Source: One assistant who won’t return to OSU

THE HEAD COACHING CAROUSEL grabs most of the spotlight for obvious reasons. And lost in the shuffle, a lot of the time, are the assistant coaches who find themselves out of a job. A source with knowledge of the situation tells that a longtime OSU assistant coach isn’t going to Nebraska with Mike Riley, and he isn’t being retained by the new staff at Oregon State.

Joe Seumalo is not returning to Oregon State under new coach Gary Andersen, a source with knowledge of the situation told BF.C.

A possible landing spot could be UNLV, to whom Seumalo spoke with this week. New Rebels’ coach Tony Sanchez was the head coach at Bishop Gorman High a month ago. He said this week he’s looking to populate his staff with experienced college assistants.

Seumalo just completed his ninth season at Oregon State under Mike Riley.

(By the way, a quick check indicates only two coaches have ever gone from high school to major college jobs: Gerry Faust at Notre Dame and Todd Dodge at North Texas.)

Before coming to Oregon State in 2006, Seumalo had coaching stops at San Jose State, 2005 (DL); Cal Poly, 2001-04 (DL); Hawai’i, 1999-2000 (DL).

The Wisconsin State Journal’s Andy Baggot reported Wisconsin defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a was “certain to join Andersen in Corvallis, according to sources.”

Seumalo’s territories at OSU were Western Inland Empire, Utah, America Samoa. Kauha’aha’a’s territories at Wisconsin according to his bio page: West Coast, Hawaii.

SO WHAT ABOUT Beaver center Isaac Seumalo, who just used his redshirt season due to a foot injury and has two more seasons of eligibility remaining? Would he stay at OSU after his dad will head elsewhere?

The source opined that Seumalo, if he’s healthy, would likely stay at Oregon State for at least one more season and then probably go pro, in part because his sister also attends OSU.

Seumalo would be required to sit out a year if he transfers per NCAA rule, although at least a couple players over the past 5-6 years whose fathers have been let go off a college staff have submitted successful appeals and thereby did not have to sit out a season after transferring.

Seumalo was injured last December in the bowl game and his foot has been frustratingly slow to heal. He was unable to practice fully throughout the entire 2014 season (as well as obviously spring ball and fall camp.)

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