Wednesday, December 23, 2009

KU football reportedly adds assistant


Darrell Wyatt, currently the associate head coach/offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi, is expected to join new Kansas University football coach Turner Gill's staff in the coming days, according to

Wyatt will be making his second stop in Lawrence, where he coached four seasons at Kansas from 1997 to 2000, serving as receivers coach and eventually offensive coordinator and associate head coach under Terry Allen.

During a 21-year career that has included stops at nine college programs and a one-year stint as receivers coach for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, Wyatt has earned a reputation for developing a number of standout receivers, including Oklahoma's Mark Clayton and Mark Bradley, and most

recently, Southern Mississippi's DeAndre Brown.

In two seasons at Southern Miss., meanwhile, Wyatt helped the Golden Eagles' offense to one of their most successful stretches in school history. Last season, the team broke 36 offensive school records, and finished ranked 20th nationally in total offense, while this year's team finished 7-6, falling 42-32 to Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl.

Wyatt joins offensive coordinator Chuck Long, defensive coordinator Carl Torbush, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Aaron Stamn and running backs coach Reggie Mitchell as the known members of the Jayhawks' new coaching staff.


bayareajhawk 8 years, 6 months ago

This is great news. Welcome back to KU, Darrell. If Turner Gill can recruit and coach like he can put a staff together we are all in for a treat.

Hawk1969 8 years, 6 months ago

Great addition to the staff. Now, I'm hoping for confrimation that J.B. Grimes is also expected to join the staff.

When Gill said "recruit, beat Missouri, recruit, win the North, recruit, win the Big XII title, then we're going to recruit" he meant business. His staff is shaping up as one of the best in the Big XII. I'm looking forward to football season.

CrimsonPhoenix 8 years, 6 months ago

Here's an article idea, compare KU's coaching staff with that of the other teams in the Big XII, as far as experience, recruiting, production, etc. It'd be interesting to see the backgrounds of coaching staffs of different teams, as we frequently know a lot about ours, and maybe the head coaches of other teams, but we don't tend to know a lot about other teams' staffs. Just a thought.

Dirk Medema 8 years, 6 months ago

When Gill said "recruit, beat Missouri, recruit, win the North, recruit, win the Big XII title, then we're going to recruit" I thought he meant recruit HS players not coaches. Are they all coordinators, HC's or Assist HC's?

Let's hope Darryl i ready to settle down for a while, and build something strong.

Dyrk Dugan 8 years, 6 months ago

Mr. Wyatt probably should have had a bigger role with KU under Terry Allen...but per usual, TA gave the plum gigs to his NIU cronies, and we can see how well that worked out.

Welcome back Darryl, we appreciated your work here at KU, and we look forward to great things from you in the near and far future!

Turner Gill said his staff would be second to none...and he's proving it for sure. Rockin and Chalkin.

Steve Brown 8 years, 6 months ago

During a 21-year career that has included stops at nine college programs and a one-year stint as receivers coach for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings,

it would seem recruits would prefer to play for coaches that have been in the league. HCTG is assembling a world class staff. Build a solid long term foundation for years of rewards. sweet.

it would be an interesting story to see the staff comparision when it is complete. I trust these men have recruiting skills, leadership, & highest character. Get the best & the brightest.

ramsey76 8 years, 6 months ago

I agree with you Max. I'm not convinced that Mack Brown is a great X's and O's coach but he pulls in the recruits. Similar with Pinkel. Never been impressed with him as a coach but does a great job of recruiting and it is working for Missouri.

Now if Gill can recruit and coach then we are in for an amazing run.

FSUJHAWK 8 years, 6 months ago

It would be interesting to also have salary comparisons of the new, old and average BIG 12 asst/coordinators.' I'm impressed with the coaching staff so far but I can't but help to wonder whether HCTG will be able to keep this staff onboard as the program begins to turn the corner.


OCJHAWK 8 years, 6 months ago

What an experianced staff Gill is putting together. I do hope that they can keep all the commits coming to KU, as the sharks are circling hard on our class. Also no announced new recruits have commited to us since Gill's hire except JC QB. I just hope the new coaches have players in their back pocket that they don't want announced to keep their announced school from putting on big pressure to stay commited.

troutsee 8 years, 6 months ago

It looks like Gill is putting together a top notch coaching staff. Next comes the players. I think we already have a good team returning next year, so I am expecting our team to be very competitive next year. If we can man-up in the secondary, our run defense will be vastly improved. I still like what I saw in Pick last year. He is fast and on the tapes I saw of him when he was a junior in high school, it sure looked like he can throw the ball too. I'm glad we got the guy from Snow JC (never can have too many QBs) but he is going to have to be awfully good to beat out Pick.

KU 8 years, 6 months ago

Holy cow. We should have the offensive side of the ball figured out--3 of our 6 guys on staff have been offensive coordinators. It appears we have some work to do on the defensive side of the staff--Torbush is the only defensive coach.

It would be great to get JB Grimes, but that would give us 6 offensive coaches and only 1 defensive coach. That may be a little lopsided. If we DON'T get Grimes, who coaches the offensive line? If the maximum coaching staff 10?

troutsee 8 years, 6 months ago

The maximum coaching staff for 1A is 12. I am not positive on this but 95% sure.

KU 8 years, 6 months ago

troutsee.....Does 12 include the strength trainer, recruiting coordinator and/or grad assistants??

tarhawker 8 years, 6 months ago

Turner can certainly recruit outstanding coaches! What I want to know is why an Associate Head Coach would take two steps back to become a Wide Receivers Coach? Was something amiss at Southern Miss or is Turner just that great a recruiter?

hawk316 8 years, 6 months ago

For a leader to achieve success, whether it be in sports, business, government, etc, he/she needs to surround himself with high quality staff and support people. Then, these talented and skilled individuals must be allowed to work in a healthy and positive environment, one that encourages the free exercise of their gifts, honors and respects their perspectives and rewards them for their efforts (emotionally even more than financially).

Turner Gill appears to understand the importance of surrounding himself with quality and skilled people. If he follows through with the rest, he should enjoy tremendous success in his endeavors.

I have a feeling that the Jayhawk Nation is going to like very much what happens in the years to come with respect to KU football.

MitchumMan 8 years, 6 months ago

You got to wonder how much $$$ Lew is throwing at these guys. Some of them do not seem to be moving up at all in positions so you have to wonder why they are coming. My only guess is $$$. Either way I'm super happy to have all of them on board. My only fear is that there's going to be too many chiefs and not enough indians.

troutsee 8 years, 6 months ago

KU--the 12 does not include graduate assistents or the strength coaches. I am not sure about the recruiting coordinator.

troutsee 8 years, 6 months ago

As long as the lines of communication are kept open, the more brain power the better.

Hawk1969 8 years, 6 months ago

p> is reporting "Veteran o-line coach will join Gill".

Another great hire.

Hawk1969 8 years, 6 months ago

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

Scott Lippoldt 8 years, 6 months ago

Just got some great articles from Omaha about our getting Turner Gill. The Husker Nation definitely respects this hire and is nervous about the future. Go Hawks... and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

youowethehawks 8 years, 6 months ago

Pile 'em on HCTG! I know we've got basketball to watch, but is it September yet?


100 8 years, 6 months ago

Wow! KU has never had recruiters like this in football.

I'm absolutely flaberghasted.

Recruit, recruit, recruit!!!!

Let the Dynasty begin!!!

Bring 'em in Coach Gill!!

huskercarpenter 8 years, 6 months ago

turner seems to be on schedule to have his staff in place by the 29th. i was very surprised to see all the negative comments i was seeing a couple of weeks ago not to many people had very much confidence in him.

what i can tell you about turner, watching him go from player to positions coach to assistant head coach to head coach of a pathetic program to head coach of a program with potential to do everything possible in college football with the opportunity to accomplish all of his goals, is that i would bet tom osborne is more proud of this accomplishment than any of the national titles he has won. his absolute best leader that he has groomed is now in place to show what he has learned.

just remember, that the greatest thing that his players will learn is how to be great men that can make differences in the world after football because most will be in the real world after college.

Hawk1969 8 years, 6 months ago

huskercarpenter, You couldn't be more right about Gill. Glad KU has him. Merry Christmas.

tulsahawk89 8 years, 6 months ago

This seems to be shaping up as a great hire. The staff HCTG is putting together looks great. Anyone have any insight on who the staff on the defensive side will be besides Torbush? Looks like we still need a D-Line & a Secondary coach? I am hoping we can keep the recruits we have and get a few more with this staff that HCTG is putting together. X's & O's are important, but we need the jimmy's & joe's to get it done!

stravinsky 8 years, 6 months ago

I really like all the comments we're getting from Nebraska fans who are proud of TG. Very classy. We're happy to have him.

huskercarpenter 8 years, 6 months ago

merry christmas, happy bithday JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steve Brown 8 years, 6 months ago

MitchMan says:My only fear is that there's going to be too many chiefs and not enough indians.

go lookup Pepper Rogers 68 orange bowl staff of coaches, a bevy of chiefs and that turned out to be a great year. outstanding staff of coaches leads to greatness.

talent attracts talent

huskercarpenter 8 years, 6 months ago

jayhawkinnebr, turner has been successful at everything he has done. just what is it about gill that you don't like, because he is from nebr. or is it because he is black and his wife is white? please let me know and be very specific, because the coach that you are talking about that worked for terry allen, after kansas went to oklahoma and recruited adrian peterson, you know that guy that you hear about in the nfl that everyone considers the best runningback in the pro's. just because you worked for someone that that didn't do a very good job doesn't make you bad at what you do. terry allen's tenure at ku lands on his shoulders not on his assistants, because they did what they were told by terry allen.

now, again i ask you specifically what exactly don't you like about turner gill.

Steve Brown 8 years, 6 months ago

JH in NEB sold MM his pizza's ... no loss if some fans are hard to convert .. in time .. they will all come home. we appreciate sceptics.

huskercarpenter 8 years, 5 months ago

jayhawkinnebr, i wasn't putting any words in your mouth, it was a questuon. and you did not give any specific reason. but i will answer your question, as for what he did in buffalo, he took over a program who's players talent level was less than some h.s. teams. he then recruited some talented players to come to one of the coldest places in the country. and three years later they win a conference CHAMPIONSHIP. but more important than that his players learned what they have to do as men to be successfull thoughout the rest of their life.

this my friend is an outstanding hire.

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