Fred, no doubt I'm sure the players say things are getting better.
I've heard it over and over through the years at Kent State and at Notre Dame, the other program I cover.
When Charlie Weis was hired at Notre Dame we heard all about the new weight program and how chiseled the players were and how much discipline was being instilled.
Three years later the team was 3-9 with the worst offense in the school's history.
Five years later and the Irish were breaking in yet another new coaching staff.
This year, after hearing all about the off-season training and discipline yet again, the Irish are 0-2 after turning the ball over 10 times in two games, they lost at home to South Florida and lost at Michigan after leading 24-7.
Yes, it will take time to turn around a bad program like Kent State, but when you reset the clock every five years by hiring a new coach the turnaround never occurs.
That's where Kent State is at.
The last coaching staff had made a commitment to the program, above and beyond what any previous staff in the last 30 years had done.
They upgraded the talent and depth...and although it doesn't seem like it, you'll have to take my word for it. The depth on this team in the past was really, really bad. The talent wasn't far behind.
The Flashes weren't able to compete in the MAC. Now they are and that's the work of the previous staff.
Not only were they beating the Toledo's and Bowling Green's and Miami's on the field, they were beating them in recruiting too.
Let's watch the recruiting from 2011 and beyond. After another unsuccessful season how are the Flashes going to recruit a top quarterback? Top offensive linemen?
Who wants to lead an offense that is going to get him sacked 5-6 times and hit another 15-20 times per game?
I'm sorry, but the program took a major hit.
Posted on 9/12 1:55 PM | IP: Logged
Steve, I was one who encouraged others to stay positive. But after what I've watched so far, I couldn't agree with you more. As they say, "I see better than I hear"
This post was edited on 9/13 7:13 AM by t3310cg
Posted on 9/12 7:31 PM | IP: Logged
ok steve, i hear what you are saying but what would of happend if the ball would have been thrown to the recievers where they had a chance to catch it. we were open and could have moved the ball ( if we had somone to get it there). we are blaming the wrong person here, he can only do so much for what he has to work with. we need a qb and we would be fine
Posted on 9/13 8:39 AM | IP: Logged
I recognize that I am complete outsider, but I watched the Kent-ULL game. In my opinion, the turnovers killed Kent. I also thought, given the rainy conditions, they should have run the ball a whole lot more. If Kent protected the football, you're 1-1.
Posted on 9/16 11:04 AM | IP: Logged
Absolutely right Shackd.
Posted on 9/16 2:24 PM | IP: Logged
Jesus, these two idiots are a disgrace to Kansas State Fans..
Posted on 9/19 11:53 PM | IP: Logged
Amen Koppe, but the one guy is a KU troll, it's what he does. Poses as a Wildcat. We apologize for these fools.
Posted on 9/20 2:09 AM | IP: Logged
Like I didn't blame the previous coaching staff, I'm not blaming Hazell.
I said it over and over and over, I don't care who coaches this team so long as KSU is working on an Eastern Michigan budget its going to compete like Eastern Michigan.
The last staff made the most of what it had and really made strides with the program on the field and off and especially in recruiting.
Instead of investing in the program, the new AD and his sidekick did what every failing program does, college or pro, and brought in a new coaching staff.
That new coaching staff is fighting the same battles as every other KSU coaching staff for the last 30 years.
So, no, I don't blame Hazell. I blame Nielsen and Kleinlein for setting the program back yet again.
At some point people have to realize its the program itself that needs fixing, not the coaching staffs.
Successful coaches have come to Kent State and failed. Coaches that failed at Kent State went on and had success at other schools.
Yet, the braintrust wants to continue to believe the "right" coach can make it happen.
Welcome to another five years of bad football. It's a vicious cycle.
Posted on 9/13 9:23 AM | IP: Logged
Looks pretty gloomy for this weekend as well.........