You will have to forgive us for taking a day off after Saturday’s debacle. We just needed a break.
To start off this Monday we are going to elevate some comments from Saturday’s blog entry that we thought were really good and deserved special attention.
noah always delivers with accurate and astute insight. On Saturday he did a super job ofkeeping his head and trying to paint (what I think) are pretty accurate pictures of things for frustrated fans. He attributed his demeanor/perspective to the following:
I think the difference between my reaction and the reaction of others is that I expected us to be a pretty terrible team this year. Apparently,there were a lot of people thinking weâ€™d nine games.
Weâ€™re a bad team. It happens. FSU damn near lost to Troy last night. Maryland and UVA are supposed to be led by brilliant coaches and they apparently suck this year too.
If you think changing coaches is going to fix this shitâ€¦youâ€™re in for a rude awakening.
So, today we are going to elevate some of noah’s comments from Saturday’s thread to this entry so that it can serve as somewhat of a ‘guest column’.
I hope that we can encourage noah to keep visiting and sharing his thoughts. They are much appreciated:
My prediction is that weâ€™ll win about three games this year. I think my pre-season prediction was four wins.
My post-season prediction is that we fire Chuck Amato, make all kinds of noise about hiring a top-notch, national-champion coachâ€¦.end up hiring some poor, ill-prepared slob who wins about three games over the next five years and then 99 percent of the WPC stands around thinking, â€œWha happened??â€? and saying, â€œI never wanted to fire Amato!â€?
The problem isnâ€™t coaching. The problem is that weâ€™ve gone about 3-for-80 in recruiting quality offensive linemen. To date, weâ€™ve landed quality OL in Leroy Harris, Curtis Crouch aaaaandâ€¦.uhhâ€¦well, Iâ€™m sure one of the guys we signed in the last two years will probably be halfway decent.
But weâ€™ve whiffed on everyone else. Weâ€™ve been getting commitments from players who ought to be lining up for ECU and Marshall and W. Kentucky State and have no business trying to block for ACC backs.
Problem #2 â€” we signed two top 20 recruits at quarterback to replace Philip Riversâ€¦it just happened that they were both horribly overrated. I watched Dook and Wake today â€” neither Stone or Davis would start for those two teams (whoever thought weâ€™d trail both Dook and Wake at the quarterback position??).
Itâ€™s going to take a couple of years. I hope we give Amato the time to do it.
I have no doubt that we wonâ€™t…
In response to a question, “how are we not better than Akron” noah stated:
(1) The history of NC State is a pretty sorry one;
(2) The line between being pretty good and being pretty bad is a thin one;
(3) The failures that weâ€™ve had in recruiting have been total losses and theyâ€™ve been at absolutely critical spots; and,
(4) Because even the best programs have bad yearsâ€¦Penn State, Tennessee, Notre Dameâ€¦.
Sometimes the answer is to fire the coachâ€¦sometimes itâ€™s not.
Iâ€™d just caution everyone that wants a new coach to recall the difficulty we had in hiring a coach for our basketball programâ€¦a program with two national titles and 10 league titles in the greatest basketball conference ever.
In football, weâ€™ve won 10 games or more a grand total of ONE time. We would have just fired the guy who got us that double-digit win total. We have not won a league title since 1979.
In further response to “no NC State coach should lose to Akron”:
Dick Sheridan lost to ETSU at home. Should we have fired him? He also lost to awful Louisville and Va. Tech teams in years when he had great teams.
MOC lost to Baylor (the week after we beat #1 FSU)â€¦.and Baylor didnâ€™t win another game all year.
Monte Kiffin only beat Richmond by six one year and got smacked around by Dook more than once.
Tom Reed lost to Furman.
Bo Rein lost to Furman and ECU when they were in the Southern Conference.
Earle Edwards lost to Richmond in 1970.
Al Michaels lost to Kent State.
Unless your name is Lou Holtz, you have plenty of bad losses on your resume if youâ€™ve ever coached at NC State.