Saturday, July 29, 2006

TOB Logic

This is a few days old, but the Hampton Roads (Va.) Daily Press recently printed a report on the higher-than-average turnover among ACC assistant coaches this past off-season.

TOB, of course, is interviewed, and he does not disappoint--coming up with yet another of his patented self-contradictory and self-indicting quotables.

O'Brien served as a Virginia assistant to George Welsh for 15 seasons, and six of his nine Boston College staff members have been with him for at least eight years.

"It's been important to us especially in terms of recruiting," O'Brien said of the stability. "The (assistants) know the profile of the kids we're looking for. But sometimes you can get stale as a staff. At what point is that? Five years? Six? I don't know."

So here TOB admits that coaching staffs tend to get "stale" (his word) after 5-6 years, yet proclaims the fact that 6 of his 9 assistants have been with him for 8+ as a positive. Of course, most coaching staff's don't even stay together for that long--generally if things are going well the assistants will be given head coaching or (in the case of position coaches and other junior assistants) coordinator jobs in other programs or in the pros and if things are not going well heads will begin to roll--only in a program with a BC-esque culture of mediocrity will a staff remain intact for this long. But nonetheless this bit of TOB Logic is very telling.

Hey Tom, maybe the reason you can't get from 8 to 10 wins is because your staff is stale--so how about freshening it up by FIRING YOUR GROSSLY INCOMPETENT OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR??? Or, for that matter, resigning from your own post??

On a lighter note, this recently came to FHMAM's attention thanks to Six Degrees of Bowden. There's no BC content and it pretty much just left me speechless as I'm sure it will you, so I'll just let you have this clip of a drunk Texas Tech fan after his team beat Oklahoma:


At 10:44 AM, Blogger Patrick Lane said...

Great post.

BC needs to dump this staff if we want to move into the future. Tom O'Brien and his offensive guys (mainly Dana Bible) are Big East coaches who can be counted on to beat Temple, Rutgers, and the service academies, but struggle mightily against stronger teams. The reason for this? THEY DON'T ADJUST THEIR GAMEPLAN! The static offense is unacceptable, and the lack of culpability on the part of the AD is downright cowardly. Academic standards can't be blamed here. Our admission requirements weren't the reason BC blew 7 cracks at the goal line against FSU in 05. I think it's obvious that we need to clean house if BC shows the slightest downturn this season, and take on an innovative up-and-comer or an unemployed NFL coach for a serious run at the Orange Bowl in the years to come.

At 2:19 PM, Blogger ATL_eagle said...

Believe it or not we have one of the most senior staffs in college football. BC and Iowa are entering their eighth seasons with the same OC, DC and Head Coach. No other school comes close.

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