Well, it’s all but official. Today at 11 A.M. Ryan Ivey will introduce to the TAMUC community former West Texas A&M Associate Coach Colby Carthel as the new head football coach. You can stream the press conference via Lionathletics.com.
Initial thougts-I made no attempt to hide my favor toward Hal Mumme for this job, because of what he had accomplished at smaller schools. However, in the long run of things, I believe that Carthel was the more prudent choice. Notice I did not say safe. Carthel is a solid coach who has a Father who turned around a struggling WTAMU program and took them to national prominence. I have a feeling the apple didn’t fall far from the tree and I sure hope it didn’t. Carthel is young, he is very familiar with our program, and he wants to be here. I have little doubt that this was the best hire for the program as a whole. I had noted that AD Ivey would be making the toughest and biggest hire and it would also be his first. I believe that Ivey thought this thing out and weighed the ups and downs of all 4 guys and he made the best choice. There is little doubt this is what this program needs. I am just waiting for the spring game to start.
Who Carthel picks as QB will tell us a lot about his offensive philisophy. I know this, WTAMU can score, and score a lot. We need that offensive firepower. We will have 7-9 QB’s competing for time and the starting job. I have a feeling running the ball effectively will be more and more part of the game plan. Also, on defense, I expect to see that talent that we do have start producing.
That is really all I have to say about the hire right now. Everyone who can please tune into the press conference at 11 AM and tell me what you think.