Monday, October 22, 2007

Breaking the Code

Happy Monday to you, Cougar Nation!

Despite rumours to the contrary, Sir Brinkhater is back in action--at least for today anyway..So, before we get to the upcoming gloom fest known as game week, I wanted to take a second to speak toward Sterk's comments from this last wee.

First and foremost, for many, his comments are deeply troubling because they signal possible support for the return of Bill Doba as Head Coach next season.
But as Lee Corso says, "not so fast my friends."
What Sterk has intimated in these comments when you read between the lines is support for the existing STAFF.
So, here's the broken code for you all to chew on:
THE NEXT HEAD COACH WILL EITHER COME FROM THIS STAFF OR WILL BE FORCED TO USE THIS STAFF AS A CONDITION OF HIRE.
With that in mind, there are two real candidates for the position given those restrictions. The first is the obvious and best choice irrespective of the bridges burned upon exit #1:





Yep, Bring him back and as a part of the sweetheart deal, you promise to name the new Stadium after him...and honestly, why the hell not? He's only associated with the only real success that we've ever had, right?


But, of course, that ain't the way, we are going to go....so, with the preceding restrictions in mind, I now introduce to you the next Football coach at the Washington State University:








Bank on it. I just hope that Alex Brink isn't the new offensive coordinator..

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

As good as it sounds, I don't think we can commit to him or fire him right now. Firing a coach in the middle of the year could be a disaster. Who knows how the players would react? How about the assistants? How would they handle things down the stretch? And what happens to any semblance of recruiting? While we don't see the public commitments, there is definitely some work that's been done at this point, and I'm sure that we'll be hearing soon of some commitments. If you blow it all out of the water right now, then it could do far more damage than good.

The only way to do it now is if you have the replacement sitting to your right, and in the same breath of saying "Doba's out" you turn and introduce the new guy, now. And we know that can't and won't happen in midseason! Even Nebraska, where everyone and their dog knows Callahan is out after the year, won't replace him until after the season. The bottom line is, as much as change is wanted, we just can't do it right now, even if we could afford to do it.......which, well, we can't.

Think about Sterk's quotes of affecting the lives and families of the coaches, stressing the financial situation, and going out of his way to say how much Doba's respected and all the good that goes on behind the scenes. If you want to get rid of someone, I don't think you go to that extent or detail. The only tiny negative morsel is that Sterk won't give him the vote of confidence, but the rest out of Sterk is 99% positive about Doba. Aren't all those quotes about Doba translated into a full vote of confidence??

Anonymous said...

Cougfan's message boards have a couple of people today saying that 1) Price IS being talked to, and it could be a potential package deal, ala the Bennett situation (Mike comes in, coaches 'em up for 3 years, then turns it over to the younger Price). 2) Another poster said that a "rumor" making the rounds is that many players have already been told behind the scenes this last week that this is it for Doba, and they are potentially going to "clean house" as soon as the season is over.

longball said...

IF they go internal, its going to be Levy. Commence eye rolling and groaning now, cause thats the facts, Jacks.

I think they have been grooming Levy along as the next guy for a long time now.

Anonymous said...

I believe he needs his degree though. One obstacle to his hiring when MP left besides MP's request that Doba be hired.

Anonymous said...

Rosey - I just threw up in my mouth.

Sedihawk said...

I think Levy has his bachelor's now, but I think the sticking point was always him not having a masters? I know Doba has his masters, and that's a big deal to Sterk. Anyway, I don't see it with Levy either. Good assistant/WR coach though.

As far as Rosey? I think three years ago I would have been far more likely to believe it, but I don't know about that anymore. He wants to be a head coach, and ultimately he will be a head guy somewhere. And we know Sterk thinks highly of him. But we'll see. Again, he's on the payroll and finances could play a big part of it.

Also, if we're talking internal, maybe a name to pay attention to is Greg Peterson. He seemed like a bit of an out-of-the-blue hire when he showed up last year all the way from K-State, and he's got an impressive background. Mid-40's, he does have some Oregon and Idaho roots from way back, and he's got his masters degree. Hmmm.

I wonder about the Price package-deal rumors. We've done it before, and maybe Price coming in for a few years, getting things stable and the plan is crystal-clear that Eric will take over, well, it doesn't seem that far-fetched. And in a couple of stories this year, Price has issued a no-comment or waffled a bit when asked about WSU. So who knows.

Anonymous said...

Peterson is awesome.

Rosey was head coach at EWU before he came here. I've never heard of EWU having success in football, so i doubt he was successful in that position.

Burtnett has an impressive resume, including head coach of Purdue although who knows if he'd actually want the job...

Sedihawk said...

You are mistaken about Rosey at EWU. He was the QB coach/OC under Wulff, but never the head coach. He interviewed for Central's job last year but he's not been a head coach. At least not yet.

I don't think Burtnett is the answer either. Remember last year Doba asked him early on after Akey left to step up and be DC but he turned him down. He clearly doesn't want the responsibility of coordinator, so how could he possibly want to be a head coach?

Anonymous said...

my bad. looks like rivals.com is wrong too then, since that's where i got it...

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/viewcoach.asp?Year=2008&Sport=1&Coach=580

Sedihawk said...

Weird! I wonder where they got that he was the head coach in 2000? I know his bio in the media guide says he wasn't even a full-time coach at first at EWU. But that is not right. Wulff has been the guy since 1999 or 2000 I believe and Rosey showed up there only when Wulff got the job.

I'm starting to really think it doesn't matter anyway. The more I think about what Sterk has been saying this week, both in that Spokesman article and now on the AD BLOG on the WSU site, the more I believe that we are, for better or worse, married to Doba through 2008.

And who knows, maybe they are in fact about to turn it around. I know Brinkhater can second this, but I'm getting a weird feeling we are going to play well this weekend. Maybe it's UCLA's inconsistency, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a near-repeat of the kind of game we had vs. ASU. Not saying we're going to win, but I think the effort and the intensity is going to be up a notch.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a pretty strong article at Sportsline:

http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/10427536

Good read on the generation of kids today and what they are looking for. I thought this was a telling quote:

"I know firsthand today's youth are coming from another point of view. Each week, Houston-area high school players are spotlighted at the television station where I do some work. They tell me flat out that they're not nearly as interested in glitzy college athletic facilities as most think they are. They just want to play."

Interesting angle, especially with Sterk harping on upgrading the facilities to ever hope to compete. But Sterk is right, we need these new changes to compete and we've needed them for 10 or more years. Sterk is also right when he said they should have cashed in after 1997 and got the ball rolling then. But then again, it took unprecedented success at Oregon State and Oregon to get their renovations rolling. They struck while the iron was hot though, while we waited around until 2006. Oh well. I know this - if you've seen the full PowerPoint presentation, you know that when it's all said and done and phase III and IV are complete, we're going to have one hell of a stadium!

Anonymous said...

we don't need to get rid of all the coaches, but Rosie needs to go....Doba should go too since he is so weak that he couldn't control Rosie....I lay that at his feet...

Yarno...Levy...some others....they might just be great under differant circumstances...

and next year will be better, even if I don't buy season tickets....we'll have a differant qb and a differant attitude...one that says if you play poorly, you sit, and even if you do play okay, you will sit to give back ups needed playing time....