Wyche inquires about WCU job

Wyche inquires about WCU job

There are 70 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 9, 2007, titled Wyche inquires about WCU job. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A former NFL Coach of the Year is interested in Western Carolina's football program, but school officials apparently don't think that's such a good idea.

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WCU FAN

Marion, KS

#1 Dec 9, 2007
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?! Of course we dont want NFL coaches, lets get one of Bardo's buddies. WHAT A F&^&%&G JOKE this football program has become.
Loyal Forever

Rock Hill, SC

#2 Dec 9, 2007
I don't know if hiring a guy like this would be a smart thing or not. Van Gorder just recently tanked at mighty GSU. Obviously he has a great pro resume but he has health problems and is older. I know Chip asked the players what they wanted in a coach. Maybe they wanted a young energetic coach. In fact, I believe that everything is probably already in place. Just my guess.

I also think that Chip might be against an older coach/retread due to the Don Powers factor. We DO NOT need to go down that road again!
Dennis Justice

AOL

#3 Dec 10, 2007
I concur with WCU FAN. Wyche KNOWS the Southern Conference, he's not a total outsider by any stretch. He certainly has a larger network for potential assistants, and can certainly groom one to replace him. Not to mention he knows what the NFL takes, which is one helluva recruiting tool. I have gone on record suggesting WCU pursues Geno Segars (yeah, I know, a pipe dream), but why not do something for publicity? The guy can coach.
Clicker

United States

#4 Dec 10, 2007
WCU FAN wrote:
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?! Of course we dont want NFL coaches, lets get one of Bardo's buddies. WHAT A F&^&%&G JOKE this football program has become.
Big difference between coaching in the NFL and coaching at a college with a limited budget. Wyche has almost no recruiting experience whatsoever, much less going on recruiting trips with a $40 gas card and a bag lunch.

NFL experience does not guarantee college success.
Clicker

United States

#5 Dec 10, 2007
Dennis Justice wrote:
I concur with WCU FAN. Wyche KNOWS the Southern Conference, he's not a total outsider by any stretch. He certainly has a larger network for potential assistants, and can certainly groom one to replace him. Not to mention he knows what the NFL takes, which is one helluva recruiting tool. I have gone on record suggesting WCU pursues Geno Segars (yeah, I know, a pipe dream), but why not do something for publicity? The guy can coach.
Geno Segers? I thought he was still acting.
Older Cat

Landrum, SC

#6 Dec 10, 2007
Wyche in my opinion should be given a serious look. If Bodine endorsed him, that would mean something to me. Wyche does have connections, he obviously doesnt need bigger $$$$$, and he must like living in Pickens area. So, there are several pluses there. Interesting idea! He likes to win too! But, when reality sets in, would Bardo be able to have a strong personality there as head football coach? Wyche would get alot of press. I remember Liberty had an ex-NFL coach for a while and it seems they did fine.
tyler1

Casar, NC

#7 Dec 10, 2007
it looks like wcu needs some one to coach that is a winner and sam wyche would fit
Truckin

Greensboro, NC

#8 Dec 10, 2007
Wyche could be the best thing to happen to that program.
Moc 92

Morganton, NC

#9 Dec 10, 2007
Clicker wrote:
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Big difference between coaching in the NFL and coaching at a college with a limited budget. Wyche has almost no recruiting experience whatsoever, much less going on recruiting trips with a $40 gas card and a bag lunch.
NFL experience does not guarantee college success.
If that's all you get at WCU, what a joke. Most schools and yes even small schools, have supporters (car dealers) that provide cars for the coaches use, and if WCU doesn't, no wonder they struggle to succeed. Coach Wyche is a proven winner, and he doesn't have to have recruiting experience, are you kidding? NFL, that says it to most young men seeking a college home at this level. It is laughable and embarassing that the school not even entertain the thought or at least invite him for an interview. It's called professional courtesy. If I had endured the past years they suffered through, I'd take all comers. Get a grip Cats. You guys are nuts! As for age, Jerry Moore, enough said...
Clicker

United States

#10 Dec 10, 2007
Moc 92 wrote:
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If that's all you get at WCU, what a joke. Most schools and yes even small schools, have supporters (car dealers) that provide cars for the coaches use, and if WCU doesn't, no wonder they struggle to succeed. Coach Wyche is a proven winner, and he doesn't have to have recruiting experience, are you kidding? NFL, that says it to most young men seeking a college home at this level. It is laughable and embarassing that the school not even entertain the thought or at least invite him for an interview. It's called professional courtesy. If I had endured the past years they suffered through, I'd take all comers. Get a grip Cats. You guys are nuts! As for age, Jerry Moore, enough said...
Jerry Moore's been at Boone for a couple of decades, give-or-take, so he wasn't trying to build a program in his mid sixties (or with a history of heart problems); the bag lunch remark was sarcasm used to help make a point. The point, again, is this: success with professionals and success with college kids at an (at best) mid-major school are two different things.
Jimmy

Tuscaloosa, AL

#11 Dec 10, 2007
I agree with you Clicker - the guy is old and has serious health issues- not something you're looking for when you're trying to REbuild a program.

Also, someone said he was a proven winner - he had a good record when he lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl - but his overall record was subpar. At Tampa Bay, he was supposed to REBUILD the franchise...but what did he do? Turn them into even worse losers. It took Tony Dungy coming in and gutting the whole franchise to make them respectable again.
fast eddie

United States

#12 Dec 10, 2007
Hiring a coach is not going to be an easy job. I do hope that Smith really knows what he is doing. I have seen ASU make mistakes in the Pre Moore days. You could hire a young Hot Shot like Mack Brown who would leave in a year. Western Is going to want someone who would like to stay around.
WCU FAN

Cullowhee, NC

#13 Dec 10, 2007
I hate to break it to you, but we are the early 1980s Tampa Bay Bucs of the Southern Conference.
Dakota Cat

Minot, ND

#14 Dec 10, 2007
Coach Wyche would be a perfect transitional coach for WCU...(1) he would bring some creditability and press to WCU football program...(2) Alumni like myself would be excited again about the program...(3) bring in a young coaching staff to work under Coach Wyche so he could teach the teachers how to win...(4) When the time is right, 2-4 years, pass the torch to the next head coach and the program would have some stability...

As for the comment from "Jimmy"...Coach Wyche rebuilt the Bucs before Coach Dungy toke over...he drafted Brooks, Sapp, Lynch and most of the players from the Superbowl team...he was let go when new owners came in...
Joe Schmo

United States

#15 Dec 10, 2007
Wyche would be great there. Great guy and great coach.
Dennis Justice

United States

#16 Dec 10, 2007
He is also known as the coach who brought in the "no-huddle" approach during most of the game, not just the last two-minutes in a half. Which means he's an innovator. Joe Pa is like 197 years old and he's still going strong. Even if he's only on 3 years, he'll bring in talented assistants who can take over when he's gone.

I question the idea of just getting "WCU guys" for the job. I want people who are the best no matter where they're from, even if they're from (gasp!) App St.

I bet the real reason WCU won't consider him isn't his pay, it's because he will insist on a, b, and c, when the geniuses running WCU athletics believe he needs d, j, and r.
Clicker

United States

#17 Dec 10, 2007
Dennis Justice wrote:
He is also known as the coach who brought in the "no-huddle" approach during most of the game, not just the last two-minutes in a half. Which means he's an innovator. Joe Pa is like 197 years old and he's still going strong. Even if he's only on 3 years, he'll bring in talented assistants who can take over when he's gone.
I question the idea of just getting "WCU guys" for the job. I want people who are the best no matter where they're from, even if they're from (gasp!) App St.
I bet the real reason WCU won't consider him isn't his pay, it's because he will insist on a, b, and c, when the geniuses running WCU athletics believe he needs d, j, and r.
Good points.
PICKENS COUNTY CATAMOUNT

United States

#18 Dec 10, 2007
Dakota Cat wrote:
Coach Wyche would be a perfect transitional coach for WCU...(1) he would bring some creditability and press to WCU football program...(2) Alumni like myself would be excited again about the program...(3) bring in a young coaching staff to work under Coach Wyche so he could teach the teachers how to win...(4) When the time is right, 2-4 years, pass the torch to the next head coach and the program would have some stability...
As for the comment from "Jimmy"...Coach Wyche rebuilt the Bucs before Coach Dungy toke over...he drafted Brooks, Sapp, Lynch and most of the players from the Superbowl team...he was let go when new owners came in...
Preach it!!!! Haven't emailed you in a while, but you are spot on and I cannot even began to believe that they would not even grant Coach an interview.

Unbelievable!!!
PICKENS COUNTY CATAMOUNT

United States

#19 Dec 10, 2007
Loyal Forever wrote:
I don't know if hiring a guy like this would be a smart thing or not. Van Gorder just recently tanked at mighty GSU. Obviously he has a great pro resume but he has health problems and is older. I know Chip asked the players what they wanted in a coach. Maybe they wanted a young energetic coach. In fact, I believe that everything is probably already in place. Just my guess.
I also think that Chip might be against an older coach/retread due to the Don Powers factor. We DO
NOT need to go down that road again!
comparing Don Powers to Sam Wyche is like comparing pig dookie to Prime Rib.

Can't believe WCU wouldn't at least TALK to the man.
American Eagle

AOL

#20 Dec 10, 2007
Can't believe that no one has mentioned that Sam played football at that school down the mountain........Furman (SUCKS) University.

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