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Big Ten Ass't. Coaching Moves

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Never has a standard five sentence AP report about off-season coaching moves left me as confused as this one. Tulsa announced West's departure Monday, saying he would coach inside linebackers for the Illini. West had spent only one season at Tulsa after previously serving as defensive coordinator at Clemson. So West has gone from Clemson DC to a position coach at Illinois in two years...I don't think his career is moving in a positive direction. On top of this, he's the "inside linebacker coach." Unless Illinois decided to operate out of a 3-4 in the offseason, doesn't that mean he's coaching a single position? Essentially, Mr. West is going to coach Ian Thomas and Ian Thomas' backup. I know the Illini' LB corps was pretty poor this past season, but to they really need a 1-to-1 student/coach ratio? Clarence James also resigned from Tulsa's staff after one season. He had been the Golden Hurricane's outside receivers coach and director of recruiting. What the hell is an "outside receiver"? Does he only coach wide receivers that line up outside of the pocket? If a WR goes in motion and lines up behind the QB does that mean the University of Tulsa has a different "inside receiver" coach to handle these situations? Perhaps he needed that extra time that would have been spent on coaching motions and instead focused on recruiting? I'm baffled. Thank you, AP, for your enigmatic Big Ten offseason coaching moves bulletin.

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