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P.J. Fleck's staff will have a Rutgers flavor

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Former Rutgers WR coach P.J. Fleck hiring Ed Pinkham from Elon to be the new defensive coordinator at Western Michigan was a sensible enough move. He was a decent enough DB coach at Rutgers, sharing co-coordinator duties near the end of his tenure with LB coach Bob Fraser. Pinkham was mainly let go because Schiano wanted to bring in Jeff Hafley for recruiting reasons. It's not outlandish to suggest that he could succeed there. Another point to note is that current Rutgers LB coach is the former defensive coordinator at WMU under Bill Cubit, who coincidentally was just hired as Illinois's new OC. For offensive coordinator however, Fleck has gone in a shocking direction in digging up former Rutgers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca. Since being fired from Rutgers following the 2010 season, Ciarrocca spent one year as the interim offensive coordinator at Richmond in 2011, before returning to Delaware as RB coach last year. Ciarrocca was a decent enough WR coach at Rutgers in 2008, but his tenure as offensive coordinator was, frankly, an unmitigated disaster that the program is only now recovering from. He probably ranks among the worst offensive coordinators in DI history. It's hard to fathom how Fleck came to the conclusion that this was any sort of a good idea.

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