STEVE HANLON: Hobart fans need to be patient

2011-03-24T22:00:00Z 2012-09-25T23:59:23Z STEVE HANLON: Hobart fans need to be patientBy Steve Hanlon Prep Beat nwitimes.com
March 24, 2011 10:00 pm  • 

People in Hobart need to start drinking decaf. Stop the shaking fingers. Stop the knee knocking.

Fans of the Brickies' football program are nervous because the school has yet to hire a replacement for Wally McCormack, who resigned two months ago.

Here's a thought. This might help with the angst.

Take your gold and purple fuzzy finger and stick it into the air. See which way the wind is blowing. Not just in Hobart or Northwest Indiana, but around the world.

The days of creating an $80,000 a year job to get the football coach you want are over. All the creative ways of spending tax dollars -- assistant AD, assistant fieldhouse manager, chief water boy -- are gone. Poof.

And with Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett going big-time Bush with the education funds, it's amazing if any high school could bring in a football coach from somewhere else.

If you do, you can say good-bye to tater tots and reading specialists.

According to the Indiana Football Coaches Association's website, there have been 17 head coaching openings since the end of last season. Only three have been filled.

Hobart AD Bob Glover had said they hoped to replace McCormack by the school's Spring Break. Today is the last day in Brickieland before their week-long break kicks off.

Folks, it isn't going to happen.

"We're hoping as early as our next school board meeting in April," Glover said. "We don't want to do it any longer than that. The way schools have been cutting and cutting and cutting and with budgets down to the bone, it's changed the process quite a bit.

"It isn't like it was 10 years ago."

The Hobart rumor mill has mentioned several big-name coaches with monster resumes who want the job. My flies on the wall inside of Hobart all deny any truth to these lies.

These Hall of Fame names are staying where they are and haven't even had an interview. Would you move across the state at a time when you couldn't sell your house?

Would you leave for a new job at a place that could likely RIF you after one year?

So with no teaching openings at Hobart today and no assurance of a roll of nickels coming from Indy this summer -- thank you, Mr. Bennett, I liked you better when you sang -- you hire what you have in house.

One fly on the wall told me that Ryan Turley has applied for the job. The 1991 Brickie grad with two state rings worked with Bob Schellinger at LaPorte.

He helped Chip Pettit start the program at Wheeler and then followed him to Crown Point. This is your guy.

Bill Parcells or Kirk Kennedy are not coming.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at steve.hanlon@nwi.com.

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