Of the two Mercer alums, Pearson or Mitchell? I could get on board with either of these two. Pearson might be the better recruiter but Mitchell has HC experience and at the highest level.
I still like Chris Caputo. He reportedly is GW's second choice if JT3 turns them down. If he is good enough for GW, he should be good enough for MU. He has been on the short list for a lot of good jobs.
McKray is the other Mercer Alum (if you are talking graduate and not an 'alum' of the Coaching Staff). Pearson played at Alabama.
Right. I typed the wrong name. My comments were about McKray, not Pearson.
Post by Clueless Fan on Mar 20, 2019 13:52:55 GMT -5
I am torn on hiring a former player. If he is successful, he is more likely to stay around instead of jumping at a higher paying job (within reason - can't compete with P5 money). However, if he isn't successful, it is always tough to fire one of your own, so an AD isn't as quick to pull the trigger when it is clear to most that they aren't getting the job done.
Without having the benefit of knowing anything about either of these two guys (or any of the candidates really), they should be interviewed. And if it comes down to picking between two equally impressive candidates, you go with the guy who loves the Bears.
Nice article. I was in college with Sam and he had the “old man maturity” they speak of in this article even then. He was BMOC- basketball was king at Mercer and his senior team lost to the best Ga Tech team in history by only 6 in the big dance (Salley, Price, Dalrymple, etc that lost to Nat Champ Ewing and Georgetown). I actually had a premed class with him called “Principles of coaching baseball” with Coach Barry Meyers.
Anyway, I was impressed by his maturity and demeanor then as a 21 year old and have been equally impressed by his accomplishments since. Someone said on here that Sam doesn’t have inroads in Atlanta where all the talent is but that could change. Just my HO.
Post by Clueless Fan on Mar 24, 2019 16:40:07 GMT -5
Here is an example of how to put together a horrible list of potential coaches. One that couldn't get it done in 16 years, one that showed he was not ready and was fired after three years, and one that was fired for being an unethical coach.