Woods, Kauha’aha’a in as Beav OL/DL coaches?

FOOTBALL IS WON in the trenches, purists will tell you. And Oregon State new head man Gary Andersen, it’s being reported, looks all but certain to have his new offensive- and defensive line coaches set.

“Offensive line coach T.J. Woods and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a (pictured above) are certain to join Andersen in Corvallis, according to sources,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal’s Andy Baggot.

If that’s true, it would mean that Joe Seumalo is either heading to Nebraska with Mike Riley, could stay at OSU and coach a different position under Andersen, or that he might be out of work.

Seumalo has only coached the d-line as a college assistant, and just completed his ninth season at OSU in that capacity: Oregon State, 2006-present (DL); San Jose State, 2005 (DL); Cal Poly, 2001-04 (DL); Hawai’i, 1999-2000 (DL).

Seumalo’s son, Isaac Seumalo, missed the entire past season with a foot injury. He has two more seasons of eligibility and before his injury, was considered one of the Pac-12’s best linemen with a likely NFL future. Would he stay in Corvallis if his dad isn't retained?

From a recruiting standpoint, the Beavs would almost certainly want to have at least one coach with Polynesian recruiting ties. Would they go with two? Seumalo’s territory Western Inland Empire, Utah, America Samoa. Kauha’aha’a’s territories at Wisconsin according to his bio page: West Coast, Hawaii.

Kauha’aha’a has had two stints with Andersen – at Wisconsin the past two seasons and at Utah State from 2009-10. In between, he coached the d-line at Utah in 2011-12. He began his collegiate career as Weber State’s d-line coach from 2005-08. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Baldwin High in Hawaii, with a 25-5-2 record in three seasons. He played collegiately at Utah (1993-96).

He spent the past two seasons as Wisconsin’s offensive line coach, was Utah State’s o-line coach in 2011-12 and prior to that, USU’s tight ends/special teams coach from 2009-10. He previously had o-line and TE coaching stints at New Mexico (2007-08); Cirtus JC (2006); and Azusa Pacific (2003-05), his alma mater and where he was NAIA All-America as an offensive lineman.

His recruiting area at Wisconsin was the Midwest.

NOTABLE NOTES:
FootballScoop.com reports OSU wide receivers coach Brent Brennan will be retained by Andersen at Oregon State.

OSU verbal tight end Matt Snyder was convinced by Riley to go on an official visit to Nebraska. Snyder told HuskerOnline.com the visit went well but that he plans to talk to Andersen at Oregon State before making his final-final decision.

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