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I love Bob Diaco, but I think we may be over rating his attractiveness because of one stellar season. I think Bob is one of the best around, I couldn't be happier to have him on our team, and were going to have to compensate him for his performance. That being said, is he a more attractive candidate than John Chavis(LSU), Kirby Smart(Alabama), Mark Stoops(OU), Pat Narduzzi (MSU), or Bud Foster(VT)? All of these guys have a longer track record of success than Bob Diaco. I wouldn't trade Bob D for any of these guys, but I think they are as/more attractive candidates than Bob D for a major D1 coaching job at this time. Momentum for Bob Diaco is just starting to build, and I think it will take a couple more years of success for for his exposure to reach a level that major D-1 programs cant ignore. However, Iowa could come calling the way their season is going, and in that case I would be legitimately concerned.
1) I personally don't know if Diaco has aspirations to be a head coach anywhere or not. For all we know is his name is a hot coordinator name for future head jobs right now. Not every assistant is head coach material. See Charles Weis as exhibit 1A. There are some quirky personality traits with Diaco that make me question whether he would be a good head coach or not.
2) To John's point I think the last few years ND has started to open up the purse strings a bit and pay these guys a more competitive salary. Maybe not SEC coordinator salaries but they are definitely much more competitive than they have historically been. They got raises last year and that all correlated with some of the title changes(i.e. Diaco as Associate Head Coach). Also there would be a lot of leverage in the coaching staff's favor considering the success of this year and the program that is being built. For the last 15+ years the coaching staff didn't have much leverage to work with to get their staff's paid more competitively.
3) I doubt that Diaco leaves ND after this season but if he were to take a job somewhere there are a number of things that could happen that would not concern me. Kelly's most trusted assistant and per reports and interviews the most respected coach at ND currently Chuck Martin would likely be moved to DC imho. Then there is the potential that Kelly's long-time OC Jeff Quinn could be fired at Buffalo. If that were to happen he would be a potential candidate for Kelly to bring in as the OC in that scenario.
4) I just don't get these young head coaches that impatiently take a crap MAC job when it opens just to be a head coach. I would focus on making my name even more attractive each year to where you can land in a spot that sets you up better for future success. Look what Will Muschamp was able to parlay his resume into rather than going to the bottom feeder schools where coaches go to die. I know it's worked for some including our current head coach but it's still just a tough proposition for many coaches. I would focus on honing my craft at the big name school gaining the experiences there.
This post was edited by WE ARE ND76 on 11/15/2012 at 4:03 PM
It's not his time yet. He is also smart enough to know that if he stays at nd a few more years and the program can sustain success he will be able to get a much better job than if he left today. With the extra years under bk he will be better set up for success as well.
Like John said, Diaco doesn't need to leave for just any job. He can kind of pick his spots here. He's 39, so the timing probably will be right in the next year or two. I've always thought Chuck Martin actually would be the first to get a head coaching job offer among the assistants. He too can be a little more selective.
Keep in mind that Barry Alvarez didn't leave even after ND won the national title in 1988. He stayed another season in 1989 before going to Wisconsin and becoming a Hall-of-Fame head coach. I could see Diaco staying at least another year. I've often said that if you're the defensive coordinator at ND for more than three years, then the program can't be doing that well (Joe Yonto being a prime exception. No one loved ND more than that man.)
The move from Coordinator to Head Coach is not just "another step up the ladder." The skill set required to be head man has much more breadth and depth than to be a coordinator. Diaco may or may not have that, but, as many have suggested, I think he would be wise to seek out more seasoning, regardless. There is more talent in the pipeline at ND, so he should be able to continue producing good numbers for the foreseeable future. He needs to be rewarded, though that's a delicate matter of balance with other assistants, nearly all of whom are worth retaining.
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I agree with those thinking Diaco will stick around for another year or two to solidify his credentials. I also think Kelly may give him a little more time with the media next year to give him more experience dealing with the media. I'm somewhat surprised that he hasn't been given more time with the media this year.
as reported by Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times just yesterday...
This reads as though it's more of a possibility than the rest of you think. Even Kelly is commenting on the thought of it.
But I sure hope you're right.
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