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Potential Coach: Get to know Terry Malone

After a good night of sleep was ruined by a picture of Turner Gill with a KU uniform which, as a Buffalo and a nascent Nebraska fan, is pretty offensive, I decided to look at several other of the coaches still listed over on Football Coaching Rumors web site.

Besides an uncanny resemblance to Beau Bridges Terry Malone brings quite a bit to the table during this, the great coaching hunt of 2009. He has footprints in the MAC, experience in the Big 10, and even NFL experience. The question is how deep and relevant to UB's needs are they?

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Malone was the starting tight end for Holy Cross for four seasons, and was the teams captain during his senior campaign. After graduating from Holy Cross Malone began his career as a graduate assistant under Larry Smith at Arizona in 1983. Once he graduated from ASU he went back to Holy Cross to take over as the teams tight ends coach.

In 1986 he went to Bowling Green to serve as the offensive line coach under Moe Ankney from 1986 to 1990 and Gary Blackney from 1990 to 1995. From there he went on to Boston college for a season (again as a line coach) before moving on to Michigan.

In 1997 Lloyd Carr would tap Malone to be the line coach for the Michigan Wolverines a position he would hold until 2002 when he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends coach. While on staff at MU:
  • Won five Big 10 championships
  • Coached 14 All-Big Ten selections and four All-Americans.
  • Finalist for the 2003 Broyles award
When Carr was ousted in Michigan Malone went on to the NFL where he now holds the Tight Ends coach position for the New Orleans Saints. At new Orleans he has built up one of the better corps of tight ends in the NFL which usually bring his team over one thousand yards of receiving a year.

The Positives of Malone
  • Experience in the MAC and in marjor conference in the MAC footprint
  • Experience as a DC for a major program
  • Solid ties to Michigan for recruiting
  • Bowl and Championship experience in the Big 10
The Negatives of Malone
  • No experience as a DC or OC with mid major restrictions
  • Not a program builder, moves around a lot
Would he be a good hire for UB?

Yes I think Malone would be a solid hire he may 'only' be a positional coach in the NFL but he had some measure of success as a coordinator for a big time university. He knows the MAC and the state of Michigan in general. While he might not have the success recruiting in SEC territory that UB fans have become accustomed to he may be able to do enough damage in Michigan and Ohio to make up for that.