I understand the monetary situation and to me, that seems like it's the main driver here. I hate the beach so maybe I'm being a harsher critic lol, but I just see this as jumping into a brand new fire after escaping another fire. There's a lot of pressure in Richlands, maybe this new job is less intensive, SWVA football is different from most areas, but that area consistently has some extremely talented kids who go play big time FBS football so it'll present different challenges.
That last part, I gotta admit puzzles me. Mance is a beloved guy up there and I'm sure the town and his players, past and present, would have liked a little notice so they could show their respect and gratitude.
Everyone knew their were rumblings but surely the HS and the football program knew this was coming, right? If not, they're really in a tough spot. This a little after the traditional HS silly season, so finding a new coach will need to happen quicker than if he let some people know after the season and then the program can be looking for his replacement. Is anyone on staff the front-runner?
Two huge openings in Region D, both with big expectations and fanbases that expect to win. I can't remember a time when there was so much coaching turnover at the same time. How will the Ridgeview search, which had some head start but not much, affect the Richlands search and vice versa? I'm sure there are some candidates both schools want to interview.
But I don't think names like Wells or Dixon are even remotely possibilities. Is Tony Palmer?