This Time, a World of Difference in the Hiring Process

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At some point in the last week, I looked up the article I wrote announcing Bryan Stinespring’s promotion to offensive coordinator at the end of the 2001 season.

But … I didn’t write an article announcing Stinespring’s promotion to offensive coordinator. I wrote about the news, yes, but it was buried in an article announcing Rickey Bustle’s move to Louisiana-Lafayette.

The article ran on December 13, 2001 and was titled Bustle Accepts LA-Lafayette Job, and was subtitled “Stinespring Will be Tech Off. Coordinator”.

The second paragraph of the article stated:

It was announced by Tech Coach Frank Beamer that offensive line coach and assistant head coach Bryan Stinespring will be promoted to offensive coordinator upon Bustle’s departure.

One source has told me a couple times that when Bustle accepted the LA-Lafayette job, Beamer was on a recruiting trip with Stinespring. I picture Beamer and Stiney in the car. The phone rings, and Bustle tells Beamer he’s leaving to take the head job a UL-L. Frank hangs up, turns to Stiney, and tells him, “Rickey’s leaving. You’re my new offensive coordinator.”

That — or something like it — was the extent of Frank Beamer’s “search” for an offensive coordinator 11 years ago. Stinespring’s promotion was a footnote to Bustle’s departure. The article linked above talks about Bustle for five paragraphs, covers Stinespring’s promotion for two paragraphs, and then speculates on new QB coaches for three paragraphs.

Frank Beamer

Contrast that with what we just observed for nearly three weeks: Frank Beamer’s search for a new offensive coordinator/QB coach, offensive