Jeff Cox reporting that Bergeron will leave for Miami tomorrow AM. Bowling Green Hockey (unofficial) twitter account not confirming, but reports that BG Hockey has a scheduled a team meeting for the morning...
I think that's sad and leaves BG with a BIG hole to fill!
Also, if he is going to be paid the rumored 400K to me it raises several questions. First, with Miami diverting that much money to one coach's salary wouldn't you assume that other sports will NOT get funds they could have had otherwise and will such a gap in the salary of the hockey coach and that of other Miami coaches, would that bring some animosity?
Second, if Miami pays out 400K will other schools hockey coaches feel they should be worth more than they currently get so in other words will this set a new bar for what college hockey coaches get paid?
Last edited by Hockeybuckeye; 04-05-2019 at 09:14 AM.
As for Miami. Congrats. They got their guy, though I'd hardly consider being able to lure an alum from a school in a decidedly lesser conference for twice the salary proof positive that they're some type of destination job in the college hockey firmament.
Last edited by Eddie Schorr; 04-05-2019 at 10:29 AM.
There will be - I'm certain - a number of Miami football and especially basketball fans who will not be happy as it has been their MO to blame their lack of success on Miami hockey's funding. However, I can ASSURE you that those sports failures have been their own doing. Miami's hockey scholarships are heavily (if not fully endowed), the new arena was heavily funded by private/alumni donations and cost is shared notably with the university as its a multi-purpose facility. Miami hockey is simply well-funded and nearly self-sufficient, despite what fans of other programs would want you to believe.
Say what you want about where Miami is right now, but they play in an elite conference and at an elite level within their sport. They have been nationally competitive and not that long ago. Football hasn't been on that level since the 70's (aside from one year with Ben). Basketball had a one year blip with Wally. The best Football and Basketball can ever really hope to be is the cream of the MAC crop - a sneaky good Mid-Major that no one outside of the die hard fans really cares about (and no one includes MANY Miami alums - the school is not exactly a bastion of school spirit). So if Miami fans of other sports are upset they can deal with it, as far as I'm concerned. If they want their sports to be better than they can open up their check books the way supporters of hockey have...
Hockey spending didn't prevent a massive, brand new indoor facility for the football team or a number of recent renovations at Millet Hall. Those programs simply aren't getting the job done and they have no one to blame but themselves. Finger pointing in hockey's direction is just an excuse and another reason why they haven't had the success they should...
Last edited by Dan; 04-05-2019 at 10:00 AM.
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Don't take this the wrong way, but I think $400k/yr (if true) feels like somewhat of an overpayment for Bergeron. BG never won the MacNaughton, nor the Broadmoor/Sauer in his tenure. They came very close to at-large NCAA bids a couple other years, but were always outside looking in until this season (and still almost slipped outside the bubble again). They usually struggled in OOC games against relatively mediocre Western or putrid Miami teams.
Obviously he made BG a competitive and respectable team again, and re-energized the program donors, but I guess I just don't get the hype that seems to surround him. Maybe Miami should've taken the time to broaden the search and made Bergeron earn a $400k offer, or maybe I'm dead wrong and he'll have them consistently winning again in the NCHC. Especially if they increase financial commitment to the program as well. Only time (and money) will tell.
Last edited by FadeToBlack&Gold; 04-05-2019 at 10:42 AM.
Michigan Tech: "Working with scraps and guys from places so remote that Houghton seems like a metropolis"
I would like to repeat that 400K is the RUMORED salary. If anyone has any inside info or sees a story published with the amount mentioned please share.
My son, a Miami alum, is at the arena frequently for his league hockey and I'll ask him to keep an ear open on what the scuttlebutt there may be.
When was the last time Bowling Green was good prior to Bergeron? Last NCAA tournament appearance? Can't remember. I think this was an easy choice for Miami even if they had to overpay a little. If he's the right guy it won't be looked at as an overpayment in the years to come. An alum with head coaching experience who turned around a dormant program. And when he left Miami, things started to go south for Blasi.
Aside from one poster's claims, I haven't seen anyone make any claims about the Miami job outside of the fact that, yes, its a good job with a lot to offer. As a result, I would have liked to see the national searched they claimed they'd make. I'm not sure how you can call this a national search without checking in with candidates like Dave Hakstol or George Gwozdecky. I don't see much difference in Casey Jones and Chris Bergeron outside of Bergeron being an alum (and you could easily make the case for Jones being more successful). I'd think a guy like Rick Bennett, who has seemed eager to interview (at least), would have been a candidate you'd want to hear from. I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to talk to a young and up-and-coming coach like Grant Potulny. If you do that and Bergeron is still the guy than you can hire him feeling even better about the decision...
But, they zeroed in on their man and they got him. So now we wait and see. I think he is a good coach and I like his chances to at least get Miami back to the home-ice competitive (and sometimes to often times better) mix in the NCHC - as we've seen from Denver, this season, that will often get you into the NCAA Tournament with a shot at advancing (Duluth won the National Title last year with a 13-11-0-0 NCHC record). So that would be hard to complain about. Whether he can actually manage this remains to be seen. David Sayler needs to hope/be reasonably sure this hire will work out - even if he delegated much of the process. His football hire has not been a good one. His men's basketball hire had a good first year, but took a notable step back during his second. His first WBB hire was a disaster, even if his second seems to be a good one. If this hire does not work out, it might be an AD search Miami makes next...
Last edited by Dan; 04-05-2019 at 11:39 AM.
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"Chris Bergeron's new deal at Miami is 6 years for $305,000 per year plus bonuses. I can confirm that BGSU offered him a new deal with a raise plus raises for all of his assistants and bonuses. BG didn't match the money Miami gave him."
60K less than Rico
45K (at least) less than MBB Coach Owens
215K (at least) less than FB Coach Martin
95K less than rumored
Last edited by Dan; 04-05-2019 at 12:02 PM.
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Bowling Green has realignment, the Big Ten and NCHC to thank for their recent run of success and Miami has realignment, the Big Ten and NCHC to thank for their recent demise. Competing night in, night out in the new WCHA is a far cry from competing night in, night out in the NCHC. The NCDC again had 3 of the top teams in the country and the WCHA had 3 of the weakest teams in the country. Bergeron and staff will find out in a hurry the vast differences in the NCHC are a far cry from the WCHA.
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