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Cal nabs East Carolina’s Brandon Jones as offensive line coach

It’s been quite a 24 hours for Brandon Jones. Following Lincoln Riley‘s departure for Oklahoma, head coach Ruffin McNeill shuffled responsibilities within his staff and handed his offensive line coach a run game coordinator title.

“We are blessed to have one of the best staffs in college football and have worked tremendously hard to groom our coaches for the next step,” McNeill said at the time. “These moves will aid us in scheme continuity, coaching language and recruiting cohesiveness. Our top priority is to maintain the level of offensive production and success, and to have teaching consistency during this transition is a critical part of the process.”

That title continuity lasted all of one day, as Jones is heading cross-country to serve as California’s offensive line coach.

“We’re happy for Brandon and his family,” McNeill said in a statement. “That’s the next step, so Dave is under fire already as offensive coordinator to find us an offensive line coach. We’ve got some great candidates in mind that fit what we do.”

Jones spent the 2009 season as the running backs and tight ends coach at FCS Sam Houston State. He played at Texas Tech - allowing him to cross paths with his new boss Sonny Dykes - and spent two years on the Red Raiders’ offensive staff.

“There’s a lot of guys out there who understand a lot about football,” new Pirates offensive coordiantor Dave Nichol said. “There’s definitely more than one way to skin a cat so to speak, but obviously we want to try to get somebody familiar with what we do and that’s going to mesh with the kids. I think we’re going to be able to find that.”

(Photo credit: East Carolina athletics)