College Football – Worst to First – Turning Around a Losing Program

College Football - Worst to First - Turning Around a Losing ProgramCollege Football – Worst to First – Turning Around a Losing Program

Building a successful college football program requires several key ingredients. Now that the 2008 marketing campaign has concluded for some truly awful systems, the work to build losers into winners has begun. It is suitable now, to visual appeal at some of the significant elements required for building a winning football program. Included on this list are:

Finding enough Murray State and Western Kentucky football systems to build a schedule around, Identifying enough alumni who really believe in the group's academic focus to give thousands of hard-earned bucks so they can be entertained on autumn Saturdays, and Figuring out a method to entice some decent athletes that are capable of constructing enough complete sentences to pass Freshman English.


Early pioneers of creative scheduling used to rely on sportswriters to simply pick their team as a contender for the National Championship. In years past, the Cornish Game Huskers of Nebraska routinely scheduled unbelievably weak opponents to open their season. They would fill Memorial Stadium in Lincoln with throngs of beer basted, red nosed (and clad) fans to watch the Huskers thrash teams that might most likely hardly assemble eleven employees for the kick off.

The advent of the BCS scoring system converted all that. Instead of arranging weekly massacres of poor opponents in September, the Big and Red management had to try and carry in some quality opponents together with Southern Cal and Virginia Tech. It is terrible enough that Nebraska has to face severe festival in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas during their conference schedule. Now, that danged BCS has made the Big and Red Fans (BaRFs), actually see some real games in the course of the harvest season.

The University of Michigan – an alternate of the hallowed monster football systems – used to try the weak-sister scheduling method to gather steam for a national championship run. Unfortunately for them (and a blessedly for the rest of us), over the past two seasons, they scheduled in Appalachian State and the University of Utah as component to their September Patsy Parade. The really terrible news for the Wolverines is that both AppState and the Utes actually showed up. In 2008, an early loss to Utah set the stage for a remarkable skid into the gray land of bowl ineligibility. Now, all the snow choked Wolverine fans have to make up a reason to go drink beer in Florida while other teams continue to play football.

The Indiana Hoosier football team didn't harbor any realistic thoughts of attending a bowl game this year, but they followed the scheduling methodology completely. They then hit the tank after a 2-0 start. In taking a closer visual appeal, those two early season wins against Western Kentucky and Murray State didn't actually qualify as authentic games. Still, the Hoosiers actually played the games and managed to defeat both. It just didn't prepare them for the rest of the Big Ten schedule, which quickly relegated Indiana to their usual place sweeping up the stalls at the bottom of the heap.

Alumni Relations

It has been said that to be successful as a college administrator, one must provide three things to 3 the different constituencies. Students want sex, the faculty wants parking and alumni want winning sports. While the student interest in general takes care of itself and a modest effort can pacify the faculty demand for parking places and hook ups for electric cars, the Alumni demand is sort of a bit more difficult.

Some of the more creative administrators remember that alumni were once pupils themselves and therefore may most likely be more closely attuned to the student demand. That is why cheerleaders are instructed to perform in front of the alumni area as much as in front of the student affordable seats.

Free beer and chips also keep alumni pacified during losing seasons, but in the future soon, the management needs to deliver either a winner on the field or provide the hope for delivering a winner. It is this last point that impacts the career of football coaches. Coaches are motivators – not only of players but of alumni as well. Players provide the muscle for on the field execution, alumni provide the funds for the weight room as well as the recruiting parties. Some of these alums attend as well.


A tribute to Dan Hawkins (currently coach of the Colorado Buffalos and formerly of Boise State), turns out suitable here. Motivational speakme can only accomplish much. However, Hawkins has achieved a level of success hardly ever touched by others. Convincing a celeb pampered athlete to leave the comfortable confines of his San Diego prep university to play football on the frozen prairie wasteland of Idaho is a remarkable feat. It is so cold there that the field grew to become blue. Still the 'Hawk' hacked a powerhouse program out of that wilderness due to complicated coaching ability and outstanding motivational skill.

Now, the University of Colorado – from its stunningly beautiful Boulder, CO campus – thinks that Hawkins should never lose an alternate game. Unfortunately for the Buffalo Steaks, that hasn't quite panned out just yet. Still, Hawkins has had some forged recruiting success and the CU program at least appears headed in the right direction. The Buffaloes are the Sage's pick for the surprise team of 2009.

When it comes down to it, there is barely much the coaches can do to produce a winner. They have to put gifted athletes on the field. Unfortunately, they must put these related athletes in Freshman English. Have you heard some of these athletes try to give a radio interview? Ask what it is to conjugate a verb and many will just ask for the key to the restroom. Success on the field doesn't guarantee success in the lecture room. This may be why Duke has such a difficulty putting a competitive team on the field. Spelling one's name correctly on the Duke entrance exam is but one requirement. Athletes need to be academically able to wait the Stanfords, Northwesterns, Notre Dames and Dukes of the football world. To these schools, the Sage sends his kudos. You can't put pupils in the lecture room who have hassle distinguishing verb from pronoun, even in the event that they can run 40 yards in 4.25 seconds.

There will be a host of new coaches and staffs in place for the 2009 season. Usually, season one for a new coaching staff is a disaster. Little recruiting has been achieved and there isn't any history for a celeb recruit to visual appeal at to assist in his decision to wait. It is in these first years though, that the average viewer really learns who can coach and who can't. If you have a team made up of essentially walk-on players taking the field to play Oklahoma, you are going to see who can motivate his team to play its ideally suited. And every now and then, you get a vast upset. That is why we keep tuning in and buying the College Football Executive Package from our cable providers. So keep an eye on Sarkisian at Washington next year…Should the Huskies win a game next year, this would be because of forged coaching and not necessarily great recruiting.

Winning football traditions carry multiple of factors together for a successful season. But it's the losers that figure out interesting how one can blow it. The Sage of College Football will be here to carry you all the thrill and interesting tidbits for 2009.

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