ORONO, Maine (WABI) - The University of Maine coaching staff has done incredible work this year. Jeff Solari thinks it will pay off in many ways.
Man, I'd love to be Joe Harasymiak's agent. He is most likely on the verge of a new job and a well deserved big raise.
I know. Its not what Black Bear fans want to hear. But a newspaper in NewJersey recently called him "the hottest New England football commodity not named Tom Brady." Can you say cha ching?
If the right offer comes along he'll be out of here faster than a snowbird in January.
As he should be. Will he ever have a better year at UMaine than this one? Not likely. It took the program more than a century to do this.
You know the deal. Four wins last year. Picked a lowly 8th in the conference preseason poll this year. He has won ten games while handling tragedy and tolerating one of the worst and toughest schedules in the country this year.
Don't you think he'd like to be at a school that can have more than four home games in a season?
Joe is from New Jersey. He played his college ball in Springfield, Mass.
His name has been mentioned in connection with the vacant UMass job. It's one of only 130 FBS gigs in the nation and pays three times what he makes in Orono. If they offer he'll go. As he should.
But it's not just FBS schools. There are articles out there linking him to the open James Madison job.
Go Blue faithful would be devastated if he jumped to another team in the CAA. But as we hear all the time, this is the best conference in FCS football and JMU is the best gig. Three or four good years there and Joe could be at a big boy school in his mid 30's making a few million a year.
You'd take the same path.
Orono is a stepping stone for talented coaches. Celebrate the best season in Maine football history! And be ready to wish Joe Harasymiak well. Seeing him here for another year is as unlikely as this amazing season has been from the beginning.