What’s next for Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak?

Man I’d love to be Joe Harasymiak’s agent. His future is so bright he’s gotta wear shades. He could be on the verge of a new job and a well deserved big raise.

I know. It’s not what Black Bear fans want to hear. But a newspaper in New Jersey recently called him “the hottest New England football commodity not named Tom Brady.” Can you say cha ching?

If the right offer comes along he’ll be out of here faster than a snowbird in January.

As he should be.

Will he ever have a better year at UMaine than this one? Not likely. It took the program more than a century to do this.

You know the deal. Four wins last year. Picked a lowly 8th in the conference preseason poll this year. He has won ten games while handling tragedy and tolerating one of the worst and toughest schedules in the country this year.

Don’t you think he’d like to be at a school that can have more than four home games in a season?

Joe is from New Jersey. He played his college ball in Springfield, Mass.

His name was mentioned in connection with the UMass job. It’s one of only 130 FBS gigs in the nation and pays three times what he makes in Orono. The good news for Maine fans is that it’s no longer open.

But it’s not just FBS schools. There have been articles out there linking him to the James Madison job. Which thankfully is also now filled. JMU hired away the head coach of Elon, another lower tier CAA school.

Go Blue faithful would have been devastated if Coach H jumped to another team in the CAA. But as we hear all the time, this is the best conference in FCS football and JMU is the best gig.

You’d take the same path.

Orono is a stepping stone for talented coaches. Celebrate the best season in Maine football history! And be ready to wish Joe Harasymiak well. Seeing him here for another year will be as amazing as this season has been from the beginning.

Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.