UPDATED Cougar coaching search: 10 possibilities to consider – 247Sports

Rick Neuheisel (Photo: Scout.com archive, USA TODAY Sports)

UPDATED Jan. 13: Added Rick Neheisel

AN INTERESTING COLUMN penned by Go2Guy Jim Moore recently proposed two “out of the box” candidates for Washington State’s pending football coach hire: Rick Neuheisel and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. CF.C actually asked Neuheisel once if he could ever see himself coaching the Cougars one day. It was in April 2013, and the response from the former UW coach surprised us. 

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“I think coaching there would be an absolute blast!” said Neuheisel back then.  Understand, Neuheisel wasn’t campaigning for the job back then, and he said he saw Mike Leach staying at WSU for a long time, and Leach did. But it was also clear he had a soft spot for the Cougs. 

“I think there are no better fans. Every Saturday when you see that Coug flag on ESPN Game Day, wow. The Cougs are unique,” Neuheisel said.

Neueheisel was a spectacular analyst for the Pac-12 Network, and he’s continued that at CBS Sports. As Moore noted, he’d be fun to cover but most importantly, we believe, he would win over WSU fans quickly.  You can read Moore’s piece here

IF THE PAST IS PROLOGUE, when it comes to Pat Chun and Kirk Schulz hiring head coaches, you have to think they’re going to target candidates with head coaching experience in their search for Mike Leach’s successor at the helm of Washington State’s football program. Here’s another assumption:

WSU has invested eight years in the Air Raid offense with great success so despite Chun’s assertion Thursday afternoon it’s all about best coach no matter the style of play, look for the Cougars to hire a coach who, while perhaps not exactly an Air Raid guy, is inclined to put the ball in the air early and often.

Here’s a look at 10 names in no particular order that have been, will be, or should be tossed into the hat of potential candidates. All but two are, or have been, head coaches, and most have a connection to the region, conference or Air Raid — or even all of the above.

Dalton Coach Matt Land Up For NFL Coaching Honor – WDEF News 12

Dalton, GA-(WDEF-TV) Dalton coach Matt Land spent the Christmas holidays with his family at Disney World.
Little did he know he would be back in Orlando this month.
Land is headed to the Pro Bowl after being named one of 32 finalists for the NFL’s Don Shula high school coach of the year award.
An honor like that is crazy to think about for Land because his path to being a head coach was a little different.

When your last name is Land, it’s kind of ironic you dream of being in the sky.
Said Land:”I wanted to fly, but I was still wanting to follow my degree. My degree was in aerospace engineering.”
Reporter:”How many people say you’re crazy. You have an aerospace engineering degree, and you’re in coaching.”
Said Land:”Inside my family or outside my family?”
Reporter:”Both.”
Said Land:”Both. it’s a great conversational piece for sure.”
Land soon ventured into coaching, but not full time.
Said Land:”For 17 years I worked for myself, but was a full time community coach here at Dalton. The way they do that. In the state of Georgia in fact 1993, I was one of the first five that got my community coaching license.”
And then in 2010, Land got the Dalton head coaching job.
Said Land:”To be at a place that’s so storied. So traditional. And to be given this honor. I really don’t consider myself a head coach. I’m more of a trustee.”
Last month, Land was named the Atlanta Falcons high school coach of the year in Georgia, which put him in the running for the Don Shula national high school coach of the year honor.
Said Land:”She informed me at the presentation that from this point forward, I would be the Atlanta Falcons representative. They would then fly us down to the Pro Bowl, at which point all 32 of us. All 32 representatives. From that will be chosen two finalists. The two finalists the next week will be flown to the Super Bowl, and they will recognize the final champion or the official Don Shula head coach of the year award for the NFL at the Super Bowl.

Devil’s Advocate…Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation – Fillmore County Journal

I first learned about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in my high school psychology class. My teacher insisted that we internalize and understand the topic. He was, and is, a great teacher (he’s enjoying retirement now). He was a “Don’t judge others until you take a walk in their shoes” kind of teacher. What he taught me about Abraham Maslow has stuck with me to this day. 

Maslow’s Hierarch is usually drawn as a five-level pyramid. The concept is that one needs to fulfill the lowest pyramid levels before moving further up, like building the base of a pyramid before the apex. However, it’s not impossible to fulfill some aspects of a hierarchical level “out of order,” it would just be more difficult to do so without satisfying the foundational needs first. 

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs from base to apex are as follows:

Physiological: These are the basic needs people have. They include such things as food, air, water, shelter, warmth, sleep, etc. Without most or all basic human needs met, one is unlikely to focus on the next level of Maslow’s Hierarchy.

Safety: This is the first deprivation need. After one’s immediate need to survive is met, the next level to focus on includes physical safety. Perhaps one can understand when a person puts themselves, or another in harm’s way in order to obtain basic physiological needs. Aladdin stealing bread in the marketplace is a simple Disney example. 

Social Belonging: What do people seek next if they are safe and have their basic physiological needs met? Social belonging refers to friendship and emotional connections with others. Humans are social organisms, and there is a general need for connection. Obtaining the third level in Maslow’s Hierarchy can help ensure the first two levels of needs will be met. People are safer in larger groups and don’t go hungry as often when working together for a common goal. 

Esteem: Not only does this forth pyramid level concern everyone’s desire to obtain some measure of respect, but it also covers cognitive and aesthetic needs. Cognitive need is the need or desire to explore, to gain knowledge, to satiate one’s curiosity. It doesn’t matter what the curiosity is per se; learning about plate tectonics or why Kim Kardashian is famous are (surprisingly) in the same category. Aesthetic needs are the need to experience what is beautiful such as looking at artwork, listening to the sounds of a stream, or enjoying someone’s smile. 

Self-Actualization: This pinnacle level is attained when a person recognizes and achieves their full potential as a human being. Maslow hypothesizes that one must fulfill all the previous levels in order to reach this final goal that deals with morality, spirituality, and overall contentment. 

How many people in today’s environment can focus on Maslow’s top two pyramid levels? If I have achieved “esteem” and “self-actualization,” what can I do to recognize that others may still be struggling with “social belonging” or “safety” or “physiological” levels of the hierarchy? 

I would note Maslow’s Hierarchy isn’t flawless, nor will it answer the “why” to any particular behavior, but the idea he brings forth of the hierarchy of needs of individuals, is relevant. People’s actions are based on what they need to do first, and what they want to do, second. However, what happens if what needs to be done cannot be done? What if someone cannot feed themselves or their family? What actions will they take to accomplish that basic need? What is the motivation for their actions?

I encourage you to take Maslow’s concept and apply it to situations that might not make sense to you, particularly when it concerns the behavior of others. After all, what would you do if your region was without food or clean water? What would you do if you were truly persecuted for your ethnicity, religion, gender identity, etc.? I believe the more we seek to understand each other and help fulfill the basic needs of others, the stronger we become as a community. Let’s take a walk in each other’s shoes. 

Cheers.

Sources:

A Theory of Human Motivation: http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm