John Brady’s decision to announce he will leave AState following the season creates unique problems and opportunities for Arkansas State. A look at some potential positives and negatives for the Red Wolves.
Terry Mohajir confirmed yesterday that there has been substantial interest. Until a new coach is named the AState athletic department will be under a mini-siege by some coaching hopefuls who range from long shot to deluded.
Team discipline has to be a worry. John Brady has lost the biggest threat he has, the threat of non-renewal of scholarship since it will no longer be his program.
Team culture could be a concern. If the team no longer believes it is being led, they will either lead internally or divide. A negative team culture provides an extra challenge to the next coach.
The potential to get a fuller picture of the possible candidates is a huge plus. Terry Mohajir will have more time to observe and gather information about potential candidates.
Possible candidates will have multiple opportunities to view AState on ESPN3 and may be able to obtain game film via exchange with common opponents. Any one taking the AState job should have a reasonable idea of the talent needs for recruiting.
Who Are We Looking At?
Terry Mohajir and the search firm of Welch, Hudson and Mohajir have keeping a search under wraps down to an art form and with less time pressure even the old standbys of tracking planes and checking date stamps may not yield many clues.
You can expect the successful candidate will be a high-energy person with a good recruiting reputation.
While potential salary has not been released, based on past conversations and a review of other salaries, the right candidate may be paid in the range of $450,000 to $500,000. Currently Georgia State is paying a conference high of $499,000.
Salary will almost be guaranteed to be dependent on the amount of leverage the candidate has. Mohajir’s past history is of pay reflecting what the candidate can command rather than just setting a salary and locking in the person selected at that price.