The AD at University of North Texas must be pounding the Ayn Rand tapes lately, because he's been acting alone and without evident counsel like Howard Roark on a caffeine binge.
First AD Rick Villareal fires Darrell Dickey, longtime UNT coach, just three weeks after Dickey suffers a heart attack. Villareal then has to kowtow to a booster, the "Mattress King" Jim McIngvale, when McIngvale insists that a practice facility be named after Dickey. Quoth the "Mattress King":
"Right's right and wrong's wrong. It's the right thing to do," McIngvale said. "I don't think firing a guy three weeks after he had a heart attack was the right thing to do, either. Even Wall Street is not that callous."
Undaunted, Villareal then pulls the ultimate fuckoff move to the formerly entrenched Dickey: hiring a high school coach, Todd Dodge, to replace him.(HT: Adam.) Dodge isn't a no-name, having taken his high school team to a 77-1 record and three state championships. He can also claim two years as the OC at North Texas pre-Dickey. So it's not a mondo bizarro hire--daring, yes, GerryFaustian, sure...but not insane.
It is, though, an exquisite way to tell the outgoing coach that he was extremely replaceable. Replaceable coaches must be instantly recognizeable to Villareal--his mentor was...
(WARNING: NAUSEA-INDUCING NAME APPROACHING TAKE ACTION!!! )
...Curly Hallman. We apologize sincerely to the LSU fans who just read this name and vomited onto the keyboard. Blame Curly, not us.