With Bobby Hauk leaving Montana to take over for Mike Sanford at UNLV that is bringing about another possible coaching change within the Mountain West. Utah offensive coordinator Dave Schramm interviewed for the open Montana job. Schramm does have ties to Montana as he was the recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach, and offensive line coach in 2003 and 2004 under Hauk. Schramm is just one of many candidates to be considered for the job with the projected front runner Brent Pease who is currently the wide receivers coach at Boise State.
Before Utah fans get ready to freak out for losing their offensive coordinator in consecutive years, but the change is not really going to affect the Utes that much. At the end of last year when Andy Ludwig left to go be the offensive coordinator to Kansas State and then to Cal over the summer the Utes named Dave Schramm and Aaron Rodderick as co-offensive coordinators. However, Rodderick was not too keen on the idea and took the wide receivers coach spot at Washington which was the same job at Utah. Then a week later he came back to the Utes not as the offensive coordinator but as his previous position as the wide outs coach.
This is important because once Jordan Wynn became the starting quarterback the play calling duties went from Schramm to Roderick. The move was not because of Schramm's play calling -- or at least that was sad publicly -- but rather that Schramm was more effective on the sidelines by getting the players pumped. Now, losing Schramm would be a blow to the program, but it would not be as bad as last year where the Utes lost both coordinators.
Another question to be had is being the head coach at Montana that big of a jump, because Utah has produced head coaches at the division one level who were coordinators. First off is obvious with Kyle Whittingham, then there is Gary Andersen who is now the head coach at Utah State, former offensive coordinator Mike Sanford went to UNLV, and former quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen was the OC at Florida and now the head man at Mississippi State.
So, it would be safe to assume that another year as the coordinator at Utah would allow him to get a job at the FBS level, but there is still something to be said about going back to a place where one was before. Either way I personally think when Roderick was calling the plays the Ute offense did better, but that also could be contributed to the switch.
Utah should not be too concerned if Dave Schramm does head to Montana, because it would be safe to assume that Aaron Roderick would get promoted to the offensive coordinator and the Utes will keep on rolling.