Fasching picked to succeed Gagliardi at St. John's; some alumni upset

  • Article by: DENNIS BRACKIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 5:25 AM

The pick to replace legendary coach John Gagliardi is a former player and assistant there, but he's not Eden Prairie's Mike Grant, and that troubles some supporters. One called the search process "a colossal waste of time."

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petesportsDec. 31, 1212:34 PM

I think Gary is a great guy and will do a solid job in collegeville. However, this will not bring them back to the top of the MIAC any time soon. To all people who continue to wish away Caruso to a higher level honestly do not follow the UST program. If you know who Caruso is as a person and what he stands for you will know that he will be around for the extended future. So to all the people wishing him away from UST, better find a way to beat him as he will be around for a while.

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nasedoDec. 30, 12 8:37 AM

I've been following Johnnie football closely for decades and I saw the incoming talent level drop consistently every year since the 2003 Championship season and I was never sure why. The success they had after 2003 was entirely due to the brilliant play of their QB's, four years of Alex Kofoed and three more from Joe Boyle. Once Boyle graduated three years ago the house of cards collapsed and they haven't been competitive since. I don't see how the choice to keep the status quo, which has produced almost ten years of decline, is a good one for the future of the program.

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roymercerDec. 29, 1210:34 PM

This decision ultimately reflects SJU's desire not to become another St Thomas. It took me a while to work through it, but I am OK with the decision now. The MIAC needs more schools like Gustavus, St Olaf and Carlton and less St Thomas. SJU certainly doesn't want to become another Mt Union or St Thomas. Fasching will place the Johnnies in the upper third of the MIAC most seasons, without pimping St John's soul and culture. We should be happy this is the case.

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thomaspaul09Dec. 29, 12 9:17 PM

As a 30 year season ticket holder and an alum, I wanted change. The season ticket base is 70 plus years old and going to go away quickly now that John G. Is gone, unless we start winning again, Gags formula was no longer working. The best of the best want to play for a national championship and there has been a 10 year absence since the last title and appearance. A lot of the kids SJU used to get are now going to the other MIAC schools as the program has faltered. I think Mike Grant was offered, asked for some firm capital expenditures and was not given a rock sold affirmation of this spend. As a result he pulled out and the committee scrambled hiring Fasching for more of the same and a familiar face. Warning to the committee and SJU - if the winning doesn't take place get used to 4000- 5000 as the norm since many will no longer come with the "legend gone".

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keychaDec. 29, 12 4:48 PM

If SJU is serious about the 4 full time coaches, Grant could not have been the likely to end up with the job. His EP salary with Bennies is pushing $150k, the bring along three others and the coaching outlay us $500k. No way Grant was coming for less than what he is making now. Grant has a great staff at EP that allows him to be the guy and not give a damn what people think of him. That won't work in the MIAC, you have got to treat the players like you share common goals and objectives and your there to see them win on and off the field. Perhaps this will quell the delusion that Grant could ever coach D1 striaght out from EPHS.

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rwoodyDec. 29, 12 4:30 PM

A bunch of whinning Johnnies during the Christmas season; OMG! Relax fellas, everything will be OK with your new coach. Life will go on and SJU football will compete just fine with the new coach who, by the way, is much more qualified than Grant. If these two guys were vying for a CEO position of a Fortune 500 company and you had one candidate with 17 years experience at the corporate (college) level (Fasching) and one candidate w/o any experience at the corporate level (Grant) who do you think would get the job??? Of course Grant pulled his name from consideration when it was obvious he wouldn't get the job; it was obvious he was over-matched by Fasching's credentials (experience) and he didn't want to get egg on his face!

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economics4uDec. 29, 12 4:09 PM

Grant, the right choice? Really? Does anyone here know his coaching ability? We have a bunch of Sid Hartman's commenting. Maybe not a great choice in Fasching and I too am concerned he will have too much allegiance to existing coaches. If. He does he will make it difficult for himself. Jim Gags is not an O Coordinator, and everyone knows it. Additionally, recruiting is a must; meaning getting out there and talking to possible SJU players. Gary, you say not much will change. I caution you on that statement. Change is absolutely necessary and making it will add to your chances of success. I personally hope for immediate change and quick success.

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emapmDec. 29, 12 4:03 PM

It should be noted that Todd Fultz was coached by Grant at Forest Lake and also helped Grant in coaching after he graduated from St. Johns.

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DavidL11Dec. 29, 12 3:52 PM

People talk like Mike Grant would return St. John's to national prominence. He's never coached at the college level. At EP, he has every possible advantage you can think of. These advantages do not exist at St. John's. Another guy about 25 years ago was in a similar position after winning numerous state titles at Cincinnati Moeller. Remember Gerry Faust?

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chuck194Dec. 29, 12 3:27 PM

I speak for all UST alums, this was the right choice. End of discussion. ;-)

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