WSU Cougars News: Don’t hire these coaches – CougCenter

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Like clockwork, whenever a college football coach leaves, media and Internet yahoos like us rush to put together a “short list” of possible replacements. Some lists are good, some are so-so, and others are bad. What you don’t see a lot are lists with names of people who schools shouldn’t hire. And why would you? We’re interested in the coach, not the guy who isn’t the coach.

But I’ve seen some weird lists this week, or names floating around Twitter, which is obviously the best place to go for these kinds of things, right? There are names of coaches who are way too old, coaches who have lots of baggage, and coaches who make zero sense.

So be it resolved: Here is a list of people Pat Chun shouldn’t have on his list (as if he should listen to any of us).

Jim Mora

NCAA Football: UCLA at Arizona

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How the hell did his name get out there? He wasn’t good in the NFL, and he wasn’t good leading the UCLA Bruins, no matter how high his recruiting classes ranked, or how many players he sent to the NFL. As Gabe Marks once said, his teams are soft.

Beau Baldwin

NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State

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Have you seen the California Golden Bears offense the past three seasons? And before you get all, “well actually, they beat us…..” keep in mind it was the Cal defense that gave us fits. Plus, there’s probably a reason he left to go back to the Big Sky: He was going to be fired anyway. Baldwin had some awesome teams at Eastern Washington. One of them even beat WSU! But he tried to use the Cal offensive coordinator job as a spring board to a head coaching job at the P5 level after he turned down the Nevada head coaching job a few years ago. Back to square one!

Jim McElwain

NCAA Football: Georgia at Florida

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I admit I didn’t know a ton about McElwain before this week. I knew he beat us in the New Mexico Bowl in 2013. I knew he had success at Florida right away before flaming out. It was the way he flamed out at Florida that gives me pause. He lied about receiving death threats after that weird photo of a guy who looked like McElwain posing naked with a shark came out. It wasn’t McElwain, but he felt the need to lie about death threats related to the photo anyway. He also apparently didn’t have the greatest relationship with his administration. I know he’s from the region, but there’s enough baggage to eliminate him, especially with the other potential hires out there.

Jeff Choate

NCAA Football: Montana State at Washington State

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Choate was an assistant under Leach in 2012 but quickly moved on to UTEP, Florida, UW, and is currently the head coach at Montana State. Before you say, “we’ve tried the FCS to FBS thing before…..” well, OK go ahead and say that. It’s a big jump, but some have done well. Everybody knows about Jim Tressel. Chris Klieman went from North Dakota State to Kansas State this past season and went 8-4. But North Dakota State is a dynasty in FBS. Montana State is not, though the past two seasons they’ve made the playoffs, including the semifinals this season.

But Choate doesn’t have the resume WSU needs. Don’t know why he’s been on some lists out there, mainly Bruce Feldman’s.

Sonny Dykes

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I get it, he’s an Air Raid guy, and our offense is set for that. He only won 19 games in four seasons at Cal, and his defenses there were awful. He just had a good season at SMU, but that’s it. Next!


Who do you have on your no fly list?

Links

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