Utah State, This is the Obvious Choice for Your Next Coach…
(Listen above to why Judkins should be strongly considered at USU)
Utah State, don't do it again...
There are four ways to find your next head coach:
This is what they've done the past two times with Craig Smith and Ryan Odom.
Smith was from South Dakota, won one Summit League Championship (which is a dinkier conference than the WAC currently is), and then Utah State hired him.
Smith won a couple Mountain West titles and then the Utes came calling and he was gone in a heartbeat. Like a thief in the night! Not even sure he talked to his players. There's still a lot of resentment in Aggieland about the way Smith left.
Then they followed the same model when they hired Ryan Odom. Young up and comer. Had four good years at UMBC who played in a weaker conference than the WAC. He has two good years and he's gone!
Are you going to go this route again?
Bounce Down Guy
This is Steve Alford at Nevada. Alford got ran out at Iowa, UCLA, New Mexico and now Nevada has him. Nevada is happy with his big name and slick hair running their program. But do you really want some burned out Bounce Down guy?
That's kind of what Tim Miles is at San Jose State. He was bounced out at Nebraska and is now being considered by Utah State.
The Players Favorite
This might be the worst way to go. The in-house player favorite. This is the Tim Duryea path. Not good.
The Way They Should Go
Jon F. Judkins.
Aside from the fact that he's an alum, he already has his legacy in place, he's Mr. Stable, and he's won at every level he's coached at.
Don't over complicate this. Judkins would spend the last decade of his career in Logan and be the stable presence you haven't had since Stew Morrill.
Don't screw this up!