Friday, September 01, 2006

Tips for Hiring a Head Coach

Never hire someone that you can't fire.

    Exhibit A:

    To be a former offensive linemen, his o-line at Miss St. sure is piss poor. They were dominated by an average SEC defense last night. Sure, recruiting talent to a school that is located in the most aptly named city on the planet is difficult, but the big uglies weren't even driving off the ball which requires little in the way of talent and is more about attitude. Croom had good credentials and an excellent track record in the NFL as an assistant before coming to State, but as we all know, that doesn't necessarily convert into being a good head coach. Last night IJ observed little improvement, if any, from over the last few years. Given the program he overtook (which he didn't have to apply for cause he had to know what he was getting himself into), Croom deserves probably one or two more years, but it will be very interesting to see if one or two more 3 win seasons warms up his seat any. Because we all remember the big deal it was (deservedly so) that he was hired in the first place, but just wait and see the media uproar if the Bulldogs decide to cut ties with Croom in the near future if the program doesn't show marked improvements. Notre Dame got just a little taste of that after firing Ty 'TeeTime' Willingham, but that won't be close to what Miss St. will likely see. One caveat: If Croom somehow manages to turn State around, IJ will deny ever writing this.

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