One of Scout.com's Anonymous Staff posts listed the rankings for Big East coaches you want to build your program over the next five years. Am I biased or is this just complete BS. DANA HOLGORSEN?!?! GREG SCHIANO?!?!?! OVER DOUG? Are you KIDDING ME??!
I will give it up for Charlie Strong. He had a Marrone-like turnaround of that program after just 1 year, but he still had a HELL of a lot more to work with that Marrone did when he signed on, so Id even be comfortable putting them in the second slot together. They both have a comparable record (7-7 ver 12-13) for first time head coaches.
Putting Skip Holtz over Marrone is the only one that makes sense, and in that regard you'd have to put him over Strong as well. He and Marrone both went 8-5 last year. And Skippy had a team with talent to work with. Previous record? the only deciding difference as Holtz is 80-55 in his career, but thats time in the 1-AA too.. This is the BIG EAST COACHES list though.
Schiano? GREG Schiano? um, ok....The guy that coaches some new jersey team we beat this past year right? Yeah, he is DEFINITELY better than Marrone. The guy who has Ray Rice and to a lesser extent Paul Pasqualoni to thank for the fact he still even has a job?
OK, and here's the kicker:
DANA F-ING HOLGORLSEN. Sure, hes had some luck in the past. BUT HOW THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO LIST A GUY WHO HAS NEVER HEAD COACHED A Div 1-A TEAM IN 1 F-ING GAME?!?!?!?!
Did these assholes even watch Big East football this year?
5. Doug Marrone, Syracuse
Career Record: 12-13
The Syracuse alum has the job he wanted, and he’s trying to restore the glory. Things started to turn last year with a strong year and a thrilling bowl win over Kansas State, but he has to recruit better, learn how to win at home, and use his NFL offensive coordinator talents to make the attack more dangerous.
Hot Seat Status: None. It’s been years since Syracuse was strong, and Marrone will get plenty of room to keep trying to improve things. As long as the Orange is going to bowls, for now, that’s fine.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In ten years. Only 46, Marrone is still young, and at his alma mater, he’s not actively looking to bolt. He’d take a pro gig before going the college route again.
I think they are sorely mistaken. Looks like they are as good putting together this list as they are actually evaluating player talent.
Last on the list? Owch though, sorry Paul.
8. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
Career Record: 141-76-1
It was quickly forgotten how Syracuse was a national player not all that long ago. Pasqualoni didn’t get fired for being awful; he got fired because SU football became mediocre. He knows how to recruit in the Northeast, and he’s planning on not trying to reinvent the wheel at UConn, but he’s 61, was mediocre in the end at Syracuse, and appears to be more of a placeholder for the job than a star.
Hot Seat Status: Little. There’s a football team? Even after the Fiesta Bowl season, UConn’s focus is on Kemba, Kemba, Kemba.
The Coaching Change Will Come … In five years. Pasqualoni isn’t going to be bad, and the program will do more than just tread water, but he’ll be 62 when the season starts and isn’t a long term solution.