I've tried looking maybe someone can help. Does the Pep Band have a twitter account? I saw a kind of challenge put out there and wanted to see if they would reply to it.
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I'm honestly happier with Joe than with Marv. Joe shows emotion and has a good track record. I think he should be paid more than we paid Marv.
I'll third that.
I like this coach. I like this team.
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As Fade mentions on occasion about the whole WCHA breakup thingy...., I have totally got over Mel leaving and can look past it to the benefits he provided MTU.
It was most likely the plan all along for his return upon Red's retirement. The entire Tech hockey faithful owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing our beloved program from the depths.
I am now convinced that his selection of Coach Joe to be brought in was a future looking move for someone from the U.P. that could keep the program at a national level.
Others smirk who is this Coach Shawhan, well we know him now, and Mel is to thank for that as well for bringing to Tech a great hockey mind and a coach motivated to develop players at a great U.P. hockey school.
Those that want to remain upset that an alum left Tech, think about his original career decision to take the job. If he bombs and Tech remains 10 - 24 - 4 each year, he gets the label of "great assistant coach", but not head coach material. He came back to his alma mater putting his career path in jeopardy, with the confidence that he knew as a player that it is a great hockey school that needed resuscitation.
So let's appreciate what he did for Tech. Tech hockey has not been better in decades and the goal now is to keep it there.
If I ever get the chance to meet Mel again, I would thank him. As he always said, and with that said, Tech is going to put up an awesome game against Michigan, they won't know what hit em....
Last edited by Huskiefan906; 12-21-2018 at 06:33 AM.
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It never get's easier, you just go faster. -Greg Lemond
I do not begrudge Marv for wanting to coach at U of Skunk Weasels. It still stings that he was a Tech Alumni that said those things. During on of his first interviews/press conferences calls U of Skunk Weasels his "Dream Job". If Tech wasn't his dream job, don't go as far with those type of comments as he did.
As with all coaching changes, recruits are going to follow and some staff will move on to the "bigger" program. It happens all the time in college sports. Doesn't mean the previous school feels any better about things. Most of it has to do with the way it was done.
For me, when he retires from coaching, I will agree with everything you said and will give him his proper place in Tech Hockey history. Until then, he is Marv the Skunk Weasel.
Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all.
Last edited by Lost_Husky; 12-21-2018 at 09:59 AM.
I also like what Huskiefan906 said about giving him credit for bringing Joe to the program. I just never thought of it that way.
That being said, Marv delivered on one of his favourite mantras: he left the program better than how he found it.
I like this team!
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Based on other things I've heard, I wouldn't give Mel credit for "finding" Joe and setting him up for the MTU job. I also don't care that Mel left for Michigan, what I care about is the mess he left with scholarships committed to players and the log jam was left for someone else to make calls to recruits and clean up a giant mess.
I think MTU is quite fortunate to have had Mel to turn things around but they are in a great place now with Joe and his staff.
FFS, the whining here is sad. While I like an occasional dig, sooner or later you have to learn to sack up and move on. Joe has already been delivering beyond expectations, and more will come, regardless of this year's results.
Shirtless - I think he built that logjam so that he could poach the guys who he felt were the creme de la creme from it. Didn't 3 or so former recruits bolt for UM in Mel's wake?
So far it looks like Mel got the short-end of the stick, but who really knows over the next 2-4 years?
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