Reversal: Weiner tells USF he'll stay at Plant
Just two days after he made a tearful goodbye to his players at Plant High to become USF's new receivers coach, Robert Weiner has changed his mind and will stay with the Panthers, USF announced Tuesday.
"Coach Weiner is a great coach and a man who will continue to do great things at Plant," Bulls coach Willie Taggart said in a statement. "We knew pulling him away from the young men in the Plant program would be very difficult for him, and we wish him continued tremendous success moving forward."
Weiner has had an amazing run at Plant, with four state titles in the last nine years and a 90-9 record in the last seven. His hiring was widely praised as a coup for USF's recruiting in the Tampa area, but now Taggart will have to find another coach for his receivers. The other candidate known to have interviewed, former N.C. State assistant and NFL receiver Troy Walters, accepted the same job at Colorado on Sunday.
Weiner's decision means Taggart still has five full-time assistants to hire, more than a month after he was named as USF's third head coach, with a key recruiting weekend coming in three days.
USF still needs a defensive coordinator and three assistants on that side of the ball, plus the receivers coach. Taggart brought three Western Kentucky assistants with him in new offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Walt Wells, quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan and defensive assistant Ray Woodie. Offensive assistant Larry Scott was retained from Skip Holtz's coaching staff. Stanford linebackers coach Lance Anderson, who was reportedly offered the defensive coordinator job, told the Times on Monday that he is staying at Stanford.
Here's a link to a 15-minute video showing Weiner's emotional goodbye to players and parents on Sunday night.