Mario Cristobal had a spot to fill on his staff following the departure of Donte’ Williams to USC, and now it appears he has filled that space rather quickly, by bringing back Rod Chance to be the new cornerbacks coach. The news was first reported by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic.
SOURCES: #Minnesota cornerbacks coach Rod Chance will have the same position at #Oregon. A fast riser, he got looks at Group of 5 DC jobs this cycle. It’s a return to Eugene where he was a defensive analyst in 2018.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 15, 2020
Chance was serving in the same role at Minnesota, but he also served as a defensive analyst at Oregon in Cristobal’s first season as the head coach.
This feels like a good move because Chance was previously at Oregon, so he knows what it’s like to be part of the program and what Cristobal expects as part of the culture.
The Minnesota defense last season also finished second in the Big Ten last season with 14 interceptions and took three of those back for touchdowns.
His defensive backs also experienced success when he served as the defensive backs coach at Southern Utah.
With an experienced group of defensive backs returning to Eugene, Chance will be stepping into a great situation.
The main thing that will need to be proven is his ability to recruit. Williams won Recruiter of the Year in the Pac-12 this past cycle, and while that shouldn’t be expected from Chance, him showing he can recruit will be critical to continuing to bring in top-notch defensive back recruits.
Cristobal being able to fill this role as quickly as he did is critical. Losing Williams is likely going to have an impact on the recruiting trail, but now Oregon has their coach to replace him and he can get a head start on the recruiting trail.
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