I'd be curious as to how hard Penn State went after him before making the Cael hire.
I know he had some preliminary discussions with Penn State. I don't know how serious either party was though.
I heard from a friend who said people told him that Pollard was in IC talking to Gable and Brands...which one I don't know. I don't know if this rumor has any basis in fact but just thought I'd throw it out there so if it turns out to be true I can say I told you so.
I'm just spitballing here, but here's another thought:
Gable is THE coach everyone looks up to. He knows how to motivate, how to peak, how to get everything out of his wrestlers. But he's old.
Heskett is supposedly a good recruiter, and he's a great guy who wrestled his ass off for ISU. He young and doesn't have a ton of coaching experience, though.
Hire Gable and Heskett as co-coaches. Give them a year or two together where Heskett can learn from Gable, and after that Heskett will be the head coach.
Crazy? You bet. But, is it any crazier than Cael leaving ISU?
For the record, my money is NOT on this scenario.
I really don't want to see Heskett leave tOSU yet, but I know it's bound to happen relatively soon, so it might as well be to his alma mater. Best of luck to him if it happens!
EDIT: After listening to Gable's interview on Wrestling411, I see that he says there is a slight possibility that he would go back. That would be AWESOME!
ISU IS Gable's alma mater. He has a vested interested in their success. A lot of schools consult with him for his opinions on coaching selections.
Cael brings in Dan Gable as an assitant coach. Iowan's everywhere slit their collective wrists...hahahahaha...
I can't wait to see Cael in Blue and White at 2:00pm...WHoo Hoo!!!!