Jerry Glanville talked about filling Portland State’s WR coach vacancy

OR = The Oregonian

OR Note: “With less than a week before training camp opens, Portland State coach Jerry Glanville is scrambling to find a new wide receivers coach to replace Kevin Strasser, who left the program last week to take a job with the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos.”

OR Note: “The problem is that even if Glanville wanted to name a new assistant, he has to wait on administrative approval, which could delay an announcement for at least another day or two — or longer.”

About how the delay to get administrative approval hurts their need to fill their open WR coach position, Jerry Glanville said:
“We need somebody here as soon as possible. We’re facing a bit of a time crunch. With Strasser leaving when he did, it makes it tough, but we’ll be fine.” (OR)

OR Note: “The leading candidate for the job is Craig Stutzmann, 29, a former University of Hawaii wide receiver who spent last season as a graduate assistant on Warriors coach Greg McMackin’s staff. Stutzmann lettered at Hawaii from 1998-2001 under June Jones. He finished his career ranked fifth in school history with 177 receptions for 2,025 yards and 18 touchdowns in 46 games, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science in 2002.”

About how they need a WR coach who understands their offensive system, Glanville said:
“Whoever we hire has to have experience in what we do. It doesn’t matter what guy gets the job, but at this late date, there has to be a connection with Mouse Davis, June Jones and/or Jerry Glanville to be in the running. If this job were open in January, that would not be as big a deal as it is today.” (OR)

OR NOte: “Glanville appeared to have his staff set two weeks ago when he named Jim Craft and Strasser as co-offensive coordinators, promoting the two assistants at the same time he added former North Carolina graduate assistant Brad Smith as an offensive line coach. Then 11 days after Glanville’s announcement, word came that Strasser, the former Oregon State wide receiver, was leaving PSU to become a senior offensive consultant for the Eskimos, who are five games into the CFL’s 19-game regular season. Glanville and his wife, Brenda, were hiking in Glacier National Park when he got a call from Strasser. He said he knew that Strasser had talked with Edmonton after the 2008 season about a job, but had no idea that Strasser had stayed in contact with the Eskimos after that.”

About Strasser leaving Portland State at such a late date, Glanville said:
“I was surprised. Because of the timing, No. 1, I didn’t think anybody would be leaving and, No. 2, I didn’t think anything would be open. It’s not a problem. It’s an opportunity. If you look at it as a problem, you never dig your way out it. I’m selling it to every player and every coach, ‘What a great opportunity we have to improve.’ And that’s the way I’ll attack it.” (OR)

About becoming the sole offensive coordinator instead of sharing the duties, Craft said:
“I’m moving forward as if it’s my job. If Jerry brings in someone to help me, that’s great. If he doesn’t, I think I’m more than ready. To me, not much has changed. It’s the same offense. We know what we’re doing here. I mean, we’re running the offense that Coach has run for a long time. It’s not like we’re reinventing a wheel here. We’re using the system that’s in place. All we’re doing now is trying to execute it as best we can.” (OR)

OR Note: “Glanville on Monday announced that he has added Steve Englehart to his staff as a strength and conditioning coach, filling the position previously held by Scott Fabian. Englehart spent the past three years on the staff at Hawaii.”


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