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Friday, March 28, 2008

Chad McDowell makes wise decision

I've been flipping through one of my Christmas gifts in the last couple of weeks, reading about some of former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's coaching philosophies. The book mostly details Bo's experiences in building the Wolverines program in the late 60s and early 70s.

In one chapter, Bo talks about when to recognize the right opportunity for you. Just because a higher paying job is offered doesn't mean it's the right place for you. Several athletic directors approached him when he was an assistant at Miami-Ohio about heading up their football programs, but he turned them down. Then Michigan came calling.

Why do I mention Bo? Because LSUS men's basketball coach Chad McDowell faced one of those decisions this week. Centenary athletic director Tom Tallach approached McDowell this week about the Gents' available position. The two talked for five hours on Tuesday, and McDowell was considered one of the candidates for the job.

Instead, McDowell decided to remain at LSUS instead of pursuing the Gents job further.

Sure, jumping to a Division I program from the NAIA would be a fantastic move, but Centenary has been a program in flux for years. McDowell's decision came down to one factor - where did he and his family feel most at home? Using that criteria, there was only one logical selection.

It was the right one.


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