In staff news, three coaching vacancies have been filled and four former assistants have been retained from what the BallStateInsider has learned.
First for retention, it was announced last week on footballscoop.com that former Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach Joey Lynch was retained by Neu. Lynch, a former player and longtime fixture in the program is still a very young and upcoming offensive mind and assistant. Lynch has been the OC for the past 2 seasons under former Coach Pete Lembo.
Also back is WR Coach Alex Bailey. Entering his third year in the program, Bailey has already been hitting the ground recruiting since the end of the dead period and has already made an in home visit with one of the Cardinals top remain targets from the prior staff – Vero Beach (FL) WR Mj McGriff.
Neu also retained TE Coach and Recruiting Coordinator Patrick Dougherty who too has been hitting the ground recruiting since the end of the dead period. Dougherty, along with Director of Player Personnel Tilmon Clark, was instrumental in coordinating on campus visits for potential athletes. Clark was also retained in his prior position.
As we reported last week, Neu made quite the splash with is first hire, grabbing LB Coach Johnny Curtis from New Orleans area powerhouse John Curtis (LA) High School. Curtis is firmly entrenched in Louisiana football and his addition to the staff means that the Cardinals gain a solid coach, but a foothold in a new recruiting market.
Neu also added a defensive coordinator and DL coach in Tim Daoust, per footballscoop.com. Daoust, who spent the past several years tutoring a stout defensive line at Syracuse, is a bright, young and energetic coach. Daoust, per man we have talked to, is one of the top young assistants in the nation and is a brilliant recruiter and Dline coach.
The final addition to the staff that Neu made last week was the hiring of Kyle DeVan as offensive line coach. Devan, a former 5-year NFL player, spent the past two seasons as an assistant OL coach with the New Orleans Saints, working closely with Neu. Devan has spent time in the college ranks at Southern Cal as a grad assistant and at his alma mater, Oregon State, as a special assistant working with TEs.
With all of that great news though, there are still several openings out there and one position we have yet to figure out.
At Safety/Nickle, we have been unable to figure out if incumbent Coach Daryl Dixon was retained. There has been no announcement on his job and his Twitter page still lists him as at Ball State. If retained, as we hope, Dixon will be another great recruiter on the staff and a solid secondary coach. Dixon has been able to create a strong pipeline into Chicago and compete with Northern Illinois for recruits in the region.
Other openings include RB Coach, which was vacated with Justin Lustig took the Head Coaching job at Edinboro College in Pennsylvania, Defensive Backs Coach (Shannon Morrison was not retained) and Strength and Conditioning where program rock Dave Feeley left to take a position at South Carolina.
Stay tuned for more news and notes on coaching changes at Ball State.