The Hockey Coaching Search Is Officially A Mess

John McCutcheon has been telling the media that he has not yet offered the hockey head coaching position to anyone.

What do you think? Calling bull shit?

There have been multiple reports that lead us to believe otherwise. First it was Pecknold. Then Pearl, that supposedly turned down the Massachusetts head coaching gig.

Whether there was an offer in hand or not — it’s official — the situation is a mess. 

While I was holding out hope that the school would make a serious run at a guy like Merrimack’s head coach, Mark Dennehy, it looks like the next coach in Amherst is unlikely to have D1 head coaching experience.

Some of the names now being thrown around include, Red Gendron (associate head coach, Yale), Mike Cavanaugh (associate head coach, Boston College), Mike Bavis (associate head coach, Boston University), Darren Yopyk (former BCHL head coach and UMass assistant, current Minnesota Wild scout), Dave Quinn (assistant with the Avalanche), and Rick Bennett, (head coach at Union).

It has now been weeks since Toot Cahoon resigned. We’ve thought McCutcheon found his man (multiple times). We’ve even seen ESPN’s John Buccigross chime in. The problem now; I’m not sure that the search committee and McCutcheon have any idea what they want to do at this point.

This is the complete opposite of the football coaching search. Molnar, and others, were damn near throwing themselves at the opportunity to coach Massachusetts. Now the administration can’t get anyone to touch the hockey gig with a ten foot stick. Why? Because the university has shown a lack of commitment to hockey. Basketball has always been number one. Now football is on the front burner, too. Where does that put hockey? The hot plate, just keeping it warm until the team gets lucky.

True, or just perceived, that notion is out there now.

The students have shown a great deal of commitment to hockey. As football leaves campus for the foreseeable, the university should want to put a great hockey product on the ice of the Mullins Center. The committee, and athletic department, must make a move. The ball puck is in their court rink. The powers to be must pick the candidate they want and make it happen.

[H/T Mass Live]