...most importantly, if not, has the fan base accepted it?
Most positive comments about BH were in are in the area of:
"he's a fine coach"
"he'll do just fine"
"he get's it"
"he could be good"
As you can see, not bad, but definitely not the most confident endorsement.
What's more, the expectations thread below suggest that people think BH will do as good as an average LC year. Rarely did I see someone say that we would be a NC contender, much less beat OSU in the next three years. And all this seems OK to people.
All this makes me think that maybe we are not an elite school anymore. And let's be honest, BH us not an elite hire, which could be indicative of the fact that we simply could not attract one.
What's worse is that I think many of us have accepted this demotion. Because it seems our support of BH is more in the realm of "he's my coach, I have nothing to do but support him" as oppose to really thinking he is not just going to win, but beat OSU and win multiple NCs.