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#1 InTheZone

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:49 PM

"I have kept my mouth shut, but I have read everything that you guys have written. I applaud your passion and commitment to Akron Zip football. Your support is going to bring Zip football back to prominence. You have the facilities and the campus to recruit great talent. I apologize to all of you who pushed to have me return. I just want you to know that this was the most difficult decision that I have ever made. I LOVE Akron Ohio! I actually applied for the job three times, was interviewed twice and turned down all three. The University has grown in that time and has become a different place than when I played and first started coaching. My mom worked there for 40 years. Over the last 13 months I lost my mom and dad and my feeling of home changed. I have built something special at Wayne State, and these players are important to me as is everyone who played with me or for me at Akron. The administration, Athletic Director Rob Fournier and all three presidents have treated me with respect and dignity here. At the end of the 2010 season 30 of my players drove to Akron to attend my mother's funeral. These people are my family and I love them. Please forgive me for not returning and understand that Wayne State is where I belong!"

#2 Blue & Gold

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:00 PM

Thanks for sharing that, ITZ. I understand completely. I'm still very disappointed & now worried about the future of Akron FB. Not a good feeling.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:06 PM

Too bad TW chose Iannello the last time. That was apparently the final Winters mulligan. Play it where it lies from here on out. Thanks, ITZ. I better understand Winters' decision. But it doesn't make me feel good about the Zips Football situation today.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:06 PM

I fully understand this. As a lifelong fan and one who grew up to my dads stories of how good a runner he was, I was so hopeful he would come back and lead us to a fairytale ending. But that ending came crashing down yesterday. I just hope that TW doesn't rush out and pick someone else who isn't ready for the job. I will back the new coach like I did Ianello (until about game 5 this year) and look forward to bigger and better things.

#5 Buckzip

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:12 PM

Interesting that he says he was offered the job twice and turned it down.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:13 PM

After reading that I fully understand how and why he made the decision he did. Hopefully we find the right guy that can connect with this university and the players like winters has done at Wayne state. That is the foundation of trust and committment that will lead to sustained success.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:14 PM

Interesting that he says he was offered the job twice and turned it down.


Interviewed not offered.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:16 PM

Interesting that he says he was offered the job twice and turned it down.


Interviewed not offered.


I think the word "times" may have accidentally been omitted from the long sentence. It makes more sense that way.

was interviewed twice and turned down all three TIMES


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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:23 PM

"At the end of the 2010 season 30 of my players drove to Akron to attend my mother's funeral. These people are my family and I love them. Please forgive me for not returning and understand that Wayne State is where I belong!"

The perfect example of the fruits of leadership being so much more than success.

Best wishes, Paul. And God bless.
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:25 PM

Too bad TW chose Iannello the last time. That was apparently the final Winters mulligan. Play it where it lies from here on out.

Thanks, ITZ. I better understand Winters' decision. But it doesn't make me feel good about the Zips Football situation today.


CK, regardless of the hire that was made then, would you have been supportive of TW hiring a 6-5 D-II coach with no postseason appearance in 2009?
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#11 Buckzip

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:28 PM

Interesting that he says he was offered the job twice and turned it down.


Interviewed not offered.


Ok
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:34 PM

Notice how he says nothing about us having "Great leadership in your athletic department".

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 01:43 PM

We can be relieved that Paul's decision was made based upon the positives regarding his life at Wayne. That is as it should be, and I respect his decision. He says it was a difficult decision, but now he is moving on. It was a hard loss for UA, but we too have to move on. I have been thinking about the realities that have become apparent about the state of the UA football program through this coaching search. At first I was disheartened. Then I thought about how down I was just six weeks ago with the thought that we would have to endure at least one more season of Ianello. Folks, even with the uncertainty about our next coach, we are soooo much better off than we had been at the beginning of November. At least our current anxiety is over changes being made - and these changes are our first steps in the right direction.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 02:01 PM

Wow, it is too bad that Paul Winters was turned down several times for the Football HC position by the University of Akron. What a great man that he would take the time to respond like that. Thanks for sharing ITZ.

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 02:07 PM

We can be relieved that Paul's decision was made based upon the positives regarding his life at Wayne. That is as it should be, and I respect his decision.

He says it was a difficult decision, but now he is moving on. It was a hard loss for UA, but we too have to move on.

I have been thinking about the realities that have become apparent about the state of the UA football program through this coaching search. At first I was disheartened. Then I thought about how down I was just six weeks ago with the thought that we would have to endure at least one more season of Ianello.

Folks, even with the uncertainty about our next coach, we are soooo much better off than we had been at the beginning of November. At least our current anxiety is over changes being made - and these changes are our first steps in the right direction.

or a second step in the wrong direction.



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