Yes, I realize it’s a different time and the game has changed, at least for the big boys. But NC State is far from one of the big boys in the world of college football. It has neither the reputation, luster, nor recruiting base to reasonably expect a quick fix.
The well documented first 6 seasons of Beamer at VT. But yes, the reality today is that you’d be hard press to find any school outside the Ivy that would be that patient with those records.
So for a school like NC State, there is no tried and true path to a successful football program, not with the timelines of 2016. It’s more a fingers crossed crap shoot just to get the right coach, and that has to come at the right time, and under the right circumstances, just to earn enough clout to last enough seasons to establish his program.
Then the real challenge comes when it’s time to try to keep ’em.
Best recent example is probably Duke. Right time, right coach, at right place in career and life.
That said, I’m about where Saigon is.