Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
The Utes might be replacing a couple assistants in the coming weeks.
Gary Andersen's move to Wisconsin has the potential to impact Utah's coaching staff as assistants reshuffle in the coming weeks. Already, Utah defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a is rumored to be joining Andersen in Madison. Kauha'aha'a had coached with Andersen up in Logan for two seasons before joining the Utah staff in 2011. There is no word on who the program would look to replace him with, however.
And though Matt Wells was named the head coach of the Aggies today, he was their offensive coordinator there for two seasons, instead of Kalani Sitake, who was seen as a potential front-runner and would mean another replacement for Kyle Whittingham, Aaron Roderick's name has been tied to their newly available offensive coordinator position.
Roderick, of course, has coached at Utah since 2005 and was the Utes' offensive coordinator for a season before being demoted to wide receivers in 2011 - where he's coached since (he added passing coordinator this past season). Roderick is a valuable assistant, specifically in recruiting, but it's not hard to see him making this jump - since he is playing second fiddle to Brian Johnson, who is 15 or so years his junior.
If Roderick leaves, it'll be interesting to see who Whittingham brings in to replace him (dear god, no Jordan Wynn jokes). Could a veteran coach from a past powerful offense - say, Billy Gonzales - help ease Johnson along? Maybe Whitt looks at going the co-offensive coordinator route again (I know, I know)? Regardless ... it appears as if Utah is once again going to have to deal with some instability in the offseason.