In the midst of rampant rumors and speculation concerning who will be the new Ole Miss head coach, I thought we could use a little lighthearted opinion poll.
So here we go, Rebel fans. How badly do you want to field a winning team?
At first, this question seems ridiculous. Of course every Rebel fan would love to field a winning team who could compete week in and week out with the big boys. But just how important is it to win?
Would you prefer a coach that is a stable man of character, who is a role model and mentor for the players? I'm talking about a quality guy who could be competitive, but who may never raise the team above what is considered mediocrity.
Or, would you be willing to bend, as far as ethics are concerned, in order to field a BCS team year in and year out?
Many coaches play fast and loose with rules, as we have seen in the world of college world. And they win, at least until their bubble bursts.
Yes, I know, I know, we all want the best of both worlds. We want a coach that is completely ethical, yet wins national championships. I am asking you to put that out of your mind temporarily and think about this hypothetical question.
Which is more important to you? Is winning more important, or is the character of the coach more important (as long as his teams are fairly competitive)?
With high expectations and excitement over getting a new head coach, this is a perfect time to ask this question?
I can even take it one step further and ask the fans where they feel the top candidates fall in this coaching continuum.
Where would you rate Leach, Malzahn, Strong, Briles and the other possible coaching candidates as far as this hypothetical question goes? Does it matter to you, or is winning the most important thing?
What do you think?