College Football

QU removes interim tag for Bass' title as head coach

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Nov. 22, 2017 1:20 am

QUINCY -- After a weekend spent eating turkey and enjoying time with their families, the Quincy University football coaches will hit the road recruiting.

They do so knowing stability isn't an issue.

Tuesday, QU vice president of intercollegiate athletics Marty Bell announced the school was removing the interim tag and promoting Gary Bass to head coach. Bass served as the interim head coach since May, when he replaced Tom Pajic, who resigned to join the staff at NCAA Division I Temple.

"Everything comes back to stability," said Bass, who has been on the QU staff since 2012. "Next week will be the first week on the road recruiting, and it's good the recruits know who is going to be here. There's value in having the stability of knowing that."

The Hawks went 3-8 this fall, losing their final six games after a strong start in which they won their first three home games. Injuries hampered the Hawks as senior running back Chris Harris and senior tight end Owen Schoenenberger were limited, and the Hawks were again forced to play a number of redshirt freshmen and true freshmen.

At the same time, Bass and the staff were able to establish a culture of accountability.

That impressed Bell.

"The foundation he has established through his core values will move this program in the right direction," Bell said. "He is a man of principle and integrity, and his philosophy is an ideal match for the mission of Quincy University."

Now, instead of living through a whirlwind of building a staff and organizing a program in just three months, Bass and his staff have the entire offseason to get organized.

"You've got to build something. You've got to build a program," Bass said. "I'm not going to take the quick route, the shortcuts to get the job done."

No one on his staff will either.

That's why the outpouring of support Bass saw on social media Tuesday was so rewarding.

"That means the world to me," Bass said. "They see we're trying to do things the right way. And it's not just me. They should be saying that to the whole staff. We're doing this together."

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