It's looking more and more like Kerry Coombs will be the only holdover from Brian Kelly's staff to stay at UC with new coach Butch Jones.
announced today that Mike Elston - who's been with Kelly since his
All of that was expected.
slightly surprising is that apparently Tim Hinton, who was on Mark Dantonio's
staff and was the only holdover to remain here for Kelly's tenure, is going to
Notre Dame, as well. He's never coached outside of
of Kelly's former staff, meanwhile, could follow Jeff Quinn to
Here's what Coombs told me last month about staying at UC to coach with Jones: "I really do mean that when I tell kids that this is the best place to go as a football player. It's not just that it's my home and where I'm from. That's too easy. The reality is it's the best place, it's got the greatest combination of all the things that are important to me and a lot of kids. Our players recognize that. You don't find a lot of guys coming down the hall and wanting to transfer. You don't find a lot of recruits jumping ship.
thing is going to continue to go forward in the same manner, because the
foundation is built. What we have to offer is so special and we're going to continue
to have great kids. That's what people forget. You win games with your players.
Brian Kelly was a great football coach and he's going to be very successful at
Notre Dame, but you win games with your players - how you recruit them or train
them. Coaches know that. We have an exciting future at