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WSU reportedly hires new special teams coach from Bowling Green

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Half the coaching staff departed, and others will shift positions

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While Eric Mele is one of the five assistant football coaches that did not take a new job this offseason, WSU will have a new special teams coordinator in 2018. That position will be filled by Bowling Green coach Matt Brock, according to reports from FootballScoop.com and Cougfan.com.

Brock was the special teams coordinator at Bowling Green for the last two years and looks like a solid hire. He was nominated for the Broyles award in 2017, given to the nations top assistant, and oversaw a significant improvement on special teams.

According to Bill Connelly’s S&P+ ratings, the Eagles had the 20th ranked special teams unit in the nation last season. In his first year they ranked 57th. To put that in perspective, under the guidance of Mele the Cougs’ special teams have ranked 79, 122, 105 over the last three years.

Erik Powell had an excellent season kicking the ball in 2017 but #SpecialForces has otherwise been shaky. The multiple punter experiment didn’t work last year and kick return coverage has been an issue for too long. The unit improved under Mele, but I can’t say I’m mad that someone new will be coaching special teams next season.

Mele reportedly will move to the offensive side of the ball in 2018. He could coach either running backs, a job that is currently vacant, or receivers. If the latter were to happen one of the current receivers coaches, Dave Nichol or Derek Sage, would replace the departed Jim Mastro as coach of the running backs.

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