I talked a little about the official Syracuse University football coaching staff announcements earlier, and mentioned that one of the remaining positions open was defensive line coach. Well, that position is apparently no longer available according to Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans, who reported on Twitter that Western Michigan DL coach Vinson Reynolds will take that same role under Dino Babers.

This is one of the most crucial coaching positions on the staff given how young and thin the defensive tackle and defensive end spots are, so getting a good, energetic, and above all quality coach in place was essential. It also helps that Reynolds has a strong reputation as a recruiter, having been named by Rivals as a Top 10 recruiter in 2014.

Reynolds was a standout player for Northern Illinois, where he was a first team All-MAC defensive end and was even named that conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. He got into the coaching world in 2006 for Division III program Wisconsin-Platteville before moving on to a position under Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State. He then coached at Central Oklahoma, and then Central Michigan, before joining his old college teammate PJ Fleck, now the head coach at Western Michigan, as Fleck’s defensive line coach.

With Reynolds on board, it would appear that the running backs and tight ends coaches are the only spots still open on the Orange coaching staff. Reynolds is a Detroit native, who should help the staff recruit the midwest and, in particular, Michigan and Illinois – two areas the new staff seems to covet.

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  1. […] After setting record after record at Onondaga Central, Hart went on to star at Michigan, where he rushed for a program record 5,040 yards in his career with the Wolverines. He went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts for a short, injury-riddled time, before moving on to coaching. Prior to joining PJ Fleck’s staff at Western Michigan, Hart served as a quality control assistant at Eastern Michigan and then became EMU’s running backs coach for a season, before joining the Broncos for each of the past two years. He’s the second Western Michigan coach to jump aboard the Babers Express in the past 24 hours, joining defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds. […]

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