With UConn Huskies AD Warde Manuel set to speak about the coaching search for the head football position at UConn before the game on Saturday, one of a few different things can happen.
1. Interim head coach T.J. Weist could be relieved of his duties.
2. Weist could be named the permanent head coach.
3. Weist's name could be included in the coaching search.
4. Manuel could name someone other than Weist the head coach.
5. Manuel could just really talk about what the process will be like for the hiring of a new coach.
Given what Manuel had said earlier when Weist was hired as the interim head coach, I'm going with 2, 3 or 5 from above.
No matter what happens though, one thing is for certain and that's where Weist's focus has been this week. And that was on the game at hand, the Memphis Tigers.
"I’m not going to focus on it or stress about it (the coaching decision)," said Weist. "That’s not going to change what we do. We’re just going to continue to focus on this team and try to get another victory and whatever happens, whatever decision they make, they make. It’s not for me to decide. There’s really been no timetable laid out for me or our staff.”
You have to like the job that Weist has done with this team. He and his coaches could have packed it in and gone through the motions. Instead, he along with his staff kept the players movtivated and all of their hard work has shown these past two weeks with two wins.
"Well these situations are always tough on any staff," Weist said. "Our guys have done a great job, both offensively, defensively, and on special teams. Every day, holding it together and motivating our players - it's not just me getting up there and talking to them, it's our whole staff. Buying in, having our whole staff be `all-in' in a tough situation.
"A coach can easily give up, just like a player can, on a season. Our guys have not done that. They've worked hard, they've been loyal to the university, moreover to me and us, to our staff, and to this team. So I'm proud of them from that standpoint. They've done a really good job. We've got one more game to go and then we'll see from there. We're not basing whether we get the job or not, whether I get the job or not, on our effort or our performance in practice today or the game Saturday. That's how we have to look at it as coaches. All the coaches know that if we want to continue working here, the best bet is to do a great job while we're here."
One thing to remember is that the coaches are fighting for their careers. The players, minus the 14 seniors and maybe some transfers out, will be back next season whether or not Weist and the staff are back. For some, it'll be their fourth head coach in their time at UConn and that means they've probably not had the same position coach either.
Weist summed it up best though.
"The ultimate job interview is winning."
A third win in a row might just be the deciding factor that gives him the job at UConn. And if he doesn't get the head coaching job, you hope he'll fit in with the new head coach on the staff.
And if not, there's no doubt he'll land a job somewhere as he's a bright football mind and obviously a great motivator.
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