Michigan Football: Yesterday’s Post on Coach Nuss
I have already received some e-mails about my comments concerning Coach Nussmeier becoming a head coach. I understand he has not accomplished anything at Michigan and his future promotion to head coach somewhere is probably going to be directly related to the level of success he has at Michigan. But, assuming Michigan does turn their offense around consider this.
1) Ability to coach and Coach Nuss has a history at some very good programs and has been successful at every stop. In addition, Michigan offered him a very significant opportunity in that, although Coach Hoke will eventually get the credit for the success of the program Coach Nuss will be seen in the “college football world” as one of the main reasons if Michigan shows real progress on offense. On the other hand, if in 2014 Michigan shows some progress, but not great progress, Coach Nuss will automatically be given a pass because of the youth of the offensive line.
2) Today a head coach needs to be more than just a football coach. He has to be able to deal with the press and Coach Nuss has shown the ability to communicate quite well in that role.
4) A head coach must be able to deal with boosters which goes back to the ability to communicate.
5) A head coach is the not only the voice, but the face of the football program at that school.
Now, keep in mind, I do NOT think Coach Nuss will leave Michigan unless it is a BCS caliber school. His situation at Michigan at this time is better than taking a lower level head coach job which may or may not be successful due to circumstances that are not in his control.
The above list is why I kept telling people that our former offensive coordinators at Michigan were not going to be head coach’s. It was not that they could not coach, but they simply did not have great communication skills.
So, conclusion being a great coach today is not enough. You have to be able to coach, recruit, communicate, motive good people to work for you, and develop players. If a head coach is weak at any one of these he will eventually fail. There are exceptions of course, but not many as surely not as many as in the past.
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