December 3rd, 2012 11:16 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Missouri, Tennessee
Tags: Chaney Mizzou, East Division, Louis Rams, SEC
After Missouri’s mizz-erable 2012 campaign ended, head coach Gary Pinkel said there would be no changes to his coaching staff. Fast forward a few days and that’s now changing.
Embattled offensive coordinator David Yost announced today that he’ll be stepping down after nearly two decades of coaching with Pinkel (the last 12 years in Columbia):
“There are a lot of factors that played into the process of coming to my decision. I feel like I’ve had a great run here and that it’s just the right time to turn it over to someone else. On one hand, it’s a really hard decision to make, but on the other hand, I feel good that it’s the right decision at the right time for me.”
With injuries to quarterback James Franklin and just about every offensive lineman on the Tiger team, Mizzou finished the SEC 11th in total offense and scoring offense.
So who might replace Yost? A look higher up the SEC stats chart will show that Tennessee finished 2nd in the league in total offense and fourth in scoring. With Derek Dooley out in Knoxville, offensive coordinator Jim Chaney — a Missouri native who joined Tennessee’s staff from the St. Louis Rams in 2009 — is available.
Chaney had great success as Purdue’s offensive coordinator and helped turn Drew Brees and Kyle Orton into household names before heading to the NFL and then back to the college ranks. For Missouri, a Chaney hire would also bring someone into the fold who’s had success in the East Division and who has already established some recruiting ties in the areas the Tigers hope to target.
In the end, two plus two might equal five, but the math on a Chaney/Mizzou marriage seems to add up.
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