The Morning After
Thanks for all the emails. I want to take a moment to try and calm some fears. This is a good thing. We needed a change. Risk is inherent with change, but I am not worried. We won before TOB arrived. We will win again. Ever to Excel.
Now to some specific concerns...
1. We will take a huge hit on the field next year. Maybe. It is a very talented team coming back. The schedule is much tougher, but there is no reason to think that next year is a lost cause. But even if we really fall, the change should not be viewed as a one season issue. It is a five to ten year issue. We might have to take a step back in order to move forward. Would you take 6-6 next year for a shot at the Peach Bowl in 2009?
2. Recruiting is toast and current players will leave. Again…maybe. But any coach worth his salt will do his best to keep this class intact and keep the current kids on board. But there will be gaps in any transition. This needs to be viewed with a slightly longer perspective.
3. We can’t/won’t pay enough for a quality coach. I think we will pay more than TOB was making for the right coach. But even with a budget (say under 750K) you can find a really good assistant looking to move up or a MAC-type coach looking for a bigger opportunity.
So everyone take a deep breath. I think this will work out. And if it doesn’t and we end up with Henning Part II, we have proven that we can overcome and bounce back from that too.