Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-14-2017 at 07:20 PM.
Came to UNH in 1970. Loved Umile as a player. He did a lot for the program as a coach. But it's time for a change. When you "lose your fastball", it's time. The mythical number is just a number. It's time for a new guy to get a shot at resurrecting the program.
Whether it's called a buyout, early retirement, etc. ... Coach has virtually zero leverage, being under contract for one more season at his alma mater, with no recent track record of success to support his continued presence at the front of his program. He's probably spent the last remaining bit of his capital on hiring Souza as his own replacement (as 'Watcher points out), and in doing so, he continues to coach at the AD's generosity. The cost associated with a buyout (max the one year remaining on his deal) has never been lower, and the case for his continued presence as HC has never been weaker.
I'm sure there will be a few folks up in Concord who would gripe if they bought Coach out early ... but think about it, what's the real cost to do this? Coach Souza and Coach Stewart are both already under contract, so UNH was going to pay all three guys next season anyway. If you replace Coach Umile next season with an assistant making a fraction of what Umile makes, then that (plus any contractual "bump" that Souza may get for moving to the HC job a year earlier than expected) is the actual added or extra cost of buying him out. And my guess is that number would be a lot closer to $100,000 (if that?) than the $250,000 or so you're already obligated to pay Coach Umile regardless.
Coach Umile hasn't been holding all the cards since he agreed to the 3 year plan with his guy (instead of Borek or an outside candidate from a national search) waiting to take over when he finished up.
My guess (and yes, it's a guess, but with some logic) is the decision is finalized tomorrow - by the AD, not Coach - and then on Thursday there is the season-ending presser, plus the HE awards banquet later that night.
If Coach is still in charge after Thursday's events, then it's on with The Quest for the NRN, I'm afraid. JMHO.
Montreal Expos Forever ...
"You see it when a coach becomes synonymous with a program and nobody can tell him it's over. Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden are the prime exemplars. Those regimes had upward blips that were just enough ammunition to say "he's still got it" amidst a steady long-term decline, and ending them was either a nasty fight (Bowden) or only triggered by something unthinkable Paterno"
-the column ended with a very true statement we ALL deal with at one time or another: "Time makes beggars of us all"....
Last edited by HockeyRef; 03-15-2017 at 11:00 AM.
College hockey coaching is a young mans game. You have to have the energy and motivation (recruiting trips, etc) and also connect with potential recruits. I cant speak highly enough of Coach Umile. He is a legend. That being said I think most of us are in agreement that its best for the UNH hockey program for him to retire at this point so we can transition into the next phase of UNH hockey. The program needs a shot in the arm. I expect an announcement tomorrow that he is in fact retiring and Souza takes over.
In other news...TyK is a top ten finalist for the Hobey and Patrick Hrasso makes the HE all rookie team!
But don't worry...this will pass and when people look back on these years his contribution will be given its due recognition. Things always get jumbled up during the current turmoil, but this will pass and history will record the Umile years fairly, accurately, and with the respect and admiration that he has earned. It just takes a little time and people can't see it objectively at the moment.
Last edited by chickod; 03-15-2017 at 12:33 PM.
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