Someone needs to pinch me to make sure I'm not dreaming, because I'm pretty sure that this says George DeLeone will not be UConn's offensive coordinator next year. What's that? He's done? He's really done? Thank god.
Well, he's not entirely gone, as he'll still be coaching the offensive line and has gained the new title of associate head coach. Still, he won't be calling plays for the Huskies anymore, so hopefully we will see something just a bit more exciting than DeLeone's standard "run, run, run, punt" offense in 2013. I'm still concerned about his work with the O-line, which has struggled since DeLeone replaced current Tight Ends coach Mike Foley and tried to institute a new, more complex scheme.
DeLeone will apparently be replaced by former Cincinnati wide receivers coach T.J. Weist once a contract is worked out. Weist was also the Bearcats' recruiting coordinator. I don't know much about Weist, who apparently almost went to Tennessee with former Cincy coach Butch Jones, but we'll try to find out more soon. Prior to working at Cincy Weist was the OC at Western Kentucky where things seemed to go well under his leadership:
Weist was WKU's offensive coordinator from 2003-06, calling plays for one of the most prolific units in school history. Not only did four-year starters Justin Haddix and Lerron Moore etch their names in the WKU record book in numerous categories, Hamilton became the first Topper wide out to be selected to an All-America team since 1996 following the 2006 campaign.
WKU ranked 23rd in the country in total offense, also finishing 17th in pass efficiency rating, while posting more than 4,000 total yards for the fifth consecutive season. Weist's passing attack averaged better than 200 yards per outing for the first time since 1986, as the 2,248 yards racked up by the unit through the air were the fifth most in WKU history.
In addition to Hamilton's performance, redshirt freshman Gaebler was selected to the Gateway Football Conference All-Newcomer Team in his first season of action while Hamilton, Haddix, Moore and Chris Sullivan earned all-league honors, and Andrew McCloud was also a member of the All-Newcomer squad.
Weist helped direct an offense that averaged 405.73 yards per game in 2005, which was the fifth-highest mark in school history, while scoring more than 30 points a game. The Hilltoppers ranked in the top 30 nationally in four different categories, which included leading the Gateway Conference and standing 14th in rushing offense. Three Hilltoppers were named first-team all-league on offense that year, while two others made the conference's All-Newcomer Team.
Here's hoping he can recreate some of those numbers for the Huskies.