So now that we're a safe distance from the Rich Rodriguez era, and hopefully from most of the polarizing debate over its demise, I'd like to bring up the topic of all the attrition we experienced during the past 3 years. I'm not bringing this up to rag on the guy who's gone, but rather to try to figure out what, exactly, was behind it, and to figure out how the new coaching staff can avoid a similar predicament.
*What aspects of the attrition we experienced from 2008-2010 are attributable to natural growing pains inherent to a major change of direction like the one RR undertook in 2008?
*What aspects are attributable to identifiable mistakes made by the coaching staff during recruiting, during off-season training or during the playing season?
*What aspects are attributable to the environment of negativity surrounding the program--from the old guard grumbles behind-the-scenes in 2008, through the FREEP's inquisition and consequent mild sanctions and so on?
*What aspects are not attributable to any of these things? To bad luck? To other factors?
Like I say above, I'd like to avoid rehashing a CC slap-fight, but would rather like to pick this issue apart to figure out if and how the new coaching staff can avoid the same issues.