That is the theory that supports Sterk taking a chance on the Charlotte coach. He's 34. I get it. That's scary. But Healy shows no signs of being Quin Snyder 2.0.
He has experience. He's been a head coach at Austin Peay and Charlotte. Before that he worked as the QB coach, receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Over his final four years with the Mocs and Governors, he landed four top-five FCS recruiting classes in five years. The turnaround at Austin Peay was amazing, and the Governors are still winning since he left. That was the worst Division I program in America, and he rescued it. And now Charlotte is doing things it has never done before, like playing in its first bowl game.
He has a background in offense. Played QB at Richmond. Has coached multiple offensive positions.
He has an attractive, appealing all-around philosophy. Scoff at the positive-energy stuff if you choose to, but it does work with 18 to 20-something college football players. It works at Clemson under Dabo Swinney. It sells in recruiting, where Healy has the rep of being an amazing in-home recruiter.
This would be an out-of-the-box hire in that Mizzou would be picking a guy it planed to invest in and grow with. Sterk would need to make sure there was some experience on Healy's staff. His current group is young, energetic, but some mature wisdom mixed in would be a must.
I don't hate the idea, and I like the idea of it a lot more than some retread. No one will be ripping Mizzou if it does not hire Healy. He could be one of those names that everyone looks back at and wonders, what if, years from now -- if the Tigers pass on a chance to grab him before he becomes a star somewhere else. The coaching community is convinced he's gonna be special.