Today I will preview the second candidate that is looking to replace Guy Morriss as Head Coach. Now, I want to make something known to everyone. I have said this before, this is not a hard news blog. It contains hard news, but it is mainly opinions of both fans and alums. The news on here that is hard are scores, reports from campus and stuff like that, but mainly this is a debate and discuss blog. For example, I will report the stats on a football game, like the final score, and stuff you would find in a boxscore, but I am going to want to dig deeper on that, such as going to into the thoughts of the players (Why did he run out of bounds two yards short of the end zone?) coaches (why did we throw on 3rd and inches?) So there were comments that this was a guessing game. It sort of is at this point. If you have a rumor, post it so long as you can substantiate it to some point. But if you are looking for nothing but hard news, the KETR.org or Lionathletics.com is your place, this is for discussion and opinions, none of which you will find there. I just wanted to clear that up.
Now part 2 of coaching Candidates-
Current Position: Head Football Coach at Tarleton State
Alma Mater: Murray State University (Kentucky)
Previous Schools: Murray State (Player), Austin Peay College (Player) Midwestern State (Defensive Coordinator), Tarleton State (Current)
Thoughts: This is a tad bit strange, but we have two candidates who are either coordiantors for very good LSC programs or head coaches for LSC programs. Commerce has an allure and that is good. I would have never thought that, but traditions speaks for itself. A coach is going to want to come to a program where winning has been the tradition and where alums come to games and expect to win. Also, despite Commerce being a small market, most of these Coaches I am thinking have this though in their mind “Dallas less than an hour away, I am in the middle of rural North Texas, and I am not too far from East Texas, and those two areas are filthy loaded in talent. Plus I have a decent media market.” The other schools in our conference do not have a Dallas or an entire region at their backdoor. Anyway back to Fowler.
Reading up on Fowler, he turns programs around. He has been around College Football at this level his entire professional life and he knows what it takes to win at this level. He is defensive minded, but his offense is potent and pass based but with a strong running component. The way he has turned Tarleton back around and made them solid bodes well for him, but if you look at his bio from Tarleton Athletics, it will show that he has a wealth of experience. With Fowler being relatively young also, I think this what this group needs. A young, engergetic guy. As much as our defense needs improvement, we have had years where our Defense was the best in the conference and we were still a 5-5, 6-5 team at best because we couldn’t score.
Finally, Fowler is a guy that gets involved in EVERY community he has been a part of. We need that. If you refer to my previous post on the Qualifications for a New AD, I think that getting not just the Community involved, but getting other surrounding communities involved would go a long way in helping us.
Candidate 3 tommorrow