I have been concerned that DG would save his job by acting quickly and decisevely the moment the season ended. By firing Howland at the first moment, and having a suitable replacement lined up, I figured he would be able to paint a layer of strong management paint over the rust that has destroyed the department under his watch.
When the "Howland's gone" rumors started yesterday, with Howland apparently under the bus, I thought DG had shown some "smarts" and taken the focus off the mess he has made, only a part of which is Howland.
It seems DG was not that smart, not that prepared, and not that savy.
The statement that came out at the end of yesterday that we had not fired Howland was way too late if true, and meaningless if not.
There is a proper way to fire a coach. And, it was not done, yesterday. DG should have had his sit down with Howland after the Minn game. Then, he should have made an announcement. Instead, he allowed rumors to run wild AND Howland to say that the AD has not talked to him, yet.
To allow all the "leaks" that fueled what is probably a true story, that Howland is gone, to control the day's discussion AND THEN to deny them puts DG right square in the cross hairs of the dialogue. Can anyone be that inept?
He had the perfect chance to duck and deflect and instead he stepped into a light that shines on his weakness.
But fear not. He's no fool. He'll duck for cover with a series of his famous FYI (From Your Idiot) emails, things like:
FYI "Is someone responding to the statement we made that Howland isn't fired?"
FYI "Is someone looking for a new coach?"
and, FYI "Where can I hide until this is over?"
Have you received one of his FYI's? Post it.