Happy Monday, Cougar Nation. No fancy (or funny!) pics to this post. Hell, there aren't even any pictures.
But, as Sedihawk reported earlier on Sunday, the Price ain't right.
And so ends an era of Cougar football.
One can certainly argue that the Price era ended when he left, but that would be dismissing the HUGE contribution that Bill Doba made to that tenure.
After all, 1997 probably doesn't occur without that 1994 defense and the groundwork that was laid with recruiting as a result of that group.
Moreover, neither does 2001-2003 without the second wave of the Palouse Posse defense. That group, while not as nasty as the first, yielded several NFL players. Again, that was Doba's doing--an extension of the Price era.
That all said, while Price would have given us a chance to contend again, there's no saying that the next coach won't do better over the long haul.
And, as you will hear me rant and rave over the coming days, the next coach is about doing what needs to be done on the field: win the battle of the trenches.
So, with that in mind, the next coach MUST focus on the non-sexy and recruit the biggest, baddest linemen around.
Levy and company have made their living making non NFL wideouts do well in our beloved offensive system.
But this next tenure will be about building a line that can run block AND pass protect. And on defense, developing a group that can pass rush and pass rush some more.
That kind of toughness and relentlessness toward the "Hogs" is what will return us to upper division finishes on a regular basis.
And its hard to believe that that 'someone' is anyone but Wulfy or Gregory.
In that light, Nothing has shown me that an OU assistant is anything but chump change following the record of little Stoops at Arizona and Long at SDSU.
And there's no way that ANYONE is stupid enough to hire Smith.
Paul Wulf will be introduced as coach on Friday.