The last few days have been dominated by a lot of speculation and rumor and a little bit of news about how Dave Aranda is building his coaching and support staff in Waco. On Tuesday we found out that ULaLa DC Ron Roberts was coming over to fill the same position at Baylor. He was out recruiting in Baylor gear today with Aranda, Shawn Bell, and the next guy on my list here ... On Wednesday we found out that fan-favorite Joey McGuire was going to stay on with Baylor in an as-yet undisclosed capacity (but that I really think is going to be very similar to his Associate HC/DL coach role under Rhule) and that Vince Guinta from Oregon State would be coming.
And today, though we’re still waiting to find out who our actual offensive coordinator will be, we found out through Bruce Feldman and David Smoak that the rumors are true: LSU offensive analyst Jorge Munoz will be joining Baylor’s coaching staff, probably as WR coach and possibly as passing-game coordinator. Feldman confirmed the report initially, then Smoak confirmed Feldman’s confirmation and filled his afternoon slate with people talking about Munoz in segments that are definitely worth a listen. I know there’s still a bit of concern out there that this might not be a “done deal,” but if Feldman and Smoak are saying it is, that’s enough for me.
This was something I mentioned on my timeline earlier this week as someone Dave Aranda wanted on his staff. Now it's happening. Heisman Trophy Winner Joe Burrow swears by Munoz. We'll have a couple of guests on today who know Jorge Munoz very well. https://t.co/gfHDMFk2i8— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) January 23, 2020
And here are those guests, Steve Barrows (who coached with Munoz), Michael Waldie (same), and Feldman himself:
Gonzales AD, Michael Waldie (@WaldieMichael) discusses his relationship with Jorge Munoz, the coaching tree that Munoz stems from, the impressive offensive mind the Munoz possesses, the success with #LSU and more on YMTC. https://t.co/F8PKrn3NP7 pic.twitter.com/KKV2DtWndk— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) January 23, 2020
Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) discusses who @BUFootball is getting in Jorge Munoz, the #LSU fallout from losing their coaches to #Baylor and #Carolina, the brilliant offensive mind of Munoz and more on YMTC. https://t.co/FO5O8fnRPb pic.twitter.com/T3b0ev2mVz— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) January 23, 2020
If you don’t want to listen to all of that, here’s a couple of quotes from Waldie about what we’re getting in Munoz:
Waldie also said, “I’m just thrilled that Jorge’s success at LSU and elsewhere has finally given him a chance to be a full-time assistant at the highest level, this is such a great story and I’m thrilled he will be just two hours from me where I can watch him coach.” #Baylor— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) January 23, 2020
That’s impressive stuff, to say the least, and as I said above I expect that he will ultimately be the WR coach and passing-game coordinator, although he might coach QBs. We just don’t know yet. If you want to throw Munoz a follow, you can do so at @CoachMunoz13.
I’ve always been told to use the sandwich approach with good-bad-good news, so I’ll go with the bad now. OL Prince Pines, who started 4 games this past season and played in all or nearly all of them and was expected to compete for a starting job this season, has entered the transfer portal, my favorite thing named in a way that makes it sound a lot more mysterious and fantastic than it actually is. I’d note that this does not necessarily mean that Prince actually will transfer; guys put their names on and then remain where they are from time to time. But the chances of that aren’t that great, and his departure will, at the very least, hurt our depth on what was easily the worst unit on the team this past season.
It will be interesting to see what happens if/when Baylor hires and announces an actual OL coach, since I don’t expect that Shawn Bell will continue in that role going forward. Will the new coach be able to convince Pines to stay? I have no idea. Maybe. I hope he gets the chance.
And now for the second “good” part of the sandwich—in case you haven’t been following on Twitter, two former Baylor players have been having good weeks at the Senior Bowl in practice. WR Denzel Mims, in particular, has blown up on social media and impressed scouts and onlookers alike. A few of the better comments about him:
The arm bar by Denzel Mims to hold Troy Pride Jr. away from the catchpoint was one of the most advanced WR techniques we’ve seen in Mobile this week pic.twitter.com/7brMzdZDiQ— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 23, 2020
Jordan Love to Denzel Mims down the sideline. Baylor’s Denzel Mims stock is going way up. pic.twitter.com/pGK3Y8TkJS— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 22, 2020
Denzel Mims is eating every CB alive in redzone 1-on-1’s right now. I can’t even explain how dominant he has been during Senior Bowl practices.— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) January 23, 2020
Denzel Mims is going to be the biggest post-Senior Bowl riser. pic.twitter.com/AoUtUYpHrr— Steven Michael (@DFF_Steven) January 23, 2020
Baylor WR Denzel Mims turned the cheat codes on for this one handed catch— Luke Inman (@Luke_SpinmanNFL) January 23, 2020
Guy is on another level this week pic.twitter.com/b7ppus6bWv
That’s just a few. I could post more. Along with Mims, RB JaMycal Hasty, long one of my favorite players on the roster, has also been impressive:
JaMycal Hasty leaving Evan Weaver in the dust pic.twitter.com/NYagFbM48Y— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 23, 2020
It’s fantastic to see former Bears doing things at the Senior Bowl and helping to secure their futures. Sic ‘em, Denzel and JaMycal!
One more thing—I’ve been seriously considering bringing back the running monthly recruiting threads that I used to do since our coaches are out on the road and there is so much information. It’s almost too much to put into a thread like this or to just throw into the comments. If I can get some time together to do it, be on the lookout for that.