12.Jan.2012 More on Keith Heyward

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I'm still waiting to hear the official reason for his departure. Last night I thought it was money, but Heyward didn't really get a raise when cost of living is factored in. In fact, he got less, even after factoring the lack of State income tax. So, here are some other reasons he may have left:

  • Washington is a better, more historical program. Easier to get recognized there.
  • Big city life.
  • On a staff where everyone recruits/he isn't the lowest paid coach in the conference doing the most recruiting. AKA recognition for results. This one is squarely on Riley–he's paying Brennan and Brasfield 15k more than Heyward.
  • No chance of promotion on the OSU staff unless someone dies or retires.
  • I hear his fiancee lives in Seattle. But, she also likes Oregon, so I am not sure that was the issue.

Cursory glance and initial reaction is that this looks very bad for Riley and OSU, both in terms of their cluelessness but also what could be brewing on the inside. A lot of recruits have been waffling and looking for something better. Something just doesn't feel right.

I think this comment by FedUpBeav summed things up nicely:

Seems like our most dynamic people like Stansbury and Heyward are being pushed out or deciding to leave because their voices will be more appreciated at many other institutions where the stale and old doesn't rule the roost like at OSU.  Don't like our priorities at all of overly rewarding the dinosaurs that don't feel they have to do anything different and stifling the Young Lions with the most energy.

The only counter-argument I'd make is that the two young, new guys are making more than Heyward (maybe this is simply an inflation adjusted hiring rate vs a cost of living pay increase), but otherwise the statement rings true.

As far as a replacement, haven't heard any names, but knowing Riley and his ignorance of recruiting, he'll likely promote Mitch Meeuwsen. This would be the nail in the coffin. What OSU needs is to hire someone with LA ties who can keep intact the best class in over a decade.

To me this looks like Heyward said, "I'm doing all the recruiting and not getting any of the reward. Guys doing less are getting more". He spoke with his leverage. Sort of like how I said fans should do the same with their wallets.

Something doesn't feel right, folks.

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  • Jack says:
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    I love Mitch, and I think he’ll succeed as a coach one day if that’s what he does. But this isn’t the right place for him to start.

    I’ve already said I like Tony White (SDSU) best for all the tangible and intangible reasons available. But we would have to invest some money to hire anyone away from SDSU since they pay their OC $275K and their other 8 coaches $150K apiece.

    • angry angry says:
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      I have no problem with Mitch staying on as a GA or some minor position, but in terms of him being the right guy right now, he’s just not. Agree completely on all points.

      Speaking of SDSU, they got Ryan Katz, Dillon Baxter, and Brice Butler…pretty impressive transfer list.

      • Jack says:
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        White almost pulled Aaron Porter away from UCLA, and he still has Shelton interested in SDSU.

        Something you might not like:
        White heavily recruited Joel Skotte before Joel cut his list to us and Boise.

  • Jack says:
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    From the department of thickest NCAA football observer of all time:

    “There is some message board hand-wringing going on about Heyward’s departure so late in the recruiting season, but it seems far-fetched to think a potential recruit will jump ship because the DBs coach is leaving the program.”

    — Paul Buker

    • Jack says:
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      I was going to go with “most naive,” but “thickest” fits better.

      • JD says:
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        I just read Buker’s statement as well and thought “WTF, this guy is clueless”

        It is hard to guess what will happen with current recruits but it is definitely not “far-fetched” to think that the lead recruiter leaving weeks before singing day won’t have some sort of consequence.

  • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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  • michaelm says:
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    Brandon Sprague on Twitter mentioned the possibility of Daniel Drayton, former OSU safety.

    • Jack says:
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      Ummm… I know he was a GA here, and he was a good player. But after one year coaching DB’s at the FCS level… in Pocatello… for a really bad team… on the FCS level?

      I’d rather take the last year of GA away from Mitch and give it to him.

      Drayton would be very short-sighted for an OSU hire.

    • angry angry says:
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      It’s all about personality and connections. I have no idea if Drayton has an outgoing/likeable personality. Doubt he has connections at this stage. He grew up in the LA area, so that’s a plus…

  • Beav05 says:
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    Trent Bray is available. Banker could move back to the secondary.

    • Jack says:
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      I would buy that.

    • sparkyd73 says:
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      I would like to see that.

    • NCAA_viOlation NCAA_viOlation says:
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      Would love to see Craig AND Trent Bray come over. We came so close to shedding Banker, but instead we lose Johnson. Couple that with the Fred Thompson tragedy and this has been a really bad off season for the defense. If we could somehow add the Bray’s I would be eagerly awaiting football season again, but at this point it just doesn’t hold my interest.

  • alex says:
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    Salary is more than buying power. It’s a tangible measure of respect that says your work is valued. It’s probably less about “money”, and much more about being the lowest paid staffer despite success. That sucks.

    And regardless what the reason was, I doubt this move wouldn’t have preventable, if OSU had come back with say $150K. If it wasn’t about money, OSU could afford to make it about money. At least, they could if they’d pull their heads out of the sand, notice the pac 12 media money rushing on, and stop yelling “we’re so poor!” long enough.

  • Warren says:
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    What about Marcel Yates from BSU?

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    • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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      Did you and Jack have your man-date yet?

      Did you look up in adoration from your place at his knee while he used his acknowledged superior intelligence to explain the ways of the world to your receptive young mind? JB

      • locusimperium says:
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        poor form and unnecessary, let the water flow under the bridge

  • SadBeaver says:
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    Is Banker really that clueless, anybody who has been in the recruiting game on either side should know it could have an effect. The person that got you excited about the program jets, for another school in the same conference? Come on.. that would make me think twice. This just sucks, why do we have low paid assistants? We are in the PAC-12, we must be able to pay more than say SDSU. That is ridiculous. Ugh!

  • GreatWhiteHunter says:
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    How do we know he didn’t get a raise? The only thing I read with regard to salary was that UW’s lowest paid assitant made $124K last season (and yes, I agree that Seattle $124K < Corvallis $105K). Who's to say he signed a contract to make what last year's lowest paid assistant made?

  • Beav05 says:
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    More names to consider. There’s no news to these names just ones I figure would be good choices.
    Ron zook. Excellent recruiter and is a defensive coach.
    Richard siegler. Dline coach at psu(who knew?).
    Rocky seto. Former USC coach.

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