New DE coach goes way back with Doba

MARTY LONG, WHOSE ties with Bill Doba go back 20 years, is the new defensive ends coach for the Cougs, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Long, a one-time Arizona assistant, will replace Robb Akey who departed to take the head coaching job at Idaho. With Long on board coaching the ends, it could signal that Doba will take on the defensive coordinator's position.

Long, whose career has been primarily spent coaching defensive linemen, was at Arizona for eight seasons in the 90s before moving to Nevada for the last three years.

For each of his three seasons at Nevada, at least one of his defensive lineman was named all-league and this year he tutored two all-league picks, first teamer J.J. Milan and second team selection Matt Hines.

Long, a South Carolina native, also carries a reputation as a top-notch recruiter. At The Citadel, he helped build what was generally regarded as five of the best incoming classes in school history as recruiting coordinator. Long, who was standout player The Citadel, joined the staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant working with defensive line under Doba.

Long spent two years in the Canadian Football League with the Baltimore Stallions before going to Arizona. Over his eight-season tenure in Tucson, the Wildcats ranked 12th in the NCAA in rushing defense in 1997 and 1998, and recorded a No. 8 ranking in rushing defense and a No. 21 listing in total defense during the 2000 season. Some of the notable players he coached while at Arizona include first-team All Pac-10 selections Joe Salave'a and Daniel Greer.

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