Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ray and DJ pack thier bags

Special teams coach Ray Rychleski is leaving Maryland to assume the same position at South Carolina. Rychleski also coached tight ends for the Terps. The special teams have been excellent since Rychleski has been in charge with record setting punt returner Steve Suter and placekicker Nick Novak. Adam Podlesh and Brooks Barnard were All-ACC level punters.

Rychleski made a lateral move to get more exposure in a bigger football conference and put together a head coaching resume. That and he probably got a big raise. Friedgen indicated this may allow him to hire another coordinator and maybe give up his playcalling duties.

This may not be a disaster but it certainly calls into question how reliable the special teams will be next season.

In other news DJ Strawberry has been sent down the the D-league team of the Suns. Fellow rookie Alando Tucker was brought up after scoring well in his developmental league stint. On a crowded Suns roster Strawberry will struggle for playing time and perhaps it is better he gets time to refine his offensive game.

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