Consistency and a major upset every now any again. For example beating OU 2 seasons ago tied 7-7 in the 4th quarter. We need to be able to compete better with superior teams. We should never lose at home as badly as we did last season to Okie State for example.
disagree a little. i think at some point we need to win a conference championship, for real, not just "be in the conversation" or make a run. none of that shared title stuff either. if that's all we ever accomplish and never actually reach the mountain, then it's all just threats and most will still see us as an also ran. we're still just pretenders, not true contenders.
In order to be consistent and improve our national view we have to:
1. Beat KU, K-state, and Missouri consistently. (toughest task)
2. Continue to improve our facilities...ie (bowl the south end zone, upgrade sound system)
2a. In the Big 12-2, we remain the only school with a Texas HS style open end zone stadium. From an outsiders viewpoint, this looks JV and pegs ISU as second class. (How do you think a recruit sees this?)
3. Find our niche style of players, understand that we can't out recruit anyone south of Kansas save Baylor, and excute our niche flawlessly as a program/team.
3a. Exp. to follow Iowa, Cincy, KU w/ Mangino, Oregon St.
I was on the boat to get rid of Mac, I wanted more than mediocre. I wanted to win the North and have a chance to play in the tittle game and beat the winner of the South.
All I'm trying to say is that ISU fans much like any other fanbase will settle for mediocre when they are coming from disaster (see 2009 season). Tell me how you will feel in three years if we continue to barely sneak into lower tier bowls. I know that I for one want and expect more. Mark my words if CPR and his staff win a max of 6-7 games a year for three years then ISU fans will be calling for his job.
If CPR wins 6-7 games in each of the next three seasons some fans probably will call for his job while the overwhelmingly vast majority will want ISU to give him a raise with a contract extention.
As for the contract extension for CPR, I said if he wins a MAX of 6-7 games a year for 3 yrs people will start to grumble and some will call for his job. If he has a few Chizick like seasons then I would venture to guess that there will be no extension and less than your "overwhelming majority" will be happy with our situation.
I agree with the need for an image-boost. It's a matter of degree. ISU was between marginal and horrible for most of the '80s and '90s. The past decade was, overall, slightly better (and the best years were more enjoyable as a fan than anything since the Earle Bruce era).
What we need is to take the next step up the ladder. We aren't going to reach consistent BCS bowl level overnight. What we need to do is get to the level where being in the BCS bowl discussion would be the next step.
To do that, the following needs to happen with regularity (the records and bowl bids would take care of themselves):
1. Do not lose to teams we should beat
2. Defeat ranked teams
3. Beat similar-level conference teams on the road
4. Something I call the "competitive hump." Example: it's midway through a fairly tight conference season and ISU is tied for fifth. Finish in third or fourth, not seventh or eighth.
I didn't attach specific schools to Nos. 1-3, because a lot of variation is possible. For example, if UT is No. 1 and headed for the BCS title game, and we go into Austin at 3-4, I expect to take my lumps. If we play OU at home when they're ranked 12th and we're knocking on the door of the top 25, we need to win that game.
And so on.
I agree changing the reputation of ISU will not happen quickly. Consistently winning 6-7 games MINIMUM a year with multiple 8-10 win seasons spread in there and win some bowl games when more than just ISU and the other teams fans are watching like the ones in Jan.
Just competing and staying in games is no longer good enough. I want 4 wins to be the worst case scenario year in the next decade with expectations around 7 wins, best case around 10 wins per season.