Here are my hopes... I hope that no one is completely surprised by our season thus far? While some of us may have hoped for better, we all know that we are only half way through the 1st season of a rebuilding process. To all those that say we have some of the most talented skill position players in our history... you may be correct, but when I look at this and last season, I think we should be careful in throwing that out. May be true, but talented skill position players find a way to make plays. They find a way to put a team on their back. I have not seen it. If you don't subscribe to that theory, you must at least know that there are 22 starters... and a handful of skill position don't win many games on their own. I hope that people don't forget that, we have what many pre-season experts were calling one of the top new coaches in the country. Yes, he still has to prove it, but I think we all know that a half of a season is not a measuring stick... even Harbaugh's Stanford win over USC means little (too early). Oh, and while they need to prove it, I think on paper we have one of the strongest assistant coaching staffs we've ever had. We finally recognize that you have to pay assistant coaches well to get good assistant coaches. I hope that people can see that with the possible exception of Tech, this team is improving each game. I hope that people don't forget that we have strong leadership in ISU athletics... some of the best young guns in athletics (my opinion)... Pollard, Chizik, McDermitt and Sanders. Strong leadership builds programs on rock, versus sand. I hope people realize that we finally have money coming into the program... record season ticket sales, strong fund raising, football stadium suites on the way. I hope that as the season progresses fans continue to go to the stadium and support the team... This one is huge. I absolutely hate the tag of "fickle fan" or "weak fan support." Yes, if this were year 5 in a rebuild, then I could see it. But, I think many of us bought season tickets in anticipation for the "future." So, sit back... enjoy the ride and have faith. I hope that fans are a beacon of inspiration for the coaches, players I hope that fans understand what impact they can have on gaining future "RECRUITS"... Dont ever think fan support is not a huge factor in recruiting. Hang in there clones... I've followed ISU sports for more years than I'll admit. I am more confident than ever about the future of our sports... not the "today," but rather the future. It's all about perspective and the ability to think and see beyond what we can grab today. Just my opinion... Go Clones!!!