New Defensive Coordinator John Goodner came in Thursday night. Then, on Friday, two more assistant coaches from Guy Morriss' staff at Kentucky arrived, Harold Jackson and Gerald Carr. That means, for the moment at least, that the entire 10-man coaching staff remains intact. There are a couple of developments in the wind that could affect that, but someone once said that "possession was 9/10 of the law." Let's hope that is the case now, with all coaches here and accounted for.

DC John Goodner is key. As defensive and recruiting coordinator, his contributions are large, to say the very least. There have been rumors that Dennis Franchione, if unable to sway Torbush from pursuing the Alabama job, was going after Goodner. That's comforting. Here we don't even have all our coaches under contract yet, and the most publicized new coach in America is making waves about trying to get one of them.

There is also speculation that new WR Coach Harold Jackson may be pursued by his former almer mater, Jackson State, a division 1-AA school. He has expressed a possible interest, but nothing, so far, has developed. The opening was created when Robert Hughes was fired after compiling a 30-15 record over four years, but couldn't get past the first round of the playoffs during the past three years.

The coaches have already figured out their recruiting areas: Mark Nelson will handle West Texas and junior college recruits, Chris Lancaster, Wesley McGriff, and Larry Hoefer will work Dallas, and Tom Adams, Brent Pease and Gerald Carr will cover the Houston, SE-Texas area.

Now, all since all the coaches are delivered, the only thing remaining is to get them signed and sealed. That certainly can't be too soon.

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