This week quickly turned into a whirlwind of sorts as East Carolina's formers offensive coordinator, Lincoln Riley, received an offer to become the next coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Oklahoma. On the heels of the program's decision to bring on new blood, long time coach and renowned recruiter, Bobby Jack Wright retired from the game opening up yet another spot on this Oklahoma Sooners' coaching staff. As the search rages on, most (including all of us at CCM) are focused on the offensive side of the ball with sights set on Toledo's Jason Candle.
Adding Jason Candle as Co-OC and WR coach would completely sell me on the Riley hire— CC Machine (@CCMachine) January 12, 2015
If Riley is going to be your OC/QBs coach there's only one phone call I'm making if I'm Bob Stoops and it's to Toledo's Jason Candle.— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) January 12, 2015
Now I'm anxious to see who we get to complete our offensive staff. Hopefully it's another up and comer. Would love to see Jason Candle.— Jared Gray (@FittyShades_JCG) January 13, 2015
It's easy to grasp why fans and media a like are entertained by the idea. Candle has a fantastic story that tells the tale of the type of recruiter the guy has become. As the story goes, "Mount Union's Larry Kehres gave [the] 23-year old assistant coach a school credit card and sent him to Florida with one directive -- bring back some recruits." The youngster did so well that Kehres claimed "it was almost like he was picking strawberries" according to the Toledo Blade.
Working hard at recruiting paid dividends as Candle landed players like NFL caliber receiver Pierre Garcon while top programs across the country passed on the opportunity. Rivals as well as Scout touted the coach as the MAC Recruiter of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. Make no mistake, the dude not only recruits well but can coach at a high level as well.
Rumors swirled on Scout.com's message boards saying Candle hopped a flight to Oklahoma City to secure an interview with the Sooners' coaching staff this past Thursday. However, Nick Piotrowicz shot down the rumors while bringing a bit of bad news directly from the mouth of Toledo's Head Coach, Matt Campbell...
Matt Campbell said he expects OC Jason Candle to be back in 2015. He said Candle did not interview at Oklahoma, nor does he expect him to.— Nick Piotrowicz (@NickPiotrowicz) January 13, 2015
Does that mean we should cross Jason Candle off the list of replacements for former Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell?