We actually have two discussion points, my FishDuck friends, as I ponder out loud about (1) might it be best to have a one-year interim football coach for the Ducks, and (2) who might that person be? Tons of points to consider in both directions, and of course I have a candidate who would be perfect for the job as Interim Head Football Coach at Oregon. Am I wrong on both counts?
It has been a disappointment for Oregon fans seeing the Duck-Coach-Retreads and less-than-impressive-names being trotted out over the last week. I believe it a low-probability at this point that a real splash hire–someone that most of the fan base can believe in–will be found and signed by the Wednesday Recruiting Signing Day. My concern is that a significant percentage of the fan base will lose some interest and their juice for Oregon football with the wrong hire.
We can’t possibly get this right in only a couple of days. So what do we do…
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Create a One-Year Interim Coach?
A year gives Oregon all the time needed to pitch multiple candidates after spending more time doing extensive research. It also gives the candidates time to ponder and reflect upon the offer and while we are making big sacrifices for the one year to find/sell/sign this coach–it could also pay off much more than bringing in a so-so hire that does not excite the fan base.
The obvious downside is the losses of players through transfer and recruiting. No doubt it is a big hit for a year, but a bad hire will hurt much worse for many year and might even dig a hole that Oregon cannot emerge from. With all that is going on in the world, Oregon has to get a real winner in place, bite the bullet and endure the quacking of objecting fans.
For retired coaches who still have the expertise and the fire…this could be an opportunity for a Coaching Alumnus Tour? Coach Mike Bellotti is superb as a CEO at Head Coach, and with Mark Helfrich at Offensive Coordinator, Nick Aliotti at Defensive Coordinator–this group could outcoach most of the Pac-12 for their one year. Wouldn’t this coaching team be superior to a ”B“ list coach?
Remember, it was Bellotti who brought Chip Kelly and the Spread Offense to Oregon, and he might have great fun with the new college game for a season. Bellotti then hires some firebrand recruiters as assistant coaches to promote the Oregon Brand, as opposed to a coaching personality.
It would work, my FishDuck Friends, and I invite your feedback on both points because…
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