During the Barwis era, we were as susceptible to injuries as ever, defensive backs were consistently beat downfield, most of our players were consistently bullied around by clearly stronger players and our level of physicality seemed to decline faster than our opponents towards the end of games. Blame it on personnel and schemes if you want, but an SC coach is supposed to do as much as he can to make sure shortcomings on physical level like that don't occur. I think he failed horribly. I never understood the Barwis hype and as someone who played football for 8 years I definitely noticed a decline in our strength and endurance during his era. People who think he was the greatest part of RR's reign strike me as people who may be big fans, but don't fully understand all the intricacies of the game of football. Looking in shape and good in a jersey doesn't necessary mean you're ready to play some big ten football.
Mike Lantry, 1972