Going into this particular season most
No one could've predicted just how God awful
That is, of course, unless you went to Notre Dame, Nebraska, Colorado, Miami (FL), or USC. If that was the case, well, you've probably got a pretty good idea of what we're going through, and just how bad it's going to get before it gets better.
If it's not obvious why I'm mentioning these teams, it's time for a history lesson. Each of these schools has won a national championship within the last 30 years, in some cases multiple national championships. But even a cursory glance at their records shows that even the mighty, the invincible fall, and they fall hard.
Notre Dame's collapse was epic. From the Glory years of Lou Holtz to the lean years of Bob Davie (35-25), Willingham (21-15), and Weis (25-17). Since Holtz left there hasn't been a single bowl win and four losing seasons including a 3-9 2007 campaign.
Even the seemingly never ending dynasty of USC was 3-8 in 1991 and 5-7 in 2000.
Maybe. Just maybe, other national powers have been down this road before. Maybe this was a little more inevitable than we thought. Maybe
Regardless of historical precedent,
Oh. Wait. Never mind.
The facts are things like this happen during transitions. They happen regardless of how good your recruiting class was or who the new coach is. New schemes, personnel, personalities; these are all things that throw the professionals for a loop. So it seems a tad bit unfair that we expect immediate success out of a bunch of kids.
However, what we should expect is a modicum of improvement game to game out of your players. No matter how good or bad their recruiting stats were, they are still human beings, capable of achieving great things if properly motivated and coached.
I am now and shall remain a believer in Rich Rodriguez as
But the frustration of a fanbase must come to rest somewhere, and fairly or not, it's resting place should be on the shoulders of DC Scott Shafer. Shafer is a good man. A motivated man. But he was out coached by one the worst teams in the MAC and has watched a veteran group dissolve into chaos.
Shafer has gone completely away from the strengths of his defense (the line) and is relying on it's weakest points to be the difference makers (LB and S). As a result, the defense is a mess, and its regressing. Against one of the worst teams in the MAC,
Even so, loss and all, I'll still show up for the games. I'll still rearrange my Saturdays so I can catch the first snap. Because it does get better. Eventually. Rodriguez was 3-8 when he took over a talent depleted
Regardless of name or pedigree,
But even in times of crisis there should be hope for the future. Legend has it the
Funeral pyres such as the 2008 Michigan Football season have engulfed programs just as successful as
But reclamation doesn’t happen overnight. The
Like those other regenerating dynasties,