The renovation of the FIU football house is almost finished when it comes to the technical staff.
Three of the four main pillars are the hiring of Mike MacIntyre as head coach, David Yost as quarterback coach/offensive coordinator, and Ricky Brumfield as special teams coordinator.
MacIntyre still hasn’t found his defensive coordinator, although George Frazier (defensive line) and Nate Taye (defensive backs) are on board. That means that when hired, the d coordinator will most likely coach the linebackers.
The rest of the offensive staff is in place with Eric Hickson (running backs), Jay MacIntyre (wide receivers), Joshua Eargle (tight ends) and Greg Austin (o-line).
Hickson is the most recent addition to the University of Miami, where he coached the running backs of the Manny Diaz staff. Before that, he coached RBs at Kansas State and Akron.
As a player, Hickson left Kansas in 1998 as the school’s all-time leading rusher (2,537 yards).
Depending on who the FIU hires as a defensive coordinator, Yost is the most compelling character among MacIntyre’s staff. whose offense will be central for the FIU fans to judge.
So, what is his offensive philosophy?
“I’m a speed and space guy,” Yost told the Miami Herald. “I want to play fast with fast guys. We will have a staggered attack and we will play with pace.”
Yost cited the transgressions of coaches Mike Leach and Chip Kelly as two of his biggest influences.
In addition, Yost made it clear that he has a system that is simple enough to get his best players on the field.
“If you have a guy who’s not on the pitch because he can’t pick up the system, then there’s a problem with the attack,” Yost said. “It’s no problem with the child.
“We don’t have too much stuff (to play). We don’t want our players to think. The less you have to think, the faster you can play.”
Yost said he is an aggressive player and his goal is to dictate the defense as much as possible.
“I tell our boys, ‘We’re going to blow up the defenses. They’re not going to blow us up,’ said Yost.
“We want to run the ball and take shots on the field. Space is our friend. We play from sideline to sideline and goalline to goalline.”
In addition to football, Yost also spoke to the Herald about his long, blonde hair, which has become his signature look.
Yost said his long locks help him stand out and impress when recruiting.
“All the other coaches are like the players,” Yost said. “Before I started dating my wife (Carrie), I had a perm. I got it so I didn’t have to do much with my hair. I thought it looked pretty good.
“In retrospect, it didn’t look good. My wife has told me never to get a perm again.”
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▪ The FIU baseball schedule for 2022 has been announced and the Panthers will play 17 of their first 19 games at home, including visits from Miami, Michigan, Connecticut and South Florida.