Spiders introduce Rocco as football coach

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Thirty minutes after Wayne Lineburg cleaned out his office at the Robins Center, Danny Rocco started moving into it.  It was a fitting metaphor for the coaching turnover that has plagued the Richmond football program over the past decade.

But this time, U of R believes it has found its man.  Wednesday Rocco was introduced as the fifth Spiders head coach in the last six year, and three in the last five months.

Rocco said that the main reasons for coming to Richmond were its high academic standards, living in the city of Richmond and the opportunity to coach a national championship caliber team from the CAA.

He met the team at 4pm, and later met with the former assistant coaches at UR.  Rocco said he offered assistant positions to five of his former coaches at Liberty, but will also talk to the former Richmond assistants with hopes of retaining a few.  He said he will offer a position to Lineburg, but it will not be offensive coordinator.

Rocco was the head coach of the Liberty Flames from 2006 through 2011, winning Big South Coach of the Year three times. He's been an assistant coach at UVA, Texas, Maryland, Boston College and Colorado.

He replaces Wayne Lineburg, who was promoted to head coach ten days before this past season. The Spiders went 3-8, ending the year on an eight game losing streak.

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