Wednesday, November 01, 2006

John L. Smith calling it quits...
Word out of East Lansing is that John L. Smith, the embattled MSU coach, will resign after the season after being told that he would not be back at the helm for 2007.

Let the search begin. MSU needs sizzle. MSU needs a proven winner in a big program. MSU needs someone to keep up the good work Coach Smith did off the field and in the classroom with his team but also needs a motivator and a hands on coach.

MSU needs a guy like Nick Saban.

Again, I offer my personal candidates:

Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, Ron English

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2645774

8 comments:

GoBlue88 said...

Ron English? Will. Not. Happen.

A.G. said...

Why not? His ties are to Cal, not M. He isn't next in line to take over at M. It could very well happen, though I think MSU will really try harder for more sizzle this time and focus on a Butch Davis type name instead.

BigTenSportsFan said...

Will there be a more coveted coaching vacancy in all of sports than the one in East Lansing? The next head football coach at Michigan State ought to consider himself a lucky man. He'll be walking into a premier program, chock full with talent, at one of the nation's finest academic institutions. Not to mention a fanbase that is famous for classy postgame antics -- win or lose!

Pete Carroll, Jon Gruden, Steve Spurrier, Lovie Smith ...? Just keep your hands off our own Brady Hoke here in Muncie!

Dan Meyer said...

How about David Cutcliffe? He has head coaching experience (Ole Miss), learned the area last year (assistant at Notre Dame) and burnished credentials this year by reviving Erik Ainge and the Tennessee offense.

A.G. said...

I don't know why I continue to post your comments B10! They are so outlandish that they are entertaining... I guess that's my only reasoning.

Buckeye Nation said...

I'd ROTFLMM-FAO if the Spartans get English!

AndrewJ1313 said...

If Coker gets canned at "the U-gonna get yo a$$ kicked" I wonder if Davis will be persuaded back to Miami. I think not. After watching him for four years in Cleveland, the guy has such an ego, he would not want to return to Miami as it would somehow tell the world he failed in the NFL and had to return to his old stomping grounds for success. A program that is down with potential to be good would probably be more intriguing to an ego like Davis. I wonder if MSU will make a coaching decission and announcement before the season is over.

A.G. said...

MSU has said that if they find the right guy, they would announce before season's end.

Also, I think Schiano is the logical next coach for Miami more than Davis. Davis has been there done that.

Even if he came to State, rebuilt it for five years and left it in good shape like Saban left it, I would live with that. With one caveat - we'd have to make the right hire after Davis moved on. Not a knee jerk Bobby Williams type hire.

Perhaps by then, a name that has surfaced - Pat Shurmur - would have been a coordinator or a head coach somewhere and be willing and able to come on home to EL.