Well, he'll definitely provide the media a lot of quotes and other
"creative" material, but the guy is 63, and he replaces Coach McBride.
One would have thought that Weber State might have wanted to go a little younger
w/ someone who can really build the program. And they want to "bank their
future" on him? Interesting hire to say the least.
"He said his goal is to win the FCS (small division) national
championship."Small division? Or, how about Football
Championship Series? You know the other Division-1 teams that actually compete
for a national championship through a playoff, where ALL FCS teams actually have
the same chance as every other team to earn a championship instead of
argue/lobby for and/or buy one.I'm undecided on what I think about
the hire. I think the program is in decent shape after Mac's efforts and could
easily take more steps in the right direction, immediately. I like the idea of
an alum with a love for the school and area-- he won't be bolting after having
success. John L has a great resume and is familiar with the Big Sky,
inter-mountain West, and the FCS.At age 63, he might go 10-12 years
and do just fine, although he might also decide to retire sooner, experience
health issues, etc. I'd like a younger, fiery, long-term coach but there's never
any guarantees of tenure or the ability of actually being able to successfully
run a program. Hoping for the best! GO WEBER!
Re: SWWeatherGuy "At age 63, he might go 10-12 years and do just
fine." I hope you're right. I give him 3-5 years, tops. I just don't know
how you really build a program around such older coaches.
@So. Cal Reader,I appreciate your point about the younger coach and
mentality, but the younger coaches leave in 2-3 years if they have any success.
To be able to get a coach with the credentials that Smith has, and really know
he is going to finish his career there whether it be 5 or 15 years will give the
program more stability.He also has great experience with the Big Sky
Conference and his name appeal will help with recruiting. I think it is a
win-win. From the list of other candidates, I didn't see anything that looked
as enticing.I guess we will find out with time.