There’s something fitting about Ted Roof jumping ship at UCF for a lateral move to Penn State on the day when Brian VanGorder pulled his latest gypsy move. But it’s the loyalty that impresses most.
… New Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and Roof worked together on O’Leary’s staff at Georgia Tech and at Duke. O’Brien and Roof remain very close friends. The first sign of trouble for UCF was during O’Brien’s introductory press conference when the new Penn State coach mentioned Roof as someone who he enjoyed working with and learned a lot from in the past.
Few people expected Roof to actually accept the Penn State job after O’Leary plucked Roof from Auburn, where he faced negative backlash from rabid fans and seemed to be on the verge of getting fired. Roof and O’Brien both have spoken highly of O’Leary and thanked him for giving them key job opportunities, so it didn’t seem likely they would put O’Leary in a bind so close to National Signing Day.
Actually, it doesn’t sound like O’Brien has much of a problem with that at all.
… O’Brien also was rumored to be targeting UCF offensive line coach Brent Key, who played at Georgia Tech while O’Brien was on the staff.
Makes you wonder what they do to people they don’t think so highly of.