More Names Pop Up Over the Weekend

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This past weekend brought us new names in Virginia Tech’s search for an offensive coordinator, and a couple of names have been thrown out as a possible offensive line coach as well.  Today we’ll revisit the weekend’s latest rumors and try to put things in perspective.

In fact, two names have surfaced in Virginia Tech’s search for an offensive coordinator, and two names have surfaced as Tech’s next offensive line coach.  The list definitely has an SEC feel to it.

Offensive Coordinator

The two latest names to get thrown out there for the offensive coordinator position are Joker Phillips and Scot Loeffler.  The strong rumor is that Loeffler interview with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last Friday, and that discussions have taken place with Joker Phillips as well.  Let’s take a quick look at both guys.

Joker Phillips has been the head coach at Kentucky for the past three seasons, but was fired at the conclusion of the 2012 regular season.  He was quickly grabbed up by Florida to serve as their wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator.  From 2005 through 2009, he was Kentucky’s wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator, and he has served as wide receivers coach at various other schools, such as South Carolina, Notre Dame, Minnesota and Cincinnati.

Phillips played football at Kentucky from 1981-84, where he was a wide receiver under head coach Jerry Claiborne.  There’s your Virginia Tech connection.  Frank Beamer played under Claiborne in Blacksburg from 1966 through 1969.  He was also the wide receivers coach at Notre Dame in 2001, when former VT quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers was the offensive coordinator in South Bend.

In his five years as offensive coordinator at Kentucky, here’s how his offenses looked in terms of total offense.

2005: #107
2006: #31
2007: #24
2008: #106
2009: #93

The numbers were best in 2006 and 2007 when Heisman Trophy candidate Andre Woodson was playing quarterback for the Wildcats.  However, you also have to consider that Kentucky generally is near the bottom of the SEC in terms of talent.  You can’t succeed in that league without players.

Scot Loeffler was a quarterback for Michigan, but a shoulder injury ended his career.  He began his coaching career as a Graduate

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