BY JEREMY HOECK
Monday was certainly a historic day for the University of South Dakota with the announcement of Joe Glenn as the new football coach.
A lot of names were being thrown around as potential candidates, and Glenn’s was always in the mix. He’s a USD graduate, a definite ‘rah-rah’ kind of guy for the Coyotes, and he had success at the Division II and D-I levels.
It’s hard to say right now how he’ll work out, but one thing is clear: Joe Glenn fires people up. He had the large crowd in attendance at Monday’s press conference laughing, and at one point led them in a rendition of the school song.
For now, here are some other jottings from Monday:
** On recruiting: Glenn said his philosophy will be to seek out “winners, team captains from their high schools, and all-around athletes.” He relayed certain stories of his former athletes playing more than one sport — track is certainly the most likely second sport, as USD has a long history of having dual-sport athletes.
** On schemes: Not specifying quite yet what kind of offensive and defensive styles he will bring to the Coyotes, Glenn made clear that he won’t “overload” his players. “We’ll put the hand in the glove that was here,” he said.
** On Mike Freidel: It was a classy moment when Glenn said he will dedicate his first season to Freidel, the former USD defensive coordinator who was seriously injured in an accident while out in Wyoming. “I’m definitely a member of Team Freidel,” Glenn said, eliciting a loud ovation from the crowd.
** On coaching changes: Glenn said his first order of business is to hire a defensive coordinator, specifically because he is not a favor of the co-coordinator format USD used this season. He didn’t directly name anybody, but one could infer from his comments that he might lean toward Mike Breske — a long-time assistant of his.
** On facilities: Asked about his role in potentially doing some fundraising for USD’s new facilities projects, Glenn said he’ll do whatever is needed. “I told David (Sayler), ‘You want me to help raising that money, I’ll help you,'” he said. “We’ll shake every bush in the neighborhood.”
** On salary: That issue wasn’t brought up Monday, but it’s worth mentioning. Glenn earned $550,000 annually at Wyoming, and was given a $316,000 buyout when he was fired in 2008. Compare that to the $100,000 salary for former coach Ed Meierkort, and naturally, it’s a question. I’ll try to find out more on this.