I very much want to but it’s admittedly hard these past years and losing to a bad CSU team doesn’t help.
I’ve loved this program the better part of five decades now and in the end, I just want to have confidence that we can become the program we all want competing more consistently with top of SEC and nationally respected.
My expectations for this season and transition year was 6-6 and maybe that was optimistic.
I thought enough talent to beat a CSU.
It’s been said that both Petrino and Beilema had poor first years, and that’s instructive I suppose for CM, although seems like there was enough talent to beat cup cakes.
But with Petrino who ultimately took us to a top 5 AP finish, and Brett even, that first year when things were rough, you had confidence because they both had good track records in D1 previously.
I’m trying to have as much confidence in CM and staff but CM had perhaps a more mediocre run at SMU and prior benefitted from Watson at Clemson when ACC had a small handful of decent teams to play, not quite the gauntlet of SEC.
And while good to have one experienced major coordinator in Chavis, after his poor D’s may have contributed to Sumlin’s firing and LSU perhaps got tired of him, it wasn’t like he had offers from others at the top of the SEC or nationally.
I want to have confidence that we have the right leadership that understands and has ability to get program to stand toe to toe with Bama and Georgia, but losing winnable games against weak non conf competition doesn’t help one believe in leadership.
Maybe an unfair knock but in the case of CM and some of the staff who has limited SEC experience you just hope they can do it.
What’s the option? Wait and see? Hope for the best? I guess so. We can’t keep changing coaches.
After CSU, my expectations are closer to three wins and hopeful we play freshmen and develop for the future and become a major recruiting program we failed to be at end of last regime.
I’m going to be looking for improvement in small ways and won’t be surprised when the bigs blow us out this year.
But I so want to have confidence we are heading in the right direction.
But admittedly even for a long time fan and alum, I need to see some small signs of progress at least to hold on to hope and have more confidence as yet.