Tim Banks has left the Cincinnati staff to take a position as defensive coordinator at Illinois. Butch Jones has said that he will promote from within, but has yet to decide between DL coach Steve Stripling, LB coach John Jancek, or DB coach Kerry Coombs. Regardless of who is promoted, a new position coach will need to be hired, the question is what position that will be. Here are some possibilities to fill the opening on the Bearcats staff:
DEFENSIVE LINE COACH
(If Steve Stripling is promoted to Defensive Coordinator)
Eli Rasheed - Toledo Defensive Line Coach
- Played defensive line at Indiana from 1991-95. His position coach was Steve Stripling.
- DL coach at Indiana from 1998-2000, where he worked on staff with TJ Weist, who was the Hoosiers WR coach from 1997-2001.
- DL coach at Cincinnati from 1989-92.
- DL coach at Northern Illinois from 1980-84. He worked on staff with Stripling for four of those seasons.
- Began his coaching career as a strength & conditioning coach at Indiana in 1996 and became a graduate assistant in '97. He worked with Steve Stripling in '96 and TJ Weist in '97.
- Played DL at Indiana from 1989-92. Stripling was his position coach.
(If John Jancek is promoted to Defensive Coordinator)
Mike Cox - ex-Washington Linebackers Coach
- LB coach at Michigan State from 2003-06. Steve Stripling was the Spartans defensive line coach in 2003 and '04.
- LB coach at Louisville from 1998-2002. Stripling was on the Louisville staff as DL coach in 2001 and '02.
- DB coach at Marshall from 1996-2000, where he worked on staff with Dave Johnson for four seasons.
- Coached linebackers and special teams at Central Michigan from 2000-03, where he worked on staff with Butch Jones, Mike Bajakian, and John Jancek.
DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
(If Kerry Coombs is promoted to Defensive Coordinator)
Willie Martinez - ex-Oklahoma Defensive Backs Coach
- DB coach at Georgia from 2001-09, including five seasons as defensive coordinator. Dave Johnson was on the Bulldogs staff from 2001-07 as TE coach and John Jancek was the LB coach from 2005-09.
- DB coach at Central Michigan from 1998-2000, where he worked on staff with Butch Jones as well as one season with Don Mahoney.
- Defensive coordinator at Central Florida in 1995 and '96. John Jancek was his defensive line coach in '95.
Joe Danna - Miami Dolphins Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
- Coached at Central Michigan from 2002-05 and was a graduate assistant for the Chippewas in 1999 and 2000 after playing for the team from 1995-98. He worked with Butch Jones, Mike Bajakian, and John Jancek during his time at CMU and Don Mahoney was on staff during Danna's playing career.
- Graduate assistant at Georgia in 2001, where he worked on staff with Dave Johnson, who was the Bulldogs TE coach.
Mike Dietzel - Buffalo Safeties Coach
- Coached linebackers and special teams at Western Kentucky from 2003-06 before taking over as defensive coordinator from 2007-09. TJ Weist was the Hilltoppers WR coach from 2002-09, including four seasons as offensive coordinator.
- Graduate assistant at Michigan in 1989 and '90. Weist joined the Wolverines staff as WR coach in 1990.