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Little detail in W&M football coaching search

While it might have been surprising that William and Mary football parted ways with longtime assistant and offensive coordinator Zbig Kepa, it’s unsurprising that head coach Jimmye Laycock and Kepa declined to discuss the decision or the move forward.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to elaborate on that,” Laycock said, when asked about Kepa’s departure. “We talked it over and decided it was time for a change.”

Kepa said recently, “I’d rather not get into it. Coach (Laycock) is a good guy, it’s a great school and a great program. I’d rather just keep it positive.”

Kepa had been at W&M for 29 years, the last 21 as offensive coordinator. He was part of some of the most productive offenses and players in program history, but the Tribe has struggled on offense each of the past two years.

Last season, W&M was ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring (21.2), eighth in pass offense (188.7) and total offense (342.2) and ninth in pass efficiency. Its 2-9 record was the worst since Laycock’s first season at his alma mater, 1980.

Two years ago, the Tribe was 10th in scoring (18.4) and pass efficiency and ninth in pass offense (168.5) and total offense (334.8) on the way to a 5-6 record.

Some of that was due to a revolving door at quarterback, because of both injuries and inconsistent play. Some of it, apparently, was game-planning and play-calling.

Laycock offered little about the search for Kepa’s successor – young or old, inside or outside the staff, X-and-O guy or a recruiter.

“I don’t want to say anything that would prejudice the search,” Laycock said. “I don’t have any preconceived notions about what we’re looking for. We’re going to let the search play out and see what happens.”

He said there’s no timetable for filling the position.

“It’s more important to find the right person than when we get it done,” he said.

Laycock said there’s been quite a bit of interest in the position and he expects more.

“You know how it is,” he said. “Any time there’s a coaching opening, a lot of people are going to be interested.”

For his part, Kepa said that he intends to coach again. He has extended feelers and is working connections, but hasn’t landed a position yet. He is resolute as he goes job hunting for the first time in nearly three decades.

“Virginia Tech went to a bowl and look at what they did. We only won two games,” he said. “Sometimes you have to make a change.”

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