I hate, hate, HATE when people bring this up. Most people have no idea what the **** they're talking about with this.
Did you know Wayne Morgan has a special needs child and built a brand new house that was almost 100% wheelchair accessible just for his child? Maybe that would shed light on why he didn't leave Ames after building a new house for a child that's not 100% easy to take care of. Wouldn't you build a brand new house in a town where you just went to the NIT semis and then 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, and then never had a losing season? Then you get canned
He's still in Ames for this reason...it has nothing to do with coaching and everything to do with not wanting to move a kid in a wheelchair around the nation after he just bent over backwards to build the kid a house he can be free in.
Even to assume that a lower tier school in say the Sun Belt wouldn't take Morgan to be coach is just ******* idiotic and extremely doltish. The guy went 55-39 in three seasons at a Big 12 school including 2 post seasons, averaging 18 wins per year. To say he couldn't get a job at the D1 level anywhere is just STUPID AS ****.
Projecting the "very wrong path" in the future under WM is just your conjecture. I can clearly see that we have not been on the correct path these past 4 years anyway. Guess we'll never know but it can't be any worse than these past 4 years which have been the least successful period in 25 years.
He's not coaching again because no one wanted him. I'm sure any school that wanted him would be able to find him a handicapped accessible house (or get one built in short order).
Heck, he could have coached at Drake and lived in the house one cul de sac over from me that was built to accommodate a wheel chair.
Here's one of my sources. It's from Andy Katz from September 26, 2006
"Former Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan wrote to every Division I athletic director, detailing that he wasn't fired for cause last spring. Morgan said he wants to get another head coaching job. He is 55 years old and doesn't want to retire. He has a special-needs child and can't just pick up and move to a transitional stop, so he's likely to stay in Ames, Iowa, until he finds a more permanent home. Morgan said he has had some athletic directors call him and tell him they knew he didn't do anything wrong while others told him they thought he had committed a violation."
Andy Katz Blog Archive - ESPN
Where's your source now?
We were on very thin ice at the end of WM's tenure. The program was in jeopardy if we continued on the path we were on. Kid's were not graduating, there were questionable tactics being used by the staff, the kid's we were recruiting have proven to be thugs and potheads (P'Allen, Theo Davis, etc).
We may not be winning, but at least we aren't suffering under NCAA sanctions.
I'm not saying McD is the answer, but at least he runs a clean program. I KNOW WM wasn't the answer.
A new AD was hired and Morgan was coming off a poor year, had a very very underachieving team the year before and was only hired originally because no one else wanted the job.
and I know my source said he'd like to coach again,b ut that was just after he was fired so of course he would have liked to continue to coach back then because he wasn't about to quit coaching! He was blindsided.
I'd like to see an article within the last 1-1.5 years about Wayne Morgan stating he still wants to coach.
And I commend him for his passion for the game and wanting to continue coaching. He was just better suited as a recruiter.
I'd like to see an article within the last 1-1.5 years about Wayne Morgan stating he still wants to coach NOW.
2) Finding a house for a special needs kid? No offense, but most houses are not built for people in wheelchairs. He also built the house. You really think selling a wheelchair house is very easy either? You're treating all houses as houses. We also don't know WM's financial obligations.
To me, it would be EXTREMELY idiotic to think WM can't get a job anywhere after never having a losing season in the Big 12 and going to two post seasons. Keep thinking that a MAC team or NEC or whatever would never take this guy as a coach. You're missing the key point here.