You Can’t Say We Didn’t Warn You…

In the spirit of looking back to prior SFN football/Amato posts, I remembered this “State of Wolfpack Football” entry from last February. Jeff and I spent a considerable amount of time sifting through information and framing the wording to be informative (but not unfair or unsubstantiated), and re-reading it in the wake of Amato’s dismissal, I think we foreshadowed the coming storm pretty well.

In the intervening months, every bit of information I learned was uniformly more negative than the publication-date state of mind. As one example, it turns out that Amato was meddling/micromanaging even during Chow’s tenure, not just afterward. In that light, it’s quite surprising that the house of cards stood for as long as it did – not that it ultimately collapsed.

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22 Responses to You Can’t Say We Didn’t Warn You…

  1. WTNY 11/27/2006 at 2:17 PM #

    Time to look ahead.

    It will be tough to wait for the search firm to do its job but I recommend that we state fans be patient as the process plays out.

  2. GAWolf 11/27/2006 at 2:18 PM #

    I have a boss that micromanages to the point that it disrupts the entire efficiency of our office. Wait… it completely destroys any efficiency we have when he sticks his nose where it doesn’t belong. I know first hand that this is perhaps the absolute worst thing someone can do as a manager as far as productivity and workplace morale.

    Interestingly enough, this same boss says things twice and answers questions with questions. He also has an ego twice the size of his brain. All this adds up to exactly what we’ve been seeing on the field the last few years.

  3. GAWolf 11/27/2006 at 2:21 PM #

    I heard a scary rumor today that hopefully some of you can discredit. I’ve heard that the entire staff was dismissed. No one is staying around to manage the beginning of our off-season. Please tell me this isn’t true….

  4. Mr O 11/27/2006 at 2:24 PM #

    SFN: Please don’t post premium info. Thanks.

  5. WestCoast 11/27/2006 at 2:26 PM #

    Will we run into the same recruiting situation that we did when Herb left? For ex: will the current recruits be able to ask for a release?

  6. GAWolf 11/27/2006 at 2:35 PM #

    Thanks Mr. O. I saw that thread title on the premium board and was hoping that’s what the guts of the thread explained. That means I can sleep tonight. Many thanks.

  7. GAWolf 11/27/2006 at 2:36 PM #

    I hope their first stop is in Richmond, VA. I’ve heard the QB up there at Collegiate is a baller who will be great. He gets little hype because he’s at a pretty exclusive private school.

  8. Woof Wolf 11/27/2006 at 2:43 PM #

    I’m no expert on recruiting but my understanding is all we have at this point is verbals. No release required, all they have to do is change their minds.

  9. RedTerror29 11/27/2006 at 2:46 PM #

    It’s common practice in these situations to keep your key recruiters on after a coach is dismissed/resigns. They are charged with hitting the road and keeping the recruiting class intact. Which also serves as an excellent audition for the incoming coach, who will have the option of retaining or dismissing them. That’s how Bobby Purcell served under three different head coaches when he was on the football staff.

  10. Mr O 11/27/2006 at 2:47 PM #

    Oops, sorry Packpride for giving premium info. over here.

  11. WestCoast 11/27/2006 at 2:47 PM #

    Thanks…I was worried it was just that easy. SFN: Erasing reference to premium info.

  12. tractor57 11/27/2006 at 2:50 PM #

    Chuck has all the signs of a micromanager – to repeat a quote from my former boss (a real micromanager) – “He isn’t a team player; he won’t do what I want”.

  13. BJD95 11/27/2006 at 2:53 PM #

    I think it’s safe to say that we have not heard anything to indicate that the entire staff has been dismissed. It is highly unlikely that we would do anything that would tie the hands of the new head coach, one way or another. When the new man is hired, the staff situation will sort itself out.

  14. VaWolf82 11/27/2006 at 3:15 PM #

    Thanks for linking that piece from Feb. I’ve had to explain the circumstances to several co-workers today based on what I remembered from your original entry.

    In Feb, I had hoped that you were being overly pessimistic. Unfortunately, we have seen the worst unfold in Raleigh.

  15. joe 11/27/2006 at 3:30 PM #

    I think assistant coaches contracts run through January so they might as well keep 1 or 2 around since they will be paid anyway.

  16. GoldenChain 11/27/2006 at 3:41 PM #

    I don’t want the whole staff released, just Tressman and Cignetti.
    Two years ago I contacted Cignetti about a QB in the Charlotte area and he gave no response at all (to me, the kid or the HS coach). Then I contacted Chuck’s secretary and sent info on the kid and sure enough, he (Chuck) called the HS coach and got some tapes etc on the kid. In the end the didn’t offer him.
    Where was that kid Saturday? On the sidelines of the USC/Clemson game sending in the hand signals for USC. He was Spurrier’s first signee and is the back-up there.
    Cigett was the QB coach that was supposed to develop Davis and Stone. How’d that work out?

  17. Mr O 11/27/2006 at 4:17 PM #

    Sorry about that SFN.

  18. Cardiff Giant 11/27/2006 at 4:19 PM #

    ^^ I’d have to add Dick Portee to the list, to be honest, even though I like him personally.

  19. BJD95 11/27/2006 at 5:23 PM #

    No worries, Mr. O.

  20. GAWolf 11/27/2006 at 5:58 PM #

    Don’t apologize for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, Mr. O. You’re our Robin Hood. Geterdid!

    Seriously, I’m sorry for my part in that as well. Though I do disagree with the whole “premium information” deal. I think it’s sort of gay.

  21. Packaholic1 11/29/2006 at 11:57 AM #

    From “Assistant coaches: Bump in salaries long overdue”, Steve Wieberg, USA Today, 10/17/01, p 8C:
    It was only half-jokingly in January, during the annual coaches’ convention in Atlanta, that an appreciative Chow offered a suggestion to a gathering of fellow assistants.
    “The guy who deserves a lot of credit is Chuck Amato,” he says. “He was a lifetime assistant, and he realized the importance of a good staff.” It raised the bar, and it raised the eyebrows of people who make those decisions. “I told those guys, ‘Everybody here ought to put a dollar in an envelope and send it to him’”

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