December 17, 2010 at 2:35 am #3021
Reported on AGS that Lembo’s name is under consideration for the vacancy at……..drum roll: Ball State ?? If true, looks like Pistol Pete has a ‘Five year itch’ being established.December 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm #3022
Is John Powers still coaching over at Ball State? I know he had some health issues and may have taken a year or two off, but I wonder if he will be returning to their staff.December 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm #3023
JP is not listed on the website – I lost touch with him this past year, and I don’t know where he is right now…..
I hope Pete gets the job. It would be another program development job, not that dissimilar from Elon…December 18, 2010 at 12:59 am #3025
John Powers is the OL coach at Bethune-Cookman. If you recall, they had a pretty damn good season. I hope that he gets some credit for that.December 21, 2010 at 4:30 am #3033
I’m sure you’ve all read that Pete has been hired at Ball State. I wish him nothing but success!December 21, 2010 at 9:52 pm #3038
An interesting tidbit in this article:
http://mobile.fox59.com/wap/news/text.j … ports+News
Basketball connection helped bring Pete Lembo to Ball State
Front row center, he was not, but Billy Taylor was in the front row.
He sat to the right of the podium, to the left of the man that was behind it on Monday morning in the lounge of Worthen Arena in Muncie.
Its customary, sure, for coaches of other sports to be on hand when the school makes a major sports hire, just as Ball State did.
For Taylor, its a little more rewarding. It was he that had a hand in bringing Pete Lembo to central Indiana.
"He’s a man of integrity, a man of character, and a man of great values," said Taylor of the new football coach, whom he got to know while the two coaches simutaneously at Lehigh from 2002-2005. "That was clear not only from Pete and his coaching staff but also his student.
"I enjoyed being around him and being a coach in the same athletic department"
Such information came in handy for Ball State athlectic director Tom Collins when searching for a replacement for Stan Parrish, who was fired after the Cardinals’ 4-8 season.
Lembo’s rebuilding of the Elon football program at the FCS level-taking them from the bottom of the Southern Conference to the playoffs in 2009-got him on the list.
That’s when Collins headed down to the basketball office.
"Pete was a tireless worker, very successful at Lehigh under difficult circumstances, had a chance to go to Elon, took a program that was struggling at Elon and really turned it around in that Southern Conference," said Collins of what Taylor told him about Lembo. "Pete and Billy have kinda kept in touch over the years so that was really good."
Difficult circumstances? Is he talking about the academic index/Patriot League rules…. or… something else?December 23, 2010 at 2:33 am #3044
I interpret that as being successful despite restrictive PL rules for football with the AI/no scholarships and no red shirting.December 28, 2010 at 7:44 am #3070
"Difficult" as in second-guessing and living up to uber-high expectations from alumni after inheriting a program he helped to build with Kevin Higgins & Co., with great assistant coaches they could not keep?
As much as I think Pete could have done a better job at LU, we did expect a lot of out him. It’s easier to put your stamp on a program when you’re coming into a 4-7 program than it is one with a tradition of success.
I hope he does well at Ball State. It will be interesting to see who Elon hires. Will they be able to keep what Pete built?
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