February 01, 2013
We've reached our final assistant in the UK coaching carousel. We've already covered offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, defensive line, running backs, wide receivers, special teams, and defensive backs. All that's left is offensive line, which we'll cover today, and the head coach. That's coming on Monday.
(One quick aside: I know, we haven't covered Vince Marrow or Chuck Smith. As we said before, the responsibilities for this year's assistants don't match up perfectly with last year's, so these two are a little mismatched. We'll skip them, because Marrow was a GA at Nebraska and Smith is still on the market. It would make for a boring post)
UK's new offensive line coach, John Schlarman, is an alumni of the program with deep ties to offensive coordinator Neal Brown. Unlike offensive assistants Tommy Mainord and Chad Scott, he doesn't have direct ties to Texas Tech.
2012 coach: Mike Summers (3rd season)
2013 coach: John Schlarman
Hire announced: Dec. 11, 2012
Where Schlarman came from: Offensive line coach, Troy
The Carousel: Troy still has an opening for its offensive line coach, according to its website.
Where Summers went: Western Kentucky, offensive line.
The Carousel: Coming off a Broyles Award nomination, Summers wasn't going to have much trouble finding a job. He decided to rejoin Bobby Petrino at WKU, remaining close to his family in Lexington. Walt Wells had been the o-line coach in Bowling Green for 10 years, but he left with Willie Taggart for South Florida (he'll also be offensive coordinator there). Steve Shankweiler had been the line coach the year before, and has since been picked up by Ron Turner at Florida International. The offensive line coach at FIU last year was Alex Mirabal, who is reportedly close to joining Marshall's staff, but that hasn't been announced yet. As the story says, he'd be replacing Geep Wade, who is apparently moving on to Middle Tennessee State. That hire hasn't been announced, though, and I'm not totally sure which part of the offensive line he'll coach. Things are pretty murky from there. At risk of going any further into the Twilight Zone, we'll call this one a day here.
Total coaches involved: 7 (not including the departing member of MTSU's staff)
Total schools involved: 7, leaning heavily on Sun Belt and Conference USA schools