Don’t ask me why, but when I saw the following tweet on Twitter, I was intrigued:
Sources tell me that Houston Cougars defensive line coach Carlton Hall will not return. CoachingSearch.com
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) December 21, 2012
Now, clearly, Georgia will be taking its time finding a replacement for the departed Rodney Garner—the timetable for finding a replacement has not been set, but Grantham is reportedly preparing to coach the d-line in Orlando—but Carlton Hall’s brief resume seemed fitting enough and I thought I might share it with my readers, just for kicks.
Hall spent four years at Harvard from 2007-10. With the Crimson, Hall helped lead the team to a No. 11 national ranking in rushing defense, No. 13 in scoring defense and No. 16 in total defense. In 2007 and 2008 Harvard won the Ivy League, while finishing as the conference runners-up in 2009 and 2010. During the 2009 season, the Crimson allowed only 82.7 rushing yards per game.
During his time at Harvard, Hall helped tutor current Oakland Raiders defensive tackle, Desmond Bryant, who has played in 31 games in his two-year career in the NFL. In his four years, he also produced 14 All-Ivy League players, three All-New England selections and two All-Americans.
In 2006, Hall served as the defensive line coach at Georgetown University where they recorded 55 tackles for loss and 17 sacks, including 13.5 TFL from All-Patriot League player Alex Buzbee.
Hall worked with Columbia University’s defensive line during the 2005 season and served as wide receivers coach for the 2003 and 2004 campaigns. During the 2003 season, Columbia was one of two schools, along with Texas Tech, to boast three receivers with 50 or more catches on the year.
Hall spent the summer of 2004 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of the NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, where he worked with that team’s wide receivers and assisted in offensive quality control.
Hall has experience coaching the 3-4, played in the SEC (Vanderbilt), and is familiar with recruiting the southern states (and he’s pretty good at it, too).
So far, so good, right?
In 2012, the Cougars decided to switch schemes again—returning to a 4-3 base set and abandoning the 3-4 altogether—that could be the reason Hall decided not to return to the Cougars in 2013 (this assumes, of course, that he wasn’t fired).
The Cougars made the decision to hire a second defensive line coach (Ricky Logo) in 2012 to assist Hall in mentoring the defensive line. Logo is the man most people credit for the collegiate development of Demarcus Ware while he was at Troy University (Ware, in case you don’t remember, was one of Grantham’s most well-known success stories from his coaching tenure in Dallas).
(Talk about your strange coincidences).
That said, with Logo remaining in Houston to coach the defensive line, and Hall now out on the open market and, presumably, looking for a position where his skills as a 3-4 defensive line coach/coordinator can be most useful, the natural question is this: would Georgia look at him?
The video below shows Hall explaining his technique for coaching the 3-4 scheme to defensive ends and tackles.
Now, I haven’t the faintest idea if Hall is on a call-back list for a job anywhere—much less the University of Georgia—but you’d have to imagine he’d be interested in returning to the SEC in a coaching capacity, if given the opportunity.
Either way, as I said from the outset, the tweet caught my attention…and it’s a slow night…and it’s almost Christmas…so I figured why not devote a whole post to a guy—whom few have likely heard of—hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that wasn’t the best idea.
Ah well, I’ve done crazier things.
That said, if his name does happen to surface in the coming weeks, you can bet I’ll be giving myself a little pat on the back for being such a super sleuth. If not…no harm done.