Friday, March 4, 2011

Mike Dunbar retires

The news of Mike Dunbar retiring — and leaving — the Aggie football program was discouraging and disappointing.

In my eyes, this is an indictment on the program. Dunbar and every other assistant on the coaching staff is underpaid when compared to their counterparts on a national scale. How can you build a winner if you have a constant revolving door at key coaching positions such as this? You can't. You're either going to attract young coaches who are learning on the job or veteran coaches who have experienced better and aren't happy.

Dunbar clearly picked a bad time to go — a month away from spring practice for a coach entering his second year with the program, a critical year for DeWayne Walker and his entire coaching staff. Bad timing on this one Mike.

But at the same time, I just get the feeling Dunbar grew tired of trying to push a boulder up a hill for less than $80,000 annually. He has nothing to prove — a long-time assistant coach on the college level. Why deal with the headache?

He chose not to, and now the Aggies are left holding the bag. Pretty soon they'll hire their fourth offensive coordinator in the last four years.


Anonymous said...

Now that Boise is out of the conference, maybe they'll let our coaching staff come up and learn how to run their offense with our new coordinator.

Anonymous said...

Great timing Mike!
You could have retired in December but, no! You wanted to screw the program so you decide to cut & run at the last minute.

I thought you were a good man but now, I have no respect for you!
Not only did you lose my respect and Las Cruces'.

I'm sure your loved ones are also questioning what kind of a man you are. You just showed your family how to quit.
As a result, they will be known as quitters the rest of their lives.

Congratulations on your retirement, QUITTER!! Have nice life.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree it is not the best timing and it definately does not speak well to the efforts of Walker trying to gain the administration's support this off-season. I think the story here is how is that process going and who are the canidates to replace Dunbar. It is obvious that we will need an up and coming asst. that will have to catch lighting in a bottle for a year or two......

Anonymous said...

4:40 Anon,

Yes the timing is bad, but you and I do not know the whole story.

Maybe he is ill (god forbid) or one of his loved ones might be ill. Thus, it might be the reason for the sudden retirement.

Please don't criticize without the facts!!

Anonymous said...

Hold on now ,
If you expect loyalty from a college football coach at our level you will always be disappointed.
My sadness is with the inability of CW to hire a OC worth a poop.
I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT ALL HIS CONNECTIONS. He has brought in supposed world beaters and they haven't paned out or had any impact (Brandon Warner)

BigJohn's Blog said...

Drop back int 1AA(FCS) and salries are right in line!

Anonymous said...

leave dunbar alone. he knows what he is doing and has made the decision to not use up the remaining years of his career in this dead end no where program. good luck coach.