I was listening to XPRS-AM in San Diego today and they were discussing the hiring of the next San Diego State football coach (I know, stay with me on this though…)
(Only thing missing in the pic is the leather helmet)
Afternoon host Darren Smith pointed out, apparently from a piece today in the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, that the school had hired a search firm to help identify candidates for the *plum* position. He then noted that the company, called Parker Executive Search, had a website that listed some of the coaches and schools the firm as connected.
One of those wonderful marriages arranged (and duly noted) by PES? Kelvin Sampson and Indiana.
When I got home I looked up the site, the cellphone bandit was already wiped off the company’s live site. But Sampson’s Hoosier hire is mentioned on another page of the company’s web address, from a piece on PES taken from Rivals.com. Oops.
Parker helped orchestrate the coaching hires this offseason at Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa and Minnesota, among others. Last year, his firm helped put Kelvin Sampson at Indiana and Jeff Capel at Oklahoma.
I’m assuming Mr. Parker now receives a Hickory Farms cheese log every Christmas from a West Lafayette-based address.
To be fair, PES has obviously done plenty of representative work and should be afforded a mulligan here and there. Now the better question is, posed in the U-T’s piece, why a school needs to spend six figures hiring a search firm to find a coach. Isn’t that what athletic directors are for? And telephones?
If an AD is now farming out the big ticket hires at his/her school, just exactly what is his/her job description?
Word is that Parker will likely dip into the recycle bin and recommend Glen Mason for the SDSU head job. I’ve also heard from a source that DeWayne Walker of UCLA is a possibility. Mason probably would be the man to get the program off life support, but not much more.
I’ve got one word for the Aztecs: NORV!