Don't forget the two point conversion that CU went for that we had to use a time out on. EVERYONE knew they would go for two, except for Bolt. So we wasted a timeout that could have won the game for us later. He just isn't seeing the game.
we didn't use a timeout on the two point conversion, it was on 4th and goal and frankly I think the timeouts called by the defense helps the offense more.
A big part of our problem is 1) we have some guys who can really play(LJ, Darks, etc) but not enough of them and they are inexperienced and 2) the other guys we have that are decent are lacking in one area or another(ie, Jesse Smith and pass coverage).
If Chizik can keep the recruiting up, both will be taken care of.
It's no secret that every team in the conference is also getting better. I'm just saying we will close the gap and be way more competitive in the next few years. Ames, IA and ISU aren't exactly the greatest places in the Big 12 to recruit to so it will be tough but I think Chizik and his staff have what it takes to get the kids in here we will need to compete.
As for making a million to make mistakes, it is part of the game. You have to pay good money to get good coaches before other teams get them. So you have to expect to pay them good money to watch them go through their bumps. Our staff has been around the game and learned many things and I'm sure we will see that in the next few years.
Everyone needs to relax. You can't rebuild a football team in 1 or 2 years like you can in basketball. Mac left the cupboard about as bare as possible. GC has to recruit new players, get them in the weight room and teach them how to play football. This is going to be a long process, relax and let them do it. I know it is not easy, I was yelling at the TV all day saturday.
If you are going to get upset about lack of rebuilding, you should be pointing your frustration at Hilton. Basketball is a sport that can be turned around in a year or 2. You just need a couple good recruits that can step in. People around here seem to give McD a pass, because of the situation he walked into - well GC has the same or maybe even worse, because he doesn't need to find 7-8 players to play, he needs to find 50-60 players. ISU has a history of winning big 12 titles in basketball and we are on the map for that - ISU has done very little in football to make the recruiting process easy.
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