Monday, 3 February 2014
Where do the Concordia Stingers stand with their coaching search?
Congratulations Concordia Stingers. You have completed the 90-day challenge, however, with no results to show for it.
As this program approaches the 100th day in their search for the next football head coach, where do they stand now in this process? It seems like they have taken the American Idol approach in filtering out all the contestants, but I wonder if William Hung applied for the job.
Two weeks ago, five names were revealed by various media outlets ranging from Jacques Chapdelaine, Bryan Chiu, Peter Chryssomalis, Mickey Donovan, and Marc Loranger. It appears this list has dwindled down to a two horse race.
To be a fly inside the complex walls, where multiple football sources have told me that the apple of their eyes was Jacques Chapdelaine who now has been offered the same position with Simon Fraser University.
No question, this procedure has worn out even the general CIS football fan. How can a once proud institution have regressed to this point? Even the Catholic Church took a mere two weeks in naming Pope Francis as their leader and his job has a bit more importance in the world.
Whomever assumes this coaching position, is three years away from being competitive. This is due to their poor recruiting classes they had in the last few years where the current cupboard is bare of talent. Unfortunately, former head coach Gerry McGrath didn't leave much for the next hire to work with.
The longer this course goes, the more likely this Stingers program will continue to be viewed by outside observers in a different light.
If the "knights of the roundtable" (their decision makers) believe they have their candidate in-place, they can no longer wait. They need to proceed along in allowing the next head coach to name his staff, implement his systems, and start recruiting for 2015.
It’s only February, but 2014 is already heading into the abyss. The team will attempt to be competitive but in reality the Stingers are building for 2015. The next head coach will be given a clean slate to start building the team in his vision. That starts by weeding out the excess fat in 2014.
As ironic as it is, it seems like the Stingers roster is in salary cap hell, but these players are not being paid. This season will be a long, drawn out painful process, but those players who buy in will do what is needed by being the building blocks.
As the Stingers attempt to build something for the future, it is somewhat depressing to Concordia fans knowing their first preseason game is against their city rival Montreal Carabins. Even though this game means nothing in the standings, it could get ugly by the coin toss.
Finally the next hire needs full autonomy in running this ship. If there are any influences from those who may hover over this program, it could very well stagnate this excavation.
It just seems like Hung's hit song has more relevance than the Stingers at the present moment.
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