I almost died laughing when I read Mr. Mollica's "Heacock was successful" line in his column. Mr. Mollica, please define successful. Is successful destroying a once proud Div. I-AA (FCS) program?... Going 1 for 9 in making the playoffs?... "Winning" the conference in a 3-way tie when you lost to the two teams you tied with (and accordingly, not making the playoffs)?... Watching attendance plummet?... "Salvaging" the season by going 6-5?... Seriously, Mr. Mollica, good luck in your retirement, but your "reporting" and your "columns" regarding this whole Heacock debacle were embarrassing. Just the fact that you wrote that statement "Heacock was successful" is mind-boggling.
December 6, 2009 at 7:57 p.m.
Again, he should have been let go after 2005. To wait until 2009 was absurd.
November 24, 2009 at 7:48 p.m.
I sure hope Strollo makes a much better decision this time than when he renewed Heacock's contract back in 2005. We could have started the rebuliding process 4 years ago. Even as far back as 2005 it was OBVIOUS that Heacock was not the answer as HC. Unfortunately, that bogus conference co-championship (3-way tie, we lost to the two teams we "tied" with) saved his job at the time. Unfortunately, I am not real confident in Strollo.
November 24, 2009 at 7:46 p.m.
Oh wait, I see that Heacock resigned late yesterday. Not sure why that story isn't listed as a headline on Vindy.com.(?) Again best wishes to Pete Mollica and to Jon Heacock. I am sure Heacock will get and do a fine job as a DC somewhere. But as a HC it just didn't work.
November 23, 2009 at 11:04 a.m.
Best wishes to Pete Mollica. Hopefully, his replacement will be able to offer a little bit of critisism, and not just all raw raw. BTW, if Heacock isn't fired today, I will consider myself a former YSU fan.
November 23, 2009 at 10:03 a.m.
"Heacock should have NEVER had his contract renewed!"
EXACTLY!!!... In 2006 if that Southern Illinois QB isn't tackled at the half-yard line as time expires in the last home game, YSU doesn't win the Gateway, and doesn't even make the FCS-Subdivision playoffs (at 7-4, wouldn't qualify). Heacock, was darn lucky to even make it to the playoffs even ONCE. Strollo, please end this disaster NOW!!!... Your buddy Jon will go on and do a nice job as a Div.II D_Cooridinator somewhere, and MAYBE, just MAYBE YSU will be able to recover from this nine years of waste and be a viable FCS team once again (we can only hope)
November 20, 2009 at 11:49 p.m.
Hopefully this is the final straw in the 9 years of Heacock ineptness. I mean what more will it take?... Heacock has singlehandedly ruined the YSU football program... Oh, he is a players coach, Okay... go out and cause trouble before our last meaningless game of the season... Seriously, this is all so sad... And please don't bring a Mark Shiparo (Indians GM) type of response and say we were spoiled by the success of the 90's... the fact is the program has tanked since Heacock took over as head coach... even Tressel must be embarassed for having hand chosen him as his successor...
November 20, 2009 at 9:06 p.m.
He better be done on Monday!... and I agree with alpheusiam, I wouldn't mind seeing Strollo go also. But at least HEACOCK MUST GO!!!... I didn't even realize how bad his record is aginst the top teams in the conference (although I obviously knew the record vs. Northern Iowa)... I mean look up at the stands (lots of empty bleachers, no?)... in '02 YSU was 3rd in the nation in I-AA attendance at 18,000 PER GAME... where are they at now??? (especially considering actual fans in the stands versus announced attendance)... the program is a mess!!!
November 20, 2009 at 1:14 p.m.
This better also be Heacock's final game as YSU coach. This program could never recover from another year of Heacock.
November 19, 2009 at 10:25 a.m.
Oh my Pete Mollica finally gives a TINY bit of criticism to Heacock. Fact is this, Heacock has destroyed the program. Just listen to the guy (Heacock) talk. Always making excuses. He is terrible. If he stays one more year, I will never attend another YSU game.
November 16, 2009 at 10:19 a.m.