By Stephen Tsai
Calculus is hard.
Figuring out why there's so much construction is a brain-teaser.
But filling the vacancy on offense on the UH coaching staff? Not so difficult.
Sure, there could be a chinstrap-dropping candidate when all of the applications have been received. But it would be logical — and economically feasible — to promote Jordan Wynn from graduate assistant in charge of quarterbacks to quarterback coach.
Marketing folks would prefer a "name" to boost — or, at the least, maintain — ticket sales. Translation: "Give me an assurance the Rainbow Warriors will score a lot of points, dammit!"
But what UH needs is what it already has: A guy with an understanding of offenses, a good working relationship with the staff, and the aptitude to serve as a quarterback's mentor and psychologist. Wynn was that guy this past season. He's part Phil Simms, part Dr. Phil.
Although the opening is for a slot previously filled by offensive coordinators, UH isn't seeking an offensive coordinator. That role, whether in name or not, belongs to Norm Chow. Chow wasn't hired because of a cheerful personality; he was hired because of his offensive resume. What Chow needs is a co-author for each week's game plan, a day-to-day guide for the quarterbacks, and a spotter from the coaches' booth. Tommy Lee served that role before retiring after the 2012 season. Aaron Price, who was fired two days before the start of training camp, would have had that role. Wynn filled that role this year, while also handling most of the play-calling in the second half of the season. This year, UH is 19th nationally in passing, averaging 301.4 yards per game. That's third in the Mountain West Conference, which isn't bad, considering No. 1 Fresno State and No. 6 San Jose State have quarterbacks who will be earning NFL checks next year. UH is 62nd in total offense, averaging 416 yards per game. (UH was 117th in 2012, averaging 297.4 yards).
In these austere times, Wynn makes the most sense.