The Arizona Cardinals hired Texas State defensive coordinator Randall McCray as assistant special teams coach. McCray leaves Texas State after two seasons in San Marcos. The Bobcats struggled in both seasons but did show improvement last year and prospects are looking up with an experienced unit returning.
The timing is tricky but not as problematic as other Wither's staff defections. Texas State has a month or so before spring practice kicks off, so they'll have time to find a replacement whether inside or from outside the program. Last summer Texas State lost a couple of staff members, finding capable alternatives at that time.
Whether Withers replaces McCray with another 3-4 based coordinator is a question we'll have answered soon. Texas State's been building their personnel around that scheme, and a departure from an odd-man front could cause further growing pains. For McCray's part, he was an inventive coach who improved the team from a desperate state in 2016.
No doubt Withers has a list of possible replacements on hand, most coaches prepare for a transition, especially at the G5 level where compensation will always be an issue. For McCray, the Cardinals give him an entry into the NFL and no recruiting which takes up so much of a coaches time.
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