[I]“maybe you’ve heard this but i went to work today and we were talking about charlotte football because i was wearing another charlotte football shirt. A lady at work’s son plays for independence and she said that Tom Knotts told somebody at Charlotte that if we got a team, he wanted to coach it. First she just said that he would probably coach it and i said really? and she said yeah he’s told Charlotte and his players that he wanted to be the coach at Charlotte.”[/I]
I’d certainly love to have him, but will he still be around in 4-5 years when we (hopefully) get started? I don’t follow HS football too closely but he seems like the kind of coach that could get snapped up before then.
I'd certainly love to have him, but will he still be around in 4-5 years when we (hopefully) get started? I don't follow HS football too closely but he seems like the kind of coach that could get snapped up before then.
If we get football in 4-5 years we’ll need a coach in 2-3 for bringing in dollars, direction, and recruiting.
My thoughts before my sister told me this were we would look at Chip Hester, Catawba College’s coach. He is currently 7-0, including a win on national tv against mars hill, and AT carson-newman, something that has only been done 2 times in the last 6 years i think, and his indians are the 9th ranked D2 team in the nation.
Knotts is a fun idea, I just wonder if he’d be qualified enough. Is one year as a QB coach (not knocking the institution he was at) enough to make the leap to College HC? The things I’d wonder is how he’d go about assembling a staff and how he’d do at coordinating recruiting.
Also, why did he only stay at Duke one year? Was his upward mobility hindered? Poor performance? Didn’t get along with the rest of the staff?
I understand why everyone is so high on Tommy Knotts, but I’d much rather have as our first coach someone with more experience at the college level then being QB Coach for one year at DUKE! We cannot recruit this city ONLY. It may well be the best football area of NC but even Tommy cannot dominate it and it doesn’t produce enough talent to sustain a full program.
Tommy would need to be an Offensive Coordinator before I would consider him ready for the top job anywhere in D1. If we were D2 I’d jump at the chance but we should offer him the OC job with first look when we need our next coach. He can coach, but he needs more college experience.
I would take him, but I would have some concern with his lack of experience. If we can build a solid staff around him then I would feel good about it. The thing is about Tommy is I bet he would stick around long term, assuming we do well after our initial few years. If we hire someone else, chances are once we start to be successful they will bail for more $.
Legit D1 schools don’t hire high school coaches as “head coach.” There are zillions coaches in high school with phenomenal records (in all sports), that does not equate to NCAA jobs or success. Knotts needs to prove himself at college experience first.
if we start football in 2011, we need a BCS assistant
Recruiting in college is much tougher than recruiting in high school. :doh: Knotts? Not. Catawba’s coach would be good, or maybe a former head coach from somewhere who’s now an assistant. Here’s the questions for the search:
Do you take an “up and coming” assistant at a successful D-I program with no head coaching experience?
Do you take an experienced and successful DII or DIII coach?
Do you take a former head coach who is now an assistant coach somewhere?
There’s a good argument for each, but I think if you can get the “up and coming” coach currently at a successful program, that would be the best route. Not only will he have seen how a successful program runs, but he will likely have good recruiting experience and connections, and he would hopefully hang around if he has success (the “if he builds it, he will stay” theory).
[QUOTE=metro]if we start football in 2011, we need a BCS assistant[/QUOTE]
How much will it hurt recruiting some of our talented local players (& there are plenty of them around here) if Knotts wants to coach us and we tell him NO? This situation could require some tactful diplomacy from our Athletic Department.
I like the idea of throwing a former Panther out there if at all possible. It may mean a pay cut for them, but wow, what a challenge to do something they may love because they will still get to be associated with football.
I like Knotts & the Catawba guy.
But what about a guy who loves challenges, & then the programs are established. The man who made Miami, Louisville, & now is trying to make Florida Atlantic? Howard Schellenberger. He loves a challenge.
I think he could be brought on as a coach, but not the head coach. Bringing him on as a head assistant would be a good idea. You know he could recruit the area well, he would bring people to the games and he has been successful. You would hope that he understands he cannot start as a head coach at the D1 level with no real collegiate experience.
If you build a strong enough staff around whatever BCS assistant we can lure here, especially if we bring in a Panther as well, then he might be able to take over the reigns when the assistant takes us to the Fiesta Bowl and gets an offer from FSU or PSU when their respective head coaches finally quit. Nah, they’ll probably stick around longer than that.
[QUOTE=metro;263175]if we start football in 2011, we need a BCS assistant[/QUOTE]
I’ve seen it before where a wunderkind coach from halfway across the country takes over a rebuilding project of a football program, can’t recruit, and fails horribly. You can have an awesome resume, philosophy, and know your x’s and o’s - but if you can’t bring in talent, you’re worthless as a program builder.
With dozens upon dozens of scholarships to be filled in a brandy-brand new football team, there has to be people brought in who are either very familiar with the recruiting scene (particularly local) or who have one helluva drive to become familiar in an awful hurry. If the first coach brings in fine players but can’t coach a lick, it’s not all that devastating because the next coach will have some kind of a roster to work with (going for a bcs assistant at that point would not be a bad move). But to me, the worst case scenario is that a Hal Wissel-type with a spectacular resume is hired and brings in 85 subpar players. That’s something that could plague us for years.
Just because you win a lot of games in high school doesn’t mean you will be a successful college. North Texas hired a one of the most success coaches in Texas high school football and now they are a bottom feeder in the Sunbelt conference. My opinion is if we get a football team we need to go after a coach with a lot of college coaching and recruiting experience so our football program can begin on a solid foundation.
[QUOTE=ninerID;263147]From an IM I got from my sister:
[I]“maybe you’ve heard this but i went to work today and we were talking about charlotte football because i was wearing another charlotte football shirt. A lady at work’s son plays for independence and she said that Tom Knotts told somebody at Charlotte that if we got a team, he wanted to coach it. First she just said that he would probably coach it and i said really? and she said yeah he’s told Charlotte and his players that he wanted to be the coach at Charlotte.”[/I][/QUOTE]
Look in my post history. I have posted this from day 1!!! I worked for him while in HS and know his intensions!!! That makes me so happy!