By this point it's pretty old news that University of Delaware offensive coordinator Jim Hofher has interviewed for the BC Eagles offensive coordinator job. We've done pretty extensive analysis on Rogers and Day so far so let's take a look at what Hofher could potentially add to the anemic offense that is BC football.
Make the jump to see Around the Res' take on Hofher.
The good news about Hofher is that he has proven that he can lead an offense to a national championship game, even if that national championship game comes at an FCS school. Hofher also left as the winningest head coach in Cornell football history. He has worked with young quarterbacks before, and even helped take Tennessee to the Cotton Bowl while mentoring Andy Kelly in 1989. With several young quarterbacks on scholarship next year, it will be important to have someone with experience coaching the position as the head of the offense. Additionally, if Hofher is hired, staffing should not be an issue as one would think that his extensive experience will enable him to bring coaches he is comfortable with to Chestnut Hill. By most accounts, he seems to be a high character guy and an excellent role model to his players.
The downside to Hofher is that he has thus far been a bit of a vagabond, even as far as football coaches go. He doesn't exactly have royal coaching pedigree, and most of the coaches who will vouch for him never succeeding in the spotlight. In his coaching career he has had stints at Cornell, Buffalo, Delaware, North Carolina, Wake Forrest, Tennessee, Miami (OH), Bowling Green, and Syracuse. BC is probably looking for someone more stable at this position, and although Hofher has enjoyed success at Delaware, it is, well, Delaware (home of the Blue Hens I might add). The only way I would really be able to get excited about an FCS coach is if they managed to knock off one of the national powerhouses Appalachian State style.
And then there's the whole Buffalo thing when he was head coach there. Eight wins in five years. It wasn't even like you could see the improvement (3-8, 1-11, 1-11, 2-9, 1-10). I'm not really sure what kind of credibility he would therefore bring to the recruiting trail. Buffalo isn't exactly known for having the best players, and coaching there has always been a challenge, but those numbers suggest some sort of disconnect in his coaching that has to be addressed.
Finally, for kicks I researched Hofher on the website "rate it all" (yes, that's what this blog has devolved to) and the reviews were predictably not very good.
To be perfectly honest, I would be pretty upset if we hire Hofher. I think that of the four choices I've heard so far (Day, Brock, Rogers, and Hofher), Hofher is my least favorite. I'm not even totally sure that he would be a step up from the offensive system we currently have. He may have enjoyed some brief success at an FCS school, but that doesn't erase the fact that he ran a fairly anemic offense in Buffalo and would leave BC in a heartbeat if he did by chance enjoy any success here.