The news came the same day that Notre Dame and UCONN coach Randy Edsall had a mutual interest in the open position. Leaving me to thank Touchdown Jesus for an early Christmas gift.
I don’t have anything against Edsall, in fact I think he has done a phenomenal job with UCONN’s program since they joined division-1 in 2000. I was on his bandwagon for a new job last season after UCONN had consistently been on the verge, or in the top-25.
However, I believe this season is being recognized for the wrong reason. Agree with me or not, be outraged if you wish, Edsall is getting moved up team’s wish lists too far because of the Jaspar Howard tragedy. I know that if a teammate of mine was ever killed, I would never be the same, especially that season on the field. Edsall has had to do an impossible job, try to keep the team focused on winning instead of losing one of their brothers.
This is not a quality that should be jumping him ahead of other coaches at mid-powerhouse type programs that have had more success. When I look at Edsall as a candidate for my team, I am shaky to hire him to arguably the most prestigious college football program of all time. It should be discussed that Edsall has been unable to have his team close out games this season. In my personal opinion, if a guy like Kelly is the UCONN coach, they might win the Big East this season. Disagree? Look at the losses UCONN has had this year.
Edsall is perfect for where he is right now, and if he wants to land a prime time job, then he should take a job like Kansas and make them a winner first.
I didn’t have much doubt Kelly would be hired, I don’t know if many people did. He is the best possible guy for the job right now. I have no idea what the timeframe will be for turning this team around, but I guess I can get my hopes up one more time. It also leads me to question whether Kelly’s players ever went to class. Wide Receiver Mardy Gilyard was surprised by the hiring, saying that he expected Kelly to stay because he had claimed he loved Cincinnati.
Really? Well I believe you’re an idiot. Does anyone actually believe statements about job status’ from college coaches anymore? If you do then wake up. We see it time and time again that stating how much a coach loves their current job is as credible as Todd McShay. More on him coming up.
These players act as though they are betrayed. Yet they leave early for the NFL or NBA every single year in order to cash in. Is the head coach not supposed to worry about financial security for his family? A Head coaches at a small program is like Tim Tebow’s girlfriend, the relationship works until you realize it’s just hit its peak. The large historical programs will always get these guys, it will never change, because I don’t believe there are many coaches with actual loyalty.
Whats next for Cincinnati? Im eager to see who coaches them in the Sugar Bowl, if it’s not Kelly then I will be once again disappointed at the job hiring process in college football. To have your team go undefeated and then be unable to coach them in a BCS bowl because you took a better job, that just sucks for everyone. For a possible replacement, obviously they will look internally first. But I will throw a name out for the hell of it that could be a good fit, Boise State’s Chris Peterson?