I had just finished my prior article by asking what’s next when the news broke that offensive line coach Herb Hand is bailing out on James Franklin, heading to Auburn in yet another lateral move for an assistant coach.
Hand worked with Auburn’s head coach Gus Malzahn at Tulsa back in 2007-08, where they were co-offensive coordinators.
Now, I’m sure everybody will pile on to express joy that Hand is gone, in the same manner as they did for Donovan, blaming all of the offensive line woes on Hand as they blamed the offensive woes in general on Donovan. But this simplistic scapegoating is the wont of chronic malcontent fans who seek simple explanations and simple fixes where none exist. The offensive line situation was more directly related to a lack of talent on the field than anything Hand did.
Hand is a good recruiter, and I believe he’ll be missed — perhaps not by the aforementioned chronic malcontent fans, but by the program.
Of course, there might have been a change in direction due to the hiring of a new offensive coordinator. God only knows what went on behind the scenes.
Who will be the next rat off the sinking S.S. Franklin?