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    Jim Donan

    Today on ESPNU he said, "Ball State has more talent than Iowa State......it's not Gene Chizik's fault.............the cupboard was bare."
    Any thoughts?



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    Re: Jim Donan

    Quote Originally Posted by mharder View Post
    Today on ESPNU he said, "Ball State has more talent than Iowa State......it's not Gene Chizik's fault.............the cupboard was bare."
    Any thoughts?
    To this point have we proven otherwise?


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    Re: Jim Donan

    My 1st thought: Are you F'n kidding me
    2nd: I think he's right
    3rd: Who the heck was in charge of recruiting?
    4th: I feel sorry for Chizik
    5th: I'll lower my expectations until '09



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    Re: Jim Donan

    He is absolutely correct!



    I cheer for two teams, Iowa State and whoever is playing the hawkeyes.

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    Re: Jim Donan

    Talent aside, I really don't think it's Chizik's fault. At season's end, however, if we haven't seen marked improvement, then he should shoulder the blame.

    That being said, we've already shown signs of promise. Chizik is doing well in my book, thus far.



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    Re: Jim Donan

    Ball State put up 600 yards of offense on Nebraska. I don't think there is a D-1 school that we could put up 600 yards against.



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    Re: Jim Donan

    A lot of ills can be cured if Bret goes up top and has a big game. The qb is important for the game.


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    Re: Jim Donan

    Like the guy knows Ball St. and Iowa State that well...



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    Re: Jim Donan

    We can shut down Keller.



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    Re: Jim Donan

    I can't disagree at all. Ball State's qb is pretty sick too.



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    Re: Jim Donan

    The cupboard was not bare. We have some talented players. What is hurting this year is the transition to a new coaching staff, a lack of depth, and lots of underclassmen needing development. I expect to see more improvement in these areas as the season progresses.


    Yeah well, ya know, that's just, like uh, your opinion, man.

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    Re: Jim Donan

    A couple of early interceptions would be terrific.


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    Re: Jim Donan

    Bottom line is our O needs some explosive plays. We can dink and dunk down the field like we have been, but that doesn't score enough points to beat good teams. A turnover here and there would be nice as well. I don't think our guys go for the football enough when tackling. Nik Moser would do that all day everyday (see TCU game), and it helped our D out tremendously.



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    Re: Jim Donan

    I'm not sure if the cupboard was bare talent-wise, but I do think that by the end Mac's regime had ruined the team psychologically. Makes sense, Mac was a high octane guy who pushed passion rather than fundamentals. That makes for fragile players who lose concentration when things go against them.

    Moreover, we all pretty much agree that Mac played favorites. This can't help but tear a team apart.

    This is the poisoned well that Chizik has to overcome. And maybe he's doing it. I used to think seniors like Blythe and Meyer were lost causes in this regard. But maybe they're not ...



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    Re: Jim Donan

    Quote Originally Posted by mwitt View Post
    Ball State put up 600 yards of offense on Nebraska. I don't think there is a D-1 school that we could put up 600 yards against.

    Nebraska's defense is worse than Iowa's defense. Nebraska did not take them seriously at all. Nebraska was still hung over from the loss to USC.


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