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    Coaching or reputation?

    A little while ago, I posted if ISU had bad athletes or poor coaching.

    In another thread, I was debating with another ISU fan concerning whether ISU was right in letting McCarney go, whether ISU can get to the next level and maintain it consistently, and the reason why some programs can maintain a certain level is because they get all the best recruits.

    I personally believe ISU can get to a higher level and maintain it on a consistent basis. I don't necessarly believe you have to get all the best recruits in order to do so.

    Sure, Iowa State is not getting the "blue chip" recruits like the USC's and the Texas' of the world, but I think a good coach can bring enough good athletes in and make them believe in the system to have a solid program.

    I refuse to let people -- whether they be Hawk fans, Panther fans, Nebraska fans or whoever -- tell me that ISU fans should be happy going 4-8 or 5-7 most years with an occasional 6-6, 7-5 years thrown in and be ecstatic going 8-4 or 9-3 every 10 or 15 years.

    In other words, I should be happy if ISU gets to be an average football team and content with playing on the blue turf field in Boise for bowl games all the time? I don't think so.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Define "higher level"?

    In fb, I think it's entirely possible for ISU to be a consistent winning record program. I don't see what that isn't unachievable.

    Now do I think ISU will regularly compete at the level of 9-10-11 win seasons? No I don't. Only a scant few programs can - and those are traditional programs at that.

    ISU and Ames will ALWAYS have a disadvantage in recruiting. Few will deny that. But having a solid program will draw players. Perhaps not a ton - not enough to be nationally competitive on anything resembling a continual basis. But enough to keep ISU in the mix and when the stars align, we could have a "special" season.

    Right now, I'd like to see CPR establish some consistent winning seasons, even at the 6-7 win mark. AND avoid the ultra-low marks of 1 and 2 wins. I'm not looking for conference crowns or major bowls - yet. We need steps.

    To answer your title question - I think ISU's biggest obstacle is reputation. We're a known loser in FB. But I think players look at coach as much as anything and coaches make programs. So it is possible for ISU's coaching to change that rep.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Define "higher level"?

    In fb, I think it's entirely possible for ISU to be a consistent winning record program. I don't see what that isn't unachievable.

    Now do I think ISU will regularly compete at the level of 9-10-11 win seasons? No I don't. Only a scant few programs can - and those are traditional programs at that.

    ISU and Ames will ALWAYS have a disadvantage in recruiting. Few will deny that. But having a solid program will draw players. Perhaps not a ton - not enough to be nationally competitive on anything resembling a continual basis. But enough to keep ISU in the mix and when the stars align, we could have a "special" season.

    Right now, I'd like to see CPR establish some consistent winning seasons, even at the 6-7 win mark. AND avoid the ultra-low marks of 1 and 2 wins. I'm not looking for conference crowns or major bowls - yet. We need steps.

    To answer your title question - I think ISU's biggest obstacle is reputation. We're a known loser in FB. But I think players look at coach as much as anything and coaches make programs. So it is possible for ISU's coaching to change that rep.
    I agree. I think coaching is absolutely gigantic at the college level. A good coach can make a weak program a power. If Urban Meyer had stayed at Utah, they wouldn't be in the Mountain West right now (i know they've maintained success, but still).


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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Define "higher level"?

    In fb, I think it's entirely possible for ISU to be a consistent winning record program. I don't see what that isn't unachievable.

    Now do I think ISU will regularly compete at the level of 9-10-11 win seasons? No I don't. Only a scant few programs can - and those are traditional programs at that.

    ISU and Ames will ALWAYS have a disadvantage in recruiting. Few will deny that. But having a solid program will draw players. Perhaps not a ton - not enough to be nationally competitive on anything resembling a continual basis. But enough to keep ISU in the mix and when the stars align, we could have a "special" season.

    Right now, I'd like to see CPR establish some consistent winning seasons, even at the 6-7 win mark. AND avoid the ultra-low marks of 1 and 2 wins. I'm not looking for conference crowns or major bowls - yet. We need steps.

    To answer your title question - I think ISU's biggest obstacle is reputation. We're a known loser in FB. But I think players look at coach as much as anything and coaches make programs. So it is possible for ISU's coaching to change that rep.
    I don't disagree with any of your points.

    I understand ISU needs to take baby steps. Take next season, for example. I want ISU to win every game, but I know a 5-7 or 6-6 record is a bit more realistic. Then you are absolutely right, work from that base and avoid the 3-9, 2-10, 1-11 seasons.

    To answer your question, I would love to see the ISU football program consistently win 7-9 games a year.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Two words...Hayden Fry.

    Without him, I don't see the EIU football team being any different than ISU. There was about a 20 year span where EIU didn't do much in football at all, until raisin face arrived. He is the one who turned the team around and they have been "successful" ever since. He was able to recruit TX very well and bring some pretty good recruits to IA.

    I believe that if Johnny Majors would have stayed at ISU, the same thing could have happened here.

    Danny Mac was almost there, but being so close and not winning the North title really killed any momentum that we had.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    I agree with the posts below.

    I think the immediate goal is to build a solid base where were are competing every year, hovering above .500 and consistently going to bowl games. This will keep fans interested, money coming in, and recruits considering coming to Ames.

    Then, those years where we have a favorable schedule, pull off a couple upsets, or otherwise catch some breaks you're looking at 9-10 wins. As it stands now, we're hovering below .500 and those "good years" we're winning 7 and going to a mediocre bowl game.

    It's going to be a process and I am hopeful that our new staff can pull it off. I think the problem with Mac was that we appeared to be close to establishing that base, but then started to move backwards again.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by isunorth View Post
    I agree with the posts below.

    I think the immediate goal is to build a solid base where were are competing every year, hovering above .500 and consistently going to bowl games. This will keep fans interested, money coming in, and recruits considering coming to Ames.

    Then, those years where we have a favorable schedule, pull off a couple upsets, or otherwise catch some breaks you're looking at 9-10 wins. As it stands now, we're hovering below .500 and those "good years" we're winning 7 and going to a mediocre bowl game.

    It's going to be a process and I am hopeful that our new staff can pull it off. I think the problem with Mac was that we appeared to be close to establishing that base, but then started to move backwards again.
    Agreed. And I think the vast majority of ISU fans see it this way.

    The problem for Danny Mac is he got us to a semblence of consistency, but never delivered on the "big upset" or anything like the magical season. Instead we whizzed away two trips to the conf championship at an all time low in the Big XII North and followed it up with some pretty nasty lows.

    IMO, if he wins either of those two games to go to the conf championship, he's still sitting in that office.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Agreed. And I think the vast majority of ISU fans see it this way.

    The problem for Danny Mac is he got us to a semblence of consistency, but never delivered on the "big upset" or anything like the magical season. Instead we whizzed away two trips to the conf championship at an all time low in the Big XII North and followed it up with some pretty nasty lows.

    IMO, if he wins either of those two games to go to the conf championship, he's still sitting in that office.
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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrocks View Post
    A little while ago, I posted if ISU had bad athletes or poor coaching.

    In another thread, I was debating with another ISU fan concerning whether ISU was right in letting McCarney go, whether ISU can get to the next level and maintain it consistently, and the reason why some programs can maintain a certain level is because they get all the best recruits.

    I personally believe ISU can get to a higher level and maintain it on a consistent basis. I don't necessarly believe you have to get all the best recruits in order to do so.

    Sure, Iowa State is not getting the "blue chip" recruits like the USC's and the Texas' of the world, but I think a good coach can bring enough good athletes in and make them believe in the system to have a solid program.

    I refuse to let people -- whether they be Hawk fans, Panther fans, Nebraska fans or whoever -- tell me that ISU fans should be happy going 4-8 or 5-7 most years with an occasional 6-6, 7-5 years thrown in and be ecstatic going 8-4 or 9-3 every 10 or 15 years.

    In other words, I should be happy if ISU gets to be an average football team and content with playing on the blue turf field in Boise for bowl games all the time? I don't think so.

    This happens to be a subject I love, and I have thought long and hard about it with lots of time in research. Without going into exquisite detail, you do not have to sign consistently high classes. You do have to recruit well. You also should not be satisfied with mediocre results. All the same it takes the right situation to get above water.

    USC & Texas as you pointed out have always signed these great classes yet for most of the 80's and 90's they sucked. So obviously it was more than "great" recruits. It also took a loooonnnngggg time to get their ships righted.

    Furthermore, and more importantly ISU & Iowa will never sign consistently great classes and they don't have to either. At least based on "great" rankings anyway. I've said this before but there are basically 15 "elite" recruiting schools and they will always be the same. Yet they still stumble often, all the while continually signing terrific classes. If Pete Carroll showed up in Ames or IC tomorrow they would NOT suddenly begin signing regular top 10 classes. I don’t think they even would if they won 2 NC’s in the next 5 years. Nebbie never did anyway.

    The Iowa's, Wisconsin's West Va's, Va Tech's etc of the world don't sign consistently great classes yet still have plenty of NFL alumni showing they too had good players despite their poorer rankings.


    IMO these are the main ingredients to building a consistent football program/team………………………

    1) A good coach who can stir passion in the fan base, who sticks around, has a “structural” vision and processes in place to “build” his team and make it better daily.

    2) Fan buy in and the ability of the coach to translate his message to said fans and recruits.

    3) An idea of what kind of players you can consistently recruit and where to get them that will be successful in your system and conference.

    4) A great defensive mind/system that you can plug players in and out of that never changes and makes it difficult for opponents to beat you with big plays.

    5) Terrific to good line play year to year

    6) Consistent, not great, but consistent QB play year to year.

    7) Good to very good facilities and university support. Which is greatly facilitated by a glib, well respected coach and a consistent money flow.

    8) Finally and probably most important is a rabid fan following that gets you money flow and national recognition even when you blow.


    Chad





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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Agreed. And I think the vast majority of ISU fans see it this way.

    The problem for Danny Mac is he got us to a semblence of consistency, but never delivered on the "big upset" or anything like the magical season. Instead we whizzed away two trips to the conf championship at an all time low in the Big XII North and followed it up with some pretty nasty lows.

    IMO, if he wins either of those two games to go to the conf championship, he's still sitting in that office.
    Quote Originally Posted by isunorth View Post
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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    As much as I hate to say it, I think Iowa has a pretty good model. They seem to have eliminated the really bad years like we have and also seem to seize the opportunity to make a great run in years where things are in their favor. They also have a few signature wins in recent years that we're lacking.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Do I see us being a consistent conference champion? Probably not. Can we be much better? FO SHO!!. Look at some of the programs that were national powers at some point: 1940's - Army and Minnsota, 1950's- Michigan State, 1960'- Ole Miss, ect. There is no reason ISU cannot put together a good run and get some national attention. I'd cite Rutgers and Missouri as a case study. Better yet- Kansas State is a perfect example of what the right coach can do.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by intrepid27 View Post
    Better yet- Kansas State is a perfect example of what the right coach can do.
    And they got Bill back... I would add to it, right coach at the right time! I don't see KSU going back to the days of top 10s under Snyder this time around.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    I hate Boise State with a passion, but they are a good example of a team that has succeeded based on a consistent system, rather than outstanding recruits. They also have the advantage of being in a overall bad conference.
    ISU at least has the advantage of being in the B12 North which still does not have an outright favorite every year. If we have a coach that sticks around and establishes a system, we can see consistent wins in the future.
    There is no quick fix at ISU unfortunately. Schools with better reputations have been able to hire the next big coaching prospect and had their programs turned around quickly. ISU has to build up slowly.



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    Re: Coaching or reputation?

    Quote Originally Posted by isunorth View Post
    As much as I hate to say it, I think Iowa has a pretty good model. They seem to have eliminated the really bad years like we have and also seem to seize the opportunity to make a great run in years where things are in their favor. They also have a few signature wins in recent years that we're lacking.

    I would agree that Iowa has a decent model and I would concur with the poster who said Iowa was lucky to get Hayden Fry. Hayden most assuredly saved Iowa football. Now a couple disclosures are in order there.

    The old timers tell me (good guys not delusional homers) that Iowa, even when they blew, and they were baaaddd still drew 50 thousand plus fans game in and game out. So Iowa for whatever reason has always been the school most favored in the sate it seems. Even when ISU was good they didn't generate that kind of fan support way back when. Iowa has always had a leg up for whatever reason.

    Also I think it is important to note (and I doubt most Iowa fans know this and those that do donít want to admit it) But the Big 10 was not near the conference in the 80's that it is now. I know it's popular over here to talk about how lousy the Big 10 is but truly it is tough to win each and every week. Even the scrub teams, just like in the SEC, can beat the best teams in the conference any Saturday if things go their way.

    Back in the 80's it really was Michigan, Ohio St and then Iowa. In fact I'm not positive Iowa wasn't the 2nd winningest team in that time frame. Wisconsin was terrible. Minne more of the same, PU was very spotty, the same goes with MSU and Illinois and although IU had a couple decent teams they were their usual selves and Northwestern was heinous. Furthermore there was no PSU. Honestly as important as Hayden was in the ground work, what KF did coming back to a down program and moving it back into the top 4 consistently was no small feat itself. Sometimes older, or less impartial Iowa fans convince themselves that HF is far superior to KF and though there is no Iowa without Hayden, it is a much tougher Big 10 now-a-days!

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