Snyder Losing Coaches

Usually Febrauary is a time for coaches to get ready for springball and decide what schemes and plays they would like to install while players work out and prepare for Spring Ball. All of that is true and then some with the announcement that Andy Ludwig will be leaving K-State.

February is normally a pretty much quiet time in intercollegiate football camps, other than lifting and running to become bigger, faster, stronger.

But not at Kansas State.

On Friday, the coaching carousel continued with the announcement from the California Bears football franchise that Andy Ludwig had been hired as the program's offensive coordinator. That's the same Ludwig that's been the Wildcats' offensive coordinator for the last six weeks after being hired by head coach Bill Snyder away from Utah.

"I am happy and excited to have Andy join our staff," coach Jeff Tedford said via a prepared release. "I've kept in touch with him over the years and followed his career, and we have a lot of history together. Andy is an excellent coach, which is evident by his guiding Utah to an undefeated record last year. He is an outstanding offensive coordinator and play caller."

Last season, Ludwig served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Utah, helping the Utes to a perfect 13-0 record, a 31-17 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking in the Associated Press poll.

Although Tedford and Ludwig have not previously coached together, they have been linked at Fresno State and Oregon. When Tedford left Fresno State to become offensive coordinator at Oregon, Ludwig replaced him as offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. The same happened when Tedford left Oregon to become head coach at Cal, with Ludwig moving to Eugene for three years.

Another vacancy has materialized with the departure of Jeff Rodgers as special teams coach, plus the announced exit two weeks ago of Dave Brock to Boston College. Attempts to contact Ludwig and Snyder were unsuccessful.

K-State's current official staff now includes only Charlie Dickey and Dana Dimel on the offensive side, while the defensive staff is complete with Chris Cosh, Vic Koenning, Joe Bob Clements and Mo Latimore.

Expected to be announced shortly as offensive coaches are Del Miller, who is making the move from San Diego State, and former Wildcat quarterback Jonathan Beasley, who was a graduate assistant in charge of the wide receivers at Montana State.

ONE PARTING SHOT

In the official announcement of Ron Prince returning to the Virginia staff ascoach of the special teams came Friday,

Prince had one parting jab at K-State in accepting his new position: "My experiences the last three seasons in the Big 12 have added to my appreciation of the quality of the Virginia program, the unique set of skills that Coach (Al) Groh has, and the ambition and energy of the players."

While the head coach at Kansas State, the Wildcats led the country in punt returns (2007), kick off returns (2006) and kicks blocked (2008).


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