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Baer and LaRussa to UNLV

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by AztecBuff, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

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    http://www.ralphiereport.com/2014/1...defensive-coordinator-takes-same-role-at-unlv

    Per the link:
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    Well this came out of nowhere. Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that Buffaloes defensive coordinator Kent Bear is leaving to take the same role at UNLV. Anderson reports that Baer will be also coaching linebackers and that Andy LaRussa will be joining him to coach safeties and special teams. It's a curious move and a pretty clear downgrade. Unless there is some other reason out there you'd have to think that Mac advised the coach to look around this offseason. Baer came with MacIntyre from San Jose State. More to come...
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    Edit- Confirmed per UNLV website- http://www.unlvrebels.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/122214aac.html
     
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  2. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    Dude must have been just about to be fired. Otherwise makes no sense to make a downward move and way less money. Now we have a multi-year contract opening up. Nice.
     
  3. newkid

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    So he's NOT getting a huge pay bump? This doesn't make sense.
     
  4. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    these coaches "found other opportunities"
     
  5. AztecBuff

    AztecBuff Club Member Club Member

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    ? to mods. I can't see a way to do it- could you add "and LaRussa" to thread title? Or, can I do it somehow?
     
  6. tsarbomba

    tsarbomba One Damn Dirty Ape Club Member

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    This will be a nice test of HCMM and Rick George to see if they can make a good coordinator hire.
     
  7. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    It makes a lot of sense. MacIntyre encouraged Baer to look for other opportunities. MacIntyre was not happy at all with the defense
     
  8. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    UNLV should focus on special teams well.
     
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  9. newkid

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    I suppose I didn't know this was a thing.
     
  10. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    Offense improved pretty much everywhere, Defense was about the same in a lot of categories. As a defensive coach, had to think HCMM would be making some changes there.
     
  11. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Not thrilled with the LaRussa news, but GREAT news on Baer.
     
  12. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    I have a feeling, not the only defensive assistant we see move on. 2 of 4 D coaches gone, maybe a full sweep by the time all is said and done.
     
  13. cubuf

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    Hopefully we don't lose any recruits following this news..
     
  14. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    Yeah I really liked LaRussa, but good for him taking a chance to further his career
     
  15. Yung Buffalo

    Yung Buffalo Club Member Club Member

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    Losing LaRussa sucks. He was recruiting Hawaii correct?

    I'm glad Baer's gone.
     
  16. patebuff

    patebuff Downgraded to half a star Club Member

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    Yep. This is huge news for CU's D. I really thought LaRussa had some potential, but Baer's time has passed IMO.
     
  17. HUFset

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    Yes. Hawaiians love LV too. It's like another island to them.
     
  18. ahoelsken

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    Totally agree-very good news on Baer. I'll throw out a realistic name to replace Baer---Kevin Clune from Hawaii. Was very impressed with their D (they shut us out in the 2nd half IIRC), and I think you could get him without giving him a multi year deal. Wasn't thrilled with secondary play in general (see the Arizona game), so I could go either way on LaRussa leaving.
     
  19. AztecBuff

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    Yay. Early Christmas present.
     
  21. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    plus you know... he looks like fat mac....
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  22. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    This is a huge opportunity for MacIntyre to re-invent the defensive staff.

    He needs to capitalize in a big way.
     
  23. AztecBuff

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    [tweet]547127573684453377[/tweet]
     
  24. DiggerBuffs

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    It's time for fresh blood on defense. Secondary coaches are too aplenty anyway. They needed to choose the better of the two. Baer's defense did not improve much and the Buffs needed a change of scheme and something infused into it. While LaRussa has recruited the Polynesian group well, I am not seeing a huge amount of Hawaiian influx. Still the typical amount.

    Our DBs did not turn their head on the pass hardly ever. That's coaching.

    Our LB play was bad. That's Baer's position.

    Please forgive me if I say best of luck elsewhere, bring on someone else.
     
  25. White_Rabbit

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    Baer :woot:

    LaRussa :violin:
     
  26. boydbuff

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    +1 Not sure any other read into this one. HCMM gave Baer a chance to find a new post rather than formally fire him. Kind of surprised about Larussa though. And if those guys go, can they take Neinas with them?
     
  27. onealcd

    onealcd Club Member Club Member

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    We need one of the replacements to help in recruiting Texas.
     
  28. Shldr2Shldr

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    No LaRussa is ST Coord at UNLV now
     
  29. Lt.Col.FrankSlade

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    Hopefully not the last of the Buffs' coaching moves.
     
  30. buffedup

    buffedup Cooler than a Popsicle Stand. Club Member

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    How does making basically a backward move to another assistant position at UNLV qualify as furthering his career? Of course, if he was about to get canned then it makes sense. Otherwise, I can't possibly see why he would have taken this job.
     

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