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I don't think highly of Ohio State's program, which is why I think going from 9th to 4th in three years is progress for them. They're a mismanaged asset with virtually no history of success outside of maybe five or six seasons over a 50-year period. There are two in-state schools that have proved a nationally competitive program is possible in Ohio if you put some effort into it.
I just disagree with your assessment that Ohio State couldn't get any bites on top candidates and settled for the assistant. In fact, word on the street is OSU only interviewed Rohlik for the job. Considering the timeline between firing Osiecki and hiring Rohlik was only six business days, I doubt Gene Smith even cast his line.
If Smith had fired Osiecki over a disagreement in management and then hired Gwozdecky, the "disagreement in management" would have been seen as a complete farce. It would have been portrayed as OSU seeing a better model on the lot. But that wasn't the case. Rohlik's promotion gives credence to OSU's story that it was a decision based on management style and not a on-ice performance. That's my only take on this.
In the end neither of us know what exactly caused Gene Smith's decision. It could have been a knee-jerk emotional decision and it could have been building up over the season with a tipping point. Only Gene and Mark know.
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Sources say George Gwozdecky, fired by Denver after 19 years, is currently in intense discussions to become next head hockey coach at UCONN
Nunamibidness, George, but I think you'd be better off at UMaine....
Gotta be some tie-in with the Boston/New York area. Not GLIAC or Beanpot, but something like that must be in the works for him to go ... there.
Thank you, Denicos.
Well they're moving into Hockey East...so I suppose they are spending to make a splash. But UCONN always seemed like a huge project to me in an area with well established traditional programs that snake all the best players. Not sure Gwoz is going to be able to do what he did at Denver there.
Comley must have turned them down.
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Your little spat with BOG was cute, but now it's become annoying (and creepy). Stop bleeding over into everyone else's discussion. It's not funny (it never has been).
According to the Twitter-verse, if you believe it, Gwozdecky interviewed for the UConn job today. Other candidates for the UConn job are Michigan assistant Billy Powers and BC assistant Mike Cavanaugh, who has also been mentioned for the Maine job.
Maine is chugging along and "hopes" to name coach by end of month instead of the end of the school year, which was speculated.
College Hockey News: With Connecticuts position.
UConn, which is preparing for a move to Hockey East in 2014-15 ...
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Connecticut's making the jump to Hockey East next year, and they have to figure out some way to quarter-fill or half-fill that 16,000-seat building they're moving to. (Average attendance at Freitas right now is just under 900.)
Moving to Hockey East and hiring Gwozdecky wouldn't hurt filling seats. Two issues I see in UConn hiring Gwoz are: will Gwoz want to coach one year in Atlantic hockey with limited scholarships before they jump to HEA and can UConn bump the coaching salary from under $100k to the $200k Gwoz has been pulling?
Per USCHO, Boston College assistant Mike Cavanaugh is the new head coach at Connecticut. Gwoz is still on the market.
Anything that irritates BOG is good and should be continued ad infinitum.
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Interesting. Betcha Denver's AD is still laughing.
Jim Roque just left Lake State for an NHL Assistant job....Gwoz to the Soo?
Laughing at what?...Gwoz not getting lesser jobs while DU pays his salary for next year? I highly doubt Gwoz is going to take anything but the right job for him and his wife...no need to reach at 60 with his resume.
Jim Roque denies it in the Buffalo News as of 15 minutes ago. We'll see how this pans out.
Gwozdecky made it very clear the Connecticut job was the right job for him--better than Maine or Ohio State--and UConn passed on him.
College Hockey News: Former Denver coach George Gwozdecky said his s decision.
UConn athletic director Warde Manual interviewed ...
Since I don't want to start a new thread, and because this is the closest thing to an offseason college hockey thread on this forum, I'll just post this here and say this: I grew up a UAA fan. If not for UAA, I wouldn't be a college hockey fan today. I still watch the majority of UAA's home games online. This last month has been absolutely horrible and I want to blow my brains out, and I lived through UAA's 1-28-7 2003 season.
Dave Shyiak, former coach of the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, has been accused of violently striking a player with a hockey stick during a 2011 practice, the Anchorage Daily News reports. A former player, Mickey Spencer, alleged in a May 1 letter that Shyiak struck another player, Nick Haddad, across the legs with a hockey stick, then told the rest of the team to keep quiet about it. Spencer spoke to the Daily News:
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Only if Comley turns it down first.
Sorry but I don't see the big deal here. If he had hit him where he could have been injured then it's a big deal. If the coach is mad at me I'll gladly take a whack across the shin pads instead of skating gassers until I puke.
George is in the enviable position of getting two cycles of coaching changes while Denver keeps paying him.
If Denver's new coach craps the bed the AD better hope that men's basketball is hitting on all cylinders. Then we all know that there will be other jobs available after next season.
no kidding. The kid didn't even bruise so he couldn't have hit him that hard. A solid whack is good for you every now and then.
Now let be clear, I don't approve of whacking players, and it appears he did apologize which is important as he realized it was wrong. However, that is nothing compared to being bag skated at 5:00 a.m after a lousy game performance. No coach ever gets called on the carpet for that and it is a hundred times worse to go through.
The issue I have with it (assuming it to be true) is that it shows a complete loss of control on the coach's part, with the target being a player. As the "rat" himself said, breaking a stick on the crossbar or on the glass? no big deal. Whacking a player? He's lost control of his emotions in a way that can injure. You can't have that.
You also left out the part where (again, if true) the coach asked the players not to tell anyone about it. That's a separate crime in and of itself.
This isn't the Apocalypse, either on a sporting or educational level. It is definitely worth attention, and I don't take issue with the non-renewal of his contract as a response to it.
What's your point? The issue I was addressing was the basis for the DU AD "laughing" at Gwoz because he did not get a job. He applied and interviewed for the job, so he obviously had interest in the job. I was surprised he would put his hat in the ring for more of a program building job, but sounds like the dynamics were right for him. Still not sure why this proves the DU AD right (or wrong) in any way.
The point (the one I made, anyway) is that maybe Gwoz's ego got the best of him. In Denver, and now at Maine, Connecticut, and OSU.
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