Schools in the FBS are allowed 10 full-time coaches, four graduate assistants, and up to five on the strength and conditioning staff. However, there is one major loophole to these restrictions, a loophole Alabama coach Nick Saban gets credit for first exploiting, and that is there are no limits on the number of “analysts” or “quality control” positions a football program can have.
This has created an arms race across college football as programs throughout the country scramble to increase the size of their staff. It’s February, assistant coaches are out on the recruiting trail and we aren’t even to spring football yet, but there are programs out there that have staff already breaking down tape and working on game plans for a season that is still months away.
Oklahoma State took advantage of the loophole over the weekend by hiring Brian VanGorder as a defensive analyst. He will work alongside Bill Clay, also a defensive analyst for the Cowboys, as part of defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer’s support staff.
VanGroder was Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator last season before being let go in September. He finished last season as a defensive analyst at Georgia, and will bring a lot of experience to the Cowboy’s staff. He’s had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Auburn, South Carolina and Georgia.