Butch Jones has done a good job keeping his coaching staff together in his tenure at Cincinnati. He has only suffered two losses on his staff in two seasons, both coming this year. Jahmile Addae left the staff this summer due to recurring health issues and Tim Banks left to become the sole defensive coordinator at Illinois for Tim Beckman.
That left one hole on the staff at defensive coordinator. The logical successor to Banks was always John Jancek. Jancek has been the Co-Defensive Coordinator for the past two seasons, though Banks called the plays. Jancek taking over play calling duties opens up a spot for a linebacker coach, which has been Jancek's position for each of the last two years.
That spot is going to Roy Manning who was serving as a graduate assistant last year at Michigan, his Alma Mater. In 2010 Manning was a Graduate Assistant with the Bearcats. Manning will coach the outside linebackers and cover Michigan and Cleveland primarily in recruiting.
Kerry Coombs and Steve Stripling are both getting additional titles (read: Pay Raises) for the coming season. Coombs will now be the Passing Game Coordinator in addition to his other titles of Defensive Backs coach, Special Teams Coordinator. Steve Stripling is now Run Game Coordinator in addition to being Associate Head Coach and Defensive Line coach.
The other change is that T.J. Weist will take on the mantle of Recruiting Coordinator. That is well deserved for Weist who has been vital in helping to create new recruiting areas for the Bearcats in Georgia and Florida. I agree with all of these moves, particularly for Weist and Stripling. I also think that Roy Manning is a great hire. He is a young guy who has played in the NFL and enjoyed a good career at one of the biggest programs out there. All of which should be a major asset in recruiting.