Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Crank up the rumor mill

With two big-time bits of WPIAL football coaching news yesterday -- Gateway's Terry Smith to Temple as a wide receivers coach, Jack McCurry retiring after 35 seasons at North Hills -- I figured it was time to crank up our own rumor mill.

Right now we have openings at Canon-McMillan and California, as Tim Sohyda and Brady Barbero both stepped down. There's also an opening at Chartiers Valley ... not in our coverage area, but close enough that it could impact the Canon-Mac hiring.

One source has told me that there's no urgency for the Canon-McMillan hire, that it could drag on until March.

Several other folks have brought up the idea of Guy Montecalvo coming out of retirement (from coaching; he's currently the AD at Canon-Mac). As interesting as that would be, I've found nothing to lead me to believe that would actually happen.

Seems this happens a lot; weren't there plenty of Guy-to-Trinity rumors, too? To me, it's speculation until I hear something from someone intimately involved, and that hasn't happened yet.

I have been told by a second source that current Seton-La Salle coach Greg Perry could end up at either Chartiers Valley or Canon-McMillan, and that another popular name is Niel Loebig, the former South Fayette and Duquesne University quarterback. Loebig is currently Duquesne's wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Seems if Chartiers Valley takes one, Canon-Mac might make a move for the other. Or neither could be hired. Just the nature of speculating on this stuff in January.

Another name that has been batted around is that of Andrew DiDonato, the WPIAL's No. 3 all-time leading passer and a 2005 South Fayette graduate. DiDonato is currently an assistant coach at South Fayette. One source, I spoke with, though, said DiDonato's name may circulation but that he's still lacking somewhat on experience.

The aforementioned names, of course, are possibilities.

One "possibility" that died yesterday was Canon-Mac luring Smith, one of the names linked to the C-M job after a group of parents went on what they called a "fact-finding mission" ... essentially asking another coach: If this job was open, would you take it?

Many, including myself, believed this to be Smith, though I was never able to confirm that. Regardless, I'm guessing Smith, a former Penn State wide receiver, will be pretty happy in the college ranks.

1 comment:

  1. Honestly, if you do your due diligence as a high school coach... why on earth would you want to take the Canon McMillan job right now? Below average talent, low participation, modest budget, and absurd parents.