Wide Receivers Coach Hot Board 1.0

A look at potential candidates to fill the vacant wide receiver coach position at Syracuse

George McDonald is off to ACC rival North Carolina State. That leaves Syracuse with an open wide receiver coaching slot. Who will fill the vacancy within the staff? Here is the first wide receivers coach hot board. We will continue to update as we gather information.

Bobby Acosta

Current position: Tight Ends Coach, Syracuse
Why he fits: Acosta coached the tight ends this past season, but his best positional coaching spot is at wide receivers. That is where Acosta feels the most comfortable outside of being a coordinator or head coach. From what we are hearing, he is very interested in the move as well. Sliding him over would give Syracuse some flexibility. They could hire someone strictly for special teams or look for a strong tight ends coach with special teams capabilities given Tim Lester’s new offense focusing on the position within his offense.

Rob Moore

Current position: Buffalo Bills Wide Receivers Coach
Why he fits: Moore’s position at Buffalo is in flux with the departure of Doug Marrone. He has coached the Syracuse wide receivers in the past, including one season under head coach Scott Shafer. While not a strong recruiter, he is a football guy who helped the 2012 Orange to one of their most prolific offensive seasons in school history. It remains to be seen if he would be interested in coming back, but he is a name that will at least pop up.

Jay Norvell

Current position: Unemployed
Why he fits: Norvell has extensive experience coaching wide receivers and tight ends at both the major division one level and in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Oakland Raiders. He has spent most of his time in the Midwest or Western part of the United States, but is currently unemployed after Oklahoma recently let him go. He would bring a lot of experience to the Syracuse staff and has even been the offensive coordinator at Nebraska, UCLA and Oklahoma over the last 10 years.

Marquis Mosely

Current position: Unemployed
Why he fits: Has experience coaching wide receivers at the highest level of college football, doing so under Larry Coker at Miami. He also coached the same position at Northern Illinois, although it was after Scott Shafer’s departure. Mosely has spent the last couple of seasons at UTSA, also under coach Coker. He was let go after the 2014 season. His extensive experience at the position, as well as past ties to Florida and Illinois, make him an intriguing option.

Frisman Jackson

Current position: Unemployed
Why he fits: Frisman was let go from N.C. State, paving the way for McDonald’s hire there. He has experience coaching the wide receiver position and ties to the Midwest having coached at Western Michigan, Akron and Northern Illinois. He has spent the last seven seasons coaching wide receivers and would bring immediate experience despite being a relatively young coach.

Thad Ward

Current position: NIU Wide Receivers Coach
Why he fits: Ward has ties to Florida being a Tallahassee native, playing at UCF and coaching for a year at Florida A&M. Most of his recent experience is in the Midwest, but has spent the last several seasons coaching wide receivers. He is another young coach with solid experience who could be a nice addition to the staff. It would be a lateral move but would put him in a power five conference.

Jamie Casullo

Current position: Westhill High School Head Coach
Why he fits: The son of former Syracuse assistant Bob Casullo, Jamie comes from a football family and has coaching in his blood. He spent time as an assistant at the University of Albany. He graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse and considers Central New York home. Having his brother, Rocco, as the head coach of St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida. That should help recruiting in the area. Rocco, from what I hear, is not a likely candidate at this time.

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