Source: Former defensive assistant Brian Knorr in talks to return to Air Force

December 17, 2013 Updated: December 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm
photo - The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the Elon Phoenix 35-7 at BB&T Field September 19, 2009, in Winston-Salem, NC.  Photo by Brian Westerholt / Sports On Film
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the Elon Phoenix 35-7 at BB&T Field September 19, 2009, in Winston-Salem, NC. Photo by Brian Westerholt / Sports On Film 

Brian Knorr joined the Air Force coaching staff on a retreat Tuesday and the Wake Forest defensive coordinator is in talks to join the Falcons as a defensive assistant.

Knorr was seen by many at the academy's sports offices and a reliable source confirmed that he is near an agreement to return to his alma mater.

The source said Knorr's addition, once it becomes final, would mean Air Force would lose someone from its coaching staff. The source also said it is not likely that Knorr would return as defensive coordinator but rather as an assistant head coach on the defensive side of the ball.

"No one has left the staff as of today," the source said, "but somebody's not going to be coaching moving forward."

Knorr, who turns 50 this week, was an Air Force quarterback from 1982-1985 and an assistant offensive line and junior varsity coach for the Falcons from 1992-94. He returned to help run the defense at the end of Fisher DeBerry's tenure and for the first season under coach Troy Calhoun. He coached the strong safeties and outside linebackers in 2005 and 2006 while working with the inside linebackers in 2007. Knorr then joined Jim Grobe, also a former Air Force assistant, at Wake Forest.

Grobe resigned early this month and it is not known if Knorr would be retained by new Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson, who had previously been the head coach at Bowling Green. Knorr has tweeted in recent days about having time on his hands to make pancakes for his kids and said the "only good thing about not being on the road recruiting" was getting to see his daughter dance at a high school.

In Knorr's three seasons at Air Force, the defenses saw their points allowed per game drop from 31.7 in 2005 to 25.2 in 2006 and 19.3 in 2007.

This past season Air Force gave up an average of 40 points. It went 2-10 - the first 10-loss season in school history. The Falcons ranked 123rd in the nation in third-down conversion defense, 116th in scoring defense, 122nd in pass efficiency defense and 114th in total defense.

Charlton Warren is Air Force's defensive coordinator and Steve Russ is the co-defensive coordinator. Like Knorr, both are Air Force graduates.

Knorr was the head coach at Ohio from 2001-04, going 11-35. He was fired and replaced by Frank Solich.

The Gazette attempted to reach Calhoun through Air Force's sports information department, but he has not responded.

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