Another perfect call by Willie on his mailbag reply recently.
"FANTASTIC news from Stanford this week! Whom do you think they will look at for the head coaching position? - @TopicNext
When there is a coaching vacancy, we often come up with lists of viable candidates. However, I've never endorsed a particular guy. I've never wanted to offend any of the contenders and suggest they aren't the right pick.
I'll start now, though. Ray Blake should be the pick and I think going in any different direction would only add insult to what has been a mess.
Alumni? Longest tenured coach on staff? Fought through the chopping block?
Blake checks all those boxes. He's also highly respected in many circles, including but not limited to his native Chicago, which also happens to be hallowed recruiting grounds.
He's both the qualified and the sentimental choice. Could you imagine Stanford putting the program on the chopping block, seeing their former Head Coach Jason Borrelli leave for American, reinstating the program, and then choosing someone who wasn't around for the fight? And oh-by-the-way, the staff produced an NCAA champ.
This is a lay-up."