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    Pollard has his work cut out for him

    I'm really not sure who the heck is going to be our coach next season, but I get the feeling that the pressure on Pollard is ratcheting up quickly. I haven't seen any kind of consensus building for any one coach, and I see a whole lot of detractors for each. On one side, you have a lot of Mac supporters who are going to want a coach that can justify letting Mac go, and on the other side you have the people who wanted Mac gone so ISU could have a coach that could take them to the "next level". He hit a home run with McDermott, but Wayne Morgan didn't have anywhere near the support that Dan McCarney had. I sincerely hope that when the smoke clears, Iowa State has a great coach with all the fans behind him.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Great post, Cyclonepride. I agree - just reading all of the arguments tonight (that's not meant in a negative manner), I can't imagine that the amount of e-mail in his inbox is helping him feel any more secure about all of this. That's a heck of a decision to be responsible for (much like letting Mac go was), and I just hope the poor guy is getting enough sleep to make the right decision - no matter what it is!



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    MUST HAVEs for new coach in priority:
    1. Big time recruiter/deal closer, preferably in Texas and Oklahoma.
    2. Ability to pull together a staff that cam acclimate fast.
    3. Willing to pull out all stops to go juco first year.
    4. Knows when to hire and when to fire like Texas Holdem.
    5, Good sense on how to handle young men.
    6. Good technique for play calling overrides with his staff.
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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    That's how he earns his money.

    JP knows far more about all of this than any of us. There is no doubt he will do his best to make the best possible decision for ISU.

    I agree with you 100% Cyclonepride - whatever decision is made, regardless of your personal opinion of who you think we should hire (as if it were just that easy a process) we MUST support it.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Angie - JP was brought in to make the bold moves and I am confident he will make the right decision.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Quote Originally Posted by PolkCityClone View Post
    Angie - JP was brought in to make the bold moves and I am confident he will make the right decision.
    I truly do, too. I just know how indecisive I can be, and don't envy him.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    That is why he is the AD, and we aren't.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    MUST HAVEs for new coach in priority:
    1. Big time recruiter/deal closer, preferably in Texas and Oklahoma.
    2. Ability to pull together a staff that cam acclimate fast.
    3. Willing to pull out all stops to go juco first year.
    4. Knows when to hire and when to fire like Texas Holdem.
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    9. Can run several offenses with variations.
    10. Willing to work for less than $1.2M.
    11. Stay at least five years.
    12. Handle the media.
    13. Available full time in next 2 weeks.
    So what you are saying is that JP needs to find the best coach in the nation and make him our head coach while paying him as little as money as possible



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    MUST HAVEs for new coach in priority:
    1. Big time recruiter/deal closer, preferably in Texas and Oklahoma.
    2. Ability to pull together a staff that cam acclimate fast.
    3. Willing to pull out all stops to go juco first year.
    4. Knows when to hire and when to fire like Texas Holdem.
    5, Good sense on how to handle young men.
    6. Good technique for play calling overrides with his staff.
    7. Broad experience.
    8. Under 50.
    9. Can run several offenses with variations.
    10. Willing to work for less than $1.2M.
    11. Stay at least five years.
    12. Handle the media.
    13. Available full time in next 2 weeks.
    I have two requirements.
    1. Win
    2. Good person.

    I haven't seen #2 on a lot of lists, which kind of disapoints me. Mac did have that going for him and I'd be very disapointed if ISU ended up with some sleezeball.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    I have two requirements.
    1. Win
    2. Good person.

    I haven't seen #2 on a lot of lists, which kind of disapoints me. Mac did have that going for him and I'd be very disapointed if ISU ended up with some sleezeball.

    Eh, I don't think we'll have to worry about that too much. I don't see us ending up with a guy who has a not-so-great reputation. Granted, he may not be perfect, but I don't think this will be a huge issue.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    The one thing that I want to see in Iowa State teams in the future is good fundementals (tackle and block???), and emotion. I grew weary of the flat opening quarters, and falling behind early, and giving up that big touchdown right before halftime, that really got old.

    I want to see an effective running game. Am I the only one that found it ironic that it took all this time to increase Kock's role in the running game. Not just as a "feature" back, but using him as a blocker as well. All we did for years was hand him the ball on short yardage situations, when just maybe a fullback could could have helped the rushing attack, let alone pass protection.


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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    MUST HAVEs for new coach in priority:
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    2. Ability to pull together a staff that cam acclimate fast.
    3. Willing to pull out all stops to go juco first year.
    4. Knows when to hire and when to fire like Texas Holdem.
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    [SIZE="5"#8 that eliminates most successful, attainable, and quality head Coaches. God I'm over 50 and must be dead[, whoa I still have a pulse.
    #10. must hire an unproven asst. or somebody that is under 50 years and been in hibernation for the last 10 years. 1.2 mil??????????
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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    I think a lot of fans are making arguments for who they want and don't want and it may sound like a divided fan base but once a new coach is actually announced, I think the fans will unite behind the coach. We saw the same thing with the basketball coaching search but once McDermott was on board, I see very few negative posts about him. Hopefully the same will happen with the football coach. I have my opinion of who I want but if it is someone else, I'll still support whoever is the coach.


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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    I think no matter who is hired. That coach is going to have to somewhat be sold to the ISU fanbase. I think this could be a real positive thing for the program though and help build up even more excitement. If the marketing is done right, I don't see anyone being upset with the next coach. Let's remember, we are replacing an icon here, so, he is going to have to be sold to us as someone that can lead this program into greatness. I'm excited. It will be a lot of fun to witness.



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    Re: Pollard has his work cut out for him

    JP has got it bad, can you imagine flying this time of year with all the novices in the airports and on planes? Having been a road "airline" warrior it has to unbearable traveling right now. Any sightings???



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