Keeler’s loyalty rare in football
Football coach’s dedication should not go unnoticed
Published: Monday, September 5, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 10:09
This year marks K.C. Keeler's 10th year as the head coach of the university football team. His accomplishments since taking over for Tubby Raymond have been notable, including winning the national championship in 2003, and taking his team to the championships three times, but what is most notable is that he still continues to coach for the university.
In the world of football, a coach's progression to a higher level of play, like the NFL, is not uncommon. Jim Harbaugh left the Stanford Cardinal to become coach of the San Francisco 49ers in January, despite an Orange Bowl win. Pete Caroll left USC for the Seattle Seahawks after eight years with the Trojans. Lane Kiffin took that opening at USC after only a year at Tennessee. And these are only a few examples.
Keeler has entertained rumors of moving on to a larger school, which wouldn't be surprising. It is a natural progression after all, from Division III at Rowan to the Football Championship Subdivision at Delaware and finally to the largest stage of college football, the Bowl Championship Series.
But Keeler is still here, and working just as hard to bring the university football glory in the new season. He should be commended for his dedication and efforts to Blue Hen football, especially at a time when college football is under so much scrutiny.