Tyson Helton the Bearcats tight ends coach and special teams coordinator will be joining Jeff Brohm's staff at Western Kentucky as the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.
A source tells @coachingsearch that Cincinnati asst Tyson Helton has accepted the OC job at Western Kentucky. http://t.co/JgYrShpZhf— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 12, 2014
On the one hand, losing the coordinator of what was, by far, the Bearcats worst special teams unit since the late Rick Minter era at is not a bad thing. UC wound up being ranked 123rd in Football Outsiders special teams rankings, and 118th by Phil Steele. In no uncertain terms the Bearcats special teams were a disaster, and having the man with the special teams coordinator title next to his name isn't the worst thing in the world.
On the flip side I really liked what he did with the tight ends and full backs this year. Blake Annen was never going to replicate the season that Travis Kelce had a year ago (who could?), but he had a very solid senior season and even bagged all conference honors. Helton was a good position coach, and something much less as a special teams coach . At this point I think we all know what Tommy Tuberville wants in his tight ends coach, recruiting.