The Utah Utes have been looking to find a replacement for former offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who took the same position at Kansas State. Last week Scout.com’s Washington site was reporting that Utah wide receivers coach Andy Roderick was to take the same position in Seattle, where he would reunite with his old pal, Steve Sarkisian.
Roderick and Sarkisian coached together at BYU.
To most, it seemed that Roderick was not going to get the coordinator job at Utah and that's why he decided to jump ship to a bigger conference.
Well, Friday night the news came out that Andy Roderick decided to stay put and, along with running backs coach Dave Schramm, will be the co-offensive coordinator at Utah.
A few things about this: Maybe Roderick thought he was too big of a coach to share the coordinator position. Or money could be an issue. Washington is in the Pac-10 and offers more money than the Utes. At Utah, he was making $92,000.
The Seattle Times is reporting that Roderick would be getting $132,000 per year for the same position.
Finally, it could be that Roderick feels that besides making almost 50 percent more money, Washington can offer a better chance for him to be an offensive coordinator or head coach.
My opinion falls somewhat within all three of those. First I think is money, because he is young, at 36, in coaching years, and that big of a jump in salary for the same position is quite nice.
Sharing the coordinator position most likely would mean that Roderick would still be coaching the wide receivers. As far as the pay, it may not be much of a difference to coach both. With two coordinators, it is inevitable that only one will be chosen, and Roderick feels he is better than that.
Now, with just one coordinator, in Dave Schramm, who was the running backs coach, the question that has to be asked is, "Will Utah keep their spread offense?" The Utes have recruited accordingly, particularly with its quarterbacks, all of whom are mobile and a little smaller than a traditional drop-back passer.
Three of the four quarterbacks on scholarship next year all have those qualities: Corbin Loucks, juco recruit Terrance Cain, and DeVonte Christopher. Only high school recruit Jordan Wynn is not considered a very mobile player.
There could be a shift to use the running game a bit more because the Utes have a bruiser in Matt Asiata, who will be the featured back. Utah also will have speed guy Eddie Wide and Ray Stowers as the backups.
Give coach Kyle Whittingham the benefit of the doubt on this because his hires within so far have seen solid, but the offense should concern Utah fans, since Whittingham will have his hand in the defense. Whittingham has always said he wants to keep the spread because that is how Utah football has been successful.