@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.
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.
"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!
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.