I'm looking forward to seeing what Brian has to say about yesterday. Illinois is a horrible, horrible team and that was a horrible, horrible loss and we're starting to reach the point where it can't all be explained away. Pretty soon we have to start wondering if the pervasive assumption of this blog, that if Rodriguez is given a full and fair opportunity, he'll succeed, is one we should keep. Most of the confidence expressed here, to date, has relied on Rodriguez's success at West Virginia, but as of yet he has not done anything here to vindicate his hiring. As we come to the end of his 2nd year, we're reaching a point where Rodriguez's lack of success on the field here is relevant in evaluating our future with him.
The defense right now looks bad, with Brandon Graham and probably Donovan Warren leaving, it's hard to think we'll be significantly better next year. The offense is young, but it seems to be regressing, especially the line. (probably obvious) Conclusion: The 2010 ETA we've been talking about since Rodriguez's hiring ought to be pushed back at least a year.
Issue 3: We have to put a lot of blame for yesterday on the coaches, don't we? Illinois was a completely different team after that goal line stand, but it never should have happened. Carlos Brown is not a short yardage back. What good is speed and open field ability when you just need 3 feet? There's no reason to save Minor for 4th down in that situation. Also, Kevin Grady. And though this is kind of a moot point considering the final score, but we should not have let them run down the clock at the end of the first half. We could have gotten the ball back with a minute to play.
Finally: obviously Tate has been far from early season form, of late. Has he been bad enough that it might justify taking a look at Sheridan?