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Mum is still the word in YSU coach search

Published: Fri, December 11, 2009 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Pete Mollica

YOUNGSTOWN — The official word out of Youngstown State University about its search for a new head football coach — is really no word at all.

YSU Sports Information Director Trevor Parks said on Thursday that the only thing he’s been told is that the head coaching search “is still ongoing.”

Here’s the unofficial word.

YSU Athletic Director Ron Strollo has been busy these last two weeks. Not only has he been trying to fill the football opening, but he also has been traveling around the country as a member of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision selection committee overseeing this season’s playoff action. Last week, Strollo was in Montana for a playoff game.

There have been many rumors floating around the area as to who the new coach will be.

Many believe that Strollo’s number-one candidate is Mark Stoops, the defensive coordinator at the University of Arizona.

Stoops is a Youngstown native and a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. Youngstown State is not the only school seeking his coaching talents.

Stoops also has been interviewed for the defensive coordinator’s job at Florida State by newly appointed head coach Jimbo Fisher. That’s a job that pays upward of $500,000.

He also has been mentioned as one of the top candidates for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

It’s believed that the YSU job is Stoops’ job it he wants it, but the salary would probably be half of what he could get at Florida State.

If Stoops doesn’t take the YSU job, Strollo probably will go with his second choice — Eric Wolford, South Carolina’s running game coordinator and offensive line coach.

Wolford, 38, like Stoops, is a Youngstown native. He played his high school football at Ursuline, graduating in 1989. This is his first season with the Gamecocks, although he’s been coaching college football since he graduated from Kansas State University in 1993.

Whether it is Stoops or Wolford, the announcement is expected to come next week.

The head coaching position at Youngstown State became available last month when Jon Heacock resigned the post after nine seasons with the Penguins.



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3alpheusiam(64 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Petey, I know you're retiring but could someone, anyone actually act like a real reporter down there at the Vindicator. Are you actually writing this crap or do you copy it from Strollo's twitters? Have you called any of the possible candidates? Could you interview them? Could you compare and contrast them? COULD YOU FREAKING ASK ANYONE OF THEM ANYTHING? Or is the only access you have is to crawl up Ron Strollo's butt? Stollo's punishment for being a lousy AD and sacrifcing Heacock at the altar of the big game money is to be given a huge bankroll to buy the coach that might save his job? Can anyone say conflict of interest? Does anyone remember what happened to Andy Geiger former AD at OSU? Bet you he was a wonderful committee guy and fundraiser and game scheduler too. Facilities and Committees and Fundraising and big game money and meetings = busy, busy, busy maybe you think he should replace Dr Sweet as president and let somebody else keep an eye on the Ball and Student Athletes and Scholarships and Coach evaluation. What the heck is an AD doing looking at building plans and having meetings over elevators and seat backs maybe he should be Facility Planning Director. Maybe he should be MVFC Director or YSU Fundraising Director. Get the hint Petey? Maybe he wears too many hats and is in over his head and can't see whats really wrong at YSU Athletics. Attention potential coaches you are doomed to ruin your careers here. RUN! Maybe Ron Strollo's access and involvement and fundraising are more important then game outcome. Remember this coaches: if you start the season with 1 loss before conference play and end up 8-3 and don't win the conference: no playoffs and it's not Strollo's fault. If you start the season with 2 losses before conference play which is very possible, you're first conference loss may be your career not Strollo's. And if your Heacock/ Strollo recruits go gang beat somebody there's no Andy Geiger to fall on the sword for you, YSU think. YSU speak. Their thought process is in a lockbox and their words to you will be double speak. No coach should seriously believe that it's possible under the current regime to be successful here in the near future and that could destroy a great coaches career before it got started. Can anyone say: "Cleveland Browns"? Take a high expectation guy like Stoops, big money, big expectations, 4 losses 2 games left empty stands! If I was Stoops I'd learn to say "Bearcats" or "Seminoles" or "Golden Flashes" Under another regime that takes responsibility, with a different focus and game scheduling YSU should be the place to coach, but now, not so much. So potential coaches: RUN! And Petey Mum isn't the word, The Bird is the Word and it's Pete the Penguin.

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4valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Here is the insider information on the hiring process at YSU:

We will likely know the next head coach in the next 12 hours, as it is expected FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher will name a DC today.


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5valleyred(1102 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Welcome back to Youngstown Wolford!

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