Senior running back Mark Thompson said he’d like to see Scott Stricklin’s coaching search head straight down the hallway to the office of interim head coach Randy Shannon.
“He’s a great coach,” Thompson said. “I really wish they would just stop looking and just give him the head coaching job. He knows what he’s doing. He was put in a tough spot.
“At the end of the season, for people to not be supporting him and not giving him the support that he needs and think that he’s doing a bad job, that’s not it.”
Thompson compares Shannon’s situation to that of Obama when he took over the White House.
“This is going out on a limb — a long one — but I want to say, just as an analogy, like how (George) Bush was in office and then Obama got elected, a lot of things that he did wrong, they tried to put on Obama,” Thompson said. “I think that’s the same kind of situation that’s going on. That’s my personal opinion.
“He’s a great coach. He knows what he’s doing for sure. He has us a lot more loose around this building and in practice. I really like him as a coach and as a man. Hopefully his future is good with whatever he’s going to do.”