Several days after their “spring game”, the Arizona Wildcats have now filled all their vacancies on the coaching staff.
Football Scoop first reported that Ohio State “Quality Control, kicking” coach Brian Knorr would be making his way from Columbus to Tucson, becoming Arizona’s new Special Teams coach.
Knorr later changed his Twitter header photo to reflect his new home.
He spent one year with Ohio State after being the defensive coordinator at Indiana for two seasons. This is now the third hire that Rich Rodriguez has made this offseason of a coach that has recent coordinator experience (Scott Boone and Theron Aych the others).
Knorr played quarterback at Air Force from 1982-85, then later became the first AFA grad to become a head coach at the Division-1 level when he took over at Ohio University in 2001.
Those four years at Ohio were not great, as the Bobcats only managed to put up an 11-35 record. Knorr was replaced by Frank Solich at Ohio, so he returned to Air Force as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach.
After that, Knorr went to Wake Forest with his old pal Jim Grobe, where he served as a WR coach, and then switched back to LBs, which could be something he helps with at Arizona too.
Boone has said that the “Stud” position works with both him and the defensive line, but maybe Knorr takes that on as well, seeing as he was an OLB/DE coach from 2013-15 with Wake and Indiana.
All of this past experience certainly makes this hire an intriguing one, and considering the timing, seems like an extremely quality choice by Rodriguez. Now we wait and see how this all plays out.