, January 21, 2008

So You're Saying There's a Chance! Coaching Edition

Tony Dungy is going to stay with the Colts. Prior to this announcement, the team had announced Jim Caldwell the would be successor. Caldwell is a former Penn State assistant coach and current QB Coach to Peyton Manning. You may remember last week when a radio station in Pittsburgh heard a Pitt Grad say he heard his friend mention that Jim Caldwell will be announced the next Penn State head coach.

The rumor circulated (here too) but did not stick.

Now this doesn't mean much except that this guy, who has been interviewed for several NFL HC jobs over the past couple of years, isn't in charge of the Colts...yet. For the record I think Caldwell is the absolute best case scenario replacement for JoePa. Here is part of the reason why (from his Colts profile)

Caldwell joined Penn State as wide receivers coach. He then coached quarterbacks the following season and added passing game coordinator responsibilities in 1988. At Penn State, Caldwell tutored QB-Kerry Collins, who went on to win the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top college quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player. Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986.
It would be the Weis effect on recruiting without the arrogant nonsense that comes with it. It would finally be the relief to our passing game that my liver so desperately needs. Chances are still slim, of course, a couple more years and he can probably get an NFL job. But if it turns out he wants a shot at college ball, and the Colts continue to string him along, we just might get lucky.

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