10.Dec.2014 Bronco Mendenhall
Bronco has been offered the OSU job. He is weighing the decision but he has a verbal offer, and OSU is planning to make the announcement on Monday who their new coach is. I have talked to BigCoug personally, who is a poster on another board I frequent and he is connected very well to the athletic department and several big donors. It will probably be leaked by the media sooner than later.
I know a lot of you guys are down on him, but he’s #1 on my list of defensive guys who we could realistically get. I think the mystery candidate stuff was all BS or said mystery candidate was just using OSU for leverage. We can’t get either Harbaugh. Kirby Smart unlikely. So then you get into guys with that profile who actually would take the job, and Bronco is #1 on that list. His teams always play good, aggressive D, has a power run game, and always has a savvy QB. He could probably get higher talent at OSU and do even better. I don’t think he is known as a great recruiter, but maybe he could get someone on staff for that.
Overall if he is the guy I’d rank it an 8/10. He’s only 48, too, so the idea he’s washed up isn’t reality.
I like Frost, Wells, and all the young guys you like, but they’re high risk for many reasons, and I also don’t know if their teams would play defense. I also like that Bronco has an OSU connection but not an incestuous one.
Think about this:
(1) A week ago, would you trade Riley for Mendenhall? In a heartbeat.
(2) Albatross of Riley’s contract gone, and with a better coach on hand.
(3) OSU got 500k for Riley.
(4) Career record of 90-38. Five top 25 finishes. 10 straight bowl games. Experience and winning.
I see nothing bad from hiring Bronco Mendenhall.