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College Hockey:
Coaching carousel picking up steam

The firing of George Roll at Clarkson on Monday makes it four current Division I men’s schools in need of a head coach, but there are signs that the number will be shrinking this week.

I’m still not sure whether that will be thanks to Michigan Tech, however. Longtime Michigan assistant and Michigan Tech alum Mel Pearson was in Houghton, Mich., to interview for the Huskies’ opening, raising the hopes of the Tech faithful that a highly successful, highly familiar face would be guiding the program’s rebuilding project.

Not so fast, apparently. David Goricki of The Detroit News reported Monday that Pearson turned down the job. This at the end of the day where things seemed to be changing on an hourly basis, at least from afar.

Personal opinion here: I’m not sure we’ve heard the end of this one. Pearson might be worth Tech making another run with a sweeter deal.

Providence and Massachusetts-Lowell are also in the market for coaches, and it sounds like the Friars will be making a move soon. A Providence spokesperson said an announcement likely will be coming this week.

And then there was this, also on Monday: Kevin Pates of the Duluth News Tribune reports that Minnesota-Duluth coach Scott Sandelin has been contacted by Penn State and likely will interview for the new program’s head coaching position.

The American Hockey Coaches Association convention gets going in the middle of next week in Naples, Fla. The coaching landscape could look a lot different by then.

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  • Otistaw

    Will Minnesota fans root for Michigan? Which is greater? Their hatred of North Dakota or support for WCHA teams? I say root for North Dakota and Duluth. All WCHA FINAL!

    • bluetell

      The only Minnesota fan said he will be cheering against North Dakota. Cheering for your conference is a truly pointless and backwards endeavor: “Well since I’m worse than [hated rival from same conference], I will subsequently pour heaping amounts of salt in my wound and cheer for them to win a national title so they can then proceed to rub it in my face for the rest of time” Why would you do that to yourself?
      As a Michigan fan, I loved (loved loved) seeing Miami choke because I don’t like them and it’s awesome to see them suffer

      • bluetell

        Should be “The only Minnesota fan I know said…”

      • Hoalie

        Gopher fans going to the Frozen Four – what for? To root for Michigan? Sounds like wishful thinking to me.

  • http://twitter.com/pucknut9 Brad Schaack

    Well I can tell ya one thing this Sioux fan would never root for the gophers. Never.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501157411 Joey Loeffler Jr

      Agreed. In a pretend season where the gophers are the worst team in the country (i mean country not tournament) but somehow get an autobid by winning the WCHA tournament . . . aaaaand the winner of the gophers and the toughest team in the tournament are playing us: I’m still cheering against the gophers

  • DG

    I don’t think gopher fans would root for the Sioux either, Sioux/gopher rivalry is bigger than WCHA/CCHA rivalry

  • Sara

    the ONLY reason a lot has been made of Michigan’s so-called “underdog” status is that Red Berenson and his players have gone out of their way to make it known that’s what they are. WELL guess what…. this Sioux fan doesn’t buy that sandbagging garbage for one second. There are no underdogs in this matchup Michigan.

    • Sioux guy

      I agree, Michigan is using this to try throw the Sioux off their game by inflating their heads. Nice try, they’re unbeaten in 15 games because of their focus and ability not to look past opponents. Michigan preaching their underdog role won’t change that.

  • NDFangasm

    No way the Gopher fans cheer for the Sioux. I would not be caught dead cheering for the Gophers. The Gophers could be playing against a team of aliens for the cure for aids and I’d cheer against them. I hope Gopher fans show up and boo the Sioux. One of the best things about college hockey is the atmosphere during a rivalry. Go Sioux!!

  • achybreaky

    The Fighting Sioux want you to know something, Wolverines. They are not afraid of you! They WILL NOT underestimate you. The Fighting Sioux are here to win #8.

  • MGoBlue

    Go Blue!!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/scottcmartineau SCOTT MARTINEAU

    Providence needs a coach whose recruiting budget rivals that of the other Hockey East schools, but then if they had that Coach Army would have turned this team around. That said, one of the most historic moments tying college player to team is when Chris Terreri led PVD to their inaugural HE Tourney championship over BU An original HE member, Hockey East is at its best when PVD is competitive. That said, PVD needs to follow the model of a UNH or a UVM in order to become competitive. First, hire a Coach with strong RI ties – preferably PC & NHL – but a name that makes people think Providence Hockey, whether it be a brother of or a father of one of the two recently graduated Cavanaghs of Toll Gate, or even outside the box thinkng and bring in a SARAH DE COSTA type as if not head Coach then assistant head coach. Next, they cannot let a single prospect from RI get out of their grasp. Whether that means offering the guy when others say he needs a season in the EJHL or USHL, PVD needs to sign RI prep player of the year every year. Next, and this is where I say follow UNH & UVM- each of those schools seem to get any player they want from the Green Mountain team and the NH Monarchs in the EJHL. So too should be the same with the South Shore participant in the EJHL. One final thing, PC is still just a notch below BC & Notre Dame for any players who wanna play Catholic College hockey. Providence needs to focus on any player that BC & ND just pass on offering, because chances are many will make outstanding D1 players, and would rather from history play elite hockey at the 3rd most prominent Catholic Program than one of 50-something others that dont teach the same values that ND and BC teach.