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Subject: Re: Sure hope that's not the reason Morris was let go


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Date Posted: 13:05:30 12/14/21 Tue
In reply to: Bengal 's message, "Re: Sure hope that's not the reason Morris was let go" on 12:48:04 12/14/21 Tue

One tactic which has worked its way onto the first page of the playbook for head coaches on the hot seat is to fire an assistant coach before your boss fires you.

The thinking seems to be that you are showing your boss that you recognize the status quo is unacceptable and you are taking action.

This now happens both at the FBS level and in the NFL. By my very incomplete memory, this would be one of the first instances in the Ivy.

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Go Green
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Date Posted: 14:23:38 12/14/21 Tue


My recollection was that at least one positional coach was let go after Dartmouth's 2008 0-10 season.

While it might have been unfair to make him the fall guy, he *was* replaced by Keith Clark a month or so later.

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Jake (Novak)
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Date Posted: 14:26:44 12/14/21 Tue

... and I got a lot of criticism for reporting that the firing was based heavily on the recommendations from the group Dartmouth hired to evaluate the program.

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Bengal
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Date Posted: 17:48:42 12/14/21 Tue

That season seems to keep popping up.

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Go Green
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Date Posted: 06:47:22 12/15/21 Wed


... there are definitely good lessons to be drawn from it.

As Jake reminds us, Teevens was forced to make changes. While 2009 showed only marginal improvements, the program was noticeably better in 2010.

Teams that are struggling now would be well-advised to follow the Dartmouth blueprint. I suspect that they've got some of the same issues that Dartmouth had in 2008.

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Bengal
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Date Posted: 10:41:17 12/15/21 Wed

Aside from assistant coaching changes -- I have previously noted the value of Don Dobes who moved from P LB coach to DC's DC in 2010 -- how would you describe that blueprint?

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Go Green
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Date Posted: 10:50:11 12/15/21 Wed


Jake can probably fill in as well as he was pretty vocal about getting Columbia to make changes to its program a few years later. But from memory the blueprint was:

1) Better assistants

2) Less micromanaging of coaching by Teevens and allowing assistants more autonomy so he could focus on recruiting and fundraising

3) Improve facilities

4) Schedule manageable OOC opponents to help team get back on its feet

5) Increase fundraising to retain quality assistants and expand recruiting outreach (i.e., take trips to actually visit players' homes and schools).

All five were implemented. I do not give them any particular order of importance because all five of them clearly contributed to the turnaround.

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