But now, 41/2 years after he was hired, Wlasuk is gone. O’Brien is in charge for now, and who knows? Perhaps he winds up revitalizing the program and is the right man moving forward. He’ll certainly get his chance to show what he can do over the next six weeks.
But you have to think that the school will put out a gigantic net to see who might be interested in trying to resurrect what once was one of the crown jewels in the North Shore coaching kingdom.
Will they keep it in the Tanner family and hire from within? Or maybe look around locally and see if there’s anyone with head coaching experience interested in the job? Or do the powers that be get really radical and hire someone that’s young and energetic, but who has never run a program?
Perhaps the bigger question is: Who wants to inherit this program? It’s a fair question to ask, given the power keg of emotions currently at play here.
If I’m a coach willing to throw my hat into the ring, I want to know a couple of things beforehand: namely, that I’ll have the complete and utmost backing of the administration, especially when tough times arise, and that I can run things in the way that I feel is best for the program (while complying with the school’s Captain Counsel, other athletic policies, etc.); in other words, not following someone else’s agenda.
It’s a critical time for the Peabody High football program. Both the immediate and long-range future are going to be greatly influenced by the choices made in the weeks and months to come.
The eyes of the North Shore football world will be watching to see what transpires.