I feel bad for Dan right now. I mean he is coaching the D-line, in Tampa, Florida, at the number 6th ranked team in the country. He only has a few Million dollars in his back pocket and he has no coaching presure. Hopefully for Dan it's not to hot down there today. He might have to sweat and that would be a shame.
IMO Dan's gameday choices were bad at times. But other things that hurt him as much or more were player retention (especially on the DL) and recruiting choices. It always seemed like DMac was scrambling in recruiting...one year they sign 5 TEs, the next 5 RBs, the next 8 OL. They never could get those classes balanced out. It seems like they were lacking any strategy. Also, when they went JUCO, they were VERY hit-and-miss. A good quarter of the JUCOs signed never even made campus.
The other thing that hurt DMac was the team offensive philosophy. I'm not sure whether Mac was forcing Brickey and Cotton to run Loney's offense or those guys were just bad at matching up scheme to talent, but something was definitely wrong there.
I was on board with giving Dan McCarney the old heave-ho!!
After the Mizzou loss at home I knew that Mac's time was coming to an end...because you could tell that the football program was stalling out and then it started going backwards and fans that was the end of old danny mac..
As far as Chizik is concerned it just too early to tell...Ask me the same question 3 years from now and I will have a definitive answer for you.:cool:
No one could be stupid enough to believe Dan should have been fired after the first 3 years. This is football it takes 5+ years to even build up to respectable. And with the pit that was ISU football before Dan, not losing every single game in that first 5 years was a miracle.
I was definately on the get rid of Dan wagon. I really liked Dan and he did a great job of promoting ISU athletics, but his teams just couldn't get it done. Maybe it was coaching, maybe talent, who knows.........
The biggest thing that really helped Mac stay as long as he did is that Iowa and the Big 12 north went from being pretty darn good to pretty darn bad. This gave Dan's teams some wins that they had not been getting, and got ISU into bowl games. Chizik is going to have it a lot tougher, because like it or not, the North is back and beating Iowa isn't enough to make a season any more.
Worst. 5. Page. Thread. Ever.
I'll start a new thread to discuss Walden's departure...
The Big XII is in the middle of giant arms race. Texas Tech and Iowa State have a lot in common because we are both have big plans to make significant upgrades to all athletics facilities particularly the number one revenue producer, football. Isn't TTU planning to expand Jones Stadium from 52,882 to close to 70-80K? TTU and ISU are on about the same timeline.
Schools are upgrading facilities to attract better athletes, so they will have better teams, sell more season tickets for higher prices and make the athletic department more money. Our athletic director is making those decisions and fans will pay to see a winner. The best way to sell season tickets is put a winner on the field. Coach Chizik will do it when he gets his players in his system,
TTU hired the coach of the future, Mike Leach, 8 years ago. ISU fans hope we just hired ours. Although I liked Spike *****, I think TTU has averaged 50,000+ attendance since Leach, and his offense, has been there.
Best of luck in the Big XII South.