Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's time for Plan B at Yale

Word is Yale is still hoping to have a coach in place before the end of the week.

Obviously that seemed to be a slam dunk yesterday as multiple sources confirmed that former Yale defensive coordinator Don Brown had been offered the Yale job. I spoke with a few people today you were a bit stunned to hear the news that Brown pulled his name out of consideration. There have been plenty of phone calls being exchanged today between stunned former Yale football players and other alumni who went to bed believing Brown would be named Yale's 34th football coach in a matter of days.

While the sources I spoke to were not as adamant about who would emerge as the leading candidate as Yale moves forward, Georgetown coach Kevin Kelly's name was mentioned rather prominently. At the beginning of the process Kelly was mentioned as a viable candidate. By all accounts he had a strong interview and although his overall win/loss record at Georgetown 17-48, it should be noted that the Hoyas went from an 0-10 season in 2009 to 8-3 this past season.

The other candidates we've confirmed have interviewed are Lehigh offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini and former Yale assistant coach Tony Reno. Reno as received a lot of support from former players and is an intriguing candidate. A new name to consider is former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell as NFL Network recently reported that Dorrell has drawn interest from Yale.

The reason why getting a coach in this week is so important is that it is Walter Camp Weekend and that is a prime showcase for recruits to be shown. I think the best-case scenario would be to have a coach officially named on Thursday but as the last 24-48 hours have shown, this can be a volatile process so stay tuned.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If former players are saying good things about a candidate, it should be more significant than an interview. Yale football players are smart, perhap it is time to listen to them. Take a chance with Reno

7:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Reno would be a great coach at Yale.

10:37 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Reno would be a great coach for Yale.

10:38 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plan B, as in Brown, has already failed.

10:41 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It think bringing back Coach Clark from Dartmouth would be a phenomenal. Was the best coach on the entire staff during Sidleiki's tenure.

12:30 PM 
Anonymous Bill Abelson said...

Agreed. Kelly's 8-3 record this year is impressive, but he's been at Georgetown six years and before 2011 was 9-45. One can understand a couple of bad years at the start of a coach's tenure, but he had five ones prior to 2011.

12:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair to Kelly, in the five years prior to his arrival, G'town went 19-42, not much better than his record. Fact is, the program has been bottom-of-the-barrel in the Patriot League ever since moving up, until this year.

5:05 PM 
Anonymous Chi-town Bob said...

Keith Clark.

5:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the headline from your post, "Coaching situation a little uncertain."

Uh, yes.

5:37 PM 

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