Weber State University's next football coach must be committed to the Wildcats football program. That may sound like a "duh" requirement, but one reason the Wildcats are 4-19 the past two seasons is because the university was duped by a high-profile "star" coach, John L. Smith, who promised the Ogden university his commitment and then bailed once he discovered a one-year deal with the University of Arkansas.
Weber State University desperately needs a quality coach, perhaps an assistant in the higher-tier Football Bowl Subdivision, who will commit to at least three or four years of thinking only about Weber State University. The university needs a head coach who is able to recruit high-quality athletes to come to Ogden and play football. Once the talent is here, the coach must make sure that the team has more wins than losses. These are qualities that retired head coach Ron McBride possessed to some degree several years ago during his tenure here. The Wildcats managed to make it to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs during the McBride era.
Jody Sears, the fired Wildcats coach, deserves appreciation for taking over the team after Smith quit on it. He went through two seasons that produced only a handful of wins. It's appropriate that he be replaced. The Wildcats' football program is in the doldrums. Attendance has always been a concern -- even during McBride's tenure -- but it seems at its lowest ebb in a while. The community enjoys having the team, and wishes it well. However, a glance at the stands of Stewart Stadium reveals the hard truth that too many in Ogden choose watching BYU, Utah, USU, or other schools over watching the Wildcats.
Weber State University Athletic Director Jerry Bovee needs to find a head coach that will focus only on his team, get wins, and fill more seats in the stands. It's a big responsibility.