I think there would be a lot of young coaches willing to come to Youngstown. The facilities at YSU are better than many FBS schools. If you haven't been to YSU's campus for twenty years or been to the downtown area lately, you will be shocked to see how nice the campus is and the downtown area. I'm shocked every time I go down to the campus because it has changed so much. I also think the area still has a good talent pool. Pelini just isn't doing the job.Sure,then who will they get to come to YoungsTown?...BAM!
Agree with everything you say. Having to travel to the Dakotas has to be a pain. When the closest league member is in Indiana, you will wrack up a lot of frequent flier miles. I did think that he got a bad deal in Nebraska, but winning there is easier than winning at YSU. Nebraska will have more than a few wins built into its schedule. All FBS teams from the major conferences play MAC like teams, which nine times out of ten, they will win. Then they will play one tough out of conference team. The worst a Nebraska team should be before conference play is 2-1 or 3-1 depending on how many out of conference games they play. Then once Nebraska got into BIG play, there are teams that they should beat because of tradition and money. Teams like Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers, Purdue, Illinois, and Minnesota are teams that Nebraska should beat on a regular basis. Then there are teams like Northwestern and Iowa who Nebraska will split with. Now the top teams (Michigan, tOSU, MSU, PSU) those are the teams Nebraska has a hard time beating and Pelini's inability to beat them got him fired. Basically, it should be pretty easy for a team like Nebraska to go 9-3 or 8-4 every year. Now try to play in a league that puts four or five teams in the playoffs every year. In YSU's league there is NDSU, SDSU, NIU, ISU, and Indiana SU all getting preseason top twenty-five rankings depending on the poll you look at. Then YSU plays a big FBS team like WVU or Pitt and it has a much tougher time getting to 7-4 or 8-3, which is needed to get into the playoffs. The loss to Butler last year was inexcusable. It was easy to watch the game, which unfortunately I did, and see that YSU was way more talented than that team. Plus, he blames the players for not executing on game day. That is his job. I hope he does better this year, but I have watched a lot of bad play calling, stupid antics on the sideline, and unmotivated play to think he should stay on. Even the one year they went to the playoffs it was a fluke that the starting QB was who it was. Injuries made Pelini play the QB who led them to the championship.Surprised Pelini isn't doing better. Especially since he got a bad deal at Nebraska... shouldn't have been fired from there to begin with. That playoff season did take them all the way to the national championship game, but back-to-back subpar seasons has got to be disappointing. Pelini being a Youngstown-native, it might take a little more than that to let go of him though. YSU is in a tough conference. The MVFC is solid. They're also a big outlier in that league. It's not a great fit for them, but FCS has little-to-no better options for YSU aside from the OVC. Nothing else is geographically close.