Southern switches offensive coordinators

Updated: October 23, 2006, 7:59 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University wants more offense and it's gone back to it's old offensive coordinator to try to get it.

The Jaguars removed David Oliver from the offensive coordinator job and replaced him with Mark Orlando. Orlando is the man Oliver replaced in 2002.

The change comes as the Jaguars (3-5, 2-4 Southwestern Athletic Conference) have an open week before hosting Texas Southern (2-5, 2-4) on Nov. 4.

Orlando was the offensive coordinator at Southern for the first nine seasons of Southern coach Pete Richardson's 14 seasons at the school. Oliver, whom Richardson confirmed "has been relieved," has been the offensive coordinator for the last five seasons, including the last two with Orlando on the staff.

"We just weren't as productive as we needed to be," Richardson said.

Southern's offense had its worst outing in years Saturday in a 26-10 loss at Alcorn State. After a 10-10 halftime deadlock, the Jaguars totaled 4 yards while turning the ball over five times, with two of those returned for touchdowns.

Southern alternated quarterbacks and gave the ball to junior running back Kendall Addison a career-high 20 times, but it didn't help. Byrd also threw a first-quarter interception in the end zone.

"It's nothing personal against coach Oliver," said Richardson, whose team has lost three straight games and five of six since a promising 2-0 start.

Oliver, a former All-American tight end at then-Division II North Colorado, came to Southern from Tulane, where he was the special teams coordinator and worked with the offensive line and tight ends. In 2003, Southern led Division I-AA in scoring, at 40.0 points per game. Two of Oliver's quarterbacks, Quincy Richard in 2003 and Thomas Ricks in 2004, were named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, with Richard having the best single-season in school history (3,430 yards, 33 touchdowns) and Ricks the second-best (2,786 yards, 24 TDs).

Orlando left Southern to become the offensive coordinator at SWAC rival Texas Southern, and was there for the 2002 and 2003 seasons, before that school changed coaching regimes. Orlando returned to Southern's staff in 2004 as running backs coach.

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