Originally Posted by SunDeck
Admittedly, I don't know word one about the college coaching scene, but it seems to me the biggest problem for Indiana is trying to compete in the Big Ten recruiting game, which I figure might require a coach of some notoriety. To which I say, Kevin who?
How many high school standouts know who he is? No matter how good a coach, that has to handicap him at least in his first few recruiting seasons. He would need to survive a few years, work a few minor miracles with the personnel on hand and compete in the Big Ten, with hopes that success would breed familiarity and desirability for the program, an uphill climb, to say the least. My prediction is this pick (if true) will be derided by the Hoosier faithful.
As long as he can come in and implement something that players will want to play for, he will be somewhat successful. I'd rather go with an offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator than a recruiting coordinator. At least you have some niche that may work. If you are a recruiting specialist, your job has always been on selling kids on playing for somebody else.
The problem is trying to convince recruits to stay home and play for the Hoosiers when you have the following problems:
1. Basketball overshadows football. As a Kentucky fan I can tell you this one hurts.
2. Indiana isn't the most popular football school in the state right now. That title would belong to Notre Dame, but given the academics at ND, you might get some kids who couldn't make the grades there.
3. Other prestigious schools can usually scoop up the top talent. Whoever this coach is needs to find the best players available to fit the system.
Best of luck to IU and I hope this works out.