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In Response To asleep#212036
It doesn't matter whom you beat, it only matters you beat your peer group, something Golden and Strong did and are doing, something Dooley (and soon to be fired Chizik) did not do at any level. Saying a MAC coach shouldn't be hired because all he did was beat MAC teams is silly. That would be like saying Saban can't coach because his Alabama teams would lose in the NFL.... so what? Strong, Golden, Fedora, Jones - they've all shown an ability to take a certain level of players and beat their peers who have the same level of players. Give them better players and they will beat better teams. Kind of like Meyer (Bowling Green/Utah), Tressel (Youngstown State), Spurrier (Duke), and Saban (Toledo) - 'nuff said. I'm not saying we should hire Golden, Strong, or any of these guys but they can all coach. And any coach we get will be a "hopper" - if they aren't, they won't leave where they are....And Strong is 52 years old, 50 when he got his first HC job - not really that young. Yes, he did vaguely attribute the lag to race but that was as much the liberal media putting it out there as a theory as his claiming it. He's winning at Louisville, he was a stellar defensive coach at South Florida and Florida (a 3-time Broyles award finalist), he can recruit Florida, he is black, which at lily-white UT could help with recruiting, and he is squeaky clean, something the NCAA will love. Bottom line, I would be perfectly happy to have him but my guess is that he doesn't have enough HC experience to meet Hart's criteria, whatever they are. Go Vols!!!
You're wrong on all counts. Never mind the fact that Golden has a losing record for his career, your peer group theory is bunk. If we were to go by your example of Nick Saban vs the NFL, then the simple solution to guaranteed championships for cheap would be to hire the win ingest coach of the smallest high-school classification in Idaho, bump his pay up to 38k per year and count the crystal football trophies as they come in. Also, Charlie Strong didn't "vaguely" attribute his lack of offers to race, he flat out said it was the reason. Your Urban Meyer from Utah to Fla is also way off base. Meyer won big and immediately at Utah. In his 2 years he beat 8 BCS auto-qualifier conference teams, including a Fiesta Bowl victory and #4 national ranking in his second year. NOT COMPARABLE to Al Golden making it to the MaryKay Toenail Clipper Bowl and losing to a sorry UCLA team. I'm thankful you're not in charge of the hire or I would more than likely end up taking the toaster into the hot tub pretty soon.
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