- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 5, 2008
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- Schellas Hyndman
It only took a couple more days to figure it out but it turns out SMU head coach Schellas Hyndman is interested in the open head coach position with FC Dallas. Phil Stephens of Dallas Soccer News reports that Hyndman met with General Manager Michael Hitchcock, HSG President John Wagner, and Dan and Clark Hunt on Monday. Hyndman also confirmed that SMU had given permission to talk Hyndman.
He said nothing had been offered but it appears that after turning down the Hoops on three separate occasions that the forth time is the charm.
By now we all know that this job is Hyndman’s and will continue to be his until he decides against it for some reason. The two sides interviewed on Monday, but it appears the interview was nothing more than a formality at this point.
Stephens points out some solid reasons for Hyndman to stay and to go.
Hyndman said his philosophy was to deal with what is in right in front of him. Right now, that is a vacation, and then it is right back to SMU where he has summer camps ahead and preparation for the fall season.
“I have a great job here, a great team coming in and I don’t want to lose sight of a really good thing at SMU. If there is a job offer, I will deal with it.”
Still, Hyndman didn’t enter into the interview process without being serious. He values his relationship with the Hunt family too much for anything less.
“I don’t want to waste their time and I know they don’t want to waste mine just to wind me up… If the opportunity came, I would have to really think hard. I enjoy where I am and we continue to find success. There would be a ping pong match in my head.”
Stephens also goes into the point that Hyndman still wants to win the big one with SMU, a NCAA national title.
“A lot of it is about the challenge,” he said. “My challenge right now is to win a national championship. But it is funny thinking about it. We are never quite content where we are. As a coach, any coach, would want to coach at the highest level if the opportunity comes along.”
I think they are still a little bit away, as in a couple weeks at least, before hiring Hyndman or someone else. To me the longer this drags out the worse it will be for this club. Its been a couple weeks already on this and with Hyndman going on a family vacation to Europe (to catch some Euro 2008 games) for a couple weeks it appears that we won’t have an answer until probably the end of the month at the earliest.
Honestly, it could end up being time to just let interim coach Marco Ferruzzi run the show for the remainder of the season and then make a harder push for Hyndman in the offseason. That may be the direction this club will have to take here because before long this kind of situation will not be good for the players.
Check out Stephens’ article, he gives more background and information on Hyndman and his relationship with FC Dallas. Its worth a read.