The Wilson Post http://www.wilsonpost.com is reporting DC Donnie Suber has been named head coach. Dewayne Alexander is leaving to become offensive line coach and assistant head coach at Tennessee tech of the OVC -- his alma mater.
This is no downgrade. I think the one thing that causes most people to believe this is a downgrade is the lack of head coaching experience that Donnie Suber has. However, if you look at the success of DeWayne Alexander, it is much attributed to the success of Donnie Suber. In fact, DeWayne Alexander didn't have a winning season until Donnie Suber joined the staff. DeWayne Alexander collects the credit as the head coach and he did turn the team around from the 2 wins in 2 seasons when he began, but think about the complaints since Suber has arrived, an awful lot about the wing T offense and less about the defense.
Hats off to Pavan for making the quick decision to name Suber the Head Coach. It was extremely important for keep this staff in tact and not bring in a new HC to revamp an already successful staff. Further, Donnie Suber and his 20 years of College coaching experience has a number of connections that should lead to an astounding offensive coordinator hire. The next offensive coordinator will have a plethora of talent and a solid playmaker at QB at his disposal as well.
In sum, this was an easy choice. I think it is also a choice many people should be excited about. Suber has a different coaching style than Alexander, but it has produced results. There is not a player in that locker room who doesn't respect Donnie Suber and trust that he will put them in the best position to succeed.
As for offensive coordinator how is this for a few names that could be reasonable suggestions for coaches.
Matt Cain, Presbyterian College Head Coach Harold Nichols could be in some trouble at Presbyterian. What does that mean? It means his staff may be looking for a change of scenery with stronger footing. Matt Cain has been the quarterbacks coach for the past 3 years and has many ties to Middle Tennessee through CPA Head Coach (and good friend) Ingle Martin, the Vanderbilt Commodors, and I believe his father may currently reside in Nashville (former Vandy Assistant Coach). THIS IS THE MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN if Cumberland can get it to work. Further, the fact that Suber has ties to Presbyterian doesn't hurt either.
Lee Sweeney, Tennessee Tech What is the best way to get back at a team that took your coach, take one of theirs. Sweeney is a local favorite as he was a standout at Friendship Christian. He committed to Louisville before ending up at Tennessee Tech. He is currently on the staff at Tennessee Tech and I have heard great things. He could be the NAIA equivalent of a Cliff Kingsbury in that he has a terrific offensive mind for a young coach. A lot of upside for Sweeney, but no OC experience.
Wesley Satterfield, UTC Satterfield is another guy with ties to the area. As a standout at Trousdale County he was quite the athlete. He played his college ball at Sewanee where he was a four year starter. This is another guy who has a great understanding of football and could bring a lot to the offensive side of the ball. Not to mention that he has spent time on staffs of BIG Division I programs. This hire would make a lot of sense, especially for an NAIA level coach.
Keith Higdon, Tuskegee Higdon is a big motivator and a well respected coach at Tuskegee. The reason I love this guy is because he would be smashmouth. Cumberland would be a tough group with this addition. Last year Tuskegee went 10-2 and racked up huge numbers on the ground. To put it simply, Tuskegee rushed the ball 501 times last year and averaged about 6 yards a carry. That kind of production sounds familiar doesn't it? Lemeco Miller? Further Higdon's recruiting would be solid especially in regards to mid-state recruits.
Spencer Riley, Tusculum College The former Tennessee Vol needs a change of venue. The Tusculum team has had two straight disappointing seasons and the next year isn't looking too promising. The Tusculum offense wasn't the issue though as they had 5 losses where their opponents scored 30+ points. Riley would also be able to recruit East Tennessee where Cumberland has struggled snagging talent. Riley would bring the smashmouth offense and also make sure good NAIA recruits from East TN don't go to rival schools and make a living out of beating us up. (Terrance Cobb anyone?)
I cannot see this being the case. First, there is no one on the current staff that has the credentials for the job. Next, they just opened a spot on the staff and have the resources to fill it. Finally, I find it hard to believe that Pavan would put Suber in a position to fail and Suber would accept a job where he is handcuffed by the AD. Suber has a say because he has the ability to walk and in my opinion would have no problem finding a job. Suber will hire who he wants within the budget limits which is why I believe it is an assistant coach elsewhere who would be taking a coordinator position with Cumberland as an upgrade in his career. Suber can get a guy with a lot of potential because any OC would be thrilled to know that they won't be having to put up 35 points a game to get a win.
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