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MT hires Schultz as new offensive coordinator

Middle Tennessee has hired Mike Schultz to replace Tony Franklin as the team’s offensive coordinator.

The hire is pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Schultz spent one year as the offensive coordinator at Illinois before being let go by Ron Zook after a 3-9 campaign.

"I am really excited about Mike and his wife, Cindy, and family joining our staff," coach Rick Stockstill said. "I really wanted to take my time in making this hire. Mike has everything I was looking for from his experience as a coordinator, coaching the quarterbacks, and is a fit to what we want to be offensively to being a very good recruiter. I look forward to rolling up our sleeves and going to work."

While Schultz has worked with both quarterbacks, he spent nine of his 11 season with TCU working with the running game. Under Schultz, the Horned Frogs were consistently among the best rushing teams in the country. Last season, the Illini ranked 17th in the nation in rushing.

Schultz inherits another run-heavy team in Middle Tennessee and a dual-threat quarterback in Dwight Dasher. Last season, Dasher was one of the nation's top offensive threats and led the Blue Raiders in both passing and rushing.

While Schultz is lauded for his work with the running attack, he did help TCU quarterback Andy Dalton set single-season TCU records for pass completions (222) and attempts (371) in 2007, his first season working exclusively with signal-callers.

However, he didn’t have the same luck at Illinois with junior dual threat Juice Williams. The Illini ranked 87th in passing offense last season after ranking 20th the year before. Illinois averaged almost 100 fewer yards passing than in 2008.

Schultz will be asked to pick up where Franklin left off, which won't be an easy task. Schultz does have the benefit of returning several offensive players from last year's 10-win team.