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? ...