Feb. 7, 2014
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced Friday that Larry Edmondson and Billy Lynch will share the title of Offensive Coordinator for the Owls for the 2014 season. They will share the duties previously handled by John Reagan, who left Rice after the Conference USA Championship game to become the Offensive Coordinator at Kansas.
"After the season ended, I considered a number of potential options, spoke to some candidates while at the AFCA Convention and the conclusion I came to again and again was that the best replacement for John was already on our staff," Bailiff said. "Larry and Billy have been instrumental in the offensive approach that has driven us to consecutive bowl seasons and both are creative thinkers who attack each challenge with tremendous determination. They also respect the values of Rice and are dedicated to continuing to build a program here that every Rice graduate can be proud to call their own."
The two-time C-USA Coach of the Year who was named a finalist for the Bear Bryant Award after leading Rice to its first outright conference title since 1957 with a 41-24 defeat of Marshall, indicated that offensive staff's work flow will retain much of the same structure as it had under Reagan.
"Over the past three years, our offensive staff has developed a very efficient approach to building a game plan and none of that will change," Bailiff said. "We have a veteran group of coaches who respect and value the input of everyone in the meeting room. That formula has worked well."
Edmondson is entering his sixth season at Rice. Over the past three seasons, he has coached the Owls quarterbacks and been the passing game coordinator, guiding Taylor McHargue to the second most total offensive yards in school history. Over the last three years, Owls' quarterbacks have been among the most efficient in the country, having thrown just 21 interceptions in 1,135 attempts, contrasted with throwing 12 in 360 attempts in 2010.
Edmondson is entering his 26th year of college coaching, including a pair of stints as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at SMU (2002-03) and Louisiana-Lafayette (1999-2001). As the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette, he constructed an offense that set six school records in 2001 and was credited with the development of sophomore quarterback Jon Van Cleave, who led the Sun Belt Conference in passing yards per game.
Lynch is entering his fourth year on South Main, continuing to mine production from his receiver corps in the Owls passing game as well as providing downfield blocks for the Rice running game. He has seen two of his receivers produce three of the top 12 seasons in school history and has developed senior Jordan Taylor into one of the top threats in C-USA.
The Owls will return to the practice field on March 11 to open their Spring Practice schedule which will conclude with the annual Blue-Gray game on April 11.