January 11, 2007

Prince talks about staff changes

Kansas State has seen a bit of shuffling take place on its coaching staff since the end of the 2006 season, with perhaps the most noticeable change thus far coming with defensive coordinator Raheem Morris returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and special teams coach Tim Tibesar being elevated to the coordinator position Morris held last year. Wildcat Coach Ron Prince addressed the changes in a teleconference Thursday morning.

Is the amount of turnover on the staff uncommon after one year?
"I guess my perception on what's happening is much different than other people's. I think it's a natural progression. We're really happy with the effort coach Raheem Morris gave us during his time here, the enthusiasm he brought was really critical for us. When you look at the economics of a career, people have the opportunity to advance themselves. Pat Washington will be going to Mississippi State to coach the wide receivers. He helped get things up and running for us. From that standpoint, we think this is very positive for everybody. For Tim Horton to have a chance to be an offensive coordinator is very uncommon, so I was happy for him and his family."

Did these moves come as a surprise to you?
"I would say that in putting the team and staff together I knew there were very talented people. When you have very talented people you know there's a point in time when people are going to come to them with career opportunities to advance, and sometimes the economics of this business make it impossible for people to say no to an offer. There is a different landscape in the NFL, and we're not trying to compete with those dollars, nor should we. These are talented people, and I'd like to have the challenge of replacing talented people as opposed to a staff that gets stale and old and doesn't have energy."

Did you know during bowl preparation that they'd be leaving?
"My point is that these are talented people, and that every one of them on the coaching staff is going to be sought after, either continually or at some point. That's how I'll answer that question."

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