With offensive coordinator Tommy Laurendine leaving to become head coach at Sewanee, The Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins said he will consider promoting line coach Bob Bodine to run the Bulldogs' offense.
"If we promoted from within, it would be Bob," Higgins said Friday. "But we also might look outside for the best available guy. All head coaches keep a short list, and I have two or three names I might want to investigate."
With spring practice finished, Higgins said there is "no rush" to replace Laurendine, who on Thursday was named head coach at the University of the South, which is in Sewanee, Tenn., and is most often referred to as Sewanee. The Tigers play Division III football as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Laurendine, a native Oak Ridge, Tenn., was hired from Lenoir-Rhyne last year by Higgins to help install the triple option at The Citadel. The Bulldogs went 3-8 last year in Laurendine's lone season as coordinator.
"This is a great opportunity for Tommy," Higgins said. "It's his first chance to be a head coach, back in his home state at a great school. They were looking for an option guy, and I'm sure he will do a great job.
"It's hard to lose a good person, but you like to see guys move up in their careers."
Higgins said the Bulldogs are in good shape with Bodine and new quarterbacks coach Craig Candeto on staff. Bodine is steeped in the option offense through his work at VMI and Georgia Southern; Candeto ran the option for Paul Johnson at Navy.
Higgins said one option would be to make Bodine the coordinator, with the head coach becoming more involved in the offense, along with Candeto. The other would be to hire a new coordinator from outside.
--Higgins confirmed that kicker Mason Wachter from Auburn, Ala., will join the team in the fall. Wachter is the leading career scorer at Auburn High School and wants to study civil engineering at The Citadel, where he will receive some academic scholarship money.