A growing trend has surfaced throughout college football this offseason, particularly in the Big East -- newly hired assistant coaches have turned to different jobs in the span of just a few weeks.
Rutgers is the latest school to take a hit. A little more than two weeks after announcing his first staff, new coach Kyle Flood has lost three assistants -- special teams coordinator Phil Galiano is leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; running backs coach Ben Sirmans is heading to coach the same position with the St. Louis Rams, and graduate assistant Andrew Janocko will become the Bucs' offensive quality control coach.
The school confirmed the moves, first reported by footballscoop.com and The Star-Ledger.
Galiano and Janocko reunite with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, now the Bucs' head coach. Schiano has now taken six Rutgers assistants with him. That includes former receivers coach P.J. Fleck, who left Rutgers to become Northern Illinois' offensive coordinator. But Fleck changed his mind after one day to join Schiano in Tampa.
Pitt also had an assistant coach leave shortly after his hiring was announced, when running backs coach Eddie Faulkner departed for Wisconsin. Rival West Virginia also had newly hired assistant Mike Smith decide he wanted his old job back with the Jets. Newly hired defensive assistant Keith Patterson was lured away from Arkansas State, where he has served a stint that lasted a little over a month.