Saturday, August 1, 2009

Boxers hire from the DI-AA ranks

I’m not breaking any news here but it’s official that the Pacific Boxers have hired the head coach that will lead the revived program that has been on the shelf since 1992. Keith Buckley was serving as the DB and assistant head coach of the UC-Davis Aggies (DI-FCS…by the way I’m still trying to figure out why they still don’t call it I-AA)

Buckley is a ’96 grad from Davis and has had stops at Idaho (two seasons), Humboldt State (one season), Stanford (three seasons), and has spent the past four down at Davis. A coach that has worked with Buckley in the past sent Wildcat11 a line and said that Pacific has found themselves a great coach that will excel in Division III. That is good to hear they hired a capable coach.

The best news out of the hiring is that this means that Pacific playing football again is officially “for real”. In the Pacific press release they “The Boxers are scheduled to take the field for a full varsity schedule in the fall of 2010. That is great news and might give Lewis and Clark a real chance at a conference win in about 7 years *rimshot*.

I don’t think anyone is expecting Pacific to come out of the gates like gangbusters but we have see start up programs like Mary-Hardin Baylor reach deep playoff run status within 7 years of bringing football back. Do I see Pacific reaching similar heights as the Cru in 2017? Ummm no but there is no reason for the Boxers not to put out a quality product 4-5 years down the road.

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