...Jappy Oliver. I love that he is a Purdue grad. I think '78. This was posted on a Notre Dame site when he was let go from there in 2009 after 5 seasons as DLine Coach (http://www.uhnd.com/blog/notre-dame-football/jappy-oliver-notre-dame/): Eric Hansen reported this afternoon that defensive line coach Jappy Oliver has been fired by Notre Dame. Oliver, the defensive line coach for the Irish since 2005, is the second coach to leave the Notre Dame coaching staff since the end of the season after former offensive coordinator Mike Haywood was hired by Miami (Ohio) for their head coaching vacancy. Over the past four years Oliver has done a very good job coaching the talent he’s had along the defensive line but the biggest knock on him has been on the recruiting front. Notre Dame has had more than its fair share of trouble recruiting defensive line over the past four years. Other than last season’s top ranked class, Notre Dame has come up short recruiting defensive linemen. According to Rivals.com’s recruiting trackers for the past four classes, the only Notre Dame commitments which had Oliver as their main recruiter were Ethan Johnson and Jashad Gaines – and Johnson had Corwin Brown listed as one of his main recruiters as well. With all talent being equal, Oliver is a pretty coach defensive line coach. He got a lot more out of players like Justin Brown and Pat Kuntz than most coaches would have. The problem is that defensive line is one position where it seems recruits put a lot of stock into the position coach before commiting and Oliver’s recruiting skills are not strong. That is, in my opinion, why I think Oliver was let go by Weis. It isn’t known whether or not there will be more staff changes outside of Oliver and Haywood at this time.
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