Things seem to be really looking up for the Cincinatti Bearcats as Luke Fickell continues to pluck coaching talent from the ACC.
Jon Tenuta, Virginia’s former defensive coordinator from 2013 to 2015, is joining Luke Fickell’s staff at Cincinnati. Per FootballScoop, Tenuta has served as the defensive coordinator at Marshall, Kansas State, SMU, Ohio State, UNC, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and NC State.
Bearcat Report’s Russell Johnson noted that Tenuta’s hire is “yet another native Ohioan returning home to help aid the resurgence of this Bearcats program, and has also previously coached in places like Kansas State, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame among others throughout the years.”
— BearcatReport.com (@BearcatReport) January 5, 2017
Cincinnati is going through a coaching overhaul after Luke Fickell was hired to supplant former coach Tommy Tuberville.
The Bearcats didn’t stop there. FootballScoop also reported that Boston College defensive line/special teams coordinator Al Washington is joining the Cincinnati staff as its defensive line coach, per sources. Washington also coached running backs at BC for three seasons.
Apparently this move was a huge loss for the Eagles. Washington did a great job for an Eagles line this year that saw junior Harold Landry notch 15 sacks.
This is… pretty bad. Al Washington is one of BC football’s most important coaches, in particular with his ability to sell the school and bring in some of the Eagles’ best recruits. And as @BearcatJournal pointed out, Washington was the DL coach for Harold Landry, who tallied 15 sacks and may be an NFL first round pick this season.
— BearcatReport.com (@BearcatReport) January 4, 2017
Finally, Boston College made a move itself. The Eagles are promoting former player Ricky Brown to a position on Steve Addazio’s staff.
“Ricky Brown, a former BC player who spent the 2016 season as the director of football initiatives for the program, is being promoted to one of the full-time on-the-field positions on Steve Addazio’s staff. Brown’s official title will be announced at a later date.”
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