None of which were probably really true.
Iowa's Fball program is very vulnerable now, possibly even more so than when Hayden was reaching the end. I dont remember the fan base being so negative then as they are now. CPR has taken some nice kids out of this state even after Iowa won a BCS bowl. Coach Mac couldnt capitalize on Iowa's ineptitude in the 1st years of Ferentz when they were really bad. Barkley Hill possibly could be the first example of a good in-state kid that sees that Iowa offers more playing time than ISU based on depth already present. Obviously thats not always a good thing. But I'd rather have the depth in place rather than putting savior status on an incoming Freshman.
The Big10 money I feel really vaulted Iowa, they re-did the stadium with that money and dressed it up, that helped recruiting as well. This is being evened out with the Big12 getting a TV contract. I think thrreare aboou 6 good D1 kids inthstateverry year, we migt as well g tthem all:)
Could be worse...........we could have a coach that has a 4-8 record and locked in for $20MM more!!!
I think CPR is doing a great job, remember 4 years back (5 wins in 2 seasons)........now we are complaining about what bowl game we are going to. CPR won games at Nebraska, Texas, beat the #2 team in the country and now has ISU going to their 3 bowl in 4 years (first time in school history).
Football programs are much more difficult to build from the ground up than basketball is, so lets enjoy the ride of the next four years where CPR takes this team from being a bowl eligible team that is near the bottom of the Big12 to a team that is competing for one of the top spots in the conference.
I think you have to look at the blueprint that Coach Snyder built down at KSU. It took him years to build that program and he had one of the best JUCO factories in his backyard to do it. Its going to take some time for CPR to get the players into the program and he may need to change another coordinator or two, but i think he is the only man that can do it.
^^^^ this, real bad.
Back to the subject of the OP-
I think we are in much better shape than we were 4 years ago because we have more depth at both OL and DL, with closer to big 12 caliber players than we have had in a long time. You can argue about the strategy of getting the weight down on the OL to make them more effective in the spread and how that strategy has hurt the run game, but when someone got hurt, an adequate replacement was ready.
Any defensive problems we had this year would have been greatly reduced if they did not have to play twice as many minutes as the offense. Our defense was on the field way too much this year.
I think if we recruit or develop a smart consistent QB and two receivers who can consistently get separation from the one on one defenders, we could have won at least three more games, TT, KSU, and WVU.
I do not think we are that far off. Does anyone on this board ever remember having our recruiting class basically set, of primarily three stars, before Thanksgiving? CPR is good now, and I think he will get better as he gets experience and better players. The facilites and the fans will help him do both.