Langsdorf on Miami short list?

THE PAST THREE seasons at Oregon State have been some of the best in the Beaver football annals. Indeed, the last three Beaver squads have compiled a 28-12 (.700) record. Not surprisingly, the success has coincided with Mike Riley's return to Orange and Black and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has played a key role.

The last three seasons at Oregon State have been like manna from heaven. The 28-12 (.700) record, the Beavs finishing in the Top 25 all three seasons.

And over this three year stretch, Oregon State is the second winningest program in the Pac-10 behind USC.

But with success comes greater exposure, which means other college football programs eventually come calling for position coaches. The latest rumor is that Langsdorf is one of the finalists for Miami's offensive coordinator position.

The 36-year old is an attractive option because he has a history of developing good quarterbacks -- a surging Matt Moore was all but unstoppable his senior year -- has NFL experience with three seasons spent with the New Orleans Saints and he's been an offensive coordinator in the college ranks for four seasons.

Under Langsdorf, the Beaver offense has set numerous all-time marks -- the 2005 unit set a school record for total offense for an 11-game season with 4,605 yards, including an 11-game record for passing yardage with 3,621 hashes. Five offensive players earned postseason honors and WR Mike Hass captured the Biletnikoff Award and was named a first team All-American.

The 2006 squad featured seven postseason honor candidates, including first teamers RB Yvenson Bernard and OG Jeremy Perry, while ranking in the top half of the conference in scoring, passing, pass efficiency, first downs, redzone offense and time of possession.

Success continued in 2007 with three players earning first or second team All-Pac-10 honors. Langsdorf coached in the Hula Bowl after the conclusion of the season.

And finally in 2008, four players earned All-Pac-10 honors, including Offensive Player of the Year and true freshman RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The Beaver offense ranked in the top half for scoring, total offense, first downs, third and fourth down conversions and time of possession.

The Sun Sentinel reported that Miami head coach Randy Shannon is rumored to be on the West Coast this week and will be interviewing Langsdorf.  Reports state that the hire could be done by Friday.

If Langsdorf does leave for the warm weather of Florida, it would seem more than a little likely assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Jay Locey would be promoted to offensive coordinator, while probably keeping his receiver coaching duties.

That would open up the quarterback position.

And here's a thought -- Riley could bring in current Idaho quarterbacks coach and former Beaver great Jonathan Smith to fill the empty spot.

But none of this matters if Langsdorf stays put. The number of reports of various coaches, Oregon State's included, who were rumored to be departing, and who never left, is a lengthy one. Stay tuned.


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