Sure, sure. We know all about honor among thieves. I'd just be happy with a little of it among football coaches.
For the second time in less than a year, a coach hired to do a job at Weber State University has left the position before actually doing the job.
Here we go again.
Back on Nov. 21, Timm Rosenbach was named the offensive coordinator for the Weber State Wildcats football team. On Wednesday -- less than two months later, mind you -- he was introduced as the new offensive coordinator for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels. Weber's new offensive coordinator had come and gone, without calling a single offensive play in a game.
Talk about offensive ...
What's with these coaches who think the Astroturf is always greener in someone else's stadium? The new dude didn't even last half as long as the last guy.
The "last guy," of course, was John L. Smith. Smith, you may recall, was announced as Weber's new head coach in December 2011, and by the following April -- again, before coaching even one game -- he had unceremoniously bolted for a bigger paycheck at the University of Arkansas.
(In a bit of karmic blowback, Smith was canned at the end of the season, after leading the Razorbacks to a dismal 4-8 record; this, after the team was expected to challenge for the national championship. Smith has since been hired as the head football coach of the itty-bitty Fort Lewis College Skyhawks in Durango, Colo., who went 0-10 last season, including a 69-0 loss to the Big Sky Conference's Northern Arizona University.)
Admittedly, I was pretty hard on ol' John L. when he left, even going so far as to speculate on what the "L" stood for. Loserpants? Liar? Lame-o?
And now, a second coach has gone and done the same thing. Oh yeah, and guess what Timm Rosenbach's middle initial is ...
It is both distressing and depressing that so many folks have tried to defend both Smith's and Rosenbach's decisions. They point out that it's a free country. That only socialists and communists would fault a coach for doing something like this. That the guy is actually a patriotic American for exercising his right to coach anywhere in America he darn well pleases.
I'm not arguing that these paragons of dedication and loyalty can't do this if they want to. It IS a free country, and in skipping out on their team they've done nothing illegal. Yes, yes, I'll grant you that. But just because you can do something, doesn't necessarily mean you should do it.
Nor am I saying football coaches have to be married to a program till death do them part. But couldn't they at least wait until after the honeymoon -- heck, until after the reception -- before taking up with a new lover?
I don't know all of the particulars of the Rosenbach move, but apparently one of the big reasons he gave for leaving the University of Montana for Weber State was security. The head coach there had only one year left on his contract, while WSU's Jody Sears had just signed a three-year deal.
"The only thing for me that is really a question is taking care of my family," Rosenbach was quoted about the move to Weber. "Any time you can have a commitment, those are opportunities you have to look at."
Oh, that's rich. A guy who didn't even last as long as a cheap oil change, talking about things like "commitment."
Look, I get that whole family-security thing, I really do. But that argument falls apart with the jump from WSU to UNLV.
Things aren't any more stable in Vegas than in Ogden. UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck has a dismal 6-32 record after three seasons there, and while his contract does run two more years (Sears, by way of reminder, has three years), he'll be lucky to get through the end of 2013.
In the midst of Rosenbach's departure, WSU's Coach Sears showed nothing but class, saying, "That's life in our world, in our profession. Coaches come and go."
Yes, but usually somewhere between the coming and the going, a coach actually, well, you know, coaches a bit. Unless your name happens to be John L. Smith. Or Timm L. Rosenbach.
And so, I believe I speak for Wildcat fans everywhere when I wish Coach Sears the best of luck in his search for a new offensive coordinator -- ideally one who will stick around long enough for the ink to dry on his new contract. And if I may, I'd like to offer one tiny bit of advice for Coach Sears:
Whomever you decide to hire next, just please make sure his middle name isn't something like Larry, or Lester, or Luke.
Looking for an offensive coordinator? Mark Saal is nothing if not offensive. Contact him at 801-625-4272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.