Has it really been ten years since we've done this?
Has it really been ten years since we have done this? Fire the coach at Tulane? No wonder everyone seems out of practice. The Forums are still filled with angry fans- didn’t you people get what you wanted?
Spare me this sort of platitude- you can’t sit and call incessantly for a man’s job and that all concerned about the ramifications. Weak.
I have postulated on here before that a Tulane coach has to do four things to keep his job: win 4-8 games a year (no one win disasters- and a winning season more than just here and there), a bowl game every four year class, graduate tons of players and zero off-field embarrassments. Since 2003 (and the review), Chris Scelfo was failing items one and two. So on paper, you can make an argument for dismissal. No way can you argue positively this was the wrong decision.
But I would have given him another “win or else” year. He was only a single win away from keeping his job. Replace at Auburn on this year’s slate with SE Louisiana and he probably gets it. The on-field product is simply not a Teevens' level disaster. And with LSU, Mississippi State and SE Louisiana coming to the Dome next year, the attendance woes sort of fix themselves for a year.
It just felt like a narrow thing to me. Ultimately, I think he was an average coach doing an average football job that displayed great class the three occasions the situation demanded it: when Bowden abandoned the program, the aforementioned review and Katrina. So, if it was a close call, Tulane owed the guy a “win or else” year.
But again, the Green Wave hasn’t been good since 2002. So I’m not going crazy.
There is something to be said for change for change’s sake. Coach Scelfo had been here for eight years- what problems he could fix, he had fixed. The nagging ones that remain- well, maybe they were beyond his capacity.
Hopefully a fresh coaching start is what the program needs! But, I doubt it. I never thought Scelfo was the problem- again, he was just a guy doing an average job, getting what could be expected from t he resources at hand. So, if you could bet an over/under for “Tulane football wins over the next five years”- and it was 22 or so under Scelfo, I imagine that number would be unchanged today.