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McNeese coach Lance Guidry. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

McNeese coach Lance Guidry. (Rick Hickman / American Press)


BREAKING: Defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to be offered McNeese coaching job

Last Modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 10:49 AM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

The American Press has learned from multiple sources that defensive coordinator Lance Guidry is the program’s first choice to take over for Matt Viator and will be offered the position. The school wants to act quickly because the window to contact recruits before a NCAA-mandated dead period closes this Saturday.
Just as the ball was in Viator’s court last week to take the ULM job, Guidry finds himself in the same spot at McNeese.
Guidry is  the program’s assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and guided McNeese near the top of the nation in most major defensive statistical categories in 2015. He is in his ninth overall year and fourth stint on the McNeese coaching staff.
Guidry, who played defensive back for the Cowboys from 1990-93, has served as Viator’s defensive coordinator since 2013. Prior to that he was a defensive coordinator at the Football Bowl Subdivision level for MIami, Ohio (2009-10) and Western Kentucky (2011-12) and served as an interim head coach for both during bowl games after the head coaches were hired by larger programs. His fiery pre-game speeches before both bowl games became widely-viewed hits on social media.
Guidry also coached at McNeese in 2008, 2000-04 and as a graduate assistant in 1994. His lone sustained head coaching experience was at Carencro High School from 2005-07.

Posted By: Don On: 12/28/2015

Title: BooHoo!

Some people seem to get upset too easily! Here's hoping that Coach Guidry does as well as Coach Viator did - make the playoffs 50% of the time with a weak conference and go 0-5 in the playoffs over a 10 year period. Those are the kind of results that BlayneRush & Big Mexican want! Blayne please provide some evidence that the following statement was found to be untrue: According to the affidavit, Guidry registered a 0.123 blood alcohol content after officers saw his car weaving over the center line. In Louisiana, 0.08 percent blood alcohol or more is considered evidence of intoxication.
And Big Mexican - I'll go to as many games as I can / want to go to. Your idiocy won't stop me from that. Unfortunately, the mediocrity of the program over the past few years has lead a lot more people to stay home...

Posted By: Tim Fontenot from Ville Platte On: 12/16/2015

Title: GREAT HIRE!

Unlike some thinking, this is a GREAT hire! Coach Guidry is HIGHLY respected in this schools,s recruiting area and is READY for the job as head coach! Despite some critics accusing MSU of small town thinking,it is VERY important to know who you are! We are NOT LSU, ULL, etc! WE ARE McNeese! And it is important to get the RIGHT person who can win over recruits, fans and former players! Coach Guidry is THAT guy! To go from the from the coach with most wins in MSU history, Coach Viator to Coach Guidry will be a smooth transition.

Posted By: Blayne Rush On: 12/15/2015

Title: Dandy Don

Dandy Don, I know you have a great deal of leadership experience, do a lot of hiring and you are one that signs the front of the checks, But do you not think damn near everyone associated with that program knows Coach Guidry well?
Do you know Coach was not guilty on the DWI charges. Research that one. Many people get wrongly charged and anyone can have an opinion such as the second link you provided. When you have a successful program you look to promote from within for continuity. The alumni as well as the current players and the closest fans as all on board with Coach Guidry.
http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/turnaround-complete-for-miami-of-ohio/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQwLJjRMag8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgjtECjN9Y

Posted By: Big Mexican On: 12/15/2015

Title: Unfortunate? Really?

You're an idiot. Guidry will bring a fiery attitude to the entire athletic department. Its contagious. You wouldn't know unless you played alongside with him. He will recruit local talent and build MSU beyond just a conference powerhouse. Stay at home on Saturday nights from this point on......

Posted By: Shawn S. On: 12/15/2015

Title: You Get What You Pay For

Perhaps "Cowboy Nation" needs a wake-up call, in many ways. First, look at the lower two-thirds of the Southland Conference and admit that it will not require the talent and management skill level of a Nick Saban to go 6-5 in the coming seasons. We will face-off against power-house football programs like; Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Incarnate Word, Abilene Christian and Houston Baptist, sprinkled in with a few Division II programs.
Second. The local Store managers of Target and Wal-Mart make nearly as much as McNeese's Head Football coach. Certainly there are many ''Operators'' working in the local, Chemical and Petro-Chemical Industry that earn annual salary and bonus numbers that are quite close to our Head Coach. I know for a fact that many of these Industrial specialists have no more than 2-year, trade-school diplomas. The ''Texas-side'' of the Southland Conference pays more and most in-state universities pay their Head Football coaches, higher annual salaries. ULM lured Viator in with a yearly, base salary of well-over 300.000,
Third. Considering the falling game attendance numbers (compared to the 1990's) and the level of competition that we are forced to watch, half of the season, it is amazing that Lake Charles is still so involved in supporting the program. The landscape has changed since we annually played, UL-Lafayette (USL), Texas State, North Texas State, Troy State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech and ULM. Most folks realize the Sunbelt is no-joke, ending their season with a Bowl-game and week-in and week-out National coverage. The FCS has already lost member schools like, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Marshall and many others, including all of the schools mentioned above. Most folks realize that the nation is simply, not interested in the Soutland Conference. Just reference how many times the FCS and FCS scores are mentioned in the USA Today, with the exception of the final play-off scores. How often does ESPN feature or report on ANY of our games? McNeese should have left the Southland Conference when we noticed all the other Universities bolting for the exits.
Lance Guidry has had reasonable success at legitimate Division I, Universities (Ohio and Western Kentucky). He is passionate, fair, and has had legitimate success as a Defensive Coordinator. He has also played and coached at McNeese, recruiting many solid, athletes. Guidry is a "players-coach" and knows the culture and recruiting grounds in Louisiana and Texas. He looks as good on-paper as Matt Viator looked, before taking the reigns at McNeese. I will also make a prediction; Guidry will not go 0-5 in FCS, first-round playoff appearances.
I am all for hiring a highly-qualified, candidate with National credentials, but how many of those guys want to coach for 141.000 per year, against Incarnate Word? It appears we might want to smile a cat-sized grin if we get a coach with the qualifications of Mr. Lance Guidry. At least until we make other wholesale changes to boost our regional and national profile. Go Cowboys!

Second. The local Store managers of Target and Wal-Mart make nearly as much as McNeese's Head Football coach. Certainly there are many ''Operators'' working in the local, Chemical and Petro-Chemical Industry that earn annual salary and bonus numbers that are quite close to our Head Coach. I know for a fact that many of these Industrial specialists have no more than 2-year, trade-school diplomas. The ''Texas-side'' of the Southland Conference pays more and most in-state universities pay their Head Football coaches, higher annual salaries. ULM lured Viator in with a yearly, base salary of well-over 300.000,
Third. Considering the falling game attendance numbers (compared to the 1990's) and the level of competition that we are forced to watch, half of the season, it is amazing that Lake Charles is still so involved in supporting the program. The landscape has changed since we annually played, UL-Lafayette (USL), Texas State, North Texas State, Troy State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana Tech and ULM. Most folks realize the Sunbelt is no-joke, ending their season with a Bowl-game and week-in and week-out National coverage. The FCS has already lost member schools like, Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Marshall and many others, including all of the schools mentioned above. Most folks realize that the nation is simply, not interested in the Soutland Conference. Just reference how many times the FCS and FCS scores are mentioned in the USA Today, with the exception of the final play-off scores. How often does ESPN feature or report on ANY of our games? McNeese should have left the Southland Conference when we noticed all the other Universities bolting for the exits.
Lance Guidry has had reasonable success at legitimate Division I, Universities (Ohio and Western Kentucky). He is passionate, fair, and has had legitimate success as a Defensive Coordinator. He has also played and coached at McNeese, recruiting many solid, athletes. Guidry is a "players-coach" and knows the culture and recruiting grounds in Louisiana and Texas. He looks as good on-paper as Matt Viator looked, before taking the reigns at McNeese. I will also make a prediction; Guidry will not go 0-5 in FCS, first-round playoff appearances.
I am all for hiring a highly-qualified, candidate with National credentials, but how many of those guys want to coach for 141.000 per year, against Incarnate Word? It appears we might want to smile a cat-sized grin if we get a coach with the qualifications of Mr. Lance Guidry. At least until we make other wholesale changes to boost our regional and national profile. Go Cowboys!" />

Posted By: Richard B Pruitt On: 12/14/2015

Title: Head Coach or interim Head Coach?

Is the offer to be permanent Head coach or interim Head Coach?

Posted By: Don On: 12/14/2015

Title: Unfortunate

It really shows the kind of small town thinking that plagues this athletic department. Most ADs would have a list of particular qualifications that they are looking for in a potential candidate before they just move to promote from within. Qualifications like head coaching experience (more than 2 games as interim), playoff success, etc. Unfortunately, the only qualification sought within this department was quick and cheap, regardless of whether it was a good choice or not.
http://www.americanpress.com/guidry-gets-dwi
http://www.irishcentral.com/sports/usa/kentucky-interim-coach-lance-guidry-blows-his-kids-chance-to-win-bowl-game-but-makes-great-pre-game-speech-184916681-238164281.html

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