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Offline Little George

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Why all the gloom?
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:28:53 AM »
I just want to touch base on a few things surrounding the program that have brought so many gloom images about our team's outlook for not onky this year, but for the future. Much of this has been directly put back on RR and turned into a situation where he just could not turn it around and will be fired this year. I will use the example of sonething that happened within our athletic dept a few year back. We had our WBB program begining to build something and thing were really looking psitive for the future of that team. Then something tragic happened and we had a star player for our team die. It effected the team and the staff so much that the coach had to eventually step down. I know it set that teams progress back to zero. RR did look at some offers a couple of years ago. Wha coach doesn't? The way in which he did it created some real issues. That is totally on RR. We also were bombarded with injuries two years ago which caused us to regress after winning the South the season prior. We entered last yeafh some serious questions regarding our coaches desire to be here and it was magnified a little more than it should have been due to Coach Stoops literally checking out mid season a few years prior. It is always assumed we are just a stepping stone like any other mid major and we will not be able to hang onto any coach worth his while. We forget Lute and where he came from to where he took us. Can it he done in football as well? Sure can, look at Oregon. Look at their history. Can RR do it? Yes, of he gets control of things quickly. Has he? I believe so! Why the down fall last year? Much to do with two factors. First and formost the deathe of Zach. Really toom the heart out of so many of our players and some of our staff. Now the rest is complete and the new staff/old staff can again focus on where we are going as a team. Samajie Grant talked about players quiting. That did happen! We could all see it last year. That story is where many are not looking at us as having any heart or potential at all this year. Grant was not wrong with what he said, but it was not all inclusive or a permantent evaluation. Then there were all those hype recruits that never panned out. Players like Griffin, Ware, and Cobb who never lived up to their billing and Sharif Williams and others who never recovered from previous injuries. In that fact we have missed on so many players that were supposed to be the the top players in our recruiting classes as far as commits. The fact is that our last two classes who are mostly RS and true freshmen are both really good classes regardless of rating. Things are not as dead here as many make us out to be. There is a quiet confidence about the the team right now that should encourage those true fans that don't hang their every breather on the so called experts who in many case have forgotten all about guys waiting in the wings like Eletise, Burns, Colacion, and others.  I am expecting a team effort much like we had the season we took down Oklahoma State early on in what many thought would not happen. I expect a 4-0 start to the seaon and things could build from there. My call of 7 wins is the low end.



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Re: Why all the gloom?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2017, 03:49:49 PM »
What's happening is that we have a new AD & people actually want Rich Rod to fail because of one bad season, so we can get a new coach to come in.  I'm starting to see people talk about it more & more.  I don't get it.

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Re: Why all the gloom?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2017, 08:28:04 PM »
The excitement of a new coach does something for some people, but it will not bring the changes we need to the program. Until we break the cycle, we will only be a stepping stone for bigger programs. RR may be the best chance we have of actually doing that. Lute fell in love with Tucson and Arizona. Pieces are in place to have a nice bounce back year this season. Have to think that Heke will be watching the team closely. RR could use a good strong start to the season to put doubt in the minds of the critics.

 





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