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Thread: Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

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    Default Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

    I did not want to be too critical on my Facebook page like I used to be. But it has been since 2010-11 since CWU won a conference title or even reached a conference title game for that matter. CWU's athletic director has gotten rid of a couple coaches already during his tenure. Is Sparling next? I mean, I would rather have a guy like Sparling than a guy like Romar, but if you look at teams like WOU and SMU they are thriving with their new coaches. Is it time for CWU to get a fresh start?

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    Default Re: Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

    I think the WOU AD made the right kind of picks in Bergeron and Shaw - get a young guy that has been a D1 assistant under multiple coaches. They have greater depth of experience and may be more flexible in scheme and game planning than coaches that have been in the same place for a long time, especially considering that the game has changed a lot in the last 20 years or so with the 3 point shot, etc. Or you can do what UAF did and hire a D1 coach, who isn't interested in a high pressure, job always on the line gig.

    As for CWU, since D2 schools aren't too worried about filling 5,000+ seats a game and marketing merchandise and since the pay is about 1/10th D1 head coaching salaries, there is not a lot of pressure to move on from a coach who is performing mediocrely (is that a word?). D2 football and basketball are theoretically to enhance student life at the school, rather than generate revenue. Sparling manages to put a decent product on the floor every year, which is probably enough to satisfy the AD. I would not expect him to be shown the door anytime soon, that is unless some booster wants to donate the money to pay for a replacement for a few years (come on, you got the cash to spare). Absent abject failure, usually a coach moves on or something happens in the program that motivates the AD to send him or her packing.

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    Default Re: Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

    I was shocked at CWU's complete refusal to play defense this year and their guards jacking anything inside the half-court line. Sparling's teams didn't used to be like that. That said, he's been a loyal guy to his alma mater and often puts out good teams. I can see the concerns, however. There's no guarantee, of course, that they would upgrade. WOU's one-and-done A.D. hired Bergeson, who was quite good, an assistant off a pretty middling Sac State program, though he coached at other schools. Shaw was picked by the latest A.D. and that was a no-brainer: alum with a strong assistant background.

    If CWU made the change, I would understand. If they didn't, I would understand that, too. I heard Sparling was once offered a full-time assistantship it Gonzaga but turned it down. Not sure if that's true or not.

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    Default Re: Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

    Good story here, sheds some light on CWU's season. Also, one sentence I didn't get, said one of 13 players for next season, I guess they meant returning for next season. Then the reporter named off three more guys. Sounds like they had a bunch of redshirts, including Sparling's kid, whom I heard is a good player. I'd bring coach Sparling back.

    http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/sport...faa57fbdb.html

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    If UW can stick with Romar for so long, then I guess we can give Sparling another shot. He does have lots of returners and redshirts becoming activated.

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    Default Re: Has Coach Sparling's Time Come at CWU?

    Quote Originally Posted by CWU Wildcat Nation View Post
    If UW can stick with Romar for so long, then I guess we can give Sparling another shot. He does have lots of returners and redshirts becoming activated.
    Sparling is a better coach than "Roll Out the Ball Romar."

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