this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
*** WARNING: Freep article ***
I'm not posting this to bash the Freep or to increase the odds that Section 1 blows an O-ring, although I think the guy is probably at risk for that. Maybe someone could modify his hosts file and redirect him to something happy.
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Here's some of what RichRod had to say when honored at Glenville State:
In case that doesn't work:
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Bring out your animated dead horse GIFs. :)
RichRod heading back to Glenville, WV for a college golf tournament fund raiser:
They seem pretty happy to see him again.
“He still has some good friends here in Glenville. The town of Glenville loves him and always has. So, I think for him to come back here where he started and where he has a lot of support is exciting for him.”
So, I understand that no football team is exactly the same, but I feel like people have always been looking for comparisons about RR's previous coaching and hoping that has some translation into his success here.
After last year's season, I heard a lot of talk about him going 3-8 at WV first year to 9-4 his second year. I don't expect him to go 8-4 with the teams we have left to play and the way our team has been performing. It still could happen, but I seriously doubt it.
I wonder if maybe the predictions (read: hopes) about our team being like his WV team are wrong. Maybe we are going to sort out more like his Glenville State team.
1990 Glenville State 1-7-1
1991 Glenville State 4-5-1
1992 Glenville State 6-4
1993 Glenville State 10-3
1994 Glenville State 8-3
1995 Glenville State 8-2
1996 Glenville State 6-4
Considering the increased number of games, we're pretty much on track for a very similar season to RR's second at Glenville state.
I know progress of this sort is too slow for most people - too slow for my siblings who are the bandwagon sort that love RR for the Notre Dame game and are calling for his head after Illinois. However, I would be happy to go 10-3 in 2011. I'm patient.
I know the schools couldn't be more different, but anyone else think the Glenville State pattern is a more modest and reasonable expectation for the future? I know we were hoping National Championship in 2010, but I don't think that is going to happen.
Also, a bit off topic, but Iowa's team this year reminds me of Michigan's 1997 team. So many close calls, so many tight games, could easily lose any of them, but they have what it takes to win them and so far they're undefeated.