Maybe I missed something, but why not Rob Koll for coach. I know he pulled out of Penn St job, but ISU is different.
"I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing
Until they got a hold of me
I opened doors for little old ladies
I helped the blind to see
I got no friends 'cause they read the papers
They can't be seen with me and I'm getting shot down
And I'm feeling mean
No more Mister Nice Guy
No more Mister Clean
No more Mister Nice Guy"
-- Alice Cooper
Look at it this way, we hire Brands and the anthropology department can study him to learn more about cro-magnon man. Two Birds.
I like how everyone is now concerned with our reputation. Do you mean the rep of getting last place in the big 12 at the big sports. If that is the reputation you mean then yeah I am concerned. The rep of crazy wrestling coach with a National Title does not concern me to much.
Pat Summit, Bob Knight, and Eddie Sutton were all considered crazy until they won National Titles. Bob Knight is still crazy but people respect him.
I guess I have no idea what Brands has done as a coach or his athletes have done that makes everyone speak of him in this way. His athletes do well in the classroom, graduate and are (generally) well behaved off the mat.
So he gets excited during matches and rides officials. All coaches ride officials. Some are just less demonstrative than others. When Larry Eustachy used to freak out on officials I didn't see any ISU fans being critical.
What Metcalf did was dead wrong, of course, but I'm not sure that makes him some sort of renegade coach.
it's a no lose situation to hire him. if he wins a nc-obviously that is a good thing.
if he sucks it up-we get to blame a stupid hawkeye
I still think Koll would be great. Never was on board with Brands or