Mar 14, 2012; Louisville, KY, USA; Colorado State Rams head coach Tim Miles speaks during a press conference for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
When your biggest rival loses their head coach you can have several different reactions. I was very happy to see Miles leave Fort Collins and it wasn't because he had so much success against the Cowboys. It was because I could finally root for the guy and not feel completely guilty about it. Obviously I would have preferred for the Cowboys to sweep the Rams every year.
Coach Miles is a solid guy with a "quirky" sense of humor that loves social media. He is also famous for his halftime tweets during games. The only problem was the Gold and Green school that employed him. Now he is headed to Nebraska with a five year contract worth $1.4 million a year. If he can turn around the Huskers like he did the Rams then he is truly a miracle worker. The Cornhuskers have never won a NCAA tournament game in their history. Luckily the football crazy school is investing plenty into the team and their facilities with a new $18.7M training facility and will open a new $197M Arena in 2013.
I will now be rooting for Miles in his new endeavor and wish him all the best. I don't think I'm alone in that sentiment either. Miles has gained the respect of many Cowboys fans.
His absence now presents a tough situation for new Ram AD Jack Graham.
Graham was hired in December and has been burning through money ever since he arrived. He had to fire Coach Fairchild and buy him out of his contract. Then hire a search firm to find his replacement in Jim Mcelwain and his 5 year $1.35M a year salary. He actually hasn't even signed that contract yet. Then Graham unveiled his grand scheme of building an on campus football field which has been met with mixed reactions from the community.
Now Graham will hire his second search firm in less than 100 days and shell out another couple hundred thousand dollars. His entire focus has been on rebuilding Ram football and it is not very surpising to see Miles leave at the earliest opportunity dispite having a great team lined up for 2013. There have been several names listed as candidates for the position but it could take awhile for someone to be picked.
Can Graham afford to upgrade his football and basketball positions at the same time as Colorado State deals with budgets cuts? Does he let the basktball program slink back to the bottom of the conference while trying to build his new stadium?
With all these changes the Rams could find themselves in a either a great spot or worse off then before. Some believe they aren't any better since Graham took over.
Wyoming has had great success with coaching hires lately and also improving facilities. Let's see if the Rams can match that success.