Chuck Long Emerges As a Major Candidate For Offensive Coordinator

by JustinC on January 10, 2013 · 21 comments

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Long San Diego St 1216 t640 300x229 Chuck Long Emerges As a Major Candidate For Offensive CoordinatorFor most Virginia Tech fans, the letdown of not hiring Pep Hamilton will be a tough pill to swallow. However, Hamilton will likely end up as the 49ers next offensive coordinator if I had to guess. The Hokies just don’t have the resources to overcome that one. Other than that, a deal could have happened. If you want somebody to blame, feel free to blame the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now, back to the name that has emerged in the last hour. Chuck Long is currently coaching high school football in Norman, Oklahoma. That’s not a great look for somebody who may move into an offensive coordinator spot at a place like Virginia Tech. But, Long has had successful stints on his resume. From 2002-2005, he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under Bob Stoops.

In fact, Long was the QB coach (and Coordinator) when Jason White won the Heisman in 2003. For Logan Thomas, who is looking for a coach who could develop him next season, Long is not a bad hire.

Long’s last two stints were unsuccessful though. After a five year stay in Norman, he took the head coaching job at San Diego State and went an abysmal 9-27 in three seasons. He then found a job under Turner Gill at Kansas and failed to help grow the program in his two seasons there.

That said, the talent level at both programs was horrible. Gill was regarded as one of the best up and coming coaches after leading Buffalo to a MAC Championship in 2009 before flaming out at Kansas. Unfortunately, Long and the rest of his assistants went down with him.

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Long’s offense put up incredible numbers at Oklahoma during his stint as offensive coordinator there but his offensive units at San Diego State and Kansas struggled. Honestly, you can interpret that a few different ways. Either Long didn’t have the right players to work with, thus his system failed to produce or he couldn’t construct a system to fit a program with less talent.

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Without doing a lot of tape watching, I can’t really respond to that. But, I think the numbers his offenses put up while he was at Oklahoma is encouraging. But, his struggles after leaving Oklahoma are definitely a major concern for me.

Final Thoughts

Long hasn’t been hired so if you’re panicking over this one, calm down. This isn’t official and there are other candidates still. But, this is one that could have legs and it wouldn’t shock me to see Long as our next Coordinator.

To be honest, I was hoping for somebody who had a better resume. However, it is hard to say no to a coach who has produced two Davey O’Brien award winners and one Heisman winner at quarterback. But, Long hasn’t been relevant in ten years and he’s clearly not the home run hire most Hokie fans were longing for.

That said, Tech doesn’t need a high powered offense to be successful. Tech needs an offense that’s competent, can move the football in crunch time, and can manage the game. Alabama doesn’t break records but they're effective. To me, that’s the best kind of offense. Yes, Oregon has their way but we’ll never be Oregon (outside of the never ending jersey combinations of course).

If Long is hired, I won’t hate the hire. He deserves a chance to prove himself. Hell, I’ll take anybody not named Stinespring or O’Cain at this point.

Feel free to give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Brian January 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

It’s all a bad dream…It’s all a bad dream…It’s all a bad dream…

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Chachi January 11, 2013 at 1:35 am

All of sudden, Dana Bible isn’t looking so bad. Other than this past season, VT has been a consistent Top 25 team for the past dozen seasons. We can’t find a successful assistant with connections to the souteast or mid-atlantic who is currently coaching at the D-1 FBS level and hire him to run the offense? Why retread a guy who has no connections east of the Mississippi and who’s claim to fame is nearly a decade old and has glaring failures at 2 different schools since then?

I guess if Frank hires him, we give him the benefit of the doubt, but come on, there’s nobody from the SEC or even the B1G that we can poach? Oh well, anything has to be better than the offensive futility we have recently endured. Was hoping for so much more though…

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fernleyhokie January 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

Don’t see how CFB would accept someone who hasn’t been relevant in a decade and trust that person could help win him a national championship in the next 5. Sad it is not Hamilton but CFB should be looking for someone younger and more in tune with collegiate sports today. Not another good ole’ boy from the day that can simply fill a vacancy. If you’re going to go that route, I would prefer the Fridge.

what happened to Tony Franklin? Is he no longer a candidate?

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justinc January 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Franklin took the OC job at UCLA, I believe.

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justinc January 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Sorry make that Cal. Not UCLA. My bad.

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Meagan January 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

This is a joke! I am about sick of VT and their coaching picks! I love VT but this is becoming old! Im guessing no changes will be made again! I’d rather not to make a change just for the sake of changing if we are digging in the high school ranks this is horrible! A school like VT and all we can get are high school coaches? We will never recruit any kind of star offensive playes as long as we keep a mess like this.

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David Arney January 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

I will take anyone over what we have now!!

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69HOKIE January 11, 2013 at 11:54 am

I agree. And we don’t need one of those ‘razzle-dazzle’ offenses. We did very well with the ‘smash-mouth’, run over and through people offense for a long time. Let’s get anyone that can get us back to that..

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kenroe January 11, 2013 at 10:05 am

I never felt beamer truly wanted pep anyway Beamers a country boy and old and pep is a city boy and young and we all know beamer doesnt want a modern off philosophy this jus pisses me offf!!!!!!!!!

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justinc January 11, 2013 at 2:53 pm

That’s not it at all. You guys have to remember that there’s a lot more to hiring somebody than numbers. Pep isn’t somebody who is going to stay in Blacksburg more than a year or two. His name is too hot within coaching circles plus he’s a guy that wants to be in the NFL. Beamer is always going to do whats best for the program long-term. We’re not going to hire somebody who’s here one year then leaves after that. Just doesn’t make any sense to do it that way.

That said, I know why a lot of people liked Pep. He’s the OC for one of the most physical teams in the country. That said, he doesn’t call the plays, he’s never been a true OC before, and Stanford’s offense was tied with us in total O this year. He’s not Chad Morris or somebody who would have that effect.

Let’s at least allow Frank to make a hire before we tear him apart.

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69HOKIE January 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Well said!! We might just get the next rising star that REALLY wants to be in B’burg.

Enough of all the negative rants.

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VTShane January 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Justin is right….Pep is headed to the NFL…..just heard he is going with Lovie Smith! I like the Loefler hire but I hate the Long hire. This is typical CFB who really doesn’t want to make any changes and definitely doesn’t want to fire his Secretary’s husband (Stinkspring). It would be bad for CBF to bring in a new OC and leave the previous one on staff…..even for tight ends etc. That has trainwreck all over it. The really bad thing is that Logan is about to make a decsion and a new OC should have been in place to help him with this decision.

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Vhokie January 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Jason White passed for over 7000 yards and had 75 TD passes with only 19 interceptions. He also was the coordinator during the great Adrian Peterson’s 2004 season when he went for 1925 yards. The guy has had success at a high level. Being the QB coach to a Heisman winner has to count for something. Unless he forgot everything since then…it has been a long time.

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Mark January 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Hearing word that Scott Loeffler is now in the mix. Sounds like he was a good hire for Auburn last year but had a rough time during the season and the whole group was let go. He seems to like running a pro-style offense.

http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/01/auburn_hires_scot_loeffler_as.html

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Les January 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

It sounds like Miami coach Al Golden built the Temple offense inherited by Loeffler.

http://www.bloguin.com/crystalballrun/2012-articles/december/grading-the-coaching-hires-steve-addazio-and-boston-college.html

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kenroe January 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

tell me im dreaming and this is a nightmare smdh!!!!!!!!

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VTnyc January 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

When will we hear whether harris is in or not?

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Jeff January 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

He is totallly out…no chance

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Jeff January 12, 2013 at 6:07 pm

hahaha, woops, you probably meant Drew Harris..good question

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justinc January 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Soon. I asked him a few days ago if he had heard back or not and he said the NCAA was working on it now. My guess is we’ll know by Friday.

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VTnyc January 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I hope harris can get in. I’m looking forward to a smash mouth running back with some speed.

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