Gannon senior defensive tackle Randy Colling and junior linebacker Will Giles chose not to discuss the off-field situations involving Gannon assistant coaches Michael Smith, Darren Paige and graduate assistant coach Anthony Ferla.
“I don’t want to get involved in any of that,” Colling said earlier today.
Ferla was dismissed after he urinated near two marked police cars (with police officers in them) less than 12 hours before Gannon played at Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday. He was dismissed today by the university.
Smith and Paige were charged with disorderly conduct after getting involved in a fight with former Gannon player Kendall Brown hours after Gannon beat Lock Haven last week.
Paige and Smith didn’t coach in the IUP game, but are still on the coaching staff.
However, Colling and Giles had plenty to say about what Gannon is doing on the field.
With three games left, the Knights (3-5, 2-3 PSAC West) are a loss away from having a losing season. They’ve gone 6-5 the last two seasons.
“It’s not what we expected,” Colling said. “We all expected to come out and improve from last year. We have a lot of young guys doing good things. It’s just a consistency thing.”
Gannon has lost two of its last three games.
“It’s a long season and it hasn’t turned out how we wanted it to,” said Giles, who hasn’t played the last two games after having surgery on right pinkie finger. He has two pins in his finger because it was broken in half.
“… We haven’t kept the focus, especially after wins. We trade them off back and forth. Back and forth and if were focused after wins and stayed hungry after that, I think the season would have been a little bit different.”
Last week, they lost 35-7 at Indiana (Pa.), a team they beat the last two years.
“We’re killing ourselves, you know,” Colling said. “Offensively, turnovers. Defensively, just big plays. Just missed assignments. People trying to make all the big plays. Trying to make every play and hurting themselves. It wasn’t just one person. It was everyone. We need to be more assignment strong for sure.”
Colling said the defense needs to get back to playing physical and he wants the offense to move the ball as it did in Gannon’s 30-27 win at Mercyhurst College.
“If people come and do their jobs, we should be successful,” he said.
Gannon will try to find a way to put the off-field stuff aside for its upcoming game at Clarion, which has beaten the Knights the last two years. The Knights close out the season with games against PSAC West leader Slippery Rock and at PSAC East power Kutztown.
“You got to go out on the good side and try to get these last three wins instead of just making it a bust, completely,” Colling said. “You don’t want to go out like that.”