It was only a matter of time, but the day has finally come: Charles Huff is the head coach of an FBS program. The former Penn State running backs coach and special teams coordinator will be named the head coach of the Marshall Thundering Herd, according to numerous reports.
BREAKING: #Marshall is expected to hire #Alabama associate HC Charles Huff as the Thundering Herd’s new head coach, per sources. The 37-year-old MD native was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruiter in 2020, according to 247Sports.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 16, 2021
Huff first coached with James Franklin back in 2009 when both were at Maryland. Franklin was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while Huff was an assistant offensive line coach. When Franklin got the Vanderbilt job in 2013, he took Huff with him for a quality control spot. The two eventually reunited in Happy Valley, when Franklin hired Huff as his running backs coach and special teams coordinator. Huff proved his worth during his time in Happy Valley, recruiting and coaching the likes of Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders. He also turned around a special teams unit that was quite dreadful when his tenure started. By the 2016 and 2017 seasons, the Nittany Lions special teams were in a much better spot.
Huff followed Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State, where he was named assistant head coach and run game coordinator in addition to his running back coach role. After one season in Starkville, Huff made the move to Alabama where he spent the past two seasons as assistant head coach and running backs coach for Nick Saban.
Despite the fact Huff was never an offensive coordinator, he’s long been someone tapped as a future head coach because of his organizational skills and elite recruiting ability. He also *blocked me on Twitter for asking to recruit a fullback, so he clearly doesn’t waste his time with nonsense.
*Note: He has since unblocked me thank you very much
With Huff set to become a head coach, he becomes the third James Franklin assistant to be in charge of a FBS program, joining Joe Moorhead and Ricky Rahne.