Could former NFL QB Chuck Long be headed to Blacksburg?

BLACKSBURG – There is still no word on what will happen with the Virginia Tech football coaching staff. The latest name I’m hearing linked to the Hokies’ potential offensive coordinator opening is that of former San Diego State head coach Chuck Long.

Long, an Iowa alum and former NFL quarterback, last worked as offensive coordinator at Kansas under Turner Gill in 2010. He spent the past year out of college coaching, opting to work with his son’s high school team in Norman, Oklahoma.

He was the San Diego State coach from 2006-2008. Before that, he was an assistant at Oklahoma and Iowa. Coaching at Oklahoma from 1999-2005, Long tutored 2003 Heisman Trophy winner Jason White and 2000 Heisman finalist Josh Heupel.

Stanford’s Pep Hamilton, the hot name early this offseason, apparently has turned down a chance to join the Hokies.

Tech hasn’t officially announced any changes to its staff. Its current assistants appear to be in limbo awaiting the hiring of a new offensive coordinator, who would then decide who to keep and who to let go.

If changes do come, wide receiver coach Kevin Sherman reportedly has a job lined up at Purdue and offensive line coach Curt Newsome would be expected to return to James Madison, where he was an assistant from 1999-2005.

But all that is on hold until Tech decides who, if anyone, will replace Bryan Stinespring as offensive coordinator.

The Hokies went 7-6 this season, beating Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl.