Suffice to say, Windsor offensive lineman Matt Morencie, understandably pent-up after an overtime loss and reports about his father Mike Morencie, being relieved as Windsor's coach, did the next best thing: Calling out a superior.
"After the game, Lancers offensive lineman Matt Morencie was upset with athletic director Gord Grace, who criticized the team in a Windsor Star column by Bob Duff.The elder Morencie also fell back on the old Bobby Knight standby, allegedly telling a Cogeco TV interviewer the critics could kiss a certain part of his anatomy. Everyone is emotional after a game, especially considering the odd way the game ended, but CIS and OUA sportspeople are expected to show some decorum in post-game interviews.
"Grace said the future of coach Mike Morencie, Matt's father, was under review after a third straight losing season.
" 'That shows what kind of leadership we have (under Grace) and it’s not very good,' Morencie told Cogeco TV. 'He doesn't care about us. Hopefully, we proved something to him and our fans.' "
It's best to update Friday's post (below the jump) and spare the snark. Everyone rates some compassion, although one wonders how the situation could have deteriorated past the point of repair.
The heart of the matter is there is no argument for letting Mike Morencie return next season. It's been at a point of diminishing returns since 2007 and Year One with a new coach sounds better than the same ol', same ol'. It's just re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic to shuffle a few assistant coaches or change some of the schemes.
It was reported last season in the Windsor paper Morencie was likely a goner is his team didn't go 5-3. They didn't get it done and, well, coaching is a results-oriented line of work.
From Oct. 16: Ask the Duffer — UBC's Goveia in mix to replace Morencie at Windsor
The winds of change in southwestern Ontario seem to have picked up.
Long story short, the handwriting is on the wall when the hometown columnist finds it necessary to point out the coach is a "solid citizen." Did anyone ever suggest otherwise about Mike Morencie? His teams just have not won. Just ask the Duffer:
"... word in CIS football circles is that the Lancers are on the lookout for a new coach, with three names prominently mentioned.
"At the top of that list is UBC head football coach Ted Goveia, an assistant on (Windsor director of athletics Gord) Grace’s staff when he was head coach at Mount Allison in the mid-1990s. Goveia is also connected in Ontario, having coached the Burlington Braves of the Ontario Football Conference from 1998-2000.
"Laurier offensive co-ordinator Ryan Pyear and Western linebacker coach Mickey Donovan are also in the discussion.
"While not wanting to talk about the program’s future with the current season in operational mode, it’s clear Grace isn’t pleased with its direction, which looks to be reverse.
" ... Windsor wants to embrace this team.
"There were 3,147 in attendance at the home opener against Toronto and 4,100 when Western came to town.
"But as the losses mounted, just 583 showed up to see Windsor play Queen’s."
Lancers' losing ways may cost Morencie his job (Bob Duff, Windsor Star)
Windsor of change; nominations open for Morencie's successor (Oct. 2)