Is Richmond’s Rocco the top choice for Blue Hens?

Most of the talk going around is that current Richmond coach Danny Rocco is Delaware’s choice to be its next football coach.

Rocco, whose Spiders play at North Dakota on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA FCS Division I playoffs, talked about the situation with John O’Connor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Wednesday.

Clearly, though, you can read whatever you want into his answer.


O’Connor asked the 56-year-old Rocco if he planned to still be Richmond’s coach next season.

“I think right now what I plan on doing is doing everything in my power to extend our season,” Rocco is quoted on Richmond.com. “And when the season is over, I want to sit down with all of the appropriate people to be able to make the best decision for me and my family moving forward. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

“And I do believe that I will have some options when the season is over. And I just have to be able to weigh those options and make the best decision that I can make.”

In 11 seasons at the FCS level, coaching at both Liberty and Richmond, Rocco’s teams are a combined 89-41. The Spiders have gone to the FCS playoffs each of the last three years, reaching the national semifinals in 2015.

Rocco has also been a finalist for national Coach of the Year five times in his career.

It’s unclear exactly why he would be interested in moving to Delaware, which is in the Colonial Athletic Association with Richmond. According to a story in The Collegian last year, Rocco was the fourth-highest paid employee at the University of Richmond, making $437,632 a year.

That figure is believed to be higher than what Delaware has paid its previous football head coaches.

If Rocco is the Hens’ man, UD would presumably have to wait until the Spiders’ season is over before announcing anything.

Of course, Blue Hen fans still remember when K.C. Keeler was hired in 2002. Harvard’s Tim Murphy was supposedly on his way to Newark before some influential people got involved and Keeler wound up with the job.

 


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