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Jeff Hafley to Tampa; Frank Cignetti to St. Louis

So says Alex Marvez from Fox Sports. Angelichio and Fraser are going too, but those were already confirmed. Replacing Jeff Hafley as a recruiter will obviously be difficult, but far from impossible. He was a good North Jersey recruiter, but a tad overrated, in that a lot of his success came after Joe Susan left Rutgers, and Schiano never bothered to add another NJ recruiter to the staff. Cignetti was a great offensive coordinator for Rutgers, and Greg Schiano owes him a lot of credit for basically saving his career after the Kirk Ciarrocca hire almost destroyed it. Cignetti was rumored to join Tampa, but now will go his own way with St. Louis. What's interesting is that Schiano is reportedly looking at Bill Lazor from UVA now as QB coach. Lazor, of course, worked with Mike Teel in Seattle, and would have been a great fit as Rutgers OC last year had Cignetti not been available. He was such an obvious fit on paper that it's no surprise that Schiano is now interested. Also, there was a report that GS offered the Tampa DC job to Dan Quinn from Florida, who turned it down. Quinn actually worked with Kyle Flood at Hofstra, but is unlikely to come to Rutgers if he is turning down the NFL.

Rutgers DB coach Ed Pinkham leaving for Elon

In a move that has been in the works at least for several weeks, Rutgers defensive backs coach Ed Pinkham has accepted the defensive coordinator job at FCS program Elon University. Pinkham previously shared the defensive coordinator title at Rutgers with LB coach Bob Fraser. The Rutgers defensive backs played well in 2009. They did not in 2008 or 2010, but both seasons did have extenuating circumstances. Although he is a New Jersey native, Pinkham had developed into a surprisingly good recruiter in northern and central Florida over the past few years. It will be interesting to see whether the staff maintains a recruiting presence there by assigning a new assistant to the territory. As of now Rutgers is still at least one coach over the NCAA limit for non-GA assistants. Rumors about a multitude of forthcoming changes circulated last week on a private fan email list, and last night on ScarletNation.com (along with rumored player positional changes). The posts in question have since been scrubbed. Pinkham leaving almost certainly means that Jeff Hafley will be named as RU's new defensive backs coach, although no decent analysis will be possible until the athletic department officially announces the new coaching staff makeup. Update: that was somewhat fast - Pinkham's bio has been removed from scarletknights.com.

Brian Angelichio conference call/staffing speculation

Incoming tight ends coach Brian Angelichio spoke to the media on a conference call today. While the prospect of D.C. Jefferson making a leap forward and starting to realize his (literally) massive potential would be welcome, far more interesting at the moment is how the coaching staff will look in March. Assistant Phil Galiano has been seemingly joined at the hip to Greg Schiano for years and will be staying on in an unspecified role. Left unsettled is the status of secondary coach Ed Pinkham. Tom Luicci in his article above hints that Pinkham is likely out. Here's what is known/floating out there. 1. The various tidbits on the various premium sites, which cannot be repeated here. 2. Jeff Hafley is a secondary coach. Schiano told Bill King on Rivals Radio that Hafley will "work with the secondary" (which hypothetically does have some whiggle room, as discussed last week). 3. Now that Luicci let the cat out of the bag, there was some completely unsourced talk last weekend that Pinkham was leaving to be defensive coordinator at a certain FCS program. This bit is not at all confirmed and should be taken with a massive grain of salt. Full analysis of all coaching changes will not be possible until they are finalized next month.

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