Seeing more chatter about Sumlin at A and M and their expectations there. Saw some think Chip Kelly a lock to replace etc.
For us, even after poor last year showing,I tend to think coach B is back regardless of outcome this year, as my impression is that we are taking a long term approach to program and are putting premium on stability in recruiting/player development. Perhaps a recognition that stability critical of we are to overcome recruiting disadvantages in comparisons to other programs in our confeence. I tend to believe our program has to take long term approach.
But curious if anyone thinks coach has to hit a magic number or otherise is in trouble this season?
I don’t think it’s warm and don’t know what it would take to get it there. I guess you will know it when you see it (or feel it; you feel heat, right, not see it?)
The season ticket sales for the new expansion might tell Jeff Long something. So far, it appears he thinks he can sell them. Perhaps that changes when the season is done, don’t know.
I think Jeff will be able to sell basketball tickets this coming season. He certainly should be able to sell baseball tickets. They have been able to sell soccer tickets in the past two seasons. So all of those are good things for the bottom lines, but nothing matters like football. The bulk of the revenue for the program comes from football. All things change when ticket sales fall in football. That has clearly not happened. The season tickets for the 2018 season in the new stadium should be good. Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss are coming to Fayetteville. That’s a very good season ticket.
We were talking about this very thing this morning in the office. That is what I said. It would have to be a very very very bad season for him to be fired after this year. Now, in my opinion, if we don’t win 7 or more regular season games (maybe even 8 is the magic number, could be) I think his seat will be a LOT hotter in 2018. So, is the seat warm? I would say slightly. Not hot for sure.
There is a big difference in being “satisfied” with something and being so dissatisfied you fire the coach. I have had many employees that I was, at one time or another, dissatisfied with there performance. That didn’t mean I fired them right away. Usually something like getting fired is a process. At this point, as noted by Matt above, it would take a really bad year for Long to fire him. Does that mean Long would be satisfied with another 6-6 or 7-5 year? I am pretty sure that is a “no.” But it also means he doesn’t get fired for going 6-6 or 7-5 in 2017. That would, in my opinion, make his seat pretty dang hot in 2018 though.
I agree with the consensus of this thread. Going 6-6, 7-5 won’t get him fired, but the chair gets warmer for 2018. Now 4-8? A high school friend of mine has been commissioned to do some artwork for the Bielemas’ house pending the arrival of Baby Bielema. Jen might be consulting her again on how to pack that art for a move if we go 4-8.
So we went 7-6 with two big second-half collapses (possibly three if you count TAM). But let’s just say we somehow held on to one-point wins at Misery and in the bowl. That’s 9-4 and enthusiasm for 2017 is rampant, with exactly the same returnees, and no one is discussing the temperature of the boss’ seat.
Certainly big leads like that get you on the hot, or at least warm, seat as it should. This was a team good enough to get those big leads but when the momentum swung could not maintain them. Sure wish we were coming off a 9-4 season, but the reality is we’re not. We can only hope the team plays well enough in both halves of every game this year that what little warmth CBB may be feeling this year is a cool breeze next year.
If his seat is not warm, then Jeff Long has not been paying attention. If we have another year like last year…7-6 and 3-5 in the SEC…yes, Jeff Long will have to decide what to do with the head coach. He may decide to keep him, but he will have to think about it. So, yes his seat is warm, but not hot…yet. I hope Bret has a good season, but if we have a bad year in year 5…things will not be good.
IMHO its time to quit blaming coaches (except Coach Smith who didn’t even know the difference between Ark and Bama)
Ark needs to produce or admit its a good second tier Football program where because of us the truly great programs are refined to greatness because we make them that way - but we ourselves - well our record speaks for itself
Hoping I am proven wrong - I’ll gladly eat that humble pie - I’m ready for that taste in my mouth
Please let this eyar be the year of a major turn around
Swine, you are a know it all who does not know it all. You just agreed with me in your prior post and now you are on my butt about my post. Please take me off your reading list. I would really appreciate it.