Albany State football coach Mike White.
ALBANY — Almost the moment news broke that Albany State offensive coordinator Uyl Joyner was leaving the Rams to accept a similar position at Dougherty High, ASU coach Mike White was inundated with interest.
“As soon as that article was in the paper, I started getting tons of interest,” White said, referring to The Herald’s article on Friday announcing Joyner’s departure. “But we haven’t narrowed anything down yet.”
Dozens of résumés are in the hands of White, but he said it could be weeks before Joyner’s successor is named.
“There really isn’t a leading candidate right now,” he said. “There really isn’t a certain way to do this. You just have to look at what you have and what is out there.”
Sources told The Herald that former ASU offensive coordinator Steve Smith was a possible candidate, but White said on Tuesday that Smith, who left the Rams two years ago to accept a job at Division I Tennessee State, isn’t currently in the picture.
“I don’t think that’s on the table,” White said. “I talk to him all the time. I definitely had a good relationship with him when he was here and valued his opinion. I wouldn’t say that he’s a candidate right now.”
White did reveal that he won’t be promoting from within his own coaching staff.
“We are looking outside,” he said. “I will definitely bring somebody in.”
Joyner was also the quarterbacks coach at ASU, leaving White with more than just the offensive coordinator spot to fill.
The eventual hire, like Joyner, will wear multiple hats.
“We are going to have to do a 2-for-1 or a 3-for-1. He might have to coach more than QBs,” White said. “When you are shopping with Wal-Mart money there’s not a whole lot of things you can do.”
Joyner, a graduate of both ASU and Dougherty, was the QB coach for the last four years and the offensive coordinator the last two years but decided to move to the high school ranks to join his brother on the Trojans’ coaching staff.