If America were a college football program, we wouldn’t be a Colorado or South Carolina. No, America would be a big program with a lot of prestige. We’d be a Notre Dame of sorts– former world beaters that everyone respects, though many hate (I’ve always thought it strange that Notre Dame, a religiously affiliated school that holds its athletes to such high academic standards would be so hated). America the football program would have a rich tradition, with all sorts of bowl records and National Championships, but we would be struggling.
Yes, America in recent years would be a program that has under-performed. The previous coach was solid, won his share of games, but finished his tenure with some historically bad seasons. Even after retirement, the rabid fan base hasn’t forgiven the previous coach and they brought it a fiery, young coach who can give an inspirational speech and ignite players and fans a like. Unfortunately, his first year at the helm has been even worse than the previous coach’s last year.
After winning just three games in year one of his new tenure, he brought in some of his recruits and while there was a lot of excitement, year two brought just four wins. Year three has just wrapped up, and while recruiting is still strong and the system is finally in place, still just five wins. What now?
In the last year of his contract, the coach insists that he has the program on the right track. His recruits are finally the core of the team, his system is in place, and while everything hasn’t gone as planned, he’s confident he can get the storied program back to the top.
The fan base is anxious, and unsure of what has happened to the program. Rivals they’re not used to losing to are beating them with regularity and while they are scared to fire the coach and restart with new schemes, they’re not sure if this new spread (the wealth) system will ever work. What are they to do? Do they fire the new coach and bring in an older, more traditional coach, or continue the path with the current head ball coach?
That’s the question this great nation faces in November. Will they continue with their current leader, extending him another four years, and continue down a path the program has never tried. It’s a very different path from what previous coaches have done, but many feel it’s too early to give up. Many others just love the persona of the head coach. What will the program do? Only time will tell.
Would you fire the head coach? I’d rather just enjoy College Football until November.
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