Weber State football: Wildcats banking their future on John L. Smith

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  • Wildcat O-town, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    @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.

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Dec. 7, 2011 10:20 a.m.

    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.

  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    Dec. 7, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    "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!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Dec. 7, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    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.