Let's hope the defense is better by the Nebraska game. The offense better get humping besides Stevie. The offense better pick it up now.
C'mon clones... I agree with many of you, but you even hear Mac say it himself as he was heading for the locker rooms at halftime, "We made that TD too easy for 'em." it was pure conservative foot ball with :90 seconds left on the clock. Many of you are asking the same "buy or sell" questions now that you did last year. ISU may be a football coaches graveyard, but at some point, some coach is going to win about 10 games consistantly for us. And when that time comes, I don't think it's going to take 12 years to do it.
The reality is it doesn't matter what you think or what I think about the team or Coach Mac. Unless you were thinking about contributing 190 million dollars but won't do it if Mac is the coach, it doesn't really matter. Why can't you just watch the team and support the team and quit complaining?
JP will do what is necessary to move the program to the next level.
As for part two, I haven't missed a home game in four plus years, during which I've purchased five season tickets / year and made a contribution in return for a parking pass. My family and I have attended more than a few road games. Though we live in Iowa City, we wear so much Cyclone clothing that it's a running joke with friends. Finally, I'm the unpaid "voice of the Cyclones" on a small AM radio station in Iowa City, doing short updates on Friday & Monday mornings. I watch the team and I've never wavered in my support of the team. Given the level of my support for the team, I believe I've earned the right to voice my opinion, be it good, bad or indifferent.
What do you do to support the program from CO, other than to offer up excuses and worship the new AD?
I'll leave you alone now. Please don't question my committment again!
I cannot remember seeing this, and I have lost count how many times I have watched Mac clapping his hands on the sideline, talking into his headset, while the other coach makes decisions that truly impact the game.
But hey at least we are still undefeated in the first half of games.
we basically lack any sort of killer instinct, and this comes from the coaching staff. iowa state has never been able to absolutely put away an inferior team and show how much better of a team we are, and we either A)lack the confidence to realize when we're beating a top team that yes, we are that good and continue playing at a top level; or B)cannot maintain the intensity level needed to compete for a full game. whatever it is, our coaching staff is falling short.
We better get more basic instinct by the Nebraska game or the season will be done.
The North will be done due to head to head comparisons.
Wow- lots of great comments on here showing each ends of the spectrum.
My gut feeling yesterday after the squandering of the 1:22/3 TO scenario just told me we'll never reach the next level with Focus-on-the-Family conservative play calling. In fact I think I'm gonna start calling DMac James Dobson. When they decided not to move the ball at that point, what does that tell every team member on the sideline? It certainly has to change their mentality a wee bit?
I loved the K-State analogy... very similar to compare the two... both land-grant universities in low-populated states with another "university of..." in the state and each had horrible programs thru much of the 20th century. If we won 9 games in 2000, why haven't we come close to matching that since?
DMac has elevated the program from when he took over, but it couldn't have gotten much lower. I respect his hard work to turn things around. But looking at the losses (KU 05, Mizzou 04, Baylor 05, UCONN 02) in recent years and the near losses (Army, Toledo, UNLV) just tells me there is something wrong w/ the mentality of the coaching staff that starts from the top down. DMac is wound up tighter than a piano string... and someone compared his style to Pete Carroll, and there is no comparison. Carroll and his team are loose and have a certain amount of mox and attitude that I don't see in ISU. I want to someday see killer instinct, but we see now is a mentality of playing "not to lose."
I can't even give the "Big 12 north or bust" stipulation, because there is no way ISU will win the north. After seeing Nebraska last night, despite getting rolled over by USC, their D is still formidable, Mizzou is off to a great start, and with ISU playing at OU and UT, it's just not going to happen. We'll eek out 6 wins again, and head to shreveport or some other dump hole and watch Iowa go to another january bowl game in a coastal setting.
Maybe this should be the question - should ISU be winning 8-9 games this year with the offensive talent (returning) that we have? I say yes, but I am not sure the coaching staff is capable of getting them there. When the discussion centers on play calling, under utilization, lack of adjustments.... the coaching staff is not capable of advancing the talent they have. I wonder what UI's coaches could do with our receivers.....?
Iowa was horrible for 20 years, they had a low budget, and all of the things that everyone wants to point out as excuses for why we have gone from pathetic to mediocre.
Well they got a coach that didn't use all of the things against him as excuses for not being successful, and he got it done in three years.
Snyder went to Kansas State, which was the WORST program in Division 1 for 40 years, and didn't use all of the things against him as excuses for failure.
But yet here we are giving Mac an out, why then can't Walden have an out, they didn't increase his recruiting budget in the 8 years he was at Iowa State, the facilities were "atrocious" (Mac's words), he was swiming against a typhoon without a life jacket.
Yet we villify Walden, and praise Mac. Now please don't think that I am defending Jim Walden, I am not, but Mac has had a lot of advantages that his predecessors did not, that his mentors did not. So why do we assume that all of a sudden he is going to become this brilliant coach when we haven't seen it for 12 years???
And getting close like the past two years, and not finishing the deal, has further alienated a lot of the fans who have had the shortcomings of this staff illustrated to us painfully.
Mac always works the whole budget thing into all of the interviews he does (I will give him credit on his p.r. skillz), but if show me a guy making excuses for why something isn't getting done, I will show you a guy who won't get it done.
think about what happens if we get rid of Mac...we will lose many talented players to transfers and have to suffer through at least 2-3 losing seasons thereafter. I say take a look back after next season and think about it then. if he can't make a stellar season out of the current or the next years team, then we can justify this kind of talk. i say wait and see.
That's the really what this decision comes down to. Are we happy with 6 - 8 wins a year and a bowl game more often than not? If not, who will we bring in to replace Mac? We'll have to take a step back and hope the new coach will be able to build the team into a 10 game winner, but ISU is going to have a hard time attracting a big name coach. And if a young coach comes in and wins 10 games a year they'll most likely move on to a bigger program. I'm not saying we should keep Mac or let him go, but i'm wondering what those that want Mac gone at the end of the season expect to happen to ISU football in the future?
LOWERED EXPECTATIONS are setting in.