After 36 years on the coaching staff including the last 17 as Head Coach, the run for Gordy Combs at Towson came to an end today.
Combs was dismissed with two years remaining on his contract and a search has commenced to find his replacement.
One name that’s likely to pop up quickly will be former Maryland running backs coach (and recruiting coordinator) Mike Locksley, who played at Towson from 1988-91 and is currently in his 4th season as the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Illinois.
For Combs, the end result probably had as much to do with what lies ahead as what has transpired recently at Towson University. The Tigers not only went 3-9 in ’08 – and 1-7 in the CAA – but Towson loses their top three offensive players in QB Sean Schaefer and WR’s Tommy Breaux and Marcus Lee. In other words, things aren’t looking a whole lot better in the immediate future for Towson football. As tough as it is to part company with a solid professional like Gordy Combs, if you’re going to make a change, right now is probably the best time to do it given where the program is at heading into 2009.
It’s never easy to fire a coach. The Towson University athletic community is tight-knit and Gordy has plenty of supporters and followers on the staff and throughout the alumni base. There will be some fall-out from this – as there always is when people are removed from their role – but the Towson football program hasn’t moved forward at the same pace that the CAA has moved forward in the last 2-3 years. And with opponents like Northwestern (’09), Indiana (’10) and Maryland (’11) on the horizon in the next three years, Towson University needs to improve on the field if they hope to capture the local football fan base that has very little college pigskin options in the fall and winter in the Baltimore market.