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Meet Jedd Fisch

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UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, left, talks with quarterback Josh Rosen, center, and head coach Jim Mora during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 31-14. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, left, talks with quarterback Josh Rosen, center, and head coach Jim Mora during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 31-14. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A name likely recognizable by only the most die-hard brand of college football fans, Jedd Fisch has become a coach worth knowing as Jeff Long, athletic director at the University of Kansas, continues in his search for the football program’s next head coach.

On Tuesday, Long flew from Lawrence to Colorado Springs, Colo., and back.

This week, the Los Angeles Rams are practicing at the Air Force Academy’s facilities, just north of Colorado Springs.

Fisch currently works for the Rams as a senior offensive assistant.

And there is more to this than connecting dots and making assumptions.

On the same day Long flew on KU’s private jet to Colorado Springs, Angelique Chengelis, who covers Michigan football for the Detroit News, tweeted out that she was “hearing” KU is considering Fisch for its head coaching vacancy.

Back before Fisch worked as UCLA’s offensive coordinator — and, eventually, interim head coach — in 2017, he spent two seasons as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at the University of Michigan.

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What’s more, Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant has had Fisch on his KU coaching hot board for more than a week.

On Wednesday evening, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported Long and Fisch met this week about the vacancy.

So who is Jedd Fisch?

Fisch, 42, doesn’t fit Long’s publicly stated preference for a candidate with head coaching experience at the college level.

Before joining the Rams, Fisch, then the offensive coordinator at UCLA, served as the program’s interim head coach for two games to close out the 2017 season. The Bruins defeated Cal and then suffered a 35-17 loss to Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl. And that’s the end of his head coaching résumé — 1-1.

However, as an assistant, Fisch has worked for a long list of successful head coaches, both with Power Five programs and NFL franchises, including Steve Spurrier, Dom Capers, Brian Billick, Mike Shanahan, Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh and others.

Fisch also has worked as the offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the NFL level and both Miami and Minnesota at the college level.

Long admitted on the day he announced he would not retain David Beaty as KU’s football coach that he couldn’t rule out the possibility of hiring a coordinator with “demonstrated” potential as Beaty’s replacement.

Comments

Len Shaffer 4 weeks, 1 day ago

That's an impressive resume, but the idea of hiring someone else with (basically) no head-coaching experience scares me. Fisch obviously would come in with a far greater background than Beaty, but I still would be more comfortable if we brought in someone who had proven he can win as a head coach.

Even the greatest of coordinators sometimes struggle with the differences in being a head coach (see Norv Turner), so it would still be a risk to hire Fisch.

[''] 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Really???? Mehhhh. Maybe as an OC but -- a HC?? This is the best we can do? A guy with 2 games as interim HC?? His offense at UCLA wasn't good enough to help his HC keep his job - -- and he lost to an underdog KState? No thanks. How about - bring in a Miles or some other experienced coach and make him the OC and HC-in-waiting 5 yrs down the road.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks, 1 day ago

At the press conference, Long better have a darn good reason for hiring who he has hired. With all of his previous coaches, that would be the case. Not this one, which leads credence to the idea he would be bringing Fisch on as a coordinator and HC in waiting underneath Miles. And that's probably what he's doing, hiring the key assistants in advance of the press conference.

Benton, because I'm too lazy to do any actual work, a fun read would be to compare the three Triple Option coaches: Army, Air Force and Kennesaw. If you are going to go Triple Option (and we should), what's the difference between the three?

Dirk Medema 4 weeks, 1 day ago

A chunk of Saban's success has been attributed to his time in Miami - failed tho it was. He brought the plethora of support staff concept with him so this is intriguing from that perspective.

Wonder if we can get Goff to come with and bring his last 2 years of eligibility.

[''] 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Clarifying folks -- Jedd is not even close to being any part of the offensive coordination or play calling for the Rams. Hell Dirk Wedd had a bigger role at KU as "Offensive Analyst" Fisch's role is defined as ... "operates as the Rams' clock-management specialist." ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

Ryan Shelton 4 weeks ago

Well, by that description, Fisch would at least have the knowledge to fix one of our issues...

Robert Brock 4 weeks ago

He would make a terrific Assistant Head Coach/OC to go with HC Les Miles!

3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hell, even just as a "walk-around guy" lolololol

[''] 4 weeks ago

Serious question - if Jedd is being considered as an OC/HC in waiting, since when does the AD hire the assistant coaches? Is that a thing now? Is this a case of "Hey Les, if I could assemble you a top notch staff, you wouldn't have to lift a finger, would you be our HC?" Not joking -- is that what is happening these days?

Layne Pierce 3 weeks, 6 days ago

gimmicks gimmicks gimmicks, will it ever end?

RCJH

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