I’ve been working on ideas for some fun articles (State of the Program, my fix to the BCS, Spring Practice preview, etc.) to write over the next few weeks since news comes to a standstill after National Signing Day, but with all the news happening in the Wolfpack Football program this week those articles are going to have to wait.
First, LB coach Andy McCollum left to be closer to home at Georgia Tech. He will be the DL coach and recruiting coordinator for the reigning ACC champs. Coach Mac was a good fundamental coach, but his presence will be missed the most when it comes to recruiting. The high school recruits are just magnetized by his cool, enthusiastic, fiery personality. He is the guy most responsible for the influx of players the Wolfpack program has experienced over the past three years from the talent rich state of Georgia.
Second, TOB wasted no time in hiring Jon Tenuta (bio) to replace Coach Mac as LB coach. I haven’t been able to confirm, but it happened so quickly that I have a good feeling TOB knew Coach Mac was leaving for a while and already had this plan in place. Tenuta has the credentials (29 years experience, 16 as a defensive coordinator, 5 straight top 30 defenses at Georgia Tech, coached a lot of NFL players, etc.), has always been a thorn in the side of Wolfpack offenses, and was more than likely TOB’s top choice so I would have to say this is a pretty good hire.
Tenuta fever is definitely reaching pandemic levels in Wolfpack Nation, but I’m not gaga over this like some that have proclaimed it as a “walk off grand slam!” Tenuta was the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame this past season and they were absolutely atrocious (397.8 ypg, 25.9 ppg) so put me in the undecided category for now. We have tons of fundamental flaws on defense that need a lot more than a new zone blitz scheme to be fixed. I want to wait and see the product on the field, but come Fall, I can be converted faster than warp speed.