Monday Notebook: NCAA Division II
- With just weeks before the start of the 2012 campaign, Jason Lamb submitted his resignation as head coach of Adams (Colo.) State last week and bolted to take Director of Lacrosse Operations job at Division I Notre Dame. I had one Western coach email to ask if I was going to post any thoughts on Lamb's move. I don't have any insight on his decision, and I'm certainly not here to judge him. But I do have one thought.
One has to remember that for over a decade Lamb poured his heart and soul into the Brigham Young program that won three MCLA national championships under his watch. He logged an immense amount of time in order to provide the best product for his alma mater and its student-athletes. When he was fired by BYU at the conclusion of the '09 season – a decision Lamb felt was unjust – he quickly found out that loyalty could be a one-way street.
Although Adams State gave him another shot, when the opportunity to join a high-end Division I outfit came along this spring, Lamb likely had fewer inhibitions about leaving a team on the cusp of its season considering his treatment in Provo. I'm not saying that Adams State deserved to bear the brunt of a decision made by BYU, but put in this context, it's easier to see why Lamb made the best decision for himself.
Lamb will be replaced by John McCreery, who has been an assistant for the Grizzlies for the past two years. McCreery is another coach who was jettisoned by an MCLA team. He was the head man at UC Santa Cruz before being let go.
- Let's light this candle. We'll start out on Thursday with a Deep South Conference tilt between Rollins and Mars Hill and follow that up with a pair of Friday contests. Florida Southern breaks in DSC neophyte Tampa while Shorter, an NAIA program, welcomes Coker's new squad. The rest of the weekend looks like this:
Belmont Abbey at Lenoir-Rhyne, 2 p.m.
Lees-McRae at Catawba, 2 p.m.
Mercyhurst at Ohio Valley, 3 p.m.
Rollins at Limestone, 12 p.m.
- In a scrimmage against Central Florida, ranked No. 20 in the MCLA-I, Florida Southern looked impressive, hammering the Knights, 18-4. "I told Marty Ward that his team was wrapped tight," said UCF head coach John Drehoff. "They looked very good in transition." After opening with Tampa, the Mocs head to Limestone on Feb. 18 for the biggest test of the season.
- I touched on it a little bit in a blog on C.W. Post last week, but I'm continuing to get feedback about how mild the spring has been. Dowling head coach Tim Boyle also remarked about how everyone will benefit from getting outside earlier. He didn't think one team would have an advantage over another, but some of the early games from the North and Central teams may not be as sloppy as in years past.