View Full Version : Counter question for Josh w/regards to his letter...

11-15-2002, 05:03 PM
Like you I think the line has to be drawn between commercialism (the almighty dollar) and winning. Somewhere in there you have to account for the dreams and hopes of 200+ college football players that have feelings and worries just like anyone else. Add to that they are in a transitionary stage of their lives and they have to balance school with practice, travel and games. Its alot to ask of anyone. The last thing they need is Mack on their back, acting like an ass. However, let me ask you this:

Had they fired (more likely) or forced the resignation (less likely) of Mackovich, which high profile coach would you see wanting the position next year? Seriously, what coach in their right mind is going to want to come to Arizona when they know that all it takes is some whining by the players to force them out?

I dont agree with what Mack did, I dont condone it and I dont accept it. However, by allowing him to finish the year and then quietly remove him in the offseason it places Arizona in a far more attractive position to pick up a big name.

I know this is a legitimate argument because I heard ESPN radio discussing it with several past coaches and all agreed that what Mack did was wrong but it was in Arizona's best interest to allow him to spend the rest of the season as a 'lame duck' coach and replace him in the offseason.

My perspective.

11-15-2002, 05:29 PM
...its such a habit to post to the BB board I accidently put in the wrong spot..

Josh Gershon
11-15-2002, 08:44 PM

Obviously, this is a lose-lose situation. Do you fire him now or in two games? If you are planning on firing a guy anyway, I think the moral thing to do to the players, assistants and head coach is to do it right away. Doing it this way would also allow the administration to immediately begin a search for a new head coach. The players said that they wanted to play for Rick Dykes the last couple of games.

There are legitimate arguments both ways, but it was just my opinion that they shouldn't wait if they are planning on firing him. There were some serious problems and if other coaches act the way that Mackovic did, I believe that they should realize that they would be fired.

You asked what head coaches would come to Arizona if Mackovic was let go on Wednesday. Ricky Hunley, an ex-Wildcat All-American at linebacker and an assistant for Steve Spurrier at Washington, said Wednesday that he would be very interested in the job. The news that Mackovic would likely be fired was hot off the press when Hunley said that. I do believe that there would be significant interest in the program either way.


11-15-2002, 10:13 PM