There has been chatter around cyberspace that Dave Yost is headed to Oregon as either a quarterbacks or receivers coach, but neither CF.C source could confirm the school in play to be Oregon, nor that it was a done deal.
Both sources said if the move were to take place, odds are that Mike Leach might not fill the inside receivers position at WSU until after Signing Day. That may cause fans of WSU recruiting some angst but Leach and eight assistant coaches, one of the sources said, can easily pick up any slack on the recruiting trail ahead of Signing Day (Feb. 3) and particularly so given the makeup of the commit list and official visitors list for January.
Also, WSU would likely temporarily elevate a staff member to assistant coach status, as they’ve done before.
David Lose, a defensive assistant, is considered an excellent recruiter - his name has come up with several recruits after their official visit in conversations with CF.C. Antonio Huffman, WSU's director of football operations, is also considered an excellent recruiter.
Assistant coach movement after the regular season used to go like this: deal made, wait until after February’s Signing Day to announce. That has changed completely in recent years. These days, announcements of assistant coaches moving elsewhere coincide with the final contact period in recruiting, right up until Signing Day -- and the assistants often bring along some or even all of the verbal commitments in their area with them to the new school.
For WSU, that aspect wouldn’t be in play. Of the 26 known verbal commits, none are Yost pledges.
Yost’s primary recruiting territories for WSU are Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. He also recruits San Francisco for WSU, though running back coach Jim Mastro is the Cougs’ primary recruiter for the Bay Area. Of the four Washingtonians in the Cougs' 2016 recruiting class, all four are from the west side.
Yost came to WSU in January of 2013 from Missouri but has as a matter of course has declined to give media interviews. One of the rare times he did speak was shortly after his hire at a recruiting dinner with CF.C. You can read that interview below.
At Missouri, Yost was the quarterbacks coach from 2001-08, mentoring three of Mizzou's top QBs in school history. In 2009 he became offensive coordinator and added assistant head coach duties in 2011, before resigning from Missouri at the end of 2012. A few months later, he joined Leach at Washington State, replacing inside receivers coach Eric Morris, who left to join Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
Washington State to this point has been less affected by the annual coaching carousel this offseason than one might have expected following a 9-4 campaign, with one assistant coaching move in Graham Harrell leaving to join North Texas and Dave Nichol replacing him as WSU’s outside receivers coach.
Washington State's returning inside receivers on the roster for 2016 include senior River Cracraft, third-year junior Robert Lewis, second-year sophomore Kyle Sweet and senior walk on John Thompson. Cracraft is a virtual lock to start at the Y, while Lewis and Sweet are expected to battle it out for the starting H job in spring ball and fall camp. Leach does rotate eight receivers in a game, and Thompson as a backup slot man come on strong down the stretch this past season.
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