The Rhode Island Rams hope to have their next head football coach in place within the next week or two, according to several reports. The Pawtucket Times was the first to report the news, stemming from comments that athletic director Thorr Bjorn made at a college basketball luncheon in Warwick. Here’s what he had to say:
“We want to find the right person rather than rushing to just fill the spot,” [Bjorn said]. “I’ve just been thrilled with the level of interest from a number of really successful coaches.”
“What I’ve been trying to do internally is look at some of the challenges we bring to the table from an administrative support standpoint and an administrative non-coaching side of the house. What are some of the things we need to do differently? What can we do across the board to put ourselves in a position to be competitive?” Bjorn said. “People think we can be successful here, but when you’re not successful, it’s not just a coach’s problem. It’s a program issue.”
These are very encouraging words to anyone who is in favor of Rhody keeping the football program in tact. Because let’s face it, coaching is only one of the aspects that needs to improve for URI football to succeed. Upgrades to Meade Stadium, other facilities changes, improved recruiting… there’s a lot on the table for anxious fans. Firing Trainer was just the first step, and now comes the hard part.
There’s certainly a lot of speculation out there on message boards and Twitter in terms of who the next hire will be. A former head coach? An assistant at a big program? An up-and-coming youngin’ in the college ranks? According to Bjorn, we should know soon enough.