Jappy Oliver Out as ND D-Line Coach

It has become official, Jappy is out:

SOUTH BEND — The changes Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis promised in vague terms after a 7-6 season have begun to take shape.

Defensive line coach Jappy Oliver is out after four seasons under Weis, Notre Dame football spokesman Brian Hardin confirmed Thursday. Hardin said Oliver “resigned to pursue other career opportunities.”

Oliver is the second assistant to leave this offseason, with offensive coordinator Mike Haywood having become the head football coach at Miami of Ohio in late December. There may be more changes on the way in the coming days.

The 53-year-old Purdue graduate’s previous coaching stops include his alma mater, Eastern Michigan, Northeastern, Navy, Grand Valley State, Western Illinois, Vanderbilt, Air Force and South Carolina.

Jappy was another one of those coaches that I liked personally when I worked for the team, but the writing was definitely on the wall for him. I have little doubt Weis likely gave him the fire/resign options, but at least he is able to part on the best terms possible. Best of luck to you in the future Jappy.

It will be interesting to see if the same situation soon befalls Latina in the near future as he is another coach that has been in the crosshairs this season. I would also keep an eye on Powlus’ job as well. The heat hasn’t been big on him, but there is no doubt we’ve seen some issues with coaching young QB’s and I can’t believe that is going to be a completely acceptable situation for much longer.