Bandwagon wrote:It doesn’t matter if you liked K.C. Keeler or not, it’s obvious that the firing was PERSONAL.
You don’t fire a coach who’s:
1. Team has the most wins in the conference the last 3years
2. Team is the last CAA team to play for a National Championship
3. Team has won 11 playoff games in 11years. No school in the CAA has ever won that many playoff games in their history EVER. (in fact, KC’s 11 in 11 is almost twice as good as Tubby’s 11 in 21 years)
4. Taken his teams to 3 National Championship appearances in 11 years. (Tubby’s teams played for 1 in 21 years of 1AA and that was in 1983)
5. The only CAA coach to play for multiple FCS (1AA) National Championships.
6. Teams from 2002 to 2011 had the most wins of any CAA team, most conference championships, most National Championship appearances, and most playoff wins of all CAA teams.
7. Had the highest winning % of any coach in the CAA that has been at their institution for more then 3 years.
8. Had the highest winning % of any coach at UD.
9. 2 years removed from winning the National Coach of the Year and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year!
10. Players represent UD well in the community. 2010 Sidequee Haynes won a National community service award.
11. Tremendously involved in the community as evidenced by the service projects that he and his wife are committed to.
12. A proud alum!
13. Team has a strong academic APR.
14. Helped to set record season ticket sales and attendance records - until UD instituted its ridiculous ticket and parking policies.
15. Shown by his recent handling of his firing - is a class act!
If you think we fired him because the AD, that has been on the job 30 days, didn’t like the direction the program is going I have some swampland in Smyrna to sell you. Keeler pissed someone off up campus and got wacked. Z-daddy may have pulled the trigger but our illustrious President called for the hit. He is the only one with enough power to pull a scumbag move like this. Firing a Football coach and his staff in January is not just stupid but also immoral. I, for one, am not proud to be a BLUE HEN with these bad people running UD!
By the way, to whom does The President have to answer to?????
If the answer is no one - then I guess Mel Brooks had it right with his movie line “it’s good to be the king”.
16. Missed playoffs 6 of the last 8 seasons
17. Most losses in a season in school history
18. Inability to recruit and develop a starting QB from HS
19. Wildly inconsistent from season to season
Also, where is this swampland near Smyrna you want to sell? It's goose season and I'm game. Shoot me a PM with the plot and the price. We can make this happen.
My point to posting the thread is that in the toughest conference in America, Keeler had the highest winning percentage of any coach in the conference. People on this thread can skew some of my points, …but in it’s entirety, Keeler has an impressive resume. You don’t fire a man with this resume and you don’t recruit a donor to buy him out for 1.5 million dollars when you have much more pressing issues to address on campus. This was PERSONAL NOT BUSINESS. And that is disturbing!
Here is my take on each season under Keeler:
2002 – Keeler’s 1st year coming off a 4-6 season by Tubby. UD was horrible in 2001 and had no QB for the future. Keeler’s team going 6-6 that year was actually a pretty good season considering they put a new offense and defense and played a transfer QB who showed up in training camp.
2003- National Champions. Good junior and senior classes left by Tubby that were moved to a championship level by future draft choices, Andy Hall and Sean Johnson along with David Boler, Brad Shushman, Brian McDermott, Kyle Campbell, etc.
2004- Playoff Team.
2005 & 2006 – Both years had poor teams with no senior talent because of poor recruiting by the previous staff under Tubby. Hmmm…why do you think that is? Answer: Because the staff all knew Tubby was retiring at 300 wins and most likely weren’t going to have a job when a new coach came in. No one was recruiting with any passion. If you look at the recruiting classes from 2001 & 2002, most of the kids didn’t make it to their senior year.
2007 – Played for a National Championship
2008 – Team stunk / Schoenhoft + injuries = Bad year on Keeler.
2009 – If their kicker doesn’t miss an easy field goal on opening day against Richmond, they get in the playoffs.
2010 – Robbed in the National Championship game
2011 – Played with a back-up QB all season. Went 7-4. Should have made the playoffs except for the West Chester scheduling debacle.
2012 – Injury riddled year.
I can tell you this - no one else in the CAA is firing a coach with these credentials!