This is part 4 of a series of possible candidates for the head Football Coach at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Candidate 4-Hal Mumme
Current Position: Head Football Coach at McMurry University
Alma Mater: Tarleton State University, 1975
Previous Schools: Tarleton State (Player) Assistant Coach at West Texas A&M, and UTEP, Head Coach at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky, Southeastern Lousiana, New Mexico State, McMurry University. Also Coached at Texas High School Programs Corpus Christi Moody HS, Copperas Cove HS, and Aransas Pass High School.
Overall thoughts: It is not a secret who I want to be the next football coach at Texas A&M Commerce. It is this guy. Every small school he has had the job of coaching, he took them and turned them around to become winners. Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Southeastern Lousisiana, and now McMurry. Now, Mumme has generated a ton of interest, despite not being interviewed yet, but he has an advocate in Commerce, his former understudy, Guy Morriss. Now, many people have said we should run the other way and that being close to Morriss is the nail in the coffin for Mumme to get a gig here. I disagree. I will start with this.
Mike Leach (Texas Tech and Washington State), Neal Brown (Kentucky), Dana Holgerson (West Virginia), Chris Hatcher (Valdosta State) Guy Morris, Sonny Dykes (Louisian Tech and Cal Berkley), Art Briles (Houston and Baylor), and Kliff Kingsbury(Houston, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech). What do these guys have in common? They all spring from the Hal Mumme coaching tree. Mumme is the man who created the offense that these coaches now cash their collective paychecks from, and it has made marginal quarterbacks super stars, and have put undersized and average speed WR’s in the NFL, along with a healty dose of lineman. These guys all mentioned above have had success at some point or another because of the offense they run. They were running it from Mumme’s base offense and his principles of offense. Spacing, making reads off defenders, giving complete latitude to the quarterback to change plays, good fundamentals from his skill players and ball distribution. This is what Commerce can grab a hold of and ride all the way back to not just conference, but national legitimacy.
Now, the two knocks on Mumme, hes old (hes almost 61) and he has a marginal head coaching record. In regards to age, I just have two words, Steve Spurrier. The ole ball coach is 5 years older than Mumme and has no problem putting good teams together at South Carolina still. You can make the same argument for Mack Brown, Joe Paterno (when he was alive), and a few others. The second is this. Hal Mumme is a good coach, but not fit for Division I FBS. His overall record with all his schools is 127-116-1. Take out the Division I FBS school and his record is 104-52. Of his 116 losses, 64 of them were at Kentucky and New Mexico State University, two of the worst historical FBS schools in college football history. At Kentucky, he was somewhat competetive and at NMSU, he won at least 4 times twice in four years, a huge accomplishment at NMSU.
I believe that Mumme would be great and get us back to where we belong, which is elite in the conference and the region. He would be walking into a tradition rich school that has hit hard times. I think that coming to Commerce, he would energize the fanbase. But Mumme is right up there with guys like Emory Ballard (the innovator of the Wishbone) in offensive innovations. College football spread offenses are what they are and pass based offenses thrive because of what Hal Mumme started in 1989 at Iowa Weslyan College.