One potential head coaching candidate to replace Chris Ault can be removed off the list. Nevada Wolf Pack offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich was considered to replace Ault due to his knowledge of the offense, but he has elected to move on with his coaching career and is taking the same position with the Temple Owls.
Rolovich spent just one year at Nevada, and he was in charge of one of the most explosive offenses in the country, which was No. 10 this past year. He also spent two years as an offensive coordinator at Hawai'i prior to coming to Nevada.
New Temple head coach Matt Rhule wants his offense to be diverse, and hiring Rolovich makes sense. Rolovich has experience in the pass-happy Hawaii offenses, and also the Pistol which makes him a great fit. Here is what Rhule said about the hire:
For his part, Rolovich comes from a Run and Shoot background at Hawaii, while his boss at Nevada, Ault, is the man responsible for the creation of the Pistol offense. Both offenses contain elements of the spread. Specifically, the Run and Shoot is predicated on wide receiver hot routes and pre-snap motion, while the Pistol is a modified shotgun featuring a heavy amount of read-option plays aimed at keeping defenses off-balance.
Looks like Rolovich is the type of coach that Temple wants to run their offense. It makes sense for Rolovich to take this job since his future with Nevada is uncertain since Ault stepped down last week.
This is the second Nevada coach to head to a BCS program, defensive line coach Barry Sacks joined Cal last week.