October 17, 2013
Could this man be our next head coach?
This is Pete Lembo. Yes, he looks like a putz. Yes, it's ironic to consider that his Ball State Cardinals coming to Scott Stadium and trouncing our Hoos could have accelerated Mike London's ouster, and then Lembo could slide into the vacancy.
But you should know that this guy has won everywhere he's coached, he has built programs - successful programs - from the ground up, and that he absolutely is going to land a BCS conference head coaching job soon, probably this offseason.
The more I consider realistic and viable coaching candidates, the more I float back to Pete Lembo. He's below the Texas-USC line, but probably on par with the UVAs and UConns of the world, when it comes to being a potential candidate.
Anyway, you should read THIS INTERVIEW from a week ago. I dare you to disagree with me that he'd be a great candidate to step into this mess at UVA and start cleaning it up.
Meanwhile, I have been doing a lot of reading up on UConn's coaching search. Virginia has better facilities, more money behind its program, a [much] better and more stable conference, much better football history and tradition, and a higher ceiling for success, but in a lot of ways we are quite similar to the Huskies at this point in time. In other words, I think there are a lot of parallels to be drawn from their list of candidates to our list of potential candidates. So if you're looking to do some freelance reading of your own, a simple Google search of "UConn coaching candidates" yields a treasure trove of information.
And for those of you still hanging on to a shred of hope that Mike London can turn it around here at Virginia... well... God bless your tender little hearts. The world needs people like you. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Kendall