Sunday, September 30, 2007

Stadium Rennovation Project Now to Include Football Team

Well, I said that by the end of the game last night, we'd all have a very different opinion of this team and I was wrong.

It actually only took until the end of the 3rd quarter for me to conclude that what I thought was a glimmering hope for better things to come was actually heat waves steaming up off of the giant pile of shit that is our defense.

I hate to be so critical of our young players because I know they're doing their best. The problem is, many of them have no business being on a Pac-10 football field. This descent into mediocrity and - now beyond - lies squarely on the shoulder of ol' Dobes and staff.
I don't believe he's forgotten how to coach football but let's face it, as much as Price could be a goof, he had the charisma that Doba lacks. The kind of charisma that gets young athletes to "drink the Kool-Aid." Not having seen much of the last two recruiting classes, we can't say for sure if the cupboard is bare but it sure doesn't look promising.

The modern era of high expectations for Cougar football began in 1988. At that time there was still a lingering sentiment of "we may lose, but we'll get drunk and have fun"; but we slowly began to expect competitive football and then, bowl games. We hit a speed bump after Leaf departed but came back with a vengeance during the Gesser years. Sadly, the departure of the King of Poop Island has ended up to be not just the disappointment that it was then - but the beginning of the end.

Despite all the success that the program has enjoyed over the last 15 years, it has not been enough to elicit big-time donations from our alumni. What happens now? Jim Sterk is going to have a lot of damage control on his hands over the next few months and is going to need to find a new coach that will begin what looks to be a major re-building effort.

No time like the present to start throwing names around. Who should be the next Cougar Head Coach? Chris Petersen? Steve Sarkisian? Robb Akey? Longball? ...

14 comments:

B.T.M.M. said...

I've been beating the drum of positivity all season (i.e. we haven't lost to anyone ranked outside of the top 10 yet...). Now that is over. The drum has fallen silent. We suck.

Doba will probably finish the season, but I have a really hard time seeing another game we can win. Maybe Ucla, just because we've owned them lately. But probably not.

Must haves for the Cougars to be competitive in the not-too-distant future:
-A coach with charisma, and who teaches his kids HOW to run a fake before making them do it on the road against a top ten team.
-A quarterback with charisma (or at least a magnetic sort of arrogance) and a Mega-Man style cannon for an arm.

These are the bedrocks of Cougar football. Let's make it happen, Sterk.

Sedihawk said...

Well put Hooty. One needs to only look at the recruiting classes from the last 4 years, especially 2004 and 2005, and look at all the mistakes. The rotten fruit from those classes are exactly what we are seeing now, and the drop-off from Price recruits (many of last year's key seniors) to Doba's recruits is jaw-dropping. Price led us to unexpected, unprecedented heights, and he is clearly the best coach in WSU modern history. I told Brinkhater the other day, in that somehow under Price, the longshots always came through. Guys like Mark Fields and Leon Bender, guys who actually flunked out of WSU, eventually came back to play for Price and it paid off. Hidden gems like the Trufant's and Long's and Gesser's of the world, or the Jason David's, Lamont Thompson's, Will Derting's, etc, all guys Price's staff found that came through in a big way. Dobes' longshots just haven't come through.

As far as new coach names, I think it's somewhat early for that. But I think we can forget about Sarkisian. He's the hot assistant that will be at the top of many lists this year, hell, he almost got the Raiders job last year. I don't think Chris Peterson could look at WSU and think it's a better job than Boise right now, in fact clearly it's not, even though Boise plays in a have-not league. I don't think Robb Akey is the answer either, in fact I think they need to really cast a wide net. Don't keep looking internally. Akey's ties to Doba are too strong, too close, and for once I'd love to see us think outside the box. It worked in hoops, or at least as long as Tony sticks around. I know, package deal with his Dad and all that stuff, but still, what ties did the Bennett family have to WSU??

On the other hand - we might be surprised about the kinds of names that come out of the woodwork when this job comes available. A unique situation, a school that you CAN win at, a remodeled stadium in the middle of construction, it's a BCS school, etc. You just never know who's going to surface. That's why more than anything else that I want them to take their time and not just give it to someone internally or someone with super-close ties to the current regime. It will be the most important hire in the Sterk era, so he better weigh all options.

Anyway, there will be plenty of time for that speculation when we're 2-5 heading into the bye week and we've given up 100 points combined to ASU and Oregon. UGH.

longball said...

I am flattered, and i accept your offer. Now i must return to my jack daniels bender that i plan to be on for the rest of the week.

Hooty McBoob said...

Well Longball, there's one thing you have in common with Price.

longball said...

I'm also well on my way to having the same hairline and waistline as Price.

Anonymous said...

John L. Smith should be the new coach. He's got ties to the area, and was on Erickson's staff in 87 and 88.

Hooty McBoob said...

..and is a 60+ year old cracker. Pass.

Sedihawk said...

Wasn't Smith the guy who famously quit on Louisville, lying about it during their bowl game? Only to have word reach the sidelines that Smith was gone, and the players were hearing about it from people on the sideline? Double-pass.

I want youth this time around. Preferably west coast/Pac-10 roots, but it's not a requirement. Paul Wulff of Eastern will always be in the rumor mill, for obvious reasons, but I just hope we keep our options open. The wrong choice on a coach can set a program back for years (see Washington, University of). There's a lot of good young coaches out there, and we just have to find the right fit.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I have ever seen a defense go 6 and 1/2 quarters before forcing their first punt. Maybe at the highschool level, but that would just be guessing.
I watched a horrible AZ defense gamble by blitzing 7 guys!! Yet we continue to send 4 and sometimes 5 at best.
I say we go man up and blitz the crap teams.
Ptowncoug

Anonymous said...

this is what should happen....Sterk must "encourage" Doba to leave, and he must announce it early, like by November.....I would say this week but that would show our desperation.....

Doba's "retirement" will be forced of course...he's really going to be told to retire or he will be fired in disgrace.....

sorry Doba....you stuck with Rosie and this is what you get....

and when its announced that Doba will leave, we look for an outside guy for the most part....( I would not be against Yarno) and then we start a fund raising campaign to beat all..

recruits will give us a look then....I don't think we'll get any the way we're going...

Brinkhater said...

If you go back in the archive and look on the season preview, you will see that the scenario that was predicted was a resignation by Doba following the Oregon loss (and during the bye week).

My bet: after Oregon beats us 55-21, Sterk will meet with Doba on Tuesday and there will be an announcement of the Friday during the bye week.

What a sad, sad, sad state of affairs..

Sedihawk said...

It isn't based on anything that I would call pure "insider info", but from what I've heard.....I wouldn't hold your breath on Doba quitting mid-season. If it does happen at all, it'll probably be before the Apple Cup, but he won't do it with that many games left. He's a classy guy, but he's also stubborn. Remember his reaction last year when people asked if he was going to quit after their fade to end the year? He was pretty angry about it then, and even if things are so hopelessly spiraling out of control, he will stick it out. He's a man of his word more than many coaches in the game, and stepping down before it's all over just isn't his style. Anyone that's ever heard him speak in public, you know what I mean. He's from that generation, raised as a toddler back in WWII-days, and he's just a good, conservative man of his word. That generation, the word "quit" isn't in their vocabulary!

My hope is that it is done in great taste, with Sterk saying repeatedly how appreciative the school is for his loyalty and efforts, but the time for change has come and then he announces it the week of the Apple Cup, and that will be the end. And, please, Sterk or the search committee, TAKE YOU TIME. Find the right candidate. Wait until a few weeks after the season. Maybe a candidate will shake loose that you never saw coming, ala Willingham when he was canned at Notre Dame. Not that I want Willingham, but you get the point. There may be a name that isn't even on the short list that falls from the heavens.

longball said...

Is Dennis Franchione on the hot seat at A&M? Just a name to toss out there. Also, i wouldn't be surprised if Boise State's Peterson wanted to jump to Pac-10, even it meant coming to Pullman, but i think he would be the classic one-and-done candidate who would be snatched away from us after a single winning season.

Sedihawk said...

I love the idea of Petersen, don't get me wrong. But he's got a seriously sweet deal going down there, and it's "cool" to go there now. They get on TV, they play big-time BCS teams, and they can win their conference and be in a BCS bowl every single year, as long as they finish in the top 12 of the BCS. Then, think of how daunting the Pac-10 must look to a guy like that when he pictures himself at WSU. Yes it's a Pac-10 job, but to have to deal with the glamour of Pete Carroll and the LA schools, UW on the way back, Oregon always out-recruiting you and playing dirty pool in the process, Cal and Tedford just getting blinding speed, year after year. Even the Beavers are a major factor in the NW. Whoever it is that we get better be prepared for the long, tough haul.

That said, WE as fans better be prepared for a long, tough haul ourselves. This is the year we officially bottom out, and I don't think there's any way that can be avoided now. We have 2-10 written all over us, and this is our version of UW 2004. Doba even said himself before the Arizona game that we better get that one, because the teams after this one are 15-1 or whatever he kept saying. Translation: we WILL LOSE IN OCTOBER, so aw shucks, we better get Arizona! The mistakes and flat-out failures in recruiting over the last several years under this staff is just killing us right now.