Eliah Drinkwitz' departure from Boise State appears to have caught a lot of folks in Boise off guard, including media members. Just scanning the knee-jerk reactions to the news on Twitter this evening, the tone has generally been one of surprise and disappointment from folks in Boise. The Broncos will be on their sixth offensive coordinator in seven years in 2016--assuming head coach Bryan Harsin doesn't take over the play-calling duties--which certainly adds to that sentiment. That is a lot of turnover.
Here are some of those reactions:
Wow Drinkwitz leaving is a complete shock. OC carousel continues at Boise State— Mike Wittmann (@RivalsMikeW) January 11, 2016
Just broke the Drinkwitz news to the Boise sports guy. He seemed shocked.— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 11, 2016
Few coaching positions get more negativity from fans than the OC. Drinkwitz has a limitless font of positivity. https://t.co/aEkbPzoFLA— The Football Four (@TheFootballFour) January 11, 2016
Really intrigued by Drinkwitz's surprising departure...beyond on-field, he was by all accounts a dynamite recruiter.— Dave Southorn (@IDS_Southorn) January 11, 2016
Boise State loses offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz to NC State. Shocking news: https://t.co/LuGCuI7rTd— B.J. Rains (@BJRains) January 11, 2016
One school in NCAA had QB avg 300+ pass yds, RB avg 100+ rush yds & WR avg 100+ rec yds. (Among qualified players.) pic.twitter.com/VX0iMcU0Fv— Jay Tust (@KTVBSportsGuy) December 31, 2015
An important nugget in there: Drinkwitz' reputation as a good recruiter. First and foremost you obviously want to hire a guy who is good at the whole play-calling thing, but if you can also find a guy who will be beneficial on the recruiting trail, it's a big bonus. And no doubt NC State could use a little more help in that regard.