Baylor, searching for a coach, will talk to Navy's Weatherbie Vanderlinden hires Cosh to guide UM linebackers


Navy football coach Charlie Weatherbie, who last week rejected an offer from Boston College, plans to talk this week with Baylor University, which is searching for a replacement for retired Chuck Reedy.

Navy athletic director Jack Lengyel, currently working on a contract extension for Weatherbie, granted Baylor AD Tom Stanton permission to talk to him.

The Midshipmen finished the regular season 8-3 and will meet California in the Aloha Bowl on Christmas Day.

In more coaching news, Chris Cosh, the former defensive coordinator at Illinois, became the first assistant hired by new Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden, the school announced yesterday.

Cosh will coach the linebackers, leaving open the possibility that former Illini coach Lou Tepper could join the Terps as defensive coordinator.

Cosh, who before joining Illinois had coached at Nevada-Las Vegas, Minnesota, Southeast Missouri and Wisconsin-Oshkosh, played at Virginia Tech and in high school for Bishop McNamara in Washington.

Vanderlinden also is awaiting word from Northwestern quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson, who could come to Maryland as offensive coordinator.

"Craig's in the decision process, but he'll definitely coach in the bowl game," Vanderlinden said of Johnson, who will be with Northwestern through the Citrus Bowl. "Craig's been pretty instrumental in the development of [Northwestern's] Steve Schnur, and I'm willing to wait if he wants to be part of it."

Pub Date: 12/10/96

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