Bad loss against the Illini, bad loss. On the morning show, Sam was verbally pelted by callers grousing about the game, which is understandable, but some of them were calling for Coach's head! Everyone is upset about the loss, but to call up and suggest it's time for a coaching change is ludacris. Sam's retort to this suggestion was that a coaching change would set back the program another 2 or 3 years since the new coach would have to install his schemes and recruit his players.
Right now, folks need to think rationally about the program and where it's at; it is chock full of freshman and sophomores, the starting qb is a freshman, there has been attrition throughout the last few recruiting classes to the point of decimation, and the defense is working under it's 4th DC in 5 years. It's too early to consider the current regime a failure in my opinion, but folks out there a kind of forcing opinions: Is Coach Rod a failure as a coach or has he's been placed between a rock and a hard place? I choose the latter. I think most of us do. A coaching change midway through his second season, especially with the stated conditions makes no sense. If you believe in the current coaching staff make your voice heard because there is plenty of us that voice Coach Rod must go, probably the same voices that disagreed with his hire a year and a half ago. That is a knee jerk reaction, a purely emotional response. Now it may come to fruition that indeed this was a bad hire, but that determination cannot justifiably be made right now. That's simply my opinion, of course; I guess that makes me a prophet. So what are you, a prophet or a stone chucker?
Mike Lantry, 1972