The luck of the Irish wasn't with Mike McLean on the eve of St. Patrick's Day. York has let the football coach go after just two seasons, winless seasons albeit.
It says much about a school's standing in football that the coach was fired all that came up in a Google news search is the press release. People may say whatever they wish about a person who has left (and if you're going to, keep it tasteful). However, like with anyone who has coached that other Lions football team down the 401 in Detroit recently, McLean's record reflects more on the situation.
He was hired too late in the recruiting cycle to do much in 2008. The university was on strike in 2009. Now McLean gets fired in 2010, before some of his first bona fide recruiting class even writes its frosh-year exams.
This site would never take itself so seriously that it would single out one school and say you should just give up forever. One does wonder, though, what will happen once Carleton follows through with its football revival. York could withdraw without putting out the OUA, which would still have an even 10 teams. It already seems like the program has been bled drier than a kosher chicken (the handwriting was on the wall when Beau Mirau, McLean's assistant, was fired), so why not make it official and focus on the school's sporting strengths, such as soccer and basketball? (Well-aware of the irony both York men's teams in those sports are also going through coaching transitions.)
No one in good conscience would ever root for that, since that means fewer playing opportunities for Canadians. It also leaves a void for alumni, generally speaking. Regardless, in a results-based business, York is going on four-plus decades without delivering much. Did anyone notice school president Mamdouh Shoukri's statement, "The University strongly supports the York Lions football program as it enters this rebuilding phase," and say, oh, this rebuilding phase, not the 44 other rebuilding phases York has gone through since 1966.
Meantime, three of 10 OUA teams will have a new coach running the football team next season. Queen's and Windsor are the only teams in the province starting the decade with the same head football coach as in 2000, and Mike Morencie might not be long for the Lancers.