Former Richmond Coach Reportedly Joining JMU Staff (Updated)
Update: JMU announced that Scott has been hired and he’s going to coach the tight ends.
Last week, the Richmond Times Dispatch broke the story that Latrell Scott was a candidate to join the JMU coaching staff. Tonight, Phil Orban, the Sports Director from WRIC-TV 8 in Richmond, is reporting that Scott has been hired. Scott succeeded Mike London as head coach of the Spiders after the 2009 season. Richmond went 6-5 under his leadership in 2010. It was his only season at the helm. He resigned 8 days before the 2011 season kicked off after being arrested and charged with DWI.
Despite the unfortunate end to Scott’s tenure at Richmond, I think there is a lot of upside to this move. The man made a mistake and it cost him dearly. He paid the price for his actions though and is ready to resume his career. Assuming that Matthews and his staff have done their due diligence and they are confident Scott is not a risk, I think this is a good hire. Bringing in a guy with head coaching experience to help on the offense could pay big dividends. And dare we speculate that bringing Scott in specifically to work with the receivers and tight-ends means that the Dukes are going to (gulp) pass more? The smart money is still on Mickey going with the “run to set up the run” offense whether we like it or not. He did give the playcalling duties back to Jeff Durden and brought in a former head coach to work with him though. Maybe Mickey will actually surprise us and air it out a bit.