Re: Going Big Time , a Primer
posted at 1/11/2014 1:36 PM EST
In response to SlimPickensIII's comment:
Charlie Molinar is a heck of a guy. Always upbeat and positive. The glass isn't empty, look there's a drop of water in it. There aren't 60,000 empty seats in this Stadium, there are 8,000 filled seats. We didn't get shut out, well we did, but we were just 5 plays short of kicking a field goal that might have nicked the outside of the upright. If a gust of wind comes along, heck, that's 3 points right there.
The nice guy approach worked for Pete Carroll at U$C, but I think he had the alum boosters working the streets with envelopes of cash at the same time.
Those SEC guys don't even waste time with the nice guy veneer, they just cut to the chase, so I"m pretty sure those envelopes are key. The fatter the better.
Charlie needs some legitimate football players. Guys with no necks. Guys who will lay wasted to the town of Amherst, leaving it a pile of smoldering rubble. Guys who will steal from dorm rooms and assault anyone that looks at them funny. Guys who make the police blotter. SEC Urban Meyer guys. Charlie needs to ask himself - do I want to bring in Student-Athletes or do I want to win? This is the big time bayyy-bee!, you can only pick one.
The Deep South does have an advantage, when it comes to stuffing those envelopes. You can buy a cup of worms, plus lunch and gas, for practically nothing at those one stop Gas Stations. If those worms do their job, then your fish dinner is served. The small ones make the best eatin'. This is the only time small is better.
But I digress. This lower cost of living frees up alot of money for the stuff that matters. And what matters is Football. This is how it works in Bama and Georgey and Ole Miss and the swamps of FL.
The flat wastelands of Indiana are similar, except instead of Catfish, it's Deer Season that sustains them. Otherwise the process is identical: lots of time outside, sitting on your brains, thinking deep thoughts with a case of Bud. It shows when they come here to BDC.com and share. You simply cannot create original quality work, like the ND wannabe and the Alabama Chairborne guy produce on a regular basis, by skipping this process.
Can I get a witness? Tell'm 82nd Chairborne. If we want to save the world, or at least put a quality football on the field, then we all need to start buying cups of worms.
I don't think Molnar got a fair shot. Back to back 1 win seasons won't buy you much support, but what was UMass really expecting?
For years before Molnar UMass was a 5 or 6 win team in FCS beating teams like Northeastern, Holy Cross, URI, Stoney Brook etc. Did they really think they would win more than a game or 2 when playing a FBS schedule (even if it was the MAC). In the end maybe he was a bad coach but he should have been given at least 3 years to recruit his own players and develop them.
Will Whipple do any better? I think Umas should have been looking for a hot shot recruiter first and foremost. That's what it takes to make the step up to FBS - recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. Whipple might be a good game day coach but can he recruit FBS players? Molnar wasn't there long enough to show whether he could recruit or not.