Saturday, February 11, 2012

Idaho Offensive Line Coach

John McDonnell left Idaho to become the offensive line coach at Tulane.  Here are some possible candidates to fill the opening on the Vandals staff:

Gordie Shaw - ex-Hawaii Offensive Line Coach
  • Coached at Minnesota from 1993-2006.  Mark Criner was the linebackers and special teams coach at Minnesota in '06. 
  • DL coach at Idaho in 1989.

Steve Morton - ex-Washington State Offensive Line Coach
  • OL coach at WSU in 2010 and '11, where he worked with new Idaho OC Mike Levenseller.
  • Played OL at Washington State from 1971-74, and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Cougars in 1975 before being promoted to TE coach in '77.  Levenseller played WR at WSU from 1974-77.  

Rich Rasmussen - ex-Washington State Tight Ends Coach
  • Worked with Mike Levenseller on the Washington State staff from 2008-11.
  • TE coach at Eastern Washington from 1998-2007.  Eti Ena coached at EWU from 2003-05.

Michael Christianson - San Francisco 49ers Offensive Quality Control Coach
  • RB coach at Portland State from 1996-99, where he worked on staff with Mark Criner, who was the team's DB coach and defensive coordinator during Christianson's time there.

Mitch Browning - ex-Akron Offensive Line Coach
  • TE coach at Minnesota from 1997-2006, including two seasons as offensive coordinator.  In his last year with the Gophers he worked on staff with Mark Criner.

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