An Oregon fansite, Duck Territory, reported Oregon defensive graduate assistant Chris Brasfield has been hired as the running backs coach at Oregon State. Plus. there's word that a defensive assistant coach will not return.
First, at running back, and assuming Brasfield is indeed joining the staff as a full time assistant coach, since two graduate assistants are already in the fold (Alan Darling, Mitch Meeuwsen), it's something of a surprising hire.
Brasfield coached running backs at Samford, am FCS school, from 2007-09. Last year, he was the defensive graduate assistant at Oregon. Most observers believed OSU and Mike Riley would have picked someone with more FBS and/or Pac-10/12 coaching experience. But Brasfield's recruiting ties to the Texas region, having played college ball and served as a G.A. at TCU, coached in the prep ranks in the state of Texas, might have been among the deciding factors.
Brasfield also has some NFL experience as a college scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a season, and as a training camp intern with Oakland in 2000.
Also, the Oregonian is reporting the linebackers position might also be open. Greg Newhouse has been at Oregon State since the 1997 season, the longest tenure of any OSU coach and one of the longest in the Pac-12 Conference.
Assuming the report is true, whether Newhouse is moving on or is not having his contract renewed is unknown.
Changes afoot on OSU staff
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