It appears from CPR's stats that Chizik was a better recruiter than a coach. And I had thought it showed that CPR was a better coach than recruiter. But after this loss, coming off of a defeat in the Liberty Bowl, I'm at a loss as to what to think now. These players simply played uninspired football last night, again. This is not what we've come to expect from CPR. We need the passion in our program.
Drake loss is similar to losing to Tulsa as far as conference goes. Drake is in a decent conference and had some good players (Rice, Simons). Not too long ago they won the MVC with Keno.
Also, this was year 1 of the transfer era, the football loss was in year 5 of the Rhoads era. big difference.
Fairly accurate comparison of Drake/bball-Tulsa/football. Plus, in football, there isn't nearly as much room to absorb bad losses when it comes to postseason potential (partly because of number of games, partly because high-level upsets are far more difficult to attain, on average).
Like many predicted, it's doubtful that we go to a bowl game this year. The loss to UNI was bad, but it has happened before. One game does not mean that our program is heading in a downward spiral.
I am excited that it seems like we have a competent QB who has a few playmakers around him. It seems as if the OC can figure out how to coach then we may still beat a decent number of teams (4-5 wins is not as bad as some years have been). Next year we see some more talent working in and should be a bowl contender again, and we should see overall program momentum shift towards being an annual bowl game contender, with more winning seasons than not.
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