Some food for thought on Sunday morning while you’re waiting to see if Purdue can make the Big Ten race even closer comes from stat guru Ken Pomeroy. Only it’s not stat based.
The public outcry over Wyoming firing Heath Schroyer – spearheaded by SDSU coach Steve Fisher – may be a little misplaced, Pomeroy writes. Besides being the humane thing to do (who wants to work at a place when they know they’re getting canned?) it may benefit Schroyer and the school. The school aspect has sound reasoning, too.
Then, there’s the Steve McClain aspect.
McClain was a lame-duck coach in 2006 (Pomeroy, as a former Wyoming resident, knows this) when the Cowboys snapped a six-game win streak by reaching the MNWC tournament final. This was somehow enough to stave off a firing for another year. Big mistake.
I’m not sure this strategy would work for a place like N.C. State, which is presumably firing Sidney Lowe after the season. That’s a far, far more attractive job that will be a destination for coaches, not the last gasp or the start point for an up-and-comer.
But perhaps Stetson was taking notes. Other schools might as well.
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