Sound Familiar?

The more I research and learn about other college football programs, the more I realize that maybe NC State fans aren’t the only ones that are so bad? Maybe we aren’t the only ones who want to win?

A couple of weeks ago, I was ‘shocked’ to witness Ohio State fans in the Horseshoe boo OSU’s starting quarterback, Troy Smith, in a WIN over conference rival Michigan State. The very next weekend, the entire attendance of Spartan Stadium began booing the Michigan State Spartans in the 2nd quarter of their loss to Northwestern and did not stop booing until the last Spartan left the stadium (sometime around the end of the 3rd quarter).

As a comparison to the way that NC State’s Athletics Director recently chose to deal with an instance of “booing” in Carter-Finley, I have searched and searched and searched for similar public statements issued by the Athletics Directors of these successful programs . I am yet to find any.

Today, I ran across an interesting article on about the recent struggles of Texas A&M football. I found some of the points highlighted in the article very interesting from an NC State football and basketball point of view. Additionally, I found the fact that A&M’s Athletics Director had no quote to share in the story consistent with the way that most ADs not named Lee Fowler choose to operate their programs.

Various excerpts from this article are as follows:

Dennis Franchione has a 16-16 record at Texas A&M.”I can remember hoping that I coached at a place that had the same passion [that I do] and this place was definitely that,” Franchione said. Franchione now is learning to be careful for what he wished for — at least when his team is struggling.

With a 5-3 record, the Aggies are in danger of not going to a bowl for the third time in four seasons — and second in Franchione’s three-year tenure. Only three years removed from solid success at Alabama, Franchione’s tenure is becoming increasing unpopular among some Aggie fans

“I don’t know if there’s anything that anybody wants to listen to,” Franchione said when asked about his team’s unexpected struggles. “If I say one thing, it’s an excuse. If I say something else, it’s this. So I don’t know if there is anything that I can tell you that somebody won’t take wrong at this point in time. I can’t worry about that. I’ve got to worry about marching ahead and getting this team ready to play again.”

But it was nothing like the 42-14 loss to Iowa State last week at Kyle Field. Thousands left the stadium early as the Aggies endured their third 28-point home loss in the last three seasons. Before Franchione arrived, their most recent 28-point loss came in the final game of the 1983 season. Defensive coordinator Carl Torbush has caught most of the heat about an underperforming defense. But Franchione also has been targeted at Web sites like

Fans are beginning to notice that A&M has lost 10 of Franchione’s last 28 games by at least 20 points.

A&M’s struggles are exacerbated among their fans because the other three Texas teams in the Big 12 all are enjoying soaring success. Texas is contending for a national championship with its key player, Vince Young, solidly in the Heisman Trophy hunt. Texas Tech is at its highest level in its history under coach Mike Leach. And even downtrodden Baylor, which took the Aggies to overtime in a close loss at College Station earlier this year after beating them last year in Waco, is flirting with bowl eligibility.

I wonder if the folks at Texas A&M (of all places) ever thought that they would be saying, wait until basketball season!!!

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3 Responses to Sound Familiar?

  1. site admin 11/04/2005 at 5:29 PM #

    rc slocum must be laughing

  2. BJD95 11/04/2005 at 8:46 PM #

    Feeling the heat halfway through Year #3. But 60-year old Chuck Amato, in Year #6 “needs time to grow into the head coaching role.”

    You can’t get anywhere in bigtime college sports without expectations.

  3. Jeff 11/05/2005 at 12:48 PM #


    Sanders resignation ends long tenure with VolsBy Ivan Maisel

    In announcing the resignation of Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, effective at the end of the season, Volunteers head coach Phillip Fulmer said, “I’m sad that it has come to this. I understand how volatile and demanding the world of college athletics is.”

    With big salaries and big exposure — who knew a coordinator 20 years ago? — have come big pressure. Sanders, who turned 40 four days before the Vols’ great comeback victory at LSU, grew up in east Tennessee, played quarterback at Tennessee and has never coached anywhere else. That didn’t insulate him from the abuse heaped upon him now that the Vols can’t move the football.

    Tennessee (3-4) is averaging 16.1 points and 315 yards of offense per game. They haven’t averaged 30 points a year in this pass-happy generation of college football since 2001. Sanders isn’t happy with the lack of offense, either. But the problems have begun to affect his wife and daughters and he decided that he would be better off trying to coach somewhere else.

    “I have been here 22 years,” Sanders said Monday. “It’s a very special place. It’s been a big part of my life. I’m going to miss this place. There’s a whole lot more to life than Tennessee football.”

    Sanders did Fulmer a favor by resigning, thus preventing the head coach from having to make a decision on someone he coached and coached with for more than two decades. Fulmer said the offensive staff — including Sanders — would make the play calls for the remainder of the season.

    Fulmer also closed practice this week, presumably to give the coaches a chance to figure out in peace how they are going to work as a group. Tennessee plays at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday.

    David Cutcliffe, Fulmer’s close friend and Sanders’ predecessor as offensive coordinator, is living in Knoxville. Cutcliffe resigned as Charlie Weis’ quarterback coach at Notre Dame in order to fully recover from heart surgery. Doctors have given Cutcliffe a clean bill of health.

    Cutcliffe, fired as head coach at Ole Miss last year after a six-year record of 44-29, said Monday that he spoke at length with Sanders and with Fulmer on Sunday.

    “I haven’t been offered a job,” Cutcliffe said, “and I’m still very much interested in becoming a head coach again.”

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