ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09: Quarterback Marc Verica #6 of the Virginia Cavaliers looks to pass against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Reports came out on Thursday evening that Gregg Brandon had accepted a position as the offensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming. Tom Dienhart of Yahoo/Rivals was the first to report the news via his twitter account. Eric Schmodlt of the Casper Star Tribune also confirmed with sources that Brandon is heading to Wyoming after two years in the same position at the University of Virginia.
The big surprise is that no one knew that Wyoming was looking for a new offensive coordinator. Defensive line Coach Jerry Montgomery left for Indiana a few weeks but there wasn't any news that Pokes OC Marcus Arroyo was headed anywhere. Schmoldt says it now appears that Arroyo is headed to Cal who just lost their OC Andy Ludwig to San Diego State.
If this move does come to fruition then I think this is a huge step up for Cowboys. Brandon brings a great resume of success and is very familiar with Wyoming and the Front Range.
UPDATE: The University of Wyoming has now made the hiring of Greg Brandon as OC/QB Coach official. Arroyo is heading to Cal to be the QB Coach. Also Danilo Robinson is the new defensive line coach. Robinson played and also coached at Utah State.
Brandon attended Air Force Academy High in Colorado Springs and then spent a year at Mesa State before attending and graduating from the Northern Colorado. He started off his collegiate coaching career at Weber State and Washington State before heading to Wyoming to become the wide receiver coach under Paul Roach from 1987-90. The Pokes made it to three bowl games in that time frame.
After a few years bouncing around he ended up in Bowling Green to become the OC under Urban Meyer. After Meyer left for Utah in 2002, Brandon was named as his replacement. In his first two years as head coach the Falcons finished with 11-3 and 9-3 records with two bowl appearances. After four years of near .500 finishes he was fired after posting a 44-30 record. The offense did quite well under Brandon and averaged more than 400 yards per game in four of his six years.
His time away from football was brief as he soon joined Virginia to become their offensive coordinator in 2009. There was a rough transition in 2009 with the switch to the spread offense at Virginia. The Cavaliers averaged just 19.3 points per game, 2,046 passing yards and 1189 yards rushing. In 2010 there was great improvement with 25.3 points per game, 3,186 yards passing and 1,672 yards rushing.
Under Arroyo the Cowboys averaged 18.3 and 19.2 points per season. Last season Wyoming finished with just 1,992 yards passing and 1,434 yards rushing. So I really think this move is a great one for Wyoming and should payoff right away.
Brandon is very familiar with Wyoming and the Front Range so he knows the territory and what to expect. Has great experience with the spread offense under Urban Meyer and experience as a head coach. The biggest thing that Arroyo did was get Austyn Carta-Samuels to commit to Wyoming after Arroyo left San Jose State. His recruiting territory was Northern California and Houston but the Pokes didn't sign a single player from California this year.
So with Arroyo heading to Cal and having a close relationship with Carta-Samuels who is enrolled at a junior college in Cali; is there any chance they reunite in Berkley?